Rose Canyon Campground

Area Status: Closed

Rose Canyon Campground

Rose Canyon Campground features 73 campsites, half of which may be reserved. There are 3 RV loops. 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. A hosts or employee will give each guest a campground map (trail maps upon request), rules, and safety information.

During rainy seasons, Rose Creek meanders through the area to Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground. This six-acre lake is sheltered by trees, and offers a pleasant setting for a walk, relaxing, or fishing for stocked trout. Rose Canyon Lake Trail #37 is a one-mile trail leading around the lake that provides access to the lake. It is handicapped-accessible from a lower parking area to a floating dock near the dam.

The Campground Store is located next to Lake parking lot and is open Thursday - Sunday, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day through October, the Store is open Saturday and Sunday, 10-4pm. The store carries fishing supplies including poles and licenses, camping supplies, and a sundry of grocery items including ice cream and ice. If the store is closed, you can still purchase ice and firewood through the camp host.

When the campground itself is closed for the season, around November-March, the area is still open for woodland walks, wildlife watching, and fishing. 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, 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 picnic area is operated  by a concessionaire and can close at any time in October.
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.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Camping fee is $26.00 per night for single sites. No more than 6 people per numbered site, including children and visitors. Double Family site is $42.00. Vehicles (up to 6 people) are $10.00 per vehicle. Extra persons, walk-ins, and bicycles are $1.00 each. Firewood is $7.00 per bundle/bag. Payable with cash or check.
Permit Info: Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license and trout stamp are required.
Open Season: April - October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: RV Camping is 22 feet and less. No hook-ups. Tents, trailers to 22 ft; 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). No generators in tent camping areas.
Water: Drinking water is available
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Concessionaire operation under special use permit from the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700. Campground phone number is 520-576-1325

General Information


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


Site 16 is accessible for guests with disabilities and is located on Green Mountain Loop. Guests must have an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping


6-acre mountain lake Fishing (stocked with trout) Fishing license and is required.  Please call AZ Game and Fish for questions about fishing and stocking schedule at (520) 628-5376.

Dogs must be on a leash.  Boat and Swimming are prohibited (not allowed) at the lake.  

No. of Sites 74

RV Camping


Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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