Treasure Park – Group Use Areas

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Treasure Park North sits along the scenic Swift Trail in southern Arizona. The picturesque mountain meadow setting provides an escape from the desert heat and opportunities for viewing wildlife and wildflowers, as well as group camping, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking.

The location boasts an interesting history. Legend has it that a treasure of stolen gold and silver was buried here by a band of outlaws in the 1850s. They reportedly marked the site with a triangle formed by three colored granite stones, though no buried treasure was ever found.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit for more information.
Reservations: Reservations for Treasure Park East can be made at Reservations for Treasure Park North can be made at
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees There are 2 group use sites available.  Fees for each are $25  plus $5 per vehicle. Payable with cash or check.
Open Season: April 15 - November 14
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Nearest first aid - Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford.
Water: Drinking water is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Restroom: No toilets provided; one portable/self-contained toilet is required for every 25 people
Operated By: Safford Ranger District
Information Center: Safford Ranger District (928) 428-4150

General Information


From Safford, Arizona: take State Route 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto State Route 366/Swift Trail and travel 23 miles to the Treasure Park turnoff. Proceed to the north end.

From Tucson, Arizona: take I-10 east for 90 miles. Take exit 352 for State Route 191 and turn left toward Safford. Drive 26.3 miles north and turn left on State Route 366/Swift Trail. Go 23 miles to the Treasure Park turnoff and proceed to the north end.

General Notes:

Natural Features:

This site lies within the mixed conifer area of the Pinaleno Mountains at an elevation of 9,000 ft. The high elevations makes this area very pleasant in summer compared to the heat of lower deserts.

The Coronado National Forest covers 1.78 million acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3,000 to 10,720 feet in 12 widely scattered mountain ranges, or "sky islands," that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting biologically diverse plant communities.


The campground lies along the Swift Trail scenic drive, which takes visitors from the Sonoran Desert at 2,900 feet to alpine meadows and forests on the 9,000-foot ridges of the Pinaleno Range. Several points of interest offer excellent side trips, including a hike to Heliograph Peak and a visit to Hospital Flat, a meadow that blooms with wildflowers in late summer.

In addition to these points of interest, the road provides access to a number of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, a mountain lake stocked with trout as well as several campgrounds. Because of its diverse habitat, the area is known for birding and wildlife watching.


Treasure Park North and East can accommodate a single group of up to 100 people at a time. The site is equipped with a group campfire ring with grill, a parking area and a drinking water spigot nearby, with water available seasonally.

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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Yes
Parking Yes
Fee charged for some activities Yes
Tent camping Yes
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