Idlewilde Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Idlewilde Campground is the first campground you encounter as you enter Cave Creek Canyon from the east. To get to these 9 streamside sites shaded by Arizona cypress trees, you’ll have to traverse Cave Creek on a one lane bridge.

Cave Creek Canyon is well known for its spectacular scenery and excellent birding. In addition, a short distance from the entrance, you’ll find the trailhead for the Cave Creek Nature Trail, which spans the lower Cave Creek Canyon from Sunny Flat Campgound to the Silver Peak Trailhead.

Sites at Idlewild are best suited for camping in tents, vans, or pickup truck campers. No trailers are permitted.

Note: Black bears are common in the area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Due to flood damage in fall of 2014, this campground is closed until further notice.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping: $10 per night. Picnicking or other day use in Campgrounds: $10 per day. All fees are payable by cash, check or money order at the time you occupy the site. Make check or money order payable to "USDA Forest Service."
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit. No hook-ups.
Closest Towns: Portal is 2 miles Northeast.
Water: Drinking water is available April - Sept.
Restroom: Toilets
Passes: Senior and Access Passes pay half of required fee.
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District   520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: 150 miles east of Tucson, 2 miles southwest of Portal, 54 miles northeast of Douglas. Access: From Tucson, take I-10 east 139 miles to US 80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal, 7 miles. From Douglas, take US 80 east approximately 50 miles to Rodeo, NM. Two miles past Rodeo, turn left (west) on Portal Road. From Portal drive west on Forest Road 42, approximately 2 miles to Idlewild Campground. All roads are paved and suitable for passenger vehicles.

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Campground Camping

Scenic canyon setting, Forested sites, Nearby stream, Bird/wildlife watching, Nearby Forest trails, Close to Cave Creek Visitor Information Center. Tables and fire grills.

No. of Sites 9


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Camping trailer '16 camp trailer max.
Toilets Two room vault toilet
Picnic tables Concrete tables
Parking Limited parking available
Fee charged for some activities $10.00 per unit fee
Tent camping Tents only allowed.
Drinking water Spigot near Toilet Building
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5,000 feet