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Molino Basin Campground

Contact Info
Mount Lemmon, AZ

Phone:
520-749-8700
Basics
Number of Sites:
37 Sites
Elevation:
4500 feet
Reservations:
Reservations required for groups
Reservations not accepted for single sites

Description

While most other campgrounds in the Catalina District are closed in winter and open in summer, Molino Campground and Picnic Area has a season that is just the opposite. Because it is located lower on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Molino is open during the late fall, winter, and early spring. The weather here is pleasantly mild then, and any of those seasons is a good time to visit.

Campsites are located in savannah -- desert grassland dotted with oaks. Along the banks of Molino Creek, which flows only during and immediately after rain or snowmelt, species such as cottonwood, Arizona live oak, and mesquite provide a scenic setting for the campsites they shelter. Views are dominated by nearby rugged, rocky hills.

A new group campsite was opened in 2004, which has a covered ramada, tent pads, restroom, picnic tables, grills, and a group fire ring with benches. This site is also wheelchair accessible.

Amenities

Basic Amenities
  • Vault Toilets
Special Features
  • Cooking Grills
  • Fire Rings
  • Picnic Tables
Additional Conveniences
  • Group Sites Available
  • Pets Allowed
  • Reservations Accepted
Additional Notes

Trailers and RVs under 22' permitted
No Drinking Water

Amenity list above may not be complete.

Details

Season
October 20 - April 25
Location
Northeast of Tucson, between mile markers 5 and 6 on the Catalina Highway.
Elevation
4500 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
37 Sites
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
None
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Activities
Hiking,  Scenic mountain surroundings
Access to the Arizona Trail
Popular mountain biking area

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue 5.7 miles to the campground. All campsites are adjacent to paved roads and are accessible by two-wheel drive low-clearance vehicles, such as the family sedan.

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