Big oaks mix with mesquite, catclaw and manzanita here in the elevations just above Molino Canyon. Views are dominated by the rocky slopes of nearby peaks. The Arizona Trail -- which extends from Mexico to Utah -- passes through this campground.
A corral is available for riding and pack stock.
The Aspen Fire burned this area in 2003, but most of the big oaks remain. Some nearby ruins of the historic Prison Camp are now more visible.
Location: Northeast of Tucson, just beyond mile marker 7 on the Catalina Highway.
Access: Take the Catalina Highway off Tanque Verde Road in Tucson. Drive 4.2 miles to the Forest boundary and continue approximately 7 miles to the campground. As you go up the mountain, the campground entrance is on your left.
Season: Open year round.
Scenic mountain surroundings
12 single-unit campsites
Tables and fire grills
The Arizona Trail can be accessed from this campground.
No pack and saddle stock permitted in camp sites.
The Sheep Management Area in nearby Pusch Ridge Wilderness is closed to dogs for the protection of desert bighorn sheep.
Mountain bike access is generally east of the campground and not allowed in Wilderness.
Pets must be leashed at all times.