Safford Ranger District

Safford Ranger District

This recreation area is the home of the Coronado's most extensive mountain range, the Pinaleños, and topped by the highest peak in southern Arizona, 10,720 foot Mt. Graham.  A scenic road named the Swift Trail (Hwy 366) leads into these unique mountains and provides access to campgrounds, Forest trails, and fishing at Riggs Lake.

The Safford Recreation Area is also home to the Galiuro Mountains and the Santa Teresa Range.  The 76,317 acre Galiuro Wilderness is steeped in history and contains an extensive trail network.

The Santa Teresas are rugged and remote, with a variety of primitive trails leading into a 26,780 acre Wilderness (area is unavailable).

Ranger Phone Address
Detailed District Ranger
(District Ranger)
(928) 428-4150
FAX: (928) 428-2393
711 14th Avenue, Suite D
Safford, AZ 85546

At a Glance

Information Center: Safford Ranger District Phone 928-428-4150

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

All Coronado National Forest roads and trails outside of Wildernes areas except where posted "closed" are open to mountain bikes.

There are a few specially designated "Mountain Bike trails" on the Coronado. One of them is the Elephant Head Mountain Bike route.

For more information on mountain bike trails, check out the hiking trails pages .

Again, any trail not within a wilderness area or specifialy posted "closed" is open for mountain bike use.

Areas for Mountain Biking at Safford Ranger District

Rock Climbing

Areas for Rock Climbing at Safford Ranger District

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Safford Ranger District

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Safford Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at Safford Ranger District

Target Shooting

Know before you go.

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Safford Ranger District

Visitor Centers

Areas for Visitor Centers at Safford Ranger District


Areas for Picnicking at Safford Ranger District

Group Picnicking

Areas for Group Picnicking at Safford Ranger District

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Safford Ranger District

Boating - Motorized

Boating is allowed on most lakes on the Coronado National Forest; however, lakes have different rules about the size and type of motor allowed. Before you visit the lake, please visit the lake's web page to make sure your motor is allowed.

On Riggs Lake, boating is prohibited.

General Info:

Permits & Regulations

To fish on the Coronado National Forest, individuals must comply with Arizona State fishing license laws. For more information, please visit Arizona Game & Fish Department.

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Safford Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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