On January 1, 2019, the entrance fees at Saguaro National Park will increase by $5. Visitors will notice that the 7-day private vehicle entrance fee at Saguaro National Park will go up from $15 to $20, 7-day motorcycle entrance fee will rise from $10 to $15, individual entrance passes for pedestrians and bicyclists will increase from $5 to $10, and the Saguaro Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40.
The change comes in response to public comments on a fee proposal originally released in October 2017 to modestly increase entrance fees in order to raise additional revenue and address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 418 park units.
Federal law requires that recreational fees charged on public lands be used for direct visitor benefits, said Leah McGinnis, Park Superintendent. Every fee dollar collected in Saguaro National Park stays in Saguaro National Park and is invested back into improving visitor facilities and services here.
Recently the park completed repairing three ADA accessible trail projects, improved accessibility at the Mica View Picnic Area, and initiated repairs to the Pink Hill and Hope Camp trails utilizing fee dollars collected at Saguaro National Park. Entrance fees also support projects to engage youth throughout the park and within the community of Tucson.
Saguaro National Park has long been a popular destination for the public and local residents who enjoy the park for the many recreational opportunities it provides including hiking, bicycling, interpretive programs, picnicking, wilderness backpacking, scenic drives, wildlife viewing, and more. The park is committed to share its resources with the public by continuing to be an affordable option for outdoor recreation and enjoyment regardless of economic status.
In 2019 the National Park Service is offering the following fee free days:
Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 20 First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
Sunday, August 25 National Park Service Anniversary
Saturday, September 28 National Public Lands Day
Monday, November 11 Veterans Day
The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, along with the Lifetime Senior Pass will remain at $80. The free annual pass for active duty military personnel and free lifetime passes for people with disabilities are also available. Families with 4thGrade students are encouraged to ask about the Every Kid in a Park pass, permitting a 4th grader and all of their family into all Federal Recreation Areas for free for the year.
The National Park Service has a standardized entrance fee structure, composed of four groups based on park size and type. Saguaro National Park is one of 20 sites in group 2 and will not yet be aligned with the other parks in the same category. The park expects to again raise fees and fully incorporate the new entrance fee schedule by January 1, 2020.