Stockton Pass Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Stockton Pass was named after “Old Man Stockton”, a rancher who settled in this area in the 1870’s. Stockton was the father of the Clanton Brothers, who were involved in the famous gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone.

Stockton Pass serves as a travel way over the Pinaleños into Sulphur Springs Valley. The Stockton Pass Campground is located right at the apex of the pass and offers good views of the south slopes of some of the mountain range’s highest peaks, as well as views of Sulphur Springs Valley and the Galiuro and Santa Catalina mountains to the west.

The campground is located on a beautiful scenic drive with panoramic views of the mountains. Groups of up to 110 people come here to camp and enjoy hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. For those who don't want to camp, this is also an excellent picnic area, with tables set in a desert grassland dotted with oak trees and manzanita scrub.

The Shake Trail winds through this high desert landscape as it leaves directly from the campground and begins a climb that continues to the Swift Trail high in the Pinaleños.

Bear Warning: To avoid putting a bear’s life in danger and risking the loss of some of your own property, please dispose of all garbage in the bear-proof containers provided. Also, remember to keep all food out of reach and out of sight of these curious and powerful animals.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dispersed camping in the area is free.    4 single campsites $15             2 double campsites $30  first come first served.   One group site.  $25 + $5 per car               Map of Stockton Pass Campsites
Reservations: Reservations can be made at
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Camping or occupying an individual campsite is $15 per day/night.  Group site camping for up to 110 people is $25 per day/night and $5 per car.
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Trailer Camping is 22 feet and less. Pack and saddle stock are permitted in campground. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Nearest first aid - Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford.
Water: No drinking water. Visitors must bring their own.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Safford Ranger District Recreation Staff
Information Center: Safford Ranger District (928) 428-4150

General Information


From Safford, Arizona: take State Route 191 south for 17 miles. Turn right onto State Route 266 and continue 12 miles to the Stockton Pass Campground.

From Tucson, Arizona: take I-10 east for 90 miles. Take exit 352 for State Route 191, and turn left toward Safford. Drive 17 miles north and turn left on State Route 266. Continue 12 miles to the Stockton Pass Campground.

General Notes:

Natural Features:

This site encompasses an area of beautiful desert grassland mixed with oak woodlands. Many species of birds and wildlife live in the area, including deer, black bear and mountain lions.

Stockton Pass serves as a route over the Pinaleno Mountains into Sulphur Springs Valley. The campground is located at the apex of the pass and offers good views of the south slopes of some of the mountain range's highest peaks, as well as views of surrounding valleys and mountains. With an elevation of 5,600 feet, temperatures are cooler than the surrounding low deserts in summer but still allow for camping in fall and winter.


A leisurely drive on Stockton Pass reveals large cattle ranches, rugged mountain ranges and broad grasslands dotted with desert plants - a true southwestern experience. The pass is open year-round, though summer can bring soaring temperatures and muddy rainstorms.

The area offers excellent hiking, and trails are easily accessed from the campground. The Shake Trail winds through the high desert landscape and begins a climb that continues to the Swift Trail, high in the Pinaleno Mountains.

The campground's setting is also inviting for an afternoon picnic, with tables set in a desert grassland with the occasional oak, manzanita tree or cactus.


Stockton Pass has one group camping area that can be reserved by a single group of up to 110 people at a time. Amenities include vault toilets, several picnic tables, pedestal grills and campfire rings with grills. Bear-proof trash cans are provided to keep visitors and bears safe.

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5,600 feet