Cypress Park Campground Campsites
here are spread among a stand of exceptionally large Arizona
cypress trees. These venerable old water-loving conifers
lend a unique character to this mountain camp nestled along
the banks of Rucker Creek. Since campsites are arranged
among the trees, trailer size is limited to sixteen feet.
Some sites are quite spacious, however, with ample room
to pitch a big tent and fly.
Cypress Park Campground is
on the Rucker Canyon spur of the Rucker/Tex Canyon scenic
drive, so it's a good place to spend the night if you’re
taking your time touring the mountains. A short distance
up the road beyond the campground, find old Rucker Lake
bed and numerous hiking trail heads.
There are a number of Forest trails in this
area that lead from the road into the Chiricahua Wilderness.
The closest one to the campground is the Monte Vista Peak
Trail #221 which climbs 6 miles to a magnificent view of
the Chiricahua Range and the Sky Island region of southeastern
Location: 37 miles north of Douglas.
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. Cypress Park Campground
is about 5 miles up this road.
Forest 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.
Season: Open March through October.
No drinking water. Always bring drinking water
with you on any camping trip.
No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 16 feet.
Pack it in, pack it out.
Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground.