Rock Bluff Group Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rock Bluff Group Site is just a short distance from Parker Canyon Lake. The site is open to groups of up to 50 people to enjoy camping and picnicking, as well as fishing and boating at the lake.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations for this group site can be made at
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Group site: $50 plus $10 per vehicle. Reservation required; reserve the site online at
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No cell service. No utility hookups. Firewood is not available at this site; please bring your own firewood or charcoal. Tree-cutting is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Sonoita and Sierra Vista
Water: No drinking water available.
Restroom: Yes

General Information


From Tucson: drive east on I-10 to the Arizona Route 83 exit. Drive south to Sonoita, and then continue on 83 for approximately 25 miles to Parker Canyon Lake.

From Sierra Vista: travel through Fort Huachuca’s west gate to State Route 83. Turn south and travel 10 miles to Parker Canyon Lake.

General Notes:

Natural Features:

The group camping area sits at an elevation of 5,400 feet in a small, rocky canyon dotted with oaks and junipers. Animals unique to the southwest, such as coatimundi, javelina and roadrunners, occasionally make appearances around the lake.

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.


Campers can enjoy an interpretive trail around the lake that begins a quarter-mile walk from Rock Bluff. Trailside benches are located at some of the best wildlife viewing areas. Bald eagles are regularly sighted during the winter, and osprey are sometimes seen migrating through the area in the fall.

For those who like to fish, Parker Canyon Lake offers both cold and warm water species, including stocked rainbow trout and resident bass, sunfish and catfish. Boating is available with a limit of one 10-horsepower motor or less.


The camping area consists of three sites with two tables and two campfire rings each. Tables and grills are clustered on small, walled patios. The facility provides trash collection and toilets. One large, group fire ring is accessible near the parking area.

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Group Camping


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