Reef Townsite Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This high mountain campground and group day-use area is located on a site that was once occupied by the old mining town of Reef. That remote outpost got its name from the nearby Carr Reef, a tall band of quartzite-bearing cliffs that form the Huachuca Mountains' dramatic eastern front. Mining activity along the Reef began during the last few years of the nineteenth century and proceeded in fits and starts all the way into the 1950’s.

The property occupied by the mines and the town was returned to public ownership in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. A number of picnic tables and tent pads were placed within the visible outlines of old cabin foundations.

Many relics of Reef’s mining history, including the remains of the town’s old water system and miscellaneous features, are still visible in and around the campground. Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provide points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail which begins and ends at the northeastern end of the campground.

Garbage bins available.

Accessible to persons with disabilities.

Note: Black bears in area.

At a Glance

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."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-Medium
Restrictions: Trailer Camping is 12 feet and less. Longer trailers and motor homes cannot negotiate the switchbacks on Carr Canyon Road.  The day-use group site must be reserved in advance. (It is locked when not in use). Make reservations online at www.recreation.gov. No utility hookups. . . Pets on leash at all times. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area. Properly licensed motorbikes may be used only for entering or leaving campgrounds. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Near the end of Carr Canyon Road on the “Reef” rock formation in the Huachuca Mountains.
Water: No Drinking Water Available
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: Sierra Vista Ranger District
Information Center: Sierra Vista Ranger District 520-378-0311

General Information

Directions: From Tucson, drive east on Interstate 10 to the State Route 90 (exit 302). Drive south 25 miles through Sierra Vista. Eight miles south of Sierra Vista on State Highway 92, turn west onto Carr Canyon Road (FR 368).

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Trailer Camping is 12 feet and less. Longer trailers and motor homes cannot negotiate the switchbacks on Carr Canyon Road

Cool mountain setting. Shaded sites. Interpretive history trail. Hiking and horseback trails. Campground host. Watchable wildlife. Tent pads. Some sites are barrier-free.

Reservation InfoReservation Required for Day-use group site only. The day-use group site must be reserved in advance. (It is locked when not in use). Make reservations online at www.recreation.gov.
Fire InformationTables and fire rings
No. of Sites14
No. of Accessible sitesAccessible to persons with disabilities.

Group Camping

Day-use group site with ramada.
Reservation InfoFor day-use group site.
No. of Sites6
Group Cooking Facilities6 tables, 2 grills and food prep tables.
Hookups - ElectricNo utility hookups.

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Location

 
  Elevation : 
7,200 feet