MOLINO, AZ

Visitors are drawn to Molino Campground for its group camping area, scenic mountain surroundings and hiking and mountain biking opportunities. While most other campgrounds in the Catalina Mountains are closed in winter, Molino Campground and its picnic area are open in late fall, ...
Status: Closed through Tue Sep 02 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water available; please bring your own
  • No hookups
  • No firewood provided; bring your own firewood or charcoal; tree-cutting is prohibited
  • Parking area holds up to 17 vehicles
  • No pack and saddle stock permitted in campground
  • The Sheep Management Area in nearby Pusch Ridge Wilderness is closed to dogs for the protection of desert bighorn sheep
  • Bears and other animals live in the area; all food must be secured in provided lockers or a hard-sided vehicle and trash disposed in trash cans
  • 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 dontmovefirewood.org.
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MOLINO GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC 100 Accessible 22
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Visitors are drawn to Molino Campground for its group camping area, scenic mountain surroundings and hiking and mountain biking opportunities. While most other campgrounds in the Catalina Mountains are closed in winter, Molino Campground and its picnic area are open in late fall, winter and early spring. The pleasant winter weather at this elevation makes it a great time to visit.

Molino Basin is conveniently located 5.5 miles from the base of Mt. Lemmon on the Catalina Highway, and about 10 miles northeast of Tucson.

Natural Features:

Campsites sit amid a high desert oak scrub ecosystem at an elevation of 4,500 feet on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Along the banks of Molino Creek, which flows during and immediately after rain or snowmelt, species such as cottonwood, Arizona live oak and mesquite provide a scenic setting. Views are dominated by rugged, rocky hills. Colorful wildflowers bloom in spring.

Recreation:

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular activities. The Arizona Trail, which extends from Mexico to Utah, passes through the campground, and the Molino Trail leads to the Pusch Ridge Wilderness (hiking and horseback riding only). A variety of additional trails, including some on 9,157' Mt. Lemmon, are available in the area for those who wish to venture away from the campground for the day.

Facilities:

This facility has a few dozen individual campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis, along with a reservable group camping and picnic area. The group area is accessible with a paved walkway, and is equipped with a large picnic shelter covering several picnic tables, two serving tables, grills and food storage lockers for bear safety. Six cleared tent pads, as well as one accessible tent site, are adjacent to the picnic area. Most of the tent sites are open and sunny. RVs and trailers are permitted.

Visitors must bring their own drinking water; none is provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Catalina Highway (also known as General Hitchcock Highway and Sky Island Scenic Byway), the only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range, is one of the most scenic highways in the Southwest and definitely worth a day trip.

Other notable attractions include Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, Colossal Cave and the city of Tucson.

Booking Window
Sat Sep 06 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 240 Days(s) in advance.

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Season Schedule

Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Self Pay Station
  • Star Gazing
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake Access
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Tubing
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • Hospital
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Sep 02 2014 -
Sep 02 2015
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $100.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.335, -110.69583
32°20'6"N, 110°41'45"W

From Tucson, Arizona, take Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles northeast to the Coronado National Forest boundary and continue 5.7 miles to the campground. The campground is between mileposts 5 and 6. All campsites are adjacent to paved roads.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

MOLINO
5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd
Tucson  AZ  85750

Phone Number:

Project Office: (520)749-8700
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