This small, sheltered campground is tucked away just off the Catalina Highway, along the rocky streambed that forms the floor of upper Bear Canyon. Campsites are nestled under a canopy of ponderosa pines, junipers and oaks. Some sites are located right along Bear Creek among large rocks. The Creek generally only flows during rainy periods or during the Spring snowmelt, but be vigilant of flash floods.
At a Glance
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."
May 1 - Oct. 31
This campground is not recommended for trailers or RVs. No pack or saddle stock permitted in campground. Pets must be leashed at all times. No garbage service. Please carry out everything that you bring with you, and anything someone else may have been thoughtless enough to leave. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit.
Northeast of Tucson at mile post 12 on the Catalina Highway.
No drinking water. Always bring drinking wate with you on camping trip.
Santa Catalina Ranger District
Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700
Directions: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 12 miles to the campground on the right.