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Reef Townsite Campground

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Sierra Vista Ranger District
Carr Canyon Rd
Miracle Valley, AZ
Number of Sites:
14 Single Sites
1 Day Use Group Site
7200 feet
Day use group area must be reserved
Reservations not accepted for camping


This high mountain campground and group day-use area is located on a site that was once occupied by the old Reef Townsite. That remote outpost got its name from the nearby Carr Reef, a tall band of quartzite-bearing cliffs that form the Huachuca Mountains' dramatic eastern front. Mining activity along the Reef began during the last few years of the nineteenth century and proceeded in fits and starts all the way into the 1950's. The property occupied by the mines and the town was returned to public ownership in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. A number of picnic tables and tent pads were placed within the visible outlines of old cabin foundations.

Many relics of Reef's mining history, including the remains of the town's old water system and miscellaneous features, are still visible in and around the campground. Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provide points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail which begins and ends at the northeastern end of the campground. In addition to the historic information, the views along that trail are well worth a visit.

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

Tent Pads
Trash Service

Tents and trailers under 12' are permitted. Longer trailers and motor homes cannot negotiate the switchbacks on Carr Canyon Road.

Amenity list above may not be complete.


Spring - Fall
In the Huachuca Mountains southwest of Sierra Vista
7200 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
14 Single Sites
1 Day Use Group Site
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Hiking,  Horseback Riding, 
Cool Mountain Setting
Interpretive History Trail
Watchable Wildlife
Additional Details
Motorbikes may be used only for entering or leaving campgrounds.

The day-use group site must be reserved in advance. (It is locked when not in use).

Basic Directions
From Tucson, drive east on Interstate 10 to the State Route 90 (exit 302). Drive south 25 miles through Sierra Vista. Eight miles south of Sierra Vista on State Highway 92, turn west onto Carr Canyon Road (FR 368).

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