Riggs Flat Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The main attraction at Riggs Flat Campground is Riggs Flat Lake. Some come to fish in it, some to boat on it, and some just to enjoy the reflective beauty this small (11 acre) lake adds to such a scenic area. The dam was financed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1957 to provide trout fishing for forest recreationists. Information about stocking Riggs Lake is available from Arizona Game and Fish Department

Boats are permitted on the lake but may be powered by no more than a single electric trolling motor.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening/closing dates can change due to weather.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping: $10 per night. Picnicking or other day use in Campgrounds: $10 per day. All 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."
Permit Info: A valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp are required to fish in Riggs Lake.
Open Season: April 15 - November 14
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: RV Camping is 22 feet and less. Boats permitted on the lake may be powered by no more than a single electric trolling motor. RV’s up to 22' and vehicles with trailers less than 21' are recommended. Longer vehicles have difficulty negotiating the switchbacks on the road up the mountain (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 is Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford, 42 miles away. Riggs Flat Campground is located in the Pinaleño Mountains 40 miles southwest of Safford.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Safford Ranger District Recreation Staff
Information Center: Safford Ranger District Phone  (928) 428-4150

General Information


From Safford drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto 366 and drive 29 miles to the Columbine Visitor Information Station. Continue along Forest Roads 803 and 287 about 5 miles to the campground. The entire road is narrow and winding. This campground is accessible from April 15 through November 14, weather permitting.


Accessible to persons with disabilities.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Boat ramp
Tent camping
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