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Overview

Treasure Park - North Campground is situated within the Coronado National Forest, which spans across parts of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. It is a popular destination for camping due to its extensive natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and pleasant climate for most of the year.

Location and Access

The campground is located in the eastern part of Arizona, within the Pinaleño Mountains, also known as the Graham Mountains. Its high elevation makes it a cool retreat during the hot summer months.

To access the campground, visitors typically travel on State Highway 366, also known as the Swift Trail, which provides a scenic route up into the mountains. The road leading to the campground may be unpaved, typically with gravel, so checking road conditions and having a suitable vehicle is recommended before making the journey.

Camping Facilities and Information

Camping at Treasure Park - North Campground offers a primitive camping experience. Here are some key points to consider when planning a camping trip to this location:

  • Campsite Availability: The campground may operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are usually a limited number of campsites available.
  • Amenities: Because it is considered primitive, it might offer very basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and possibly pit toilets. Don't expect running water, electrical hookups, or modern restroom facilities.
  • Stay Limits: There are often limits on the number of consecutive nights you can stay, which could be around 14 days within any 28-day period.
  • Fees: Check for any applicable camping fees, and whether an America the Beautiful pass can provide discounts or free access.
  • Seasonal Access: The campground is normally open during the summer months, and it may close in the fall through spring due to snow and cold weather.
  • Reservations: Find out if the campground accepts reservations or is entirely first-come, first-served.

Activities and Attractions

The Coronado National Forest and the surrounding area offer a variety of recreational opportunities:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, including the access to Mount Graham.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The diverse habitats are home to many species of wildlife, including deer, birds, and possibly black bears.
  • Fishing: If there are nearby streams or lakes, they may be stocked with fish, and visitors can try their luck at fishing.
  • Stargazing: The clear skies and remote location make it an excellent spot for stargazing.

Important Tips and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Campfires may be restricted during periods of high fire danger. Always check current fire conditions before your visit.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Proper food storage is crucial to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Altitude Awareness: The campground's higher elevation can affect individuals differently. Stay hydrated and acclimate to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Cell service may be limited, so plan accordingly for emergencies.

Contact Information

To get the latest information on Treasure Park - North Campground, including current conditions, closures, and regulations, it is best to contact the nearest ranger district office of the Coronado National Forest. They can provide specific details and help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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