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Spencer Canyon Campground

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Coronado National Forest - Santa Catalina Ranger District
5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85750

Number of Sites:
68 Sites
8000 feet
Reservations not accepted


This mountain campground is located at the head of a shallow, forested canyon a short distance off the Catalina Highway. Spencer Canyon faces the city of Tucson and the Santa Cruz Valley, both of which are visible as a distant panorama through openings in the forest canopy. Days and nights are cool even in summer at this high elevation. Trees and rocks throughout the campground enhance the privacy of the campsites.

These natural features also provide habitat for the wild animals. Among the more permanent residents of the area are Abert’s squirrels, which are commonly seen but quite uncommon in appearance with their silver-grey tails and tuft-tipped ears. Another frequently encountered creature here in the southwest mountains is the Steller’s jay. These bold birds are blue in color, but they’re not a true "blue jay.” Blue jays live farther east in North America. Steller’s jays are noisy and curious Westerners who will come right into your camp if you stray from it.


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

Tents, trailers to 22', and small motor homes permitted

Amenity list above may not be complete.


Spring, Summer, Fall
Northeast of Tucson, between mile posts 21 and 22 on the Catalina Highway.
8000 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
68 Sites
More Site Details
Max RV Length:
22 ft
RV Hookups:
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash. Cool forest setting
Mountain atmosphere
Views through the trees
Additional Details

Sites are first come, first serve

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Tucson, take Tanque Verde Road east to the Catalina Highway. Turn left (north) onto Catalina Highway, and drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary . Then continue up the scenic Highway 21.5 miles.

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