Area Status: Open

Clearing at the campground

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 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
Usage: Medium
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.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Safford Ranger District
Information Center: Safford Ranger District 928-428-4150

General Information

Directions: 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 15 Single $20    1 Double $40  1 Group $25 + $5 per car

Big Game Hunting

Small Game Hunting

Game Bird/Waterfowl


Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6,700 feet