Rose Canyon Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rose Canyon Campground features 73 campsites, half of which may be reserved. Campsites are spacious, spread out among stands of big ponderosa pine and clumps of Gambel oak in a cool forest setting. Each campsite has a picnic table, grill, firepit and bear box. We do have wildlife in the campground. Your hosts or the entry fee booth employee will give each guest a campground map, rules, bear aware/ rabies pamphlet. There are also trail maps upon request. There are 3 RV loops. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our campground, especially our restrooms.

This six-acre lake is sheltered by trees, and offers a pleasant setting for a woodland walk, a lakeside time-out, or an afternoon of fishing for stocked trout. During rainy seasons, Rose Creek meanders through the area to Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground. A one-mile trail leading around the lake provides access for anglers and walkers. This trail is handicapped-accessible from a lower parking area to a floating dock near the dam.

The area also provides access for woodland walks, wildlife watching, and fishing when the campground itself is closed for the season. Please remember, however, that in the off-season the gates will be closed and locked, so no garbage service is provided and no water is available. If you visit then, you’ll want to be sure to pack out everything you pack in.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening and Closing are weather dependent. Please be advised that this campground is ran by a concessionaire and can close at any time in October. Please call 520-576-1477 for more information.
Operational Hours: Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is 1pm.
Reservations: There are 30 assigned tent/RV sites that can be reserved through There are 43 sites that will be available for camping on a first come first serve basis.
Fees Campsites are $24.00 - $145 per night.
Permit Info: Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license and trout stamp are required.
Open Season: April
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: RV Camping is 22 feet and less. No hook-ups. Tents, trailers to 22' and small motor homes permitted. No boats or swimming is allowed in the lake. Pets must be on a leash. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area. Bear boxes must be used. Noisy generators are not allowed. No generators between 10 pm-6am (quiet time). We do not allow generators in tent camping areas.
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700 Campground phone numbers are 520-576-3091 or 520-576-1477.

General Information


Northeast of Tucson, between mile markers 17 and 18 on the Catalina Highway.


Site 16 is designed for handicap guests and is located on Green Mountain Loop. You must have a placard or plate with the handi-cap logo.

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