Coronado National Forest - Recreational Activities

Camping and Picnicking

logo: Camp U.S.Campgrounds and picnic areas on the Coronado are nearly as diverse as the people who come to visit. Campsites are available from an elevation of 3,000 feet up to 9,000 feet, offering a year-round season of camping opportunities and a full spectrum of vegetation and climate zones.

Forest Service campgrounds are designed to meet your recreational needs. Most have toilets/outhouses and potable drinking water sources, and many are located near paved roads, making them accessible by even the tamest passenger car. Some will accommodate RVs or trailers, though you should check before you go with the local ranger district to make sure your RV or trailer will fit in the campground.

Help Us Protect Your Forest

logo: pack it in, pack it out!Please preserve and protect your National Forests. Leave natural areas the way you found them by practicing Leave No Trace conservation ethics; the next visitor will thank you.

Some campgrounds on the Coronado National Forest use the "Pack it In, Pack it Out" program. This means garbage cans are not provided. Instead, campers are asked to bring their own garbage bags and pack their garbage out with them when they leave. While this may seem like an inconvenience, in some more remote or seldom used campgrounds, it is simply too expensive or impractical for Forest Service employees to remove garbage. Your contribution in time and effort saves funds that can be used to improve other recreational facilities.


If you are staying at a developed campground, camp only in those places specifically designated or marked as campsites. All vehicles, RVs, and trailers must be parked in the campsite or its driveway. Driving or parking off-road is not permitted. Please observe quiet hours between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and be considerate of others.


Campers enjoying the day on Mt. Lemmon.

In the spring and summer, fire restrictions are possible. Check restrictions before you go. Please obey any fire restrictions posted at the sites. Campfires and charcoal grills may be limited or prohibited when restrictions are in place.

Within campgrounds and picnic areas, fires may only be built in the permanent fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purpose. Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Do not leave your fire unattended. You are responsible for keeping fires under control. Remember, one careless moment with fire can destroy centuries of nature's handiwork.

Stay Limit

The stay limit in any National Forest campground is 14 days. Generally, there is a limit of 8 persons occupying each camp site. The Safford Ranger District (Mt. Graham) allows 10 persons to occupy each camp site. Make sure you give everyone else a chance to enjoy the area!


Drivers must obey all traffic signs and operate their vehicles in accordance with posted regulations, and applicable Federal, State, and local laws. Just like everywhere else! Motorized travel is restricted on many roads to protect wildlife habitat and other resources. Allow plenty of time for all motorized outings and please drive safely.

Pets and Animals

Pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation areas. Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas or sanitary facilities. Saddle or pack animals are allowed only where authorized by posted instructions. Before you take your dog camping or picnicking, please read our Dog FAQ.

The Forest has its share of wild animals as well. Please be considerate and safe around them: they are wild, no matter how tame they may seem. Never feed wild animals. Always secure your food in a vehicle or a bear-proof container. Some areas of the Coronado are black bear country; please check bulletin boards at the specific sites for more information. Mountain lions may also pose a threat to pets, children, and adults. Please read our Mountain Lion FAQ.

Fireworks and Explosives

Use of fireworks or other explosives within campgrounds and other recreation areas is always prohibited.

General Notice

All visitors and users of the National Forests are subject to Federal Regulations. The points of conduct listed above are included and enforceable through Federal Regulations.