Gordon Hirabayashi Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Big oaks mix with mesquite, catclaw and manzanita here in the elevations just above Molino Canyon. Views are dominated by the rocky slopes of nearby peaks.

The Arizona Trail -- which extends from Mexico to Utah -- passes through this campground. A corral is available for riding and pack stock. The Aspen Fire burned this area in 2003, but most of the big oaks remain. Some nearby ruins of the historic Prison Camp are now more visible.

Accessible to persons with disabilities.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the summer
Fees Camping: $10.00 per night per vehicle. Picnicking or other day use in Campgrounds: $10.00 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." Coronado Recreation Fee Program passes are not required if vehicles remain in the campground. Limit of 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. Campers must occupy site for the first 24 hours. 14-day stay limit per year.
Restrictions: RV Camping is 22 feet and less. No hookups. No pack and saddle stock permitted in camp sites. The Sheep Management Area in nearby Pusch Ridge Wilderness is closed to dogs for the protection of desert bighorn sheep. Mountain bike access is generally east of the campground and not allowed in Wilderness. Pets must be leashed at all times.
Closest Towns: Northeast of Tucson, just beyond mile marker 7 on the Catalina Highway.
Water: No water. It's always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District

General Information

Directions: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue approximately 7 miles to the campground. As you go up the mountain, the campground entrance is on your left.

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The Arizona Trail can be accessed from this campground.

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5,000 feet