Rose Canyon Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Campsites are spacious, spread out among stands of big ponderosa pine and clumps of Gambel oak in a cool forest setting. During rainy seasons, Rose Creek meanders through the area to Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground.

This six-acre lake is sheltered by trees, and offers a pleasant setting for a woodland walk, a lakeside time-out, or an afternoon of fishing for stocked trout.

A one-mile trail leading around the lake provides access for anglers and walkers. This trail is handicapped-accessible from a lower parking area to a floating dock near the dam.

The area also provides access for woodland walks, wildlife watching, and fishing when the campground itself is closed for the season. Please remember, however, that in the off-season the gates will be closed and locked, so no garbage service is provided and no water is available. If you visit then, you’ll want to be sure to pack out everything you pack in.

At a Glance

Fees Camping fee is $20.00 per night up to six people in a vehicle.  The campground may offer a 50% discount for the Interagency Senior or Access Pass.  No more than 8 people per numbered site, including children and visitors.  Second vehicle is $9.00 per night per site.  No more than two vehicles per site.  For day use only, the fee is $9.00 per vehicle up to 6 people.
Permit Info: Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license and trout stamp are required.
Open Season: April 15 - October
Restrictions: RV Camping is 22 feet and less. No hook-ups. Tents, trailers to 22' and small motor homes permitted. No boats or swimming is allowed in the lake. Pets must be on a leash. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area.
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700

General Information

Directions: Northeast of Tucson, between mile markers 17 and 18 on the Catalina Highway.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping


6-acre mountain lake Fishing (stocked with trout) Fishing license and is required.  Please call AZ Game and Fish for questions about fishing and stocking schedule at (520) 628-5376.

The campground has 64 spacious sites that are first come first serve. All campsites are equipped with tables, potable water and fire grills.  The first 5 sites closest to Catalina Highway are tent sites only and available for reservation only (call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online at www.  Tents, trailers and small motor homes permitted up to 22'. Dog must be on a leash.  Boat and Swimming are prohibited (not allowed) at the lake. Opening dates TBA due to changing weather. 

No. of Sites74
No. of Accessible sitesAccessible to persons with disabilities.

RV Camping


Rose Canyon has three RV only camping loops.  There are no RV hookups available.  Generators are allowed but must be off from 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.

Group Camping

6-acre mountain lake Fishing (stocked with trout) Spacious sites Cool forest setting. Ramadas at group areas. Tents, trailers to 22' and small motor homes permitted.
Reservation InfoTwo day-use group sites are available, one of which may be reserved by calling Recreation Gov, toll-free 1-877-444-6777 or visit them by linking to,
No. of Sites2
Hookups - ElectricNo hookups.


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