Riggs Flat Campground

Area Status: Open
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Riggs Flat Campground

The main attraction at Riggs Flat Campground (Map) 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

Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Day use:  A Coronado National Forest or Interagency (America the Beautiful) pass must be displayed.  Day use passes can be purchased at the site for $8. Learn more about permits and passes. Campsites:  Single site: $20.  With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $10.  Group site: $25 plus $5 per vehicle. Payable with cash or check.
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. RVs 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: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Safford Ranger District
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 open  from April 15 through November 14, weather permitting.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Yes
Parking Yes
Boat ramp Yes
Fee charged for some activities Yes
Tent camping Yes
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8,600 feet