Shannon Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Shannon Campground

Shannon Campground is small and tucked away along the upper reaches of Marijilda Creek, a pleasant little brook that winds through a setting of tall trees and green grass. Campsites are shaded under mature Engelmann spruce and Douglas-fir. Two three-sided wood shelters of the type originally developed in the Adirondack Mountains of New York add to the historic atmosphere of this campground.

The Arcadia Trail, which leads down the mountain to Arcadia Campground, has been designated a National Recreation Trail. A one-mile spur leads from this trail to the top of Heliograph Peak, a vantage point with a history as well as a view. This 10,022-foot vantage point once served as a location for signal mirrors used to communicate messages during the Apache Wars of the late 1880s. Today you’ll find a Forest Service lookout tower on the mountaintop as well as some of the most panoramic views in southeastern Arizona.

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

Area Amenities: Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Single site: $15. With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $7.50.  Payable with cash or check.
Open Season: April 15 - November 14
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Trailer camping is 22 feet and less. RVs and vehicles with trailers up to 16’ can be accommodated. 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 - Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford, 30 miles. Shannon Campground is located in the Pinaleño Mountains 30 miles southwest of Safford.
Water: No drinking water is available.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Safford Ranger District
Information Center: Safford Ranger District  928-428-4150

General Information

Directions: From Safford drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto 366 and drive 21.8 miles to the campground entrance on the right side of the road. Check local road conditions during winter months.

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Trailer Camping less than 22 feet.

Cool forested setting. Mountain brook. Hiking trails. RV’s and vehicles with trailers up to 16' can be accommodated. Tables and fire grills.

No. of Sites11
Sleeping ShelterTwo Adirondack-style shelters.

Amenities

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

Location

 
  Latitude : 
32.65841476

  Longitude : 
-109.8574262

 



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