- Number of Sites:
- 10 Sites
- 5000 feet
- Reservations not accepted.
DescriptionIdlewild 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.
- Vault Toilets
- Cooking Grills
- Fire Rings
- Picnic Tables
- Pets Allowed
No Drinking Water
Trailers up to 16 feet are permitted.
Amenity list above may not be complete.
SeasonMay 1 - October 31
Location150 miles east of Tucson
2 miles southwest of Portal
54 miles northeast of Douglas
- Total Sites:
- 10 Sites
More Site Details
- RV Hookups:
Pet PolicyPets must be restrained or on a leash. Scenic canyon setting
Nearby Forest trails
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.
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.