Cunningham Campground

Area Status: Closed
Picnic table and campsite at Cunningham Campground

Located high in the Pinaleno Mountains in an open, grassy stand of aspen and fir, this campground was constructed to provide a more primitive camping experience than most forest campgrounds. Campsites include a parking area and a fire grill. A public corral is available for riding and pack stock. Nearby there are plenty of foot and equestrian trails.

The Grant Creek Trail starts at the campground edge and follows a scenic route down canyon to the site of old Fort Grant, once an important outpost in the days of warring between the Apaches and the U.S. Army. Today, the fort is an Arizona State Prison Facility.

Also conveniently close by the campground is the Cunningham and Grant Hill Loop, a system of old logging roads and trails developed for mountain biking and hiking. Access to these trails is located across the Swift Trail (AZ 366) from the campground.

Note: Black bear area. Store and dispose of all food in bear-proof containers and trash bins, or keep it locked in your vehicle.

At a Glance

Reservations: This is a first-come, first-served campground. Reservations are not accepted.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Single site: $15.  With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $7.50. Payable with cash or check.
Open Season: April 15 - November 14
Restrictions: Vehicles (including trailers) longer than 22 feet are not recommended because of the difficulty of negotiating the switchbacks on AZ 366. This campground is not accessible from November 15 to April 15 when the Swift Trail is closed for the winter. Early or late snow may extend the inaccessible season. Horse feed and water are not available. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14-day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Safford, AZ
Information Center: Safford Ranger District   (928) 428-4150

General Information


From Safford, Arizona: Take US 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto AZ 366/Swift Trail and travel approximately 29 miles. The campground is on the right across from the Columbine Visitor Center.

From Tucson, Arizona: Take I-10 east for 90 miles. Take exit 352 for US 191, and turn left toward Safford. Drive 26.3 miles north and turn left on AZ 366/Swift Trail. Drive approximately 29 miles and the campground is on the right across from the Columbine Visitor Center.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Cool forest, mountain air. Aspens and fall colors. Trails nearby. Semi-developed setting. Facilities for horses. Fire grills.

No. of Sites 10

Horse Camping


Camping trailer: 22 feet or less recommended
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Vault Toilets
Fee charged for some activities: Camping fees

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,000 feet