When early settlers ventured up Mount Graham, the Arcadia area was usually as far as they got on the first day. A little later in the history of the Pinalenos, Arcadia was the site of one of several Civilian Conservation Corps camps established in the 1930s to provide jobs for workers idled by the Great Depression. Today, Arcadia Campground, which has 19 campsites,is the first campground visitors encounter on their way up Mount Graham by way of the Swift Trail (AZ 366), which was built by those Depression-era workers. Arcadia Campground is shaded by stands of tall ponderosa pine interspersed with Gambel oaks and Arizona walnuts. Such a diverse habitat makes this an excellent area for bird watching. Watch for poison ivy.
Note: Black bear area.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Arcadia Campground is open year round, weather permitting. In winter, AZ 366 may be closed due to snow. The group site is open April 1 through November 1, weather permitting. Check local road conditions during winter months.|
|Reservations:||Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov. One Group Campsite Call (928) 428-4150 $25 plus $5 per car|
|Area Amenities:||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. Double site: $40. Payable with cash or check.|
|Open Season:||Year round|
|Restrictions:||RVs up to 22’ and vehicles with trailers less than 21’ are recommended. Longer vehicles have difficulty negotiating the switchbacks on AZ 366. Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground. Limit 2 vehicles and 10 persons per site. 14 day stay limit.|
|Closest Towns:||Nearest first aid - Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford, 19 miles.|
|Water:||Drinking water is available.|
|Operated By:||Safford Ranger District|
|Information Center:||Safford Ranger District 928-428-4150|
General InformationDirections: From Safford drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 366 and drive 11.6 miles to the campground entrance on the right side of the road. Check local road conditions during winter months.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|No. of Sites||15 Single $20 1 Double $40 1 Group $25 + $5 per car|
Big Game Hunting
Small Game Hunting
|Fee charged for some activities:||Yes|