Stewart Campground

Area Status: Open
Stewart Campground

Stewart Campground is a cool, shady streamside camp where sites are clustered under a healthy stand of Arizona cypress trees, with some picturesque old sycamores closer to the streamside. As with all Cave Creek campgrounds, birdwatching is good right in the campground. It’s also close to other areas that are less disturbed and therefore even more productive for adding to your life-list.

A short distance upstream from Stewart, the Vista Point Trail climbs above the canyon floor to offer unobstructed views of Cave Creek Canyon. Though this easy stroll has little elevation change, the view it presents is impressive. Other recreation amenities conveniently close to Stewart Campground include the Silver Peak Trail #280.

The South Fork area, famous for its birdwatching and beautiful riparian forest, is a short drive away. The campground is located on the Cave Creek/Portal-to-Paradise scenic drive.

Sites at Stewart have pull-ins making it one of the better places along Cave Creek for camping if you have an RV. Trailers to 16 feet are permitted.

Note: Black bears in area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: If forecasts indicate rainfall of 1 1/2" or greater, campground will be evacuated due to flood danger.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Single site: $20.  With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $10. Payable with cash or check.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 16 feet. Pack it in, pack it out. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit. Water is turned off at first freeze for the winter months.
Closest Towns: Portal is 2.3 miles southwest.
Water: Drinking water is available April- Oct.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Douglas Ranger District
Information Center: Douglas Ranger District 520-364-3468

General Information

Directions: 150 miles east of Tucson. Access: From Tucson, take I-10 east 139 miles to US 80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal, 7 miles. From Douglas, take US 80 east approximately 50 miles to Rodeo, NM. Two miles past Rodeo, turn left (west) on Portal Road. From Portal, drive west on Forest Road 42 approximately 2.3 miles to Stewart Campground. All roads are paved and suitable for passenger vehicles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Bird/wildlife watching. Close to creek and Vista trail. Pull-ins sites are available making it one of the better places along Cave Creek for camping if you have an RV. Trailers to 16 feet are permitted. Trash bins provided. Tables and fire grills.

No. of Sites 6
Difficulty Level: Easy


Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Drinking water: No, after 11/8

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,100 feet