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Named for bathtub-like formations worn in
the rock of Rucker streambed adjacent to the area, this
campground is located on a forested bench overlooking the
old Rucker Lake bed, which silted in after the Rattlesnake
Fire in 1992.
Campsites here are shaded by a stand of Apache
and Chihuahua pines. Yuccas remind you that the desert is
not far away. All sites are walk-in only, so you’ll
have to walk to your table and fire grill.
Location: 38 miles north of Douglas.
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 37 miles to the turnoff to old 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. Bathtub Campground
is about 6 miles up this road.
Forest roads are rough and dusty and may be muddy and slick
when wet. There is a flash flood danger at water crossings
following summer and winter storms. Be careful.
Nearby Forest trails
11 single-unit walk-in sites
Tables and fire grillsToilets
No water in winter (November-March)
Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground.