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CAMP RUCKER GROUP SITE, AZ

Photo: CAMP RUCKER GROUP SITE
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Camp Rucker Group Site sits in the beautiful and remote Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. The group camping area offers mountain views and plenty of space for group camping for up to 150 people.

Natural Features:

Located at an elevation of 5,533 feet, Camp Rucker is situated in a grassy area with plenty of open space between the oak, juniper and Arizona walnut trees that provide welcome shade on a summer day.

A short distance from the camp, Rucker Creek runs intermittently throughout the year. Monte Vista Peak to the northeast and a number of other minor peaks and foothills provide a scenic backdrop.

Recreation:

The Rucker and Tex Canyon scenic drive takes visitors over the southern reaches of the Chiricahua Mountains through beautiful canyon country, several forest campgrounds and a number of trails into the Chiricahua Wilderness. History buffs might want to stop at the historic Rucker Military Camp and Ranch, a remnant of the region's warring between U.S. Cavalry and Chiricahua Apaches.

Facilities:

Camp Rucker has one spacious group campsite that includes eight picnic tables, two large serving tables, campfire rings with grills, bear-proof trash containers and vault toilets.

The site was designed for groups. However, if the area has not been reserved by a group, individuals are permitted to camp.

Nearby Attractions:

Campers can take a day trip to Chiricahua National Monument. The monument protects some of the most scenic areas of the Chiricahua Mountains, a wonderland of rocks and forests with many opportunities for hiking and photography.

Click here for more about the Chiricahua National Monument.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Drive
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Ranger Station
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water available; please bring your own
  • No reservations accepted for Easter weekend, Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend; during these times, the group site is used as an overflow campsite for the area
  • No cell phone service available at the site
  • No hookups
  • Pack and saddle stock not permitted in the campground
  • Bears live in the area; make sure all food is secure and trash disposed in trash cans provided
  • Click here to learn more about Coronado National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
31.75361, -109.35806
31°45'13"N, 109°21'29"W

From Douglas, Arizona, take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which becomes Forest Road 74. Turn left on Forest Road 74E and left again to the Camp Rucker Group Site.

From Tucson, Arizona, take I-10 east for 72 miles to U.S. 191. Turn right and drive 29 miles to the turnoff for Rucker Canyon. Turn left and continue 17 miles to the national forest boundary. Continue on FR 74, then turn left on FR 74E and left again to the Camp Rucker Group Site.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CAMP RUCKER GROUP SITE
1192 W. Saddleview Road
Douglas AZ 85607

Phone Number:

Project Office:(520)364-3468