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Hospital Flat Campground

Contact Info
Pinaleño Mountains, AZ

Phone:
928-428-4150
Basics
Number of Sites:
10 Tent Sites
Elevation:
9000 feet
Reservations:
Reservations not accepted.

Description

Hospital Flat is so named because in the 1880’s it served as a site for a field hospital for ailing soldiers from Fort Grant. That frontier outpost is located along Grant Creek on the south slope of the Pinaleños. The restorative powers of this cool mountain meadow, carpeted with wildflowers and traversed by a small creek, were sufficiently notable that it also became a summer retreat for officers and their families trying to escape the heat of their desert outpost. Fort Grant was closed in 1905 and now serves as an Arizona State Prison Facility. Hospital Flat still serves as a popular refuge for forest recreationists who come to its pleasant surroundings for much the same reason as did those soldiers of a hun.

Hospital Flat offers a 3/4 mile self-guided nature trail constructed by the Safford Rotary Club in 1985. A printed trail guide available at the trailhead tells how this meadow was formed, what plants and animals live in and around it, and how they interact with one another and with their habitat.

Amenities

Basic Amenities
  • Vault Toilets
Special Features
  • Cooking Grills
  • Fire Rings
  • Picnic Tables
Additional Conveniences
  • Pets Allowed
Additional Notes

Tent Camping Only
No Drinking Water

Amenity list above may not be complete.

Details

Season
April 15 - November 14
Location
31 miles southwest of Safford in the Pinaleño Mountains.
Elevation
9000 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
10 Tent Sites
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
None
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Activities
Hiking,  Mountain meadow setting
Late summer wildflowers
Semi-secluded sites
Nature Trail
Additional Details
Some walking is required to get to your campsite.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Safford drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto 366 and drive 23.3 miles to the campground entrance on the left side of the road. Accessible from April 15 to November 14, weather permitting.

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