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Location and Accessibility

Treasure Park East Campground is located in the Coronado National Forest, within the Pinaleño Mountains, which are also commonly known as the Graham Mountains. The campground is situated near the town of Safford, Arizona. Depending on the route, visitors typically take the Swift Trail (State Highway 366) to access the campground. Note that this road might be closed during winter months due to snow.

Campground Facilities

Treasure Park East Campground is a relatively primitive camping area with limited facilities. This means that services such as electric hookups, potable water, and sewer are not provided. Campers should be prepared to bring all the necessary supplies, including water and be ready for carry-in, carry-out practices.

The campground usually offers:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings or grills
  • Vault toilets

Since this campground is more basic, don't expect a camp store, showers, or RV hookups.

Camping Experience

The campground is known for its tranquil setting among the forested environment and grassy meadows, providing a serene retreat for visitors. It's an ideal location for those looking to escape from the heat of the Arizona desert, especially during the summer months.

Activities

Treasure Park East Campground serves as a starting point for various recreational activities, including:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the immediate area, offering stunning views and the chance to observe the diverse wildlife.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Pinaleño Mountains are known for their rich biodiversity, with opportunities to see birds, deer, and other wildlife.
  • Fishing: If you travel a bit farther, you can find streams and lakes stocked with trout.
  • Stargazing: The clear skies and limited light pollution make it an excellent spot for astronomy enthusiasts.

Reservations and Fees

Treasure Park East Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and typically, no reservation system is in place. However, it's essential to check the latest information as policies can change. There may be a nominal fee for camping, so be prepared to pay on-site.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit is generally late spring through early fall when the road is open, and snow is less likely to impact access. Summer provides relief from high temperatures, while autumn offers a chance to see the fall foliage. Check the weather forecasts and the Coronado National Forest alerts before your trip, as conditions can change rapidly at higher elevations.

Important Considerations

  • Always practice Leave No Trace principles to keep the environment natural and undisturbed.
  • Check for fire restrictions or bans before starting a campfire.
  • Be mindful of wildlife and maintain a safe distance; this is their habitat.
  • Remember to pack out all your trash and belongings.
  • Water sources are not available, so bring sufficient water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.
  • Cell phone reception might be spotty, so plan accordingly.

Before heading to Treasure Park East Campground, contact the local ranger district for the most current information. Conditions and available services can change due to weather, budgetary restrictions, or other factors.

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