Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Camp Rucker Group Site

This campground is tucked away along Rucker Creek. Unfortunately, Rucker Lake silted in after the Rattlesnake Fire in 1992. It is now a dry lake bed slowly being reclaimed by riparian vegetation.

The area, however, remains an excellent place to take photographs, do a little birdwatching, or just kick back and relax. With all that to offer, it should come as no surprise that campsites here are in high demand. During the peak of the summer season and holidays, unless you come early during a weekday, you may have trouble finding a site. Campsites are spacious and shady with graveled pull-ins.

Note: Black bears in area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed indefinitely to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/safety for more information.
Operational Hours: Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19) Campground will be CLOSED Monday 3/23/2020
Reservations: Reservations for this group site can be made at Recreation.gov.
Area Amenities: Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Single site: $15.  With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $7.50. Group site: $50 plus $10 per vehicle. Payable with cash or check.
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Trailer Camping is 16 feet and less. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit. No hook-ups.
Closest Towns: Douglas is south 38 miles.
Water: No drinking water. It's always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District  520-364-3468

General Information

Accessibility:

Accessible to persons with disabilities.


Directions:

From Douglas, Arizona: take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which becomes Forest Road 74. Turn left on Forest Road 74E and left again to the Camp Rucker Group Site.

From Tucson, Arizona: take I-10 east for 72 miles to U.S. 191. Turn right and drive 29 miles to the turnoff for Rucker Canyon. Turn left and continue 17 miles to the national forest boundary. Continue on FR 74, then turn left on FR 74E and left again to the Camp Rucker Group Site.


General Notes:

Natural Features:

Located at an elevation of 5,533 feet, Camp Rucker is situated in a grassy area with plenty of open space between the oak, juniper and Arizona walnut trees that provide welcome shade on a summer day.

A short distance from the camp, Rucker Creek runs intermittently throughout the year. Monte Vista Peak to the northeast and a number of other minor peaks and foothills provide a scenic backdrop.

Recreation:

The Rucker and Tex Canyon scenic drive takes visitors over the southern reaches of the Chiricahua Mountains through beautiful canyon country, several forest campgrounds and a number of trails into the Chiricahua Wilderness. History buffs might want to stop at the historic Rucker Military Camp and Ranch, a remnant of the region's warring between U.S. Cavalry and Chiricahua Apaches.

Facilities:

Camp Rucker has one spacious group campsite that includes eight picnic tables, two large serving tables, campfire rings with grills, bear-proof trash containers and vault toilets.

The site was designed for groups. However, if the area has not been reserved by a group, individuals are permitted to camp.

High clearance vehicles are strongly recommended. 4 Wheel Drive is also beneficial, if available.


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Picnic tables
Toilets
Parking
Camping trailer

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
31.758228

  Longitude : 
-109.370102

  Elevation : 
6,300 feet

 



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