Rose Canyon Campground temporarily closed

Release Date: Jun 12, 2017  

Many other camping opportunities available on Mt. Lemmon



Tucson, AZ (June 11, 2017) - For Immediate Release.   – The Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, has temporarily closed Rose Canyon Campground until further notice due to wildlife activity in the area.


A black bear was active in the campground this morning and aggressively attempted to enter a trailer at 5:30 a.m. The bear was last seen moving toward the lake, a popular recreation area.


The campground will remain closed until further notice for public safety purposes.  Developed camping opportunities can be found nearby at Spencer Canyon Campground.  Dispersed camping areas (without developed facilities) can be found on Bigelow Road and Oracle Control Road.


Recreationists are reminded to be “bear aware” to include the following:

• Keep picnic and camping areas clean at all times.

• Clean cooking utensils after meals.

• Stow food and garbage out of sight and smell range of wildlife.  Use bear-proof food and garbage receptacles where provided.

• Wash hands and face with non-perfumed soap, and change clothes before retiring for the night.

• Don’t take odorous materials such as lotions, toothpaste or shampoo into tents.


If a bear is encountered:

• Alter your route to avoid a bear observed in the distance.

• Make yourself look as large and imposing as possible if the bear approaches. Stand upright and wave your arms, jacket or other items. Make loud noises, such as yelling, whistling, or banging pots and pans.

• Don’t run or play dead.

• Give the bear a chance to leave the area.

• If the bear does not leave, stay calm, continue facing it, and slowly back away.


Bear sightings should be reported immediately to the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (623) 236-7201, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.