ROSE CANYON, AZ

Rose Canyon Campground is just 17 miles northeast of Tucson, Arizona, off the Catalina Highway Scenic Drive near the summit of Mt. Lemmon. This area is popular for day use as well as overnight camping. With a high elevation, forested setting, two group picnic areas and opportunities...
Status: Open through Sat Oct 25 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • No hookups
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites available
  • Swimming and boats are not permitted in the lake
  • Pack and saddle stock not permitted in campground or picnic area
  • The maximum number of vehicles per site is one; if you have a second vehicle, an additional fee will be collected at the campground.
  • Activities at this facility are available in the off-season when campground is closed, however gates are closed and locked and no trash collection or water is provided
  • This is a high elevation facility; use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Bears and other animals live in the area; all food must be secured and trash disposed in the trash cans provided
  • Click here to learn more about Coronado National Forest
  • The camp store is located south of campsite #73.
  • Credit cards are not accepted. Only cash and Arizona checks are accepted.
  • 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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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Rose Canyon Campground is just 17 miles northeast of Tucson, Arizona, off the Catalina Highway Scenic Drive near the summit of Mt. Lemmon. This area is popular for day use as well as overnight camping. With a high elevation, forested setting, two group picnic areas and opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing and fishing, Rose Canyon offers a great summer respite from the city.

Natural Features:

The campground sits high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Because of its elevation, it can be much cooler than the lower-elevation campgrounds in the area. The campsites are spacious and spread out among stands of large ponderosa pines and clusters of Gambel oak. During the summer rainy season, Rose Creek meanders through the area to the six-acre Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground.

The Coronado National Forest covers 1.78 million acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3,000 to 10,720 feet in 12 widely scattered mountain ranges, or "sky islands," that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting biologically diverse plant communities.

Recreation:

The lake is sheltered by trees and offers a pleasant setting for a walk in the woods, relaxing on the shore or spending an afternoon fishing for stocked trout. A one-mile trail around the lake is convenient for anglers and hikers. The trail is accessible from the lower parking area to a floating dock near a dam.

The surrounding national forest boasts a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails, including several that traverse the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon.

Facilities:

The campground offers spacious, single-family campsites, as well as two group day use areas with picnic shelters, one of which can be reserved for up to 120 guests. The facility is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings with grills and vault toilets.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Other notable attractions include Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon and Colossal Cave.

Booking Window

GROUP PICNIC AREA

Sat Aug 23 2014 - Thu Aug 20 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

MANAGEMENT

Sat Aug 23 2014 - Fri Feb 20 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Sun Aug 24 2014 - Fri Feb 20 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Apr 11 2014 Sat Oct 25 2014
Peak Fri Apr 10 2015 Sun Oct 25 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Licenses
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Scenic Drive
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:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

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
Peak Season
Apr 11 2014 -
Oct 25 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00
Peak Season
Apr 10 2015 -
Oct 25 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
MANAGEMENT N/A
GROUP PICNIC AREA $0.00

*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):
32.395, -110.69111
32°23'42"N, 110°41'28"W

From Tucson, Arizona, take Catalina Highway/Arizona Route 39 northeast. The campground is located between mile markers 17 and 18 on the Catalina Highway.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

ROSE CANYON
10371 Rose Canyon Rd
Mt. Lemmon  AZ  85619

Phone Number:

Information:  (520)576-1477