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Idlewilde Campground

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Chiricahua Mountains, AZ

Number of Sites:
10 Sites
5000 feet
Reservations not accepted.


Idlewild Campground is the first campground you encounter as you enter Cave Creek Canyon from the east. To get to these 10 streamside sites shaded by Arizona cypress trees, you’ll have to ford Cave Creek, so be mindful of local weather conditions.

Cave Creek Canyon is well known for its spectacular scenery and excellent birding. In addition, a short distance downstream, you’ll find the trailhead for the Silver Peak Trail, which climbs over 3000 feet in just 4.6 miles.

Idlewild Campground is also just a short distance from the Cave Creek Visitor Information Center, which offers interpretive information, as well as books, brochures, and pamphlets to make your visit more informed.

Sites at Idlewild are best suited for camping in tents, vans, or pickup truck campers. Trailers up to 16 feet are permitted, however.


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

No Drinking Water
Trailers up to 16 feet are permitted.

Amenity list above may not be complete.


May 1 - October 31
150 miles east of Tucson
2 miles southwest of Portal
54 miles northeast of Douglas
5000 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
10 Sites
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash. Scenic canyon setting
Forested sites
Nearby stream
Bird/wildlife watching
Nearby Forest trails

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Tucson:
Take I-10 east 139 miles to US 80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal, 7 miles.

From Douglas:
Take US 80 east approximately 50 miles to Rodeo, NM. Two miles past Rodeo, turn left (west) on Portal Road. From Portal drive west on Forest Road 42, approximately 2 miles to Idlewild Campground. All roads are paved and suitable for passenger vehicles.

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