This camp is located at the end of a Forest road that wanders up Rucker Canyon into the Chiricahua high country. Campsites are situated on both sides of the road in a stand of big trees that include ponderosa pine, Apache pine and Arizona cypress. This is bear country, so you’ll want to take advantage of the bearproof food boxes for storing your cooler and any other odorous items. On the way to Rucker Forest Camp, you’ll pass old Rucker Lake bed, which silted in after the Rattlesnake Fire in 1994. Rucker Creek still runs nearby. Closer to the campground, a number of Forest trails offer opportunities to explore the Chiricahua Wilderness high on the upper slopes.
At a Glance
Due to recent flooding, stongly suggest using a high clearance vehicle. 4WD also beneficial, if available.
Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
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."
Trailer Camping is 16 feet and less. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit. No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 16 feet.
Douglas is located South 38 miles.
No drinking water. It's always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
Senior and Access Passes pay half of the required use fee.
Douglas Ranger District
Douglas Ranger District 520-364-3468
From Douglas, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which will become Forest Road 74. From Tucson, take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 37 miles to the turnoff to Rucker Canyon. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to the Forest boundary. Continue on FR 74 to FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E and follow the signs to Rucker Canyon. Rucker Forest Camp is about 6 miles up this road.
Dry lake bed, Great views, Forest trails, Wildlife viewing. Campsites at Rucker Forest Camp have leveled pull-ins that accommodate trailers up to 16 feet long. Table and fire grills
No. of Sites
No. of Accessible sites
Trailer Camping less than 16 feet.
Rucker Canyon Trail #222 and Raspberry Ridge Trail #228 start at the edge of the campground and lead deep into the Wilderness. For those who like good views but don’t like to walk far to enjoy them, there is a short trail that starts at the same trailhead and leads a few hundred feet to an overlook of Rucker Canyon and the peaks that surround it.