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Camping at Whitetail Campground

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Location and Access

Whitetail Campground is located in the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. It is situated near the town of Summerhaven and is an attractive destination for campers looking to enjoy the forested environment of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Campground Features and Amenities

  • Campsites: Whitetail Campground features a number of campsites suitable for tent and small trailer camping. Each site typically includes a picnic table, a fire ring, and a grill.
  • Facilities: The campground has basic facilities including vault toilets. Water may not always be available, so visitors should be prepared to bring their own.
  • RVs: There might be size limitations for RVs, generally due to narrow mountain roads leading to the campground. Additionally, no hookups are available at the sites.


  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the surrounding area, including access to the Arizona Trail and those leading to the summit of Mt. Lemmon.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The Coronado National Forest is rich in wildlife, with opportunities to see a variety of birds and mammals.
  • Stargazing: Due to low light pollution, the campground can offer excellent conditions for stargazing.

Reservations and Fees

  • Campsites at Whitetail Campground may require reservations during peak seasons, and it is best to check the current status through the USDA Forest Service website or a recreation booking site like Recreation.gov.
  • Fees are applicable for camping, and the amount can vary. Always check the latest fee schedule before planning your trip.

Seasonal Information

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the campground is typically from late spring to early fall. Winters can be cold, and snow is common, which may restrict access to the area.
  • Road Conditions: The roads leading to Whitetail Campground, including the Catalina Highway, may be subject to weather-related closures, especially during winter. It is advisable to check current road conditions before traveling.

Safety Considerations

  • Wildlife: Always store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially at higher elevations where summer thunderstorms and monsoonal rains are common.
  • Fire Restrictions: Check whether any fire restrictions are in place before starting a campfire, as restrictions are often implemented during dry conditions to prevent wildfires.

Contact Information

Before visiting Whitetail Campground, it's recommended to contact the Santa Catalina Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest for up-to-date information regarding conditions, closures, or any other campsite-specific details:

  • Phone: Typically, there is a contact number for the ranger district that can be called during business hours.
  • Website: Visit the official Coronado National Forest website for more details and updates.

Remember to always practice Leave No Trace principles, keeping the environment pristine for future visitors and wildlife by packing out all trash and minimizing your impact on the natural surroundings.

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