Recreation

Recreation on the Forest

Its called God's Country . . . lakes and mountains. The Mogollon Rim made famous by Zane Grey. The White Mountains made green by ponderosa pine, gentled by cold waters flowing to the valleys below and far beyond. It is a physically challenging and rewarding recreational landscape. A place of spiritual renewal and more . . .

Enjoy your National Forests but please remember: FIREWORKS are not allowed on the National Forest.


When camping or picnicking, please keep your site clean; free from trash and food. Otherwise animals and insects are attracted to your site.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics... Bag your trash and take it home with you. Help us keep our forests clean and green by "Packing It Out!"

Feel free to have a campfire but ALWAYS be in attendance of your fire; when you leave, PUT IT OUT- COLD OUT! Put lots of water on it (about 5 gallons), mix and stir dirt in, then do it again until you can put your bare hand on the coals and they are cool to the touch! Putting your fire out can take awhile. Please start extinguishing it BEFORE you start packing up.

Human Waste is a big problem when thousands of people converge on the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for detailed instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.

Sharing the trail with horses:

Here’s a great resource on sharing trails with horses, mountain bikers, and hikers: “What a Horse Sees!” – a short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail. Trailmeister.com

With your help, we can protect our natural resources for future generations.

Thank you!

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Spotlights

KP Cienega Campground

At 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest campgrounds in Arizona. With that in mind, you might suspect that it's cool up here. Well you would be right, deliciously cool--when it's hot everywhere else.

  • 5 single unit sites 
  • Trailers and motorhomes up to 16 foot
  • No hookups
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash
  • Lodge and restaurant at nearby Hannagan Meadow
  •  Tables
  • Fire rings with cooking grills 

The KP Trailhead, directly adjacent to the campground, provides hiking and backpacking opportunites into the Blue Range Primitive Area via the KP Trail (# 70) with connections to many other trails within the area.

Hannagan Campground

Hannagan Campground

**Potable Water System is Closed for the Winter**

Nearby hiking trails and scenic drives, close to the primitive area and wilderness At 9,100 feet, this is one of the highest campgrounds in Arizona. With that in mind, you might suspect that it's cool up here. And you'd be right, deliciously cool--when it's hot everywhere else. You might also suspect that the surroundings are alpine. Right again! High country tree species such as Colorado Blue and Engelmann spruce, subalpine and corkbark fir and quaking aspen shade these campgrounds.

Upper Blue Campground

View of Upper Blue campsite with Adirondack-style shleter

A rustic camping experience in a beautiful setting off the beaten path, Upper Blue Campground is located below the high bluffs and near streamside within the Blue River Valley.

  • 3 campsites
  • 2 sites with Adirondack-style shelters.
  • 14 day stay limit.

Caldwell Cabin

Caldwell Cabin

**Caldwell Cabin is currently closed until Spring 2014**

Nestled amongst the tall pine trees overlooking a large grassy meadow, Caldwell Cabin sits at an elevation of 7,600 feet. Visitors can relax in the two Adirondack chairs located on the front porch and take in the panoramic view of an open meadow. A nice walk across the meadow takes you to a location overlooking the Black River.

History

Caldwell Cabin originated as a 1-room homestead constructed in the 1920s from hand-hewn logs by the Caldwell family. It was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1960s. The original chinking remains in some areas of the cabin. Around 1940, a bathroom, great room with a fireplace, and small bedroom were added. Rustic Caldwell Cabin offers visitors a chance to step back in time.

Things You'll Need

  • Food
  • Bedding and towels
  • Spare clothing (rain gear suggested)
  • Trash bags
  • Dish soap and dish rag
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Compass and map
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight

Amenities

The cabin has running water from late May through early October depending on the weather. Inside the cabin are a propane stove, propane refrigerator, solar lights and kitchen sink. There is a Murphy bed (from the original cabin), and a kitchen table with four chairs and a bench. The great room contains a queen-sized sleeper sofa, a game table with four chairs, a fireplace, and a propane wall heater. The bathroom consists of a commode and small sink. Note: The cabin does not have a shower or bath. The small bedroom holds a bunk bed with a full-size futon. The kitchen is equipped with some pots and pans, cooking and eating utensils, dishes, a coffee pot, and a can opener.

Visitors can relax in the two Adirondack chairs located on the front porch, and take in the panoramic view of an open meadow. There are also two family-sized picnic tables and a fire ring in front of the cabin for visitors to enjoy. It is your responsibility to leave the cabin as clean or cleaner than when you found it.