Reef Townsite Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This high mountain campground and group day-use area is located on a site that was once occupied by the old mining town of Reef. That remote outpost got its name from the nearby Carr Reef, a tall band of quartzite-bearing cliffs that form the Huachuca Mountains' dramatic eastern front. Mining activity along the Reef began during the last few years of the nineteenth century and proceeded in fits and starts all the way into the 1950’s.

The property occupied by the mines and the town was returned to public ownership in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. A number of picnic tables and tent pads were placed within the visible outlines of old cabin foundations.

Many relics of Reef’s mining history, including the remains of the town’s old water system and miscellaneous features, are still visible in and around the campground. Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provide points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail which begins and ends at the northeastern end of the campground.

Garbage bins available.

Note: Black bears in area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open Spring, Summer, and Fall. Typically closed December 15 - March 15.
May be seasonally closed due to road conditions on Carr Canyon Road.
 
Reservations: Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov.
Fees Camping: $10 per night. Picnicking or other day use in Campgrounds: $10 per day. All fees are payable by cash, check or money order at the time you occupy the site. Make check or money order payable to "USDA Forest Service."Picnicking or other day use in Campgrounds: $10 per day. All fees are payable by cash, check or money order at the time you occupy the site. Make check or money order payable to "USDA Forest Service."
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trailer Camping is 12 feet and less. Longer trailers and motor homes cannot negotiate the switchbacks on Carr Canyon Road.  No utility hookups. Pets need to be on a leash at all times. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area. Properly licensed motorbikes may be used only for entering or leaving campgrounds. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit.
Closest Towns: Near the end of Carr Canyon Road on the “Reef” rock formation in the Huachuca Mountains.
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: Sierra Vista Ranger District
Information Center: Sierra Vista Ranger District 520-378-0311

General Information

Accessibility:

Accessible to persons with disabilities.


Directions:

From Tucson, Arizona: drive east on I-10 to exit 302 to State Route 90. Drive south 25 miles through Sierra Vista. Proceed 8 miles south of Sierra Vista on State Route 92 and turn west onto Carr Canyon Road/Forest Road 368.


General Notes:

Natural Features:

This site rests on the "Reef" rock formations in the in the Huachuca Mountains. At an elevation of 7,200 feet, it provides a cool respite from the heat of surrounding lower deserts in summer.

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.

Recreation:

Reef Townsite Loop Trail, an interpretive trail that highlights the mining history of this area and showcases beautiful views, begins and ends at the northeastern edge of the campground.

The national forest has a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails for those who wish to leave the facility for a day trip.

Facilities:

Reef Townsite can accommodate one group of up to 50 people at a time. Facilities include a picnic shelter that contains six picnic tables, two large group barbecue grills and two food preparation tables, as well as toilets, a parking area and a large shaded area for tents.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
31.429617

  Longitude : 
-110.290974

  Elevation : 
7,200 feet

 



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