Stewart Campground

Area Status: Open
Stewart Campground

Stewart Campground is a cool, shady streamside camp situated under the canopy of Arizona cypress and sycamore trees.  The campground, and nearby Cave Creek Nature Trail and South Fork Trail, offer excellent birding.

A spur trail across the road links to the Cave Creek Nature Trail. A short distance up the canyon, the Cathedral Vista Trail leads to unobstructed views of Cave Creek Canyon. Though this short, easy stroll has little elevation change, the view it presents is impressive.

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

Note: Black bears are in the area. Store and dispose of all food and garbage in bear-safe containers and trash receptacles, or keep it locked in your vehicle.

At a Glance

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