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Rucker Forest Camp

Statistics Elevation
6500'
Season
All Year
Days Limit
14
Fee
Yes
Units
14
Trailer Limit
16'
GPS Location
Access
Dirt
 
Amenities Potable Water
No
Waste Disposal
No
Restrooms
Toilets
Showers
No
Reservations
No
Store Nearby
No
Campsite Grills
Yes
Campsite Tables
Yes
Fire Rings
Yes
Utility Hookups
No
Information
(520) 364-3468
Firewood
Bring It
Fishing Supplies
No
Laundry
-
Gas & Propane
-
ATV Use
-
Visitor Center
-
 
 
Fish Species Rainbow Trout
-
Cutthroat Trout
-
Brook Trout
-
Brown Trout
-
Apache Trout
-
Crappie
-
Yellow Bass
-
Flathead Catfish
-
Tilapia
-
Yellow Perch
-
Carp
-
Redear Sunfish
-
Bluegill
-
Green Sunfish
-
Walleye
-
Northern Pike
-
Channel Catfish
-
Sunfish
-
Smallmouth Bass
-
Largemouth Bass
-
Striped Bass
-
White Bass
-
Arctic Grayling
-
Bullhead
-
Fly and Lure Only
-
Acreage
-
Body of Water Depth
-
Catch and Release Areas
-
Boats Allowed
-
Motor Limit
-
Boat Rentals
-
 

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This camp is located at the end of a Forest road that wanders up Rucker Canyon into the Chiricahua high country. Campsites are situated on both sides of the road in a stand of big trees that include ponderosa pine, Apache pine and Arizona cypress. This is bear country, so you’ll want to take advantage of the bearproof food boxes for storing your cooler and any other odorous items.

On the way to Rucker Forest Camp, you’ll pass old Rucker Lake bed, which silted in after the Rattlesnake Fire in 1992. Rucker Creek still runs nearby. Closer to the campground, a number of Forest trails offer opportunities to explore the Chiricahua Wilderness high on the upper slopes.

Rucker Canyon Trail #222 and Raspberry Ridge Trail #228 start at the edge of the campground and lead deep into the Wilderness. For those who like good views but don’t like to walk far to enjoy them, there is a short trail that starts at the same trailhead and leads a few hundred feet to an overlook of Rucker Canyon and the peaks that surround it.

Campsites at Rucker Forest Camp have leveled pull-ins that accommodate trailers up to 16 feet long.

Location: 38 miles north of Douglas.

Access:

  • 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 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 Forest Camp is about 6 miles up this road.
  • These 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.

Elevation: 6,500'

Season: Year-round.

Attractions: Facilities:
Dry lake bed 14 sites
Great views Tables and fire grills
Forest trails Trash bins
Wildlife viewing Toilets

 

Notes:

  • No drinking water. It's always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
  • No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 16 feet.
  • Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground.

 

 

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