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John Hands Campground

Statistics Elevation
5600'
Season
Year Round
Days Limit
14
Fee
No
Units
6
Trailer Limit
Tent Only
GPS Location
 
Access
Paved
 
Amenities Potable Water
No
Waste Disposal
No
Restrooms
Toilet
Showers
No
Reservations
No
Store Nearby
No
Campsite Grills
Yes
Campsite Tables
Yes
Fire Rings
Yes
Utility Hookups
No
Information
520-364-3468
Firewood
Bring Own
Fishing Supplies
-
Laundry
-
Gas & Propane
Portal
ATV Use
No
Visitor Center
Cave Creek
 
 
Fish Species Rainbow Trout
-
Cutthroat Trout
-
Brook Trout
-
Brown Trout
-
Apache Trout
-
Crappie
-
Yellow Bass
-
Flathead Catfish
-
Tilapia
-
Yellow Perch
-
Carp
-
Redear Sunfish
-
Bluegill
-
Green Sunfish
-
Walleye
-
Northern Pike
-
Channel Catfish
-
Sunfish
-
Smallmouth Bass
-
Largemouth Bass
-
Striped Bass
-
White Bass
-
Arctic Grayling
-
Bullhead
-
Fly and Lure Only
-
Acreage
-
Body of Water Depth
-
Catch and Release Areas
-
Boats Allowed
-
Motor Limit
-
Boat Rentals
-

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A series of beautiful little cascades grace Cave Creek as it flows past John Hands Campground and Picnic Area, making this area popular for day use as well as camping. Tables and fire grills here are located in the shade of streamside trees well within view of the creek. This is not a large area and sites within it are relatively close together, clustered near the road that provides access to them. For that reason, camping at John Hands is limited to tents only.

This Cave Creek camp is a bit off the beaten path in this popular recreation area, but it is nevertheless close to a number of Forest trails and scenic drives. Birdwatching is good right in the campground, as well as along the creek both up and downstream. Coues white-tailed deer are plentiful in the area, too. The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History is located just downstream of John Hands Campground. The Center occasionally presents programs on natural history topics open to the public. Check at the Cave Creek Visitor Information Center for specific details on these programs.

Other recreation opportunities in the vicinity of John Hands include Greenhouse Trail, which provides the best views of spectacular Winn Falls. The Basin and Ash Spring trails offer relatively easy hikes in the vicinity of the campground.

Location: 150 miles east of Tucson, 6 miles southwest of Portal, 52 miles northeast of Douglas.

Access:

From Tucson, take I-10 east 139 miles to US 80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal, 7 miles.
From Douglas, take US 80 east approximately 50 miles to Rodeo, NM. Two miles past Rodeo, turn left (west) on Portal Road.
From Portal, drive west on Forest Road 42 approximately 5 miles, turn left (west) on FR 42A and continue 1 mile to the campground /picnic area.
Roads are paved (except for the last mile) and suitable for passenger vehicles.

Elevation: 5,600'

Season: Open year-round

Attractions:

Cascading stream
Riparian setting
Birdwatching/wildlife watching
Nearby Forest trails

Facilities:

6 individual sites
Tables and fire grills
Toilet

Notes:

No hook-ups.
No drinking water.
Tent camping only.
Pack it in, pack it out. No garbage service is provided.
Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground.

 

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