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KENTUCKY CAMP CABIN AND HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, AZ
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewKentucky Camp Cabin and Headquarters is located in the Santa Rita Mountains near Sonoita, Arizona in the Coronado National Forest.
The handful of buildings at Kentucky Camp served as headquarters for the Santa Rita Water and Mining Company from 1902 to 1906. The facility also served as a cattle ranch in the 1960s.
The Forest Service acquired the land in 1989 and it has since become an ideal location for guests seeking a unique lodging experience, rich in mining and ranching history.
Spanning four life zones and several ecosystems between desert and mountain peaks, the area surrounding the camp and cabin is considered a "sky island," supporting abundant and biologically diverse plant and animal communities.
Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails are popular in the area and vary from paved and gentle walking paths, to steep, strenuous trails leading to the top of 9,453-foot Mt. Wrightson and other nearby peaks. The Arizona Trail is routed through Kentucky Camp.
This facility consists of a cabin and headquarters building. The cabin can accommodate up to five people, and is equipped with two twin beds and a bunkbed, all with mattresses. A small loveseat in the living area turns into a single bed. The kitchen has basic amenities including a small refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, coffee pot, dishes, utensils, cookware, and a table and four chairs. The cabin has propane heat. Outside, there is a grill and picnic table for outdoor dining. A vault toilet, stall for solar showers, and an outdoor sink are located on site.
Numerous attractions are available nearby in Madera Canyon. Attractions within a one-hour drive include the Mining Museum, Titan Missile Museum, Whipple Observatory, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, San Xavier Mission and Tumacacori National Historical Park.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Tucson, take I-10 east to Exit #281 (Highway 83 Sonoita/Patagonia). Travel south on Highway 83 for approximately 21 miles to the Gardner Canyon Road. Turn right on Gardner Canyon Road and continue a quarter-mile to Forest Service Road 163. Turn right on Forest Service Road 163 and continue approximately 5 miles to the junction of 163 and the entrance to Kentucky Camp. Stay to the left and continue to the parking lot and gate that marks the entrance to Kentucky Camp. There are signs to Kentucky Camp from Highway 83.
Mailing Address:KENTUCKY CAMP CABIN AND HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
Forest Road 163
Sonoita AZ 85637
Phone Number:Information: (520)281-2296