Rose Canyon Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Campsites are spacious, spread out among stands of big ponderosa pine and clumps of Gambel oak in a cool forest setting. 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 woodland walk, a lakeside time-out, or an afternoon of fishing for stocked trout.

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.

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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 Oct. Please call 520-576-1477 for more info.
Operational Hours: Non Reservation sites must leave by 3:00  Reservation sites must leave by 1:00 pm day of departure
Reservations: Campground Operated by:  Recreation Resource Management – a concessionaire under permit with the Coronado National Forest. There are 43 sites that will be a vailable for camping on a first come first service basis.  In addition, 30 assigned tent/RV sites that can be reserved through or at 1-877-444-6777. Water is available and no RV hookups.
Fees Campground is run by a concessionaire.  The Interagency Senior and Access Pass is good for a 50% discount on camping only. Camping fee is $22.00 per night up to six people in a vehicle.  Double Family Sites are $36.00  No more than 6 people per numbered site, including children and visitors.  Second vehicle is $9.00 per night per site.  No more than two vehicles per site.  Extra Person Fee $1.00  For day use only, the fee is $9.00 per vehicle up to 6 people.
Permit Info: Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license and trout stamp are required.
Open Season: April - Oct.
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.
Water: Drinking water
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger District
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700

General Information

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


Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

6-acre mountain lake Fishing (stocked with trout) Spacious sites Cool forest setting. Ramadas at group areas. Tents, trailers to 22' and small motor homes permitted.
Hookups - ElectricNo hookups.
No. of Sites2
Reservation InfoTwo day-use group sites are available, one of which may be reserved by calling Recreation Gov, toll-free 1-877-444-6777 or visit them by linking to,

RV Camping


Rose Canyon has three RV only camping loops.  There are no RV hookups available.  Generators are allowed but must be off from 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.

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 Sites74


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