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Location and Access

Portal CCC House Campground is nestled in the Chiricahua Mountains within the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona, close to the New Mexico border. The region is renowned for its unique geological features, stunning vistas, and diverse ecosystems. Because of its remote location, access typically requires travel through winding mountain roads, so visitors are advised to check road conditions before embarking on their journey, especially in a standard passenger vehicle.

Campground Features

The campground is named after the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which constructed many of the facilities in the 1930s. Although it offers basic amenities, the campground maintains a rustic charm and allows campers to enjoy a more primitive camping experience.

  • Sites: The campground provides a small number of campsites, typically with picnic tables and fire rings.
  • Water: Access to potable water may be limited, so it's recommended to bring plenty of water for the duration of your stay.
  • Restrooms: There are usually vault toilets available, but no showers.
  • Shade and vegetation: The area is known for its mature trees and shade, providing a cooler environment during the hot summer months.

Activities

Portal CCC House Campground serves as an excellent base for a variety of activities.

  • Hiking and Birdwatching: The Coronado National Forest boasts an extensive trail system, with opportunities for birdwatching — the region is famous for its diverse bird species, especially the elegant trogon.
  • Wildlife: Besides birds, it's not uncommon to see other wildlife such as deer or javelina.
  • Stargazing: Due to minimal light pollution, the area offers exceptional stargazing opportunities.
  • Photography: The natural beauty of the Chiricahua Mountains makes it an ideal spot for landscape photography.

Considerations

When planning a trip to Portal CCC House Campground, there are several considerations to keep in mind:

  • Weather: The weather can be variable, with possibilities of sudden thunderstorms, especially during the monsoon season (June to September). Always check the forecast and be prepared for changing conditions.
  • Wildlife Safety: As with any wilderness area, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and practice safe food storage to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife to your campsite.
  • Reservations and Fees: Depending on the time of year and Forest Service regulations, campground reservations may be required, and there can be a fee for camping.
  • Fire Restrictions: Be aware of any fire restrictions, especially during dry conditions when the risk of wildfires is high.

Contact Information and Regulations

Before heading to Portal CCC House Campground, it's best to contact the Coronado National Forest ranger district office for the most current information on campground status, fire restrictions, road conditions, and any other regulations that might impact your stay.

Address: Coronado National Forest 300 W. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone: (520) 388-8300

Website: USDA Coronado National Forest

Lastly, as with any outdoor endeavor, the principle of "Leave No Trace" should be observed to maintain the beauty and health of the forest environment for fellow campers and future visitors. Always pack out what you pack in, respect wildlife, and stay on designated trails.

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