Arcadia Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

When early settlers ventured up Mount Graham, the Arcadia area was usually as far as they got on the first day. A little later in the history of the Pinaleños, Arcadia was the site of one of several Civilian Conservation Corps camps established in the 1930s to provide jobs for workers idled by the Great Depression. Today, Arcadia Campground, which has 19 campsites, is the first campground visitors encounter on their way up Mount Graham by way of the Swift Trail (AZ 366), which was built by those Depression-era workers. Arcadia Campground is shaded by stands of tall ponderosa pine interspersed with Gambel oaks and Arizona walnuts. Such a diverse habitat makes this an excellent area for bird watching. Watch for poison ivy.

Note: Black bear area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 15 single campsites $20 first come first served                     1 double campsite $40  first come first served                             Acadia Campground Map
Reservations: Reservations can be made at One Group Campsite  Call (928) 428-4150  $25 plus $5 per car
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Camping or occupying a campsite: $20 per day/night.  All user pay the $20 per vehicle camping fee.  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. 2 vehicles, 10 people maximum for each site.
Open Season: Year round - undefined
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: RV’s up to 22' and vehicles with trailers less than 21' are recommended. Longer vehicles have difficulty negotiating the switchbacks on AZ 366. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Nearest first aid - Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford, 19 miles. 
Water: It is wise to bring drinking water with you when camping.
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Safford Ranger District Recreation Staff
Information Center: Safford Ranger District 928-428-4150

General Information

Directions: From Safford drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 366 and drive 11.6 miles to the campground entrance on the right side of the road. Check local road conditions during winter months.

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Picnic tables Fire Rings
Drinking water
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer 22 ft maximum
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6,700 feet