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Rucker Lake Campground

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Coronado National Forest - Douglas Ranger District
1192 West Saddleview Rd.
Douglas, AZ 85607
Number of Sites:
8 Sites
6300 feet
Reservations not accepted.


This campground is tucked away along Rucker Creek. Unfortunately, the Rucker Lake after which the campground was named silted in after the Rattlesnake Fire in 1992. It is now a dry lake bed slowly being reclaimed by riparian vegetation. The lake was small but beautiful, formed by a dam across scenic Rucker Canyon. The old Rucker Lake area, however, remains an excellent place to take photographs, do a little birdwatching, or just kick back and relax.

With all that to offer, it should come as no surprise that campsites here are in high demand. During the peak of the summer season and holidays, unless you come early during a weekday, you may have trouble finding a site.

Campsites are spacious and shady with graveled pull-ins. In addition, a number of nearby Forest trails lead into the Chiricahua Wilderness.

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

Trash bins
No Drinking Water

Amenity list above may not be complete.


Year round
127 miles southeast of Tucson
38 miles north of Douglas
6300 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
8 Sites
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash. Stream-side camping
Wildlife viewing
Great mountain scenery
Forest trails
Basic Directions
From Douglas:
Take Leslie Canyon Road north to Rucker Canyon. Stay on the main road, which will become Forest Road 74.

From Tucson:
Take I-10 east 72 miles to US 191. Turn right (south) and drive 29 miles to the turnoff to Rucker Lake. Turn left (east) and drive 17 miles to the Forest boundary. Continue on FR 74 to FR 74E. Turn left (north) on FR 74E and follow the signs to Rucker Lake. Rucker Lake Campground is about 6 miles up this road.

This road is rough and dusty when dry, and may be muddy and slick when wet. There is a flash flood danger at water crossings following summer and winter storms.

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