Calabasas Group Site

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Calabasas Group Site

Calabasas Group Campground is a place for groups of up to 250 people to enjoy scenery and privacy in a remote, natural setting. Weddings, family reunions and other social gatherings are especially popular during winter due to pleasant seasonal temperatures, yet it is open year-round.

Calabasas is situated in the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona, home to a variety of ecosystems and recreation opportunities. It is located a short distance off Ruby Road near Peña Blanca Lake, 67 miles south of Tucson and 14 miles northwest of Nogales, Arizona.

Campsites within the group area are spread out among a stand of oak trees within a shallow, grassy valley. A few well-worn pathways lead to low hilltops in the area where visitors will find good views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. Calabasas sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Group sites closed due to Covid-19
Reservations: Reservations for this group site can be made on
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees $50 + $10 per vehicle
Restrictions: RV Camping is 22 feet and less.
Restroom: Yes

General Information

General Notes:


A major attraction at Calabasas Group Site is nearby Pena Blanca Lake. The 45-acre, man-made lake provides birding, boating and fishing opportunities year-round. Anglers can try for rainbow trout, bass, sunfish, crappie and catfish.

Groups also enjoy picnicking in the camping area, hiking or mountain biking on area trails or visiting historic sites.


The camping area can be reserved by one group at a time. Facilities at Calabasas include 14 tables, 12 campfire rings with grills, three pedestal barbecue grills, benches, a parking area and toilets. The site is spread out, so there is enough space to set up additional tables and facilities.

There is no drinking water available; visitors must bring their own.


From Tucson, Arizona: take I-19 south for about 56 miles. Exit onto AZ 289 (Exit 12). Turn right (west) onto AZ Highway 289 (Ruby Road) and continue to the Pe Blanca Recreational Area.

From Nogales, Arizona: take I-19 north for about 4.4 miles. Exit onto AZ 289 (Exit 12). Turn left (west) onto AZ Highway 289 (Ruby Road) and continue to the Pena Blanca Recreational Area.

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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Yes
Parking Yes
Tent camping Yes
Camping trailer Yes

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