Rucker Forest Camp

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

Operational Hours: High clearance vehicle, highly suggested, 4WD also beneficial, if available.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,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: 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.
Closest Towns: Douglas is located South 38 miles.
Water: No drinking water. It's always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
Restroom: Toilets
Passes: Senior and Access Passes pay half of the required use fee.
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District  520-364-3468

General Information


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.

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Group Camping

Trailer Camping less than 16 feet.

Campground Camping

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 13
No. of Accessible sites


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Camping trailer 16' trailer max.
Toilets Two room vault toilet
Picnic tables Wood/concrete tables
Fee charged for some activities $10.00 per unit fee
Parking Designated parking.
Tent camping Tent space available
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6,500 feet