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Molino Basin Campground

Statistics Elevation
4500'
Season
Nov- April  
Days Limit
14
Fee
Yes
Units
37
Trailer Limit
22'
GPS Location
 
Access
Paved
 
Amenities Potable Water
No
Waste Disposal
No
Restrooms
Toilet
Showers
No
Reservations
No
Store Nearby
Tuscon
Campsite Grills
Yes
Campsite Tables
Yes
Fire Rings
Yes
Utility Hookups
No
Information
520-749-8700
Firewood
Tucson
Fishing Supplies
Laundry
Gas & Propane
Tucson
ATV Use
No
Visitor Center
None
 
 
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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Molino Basin Campground while most other campgrounds in the Catalina District are closed in winter and open in summer, Molino Campground and Picnic Area has a season that is just the opposite. Because it is located lower on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Molino is open during the late fall, winter, and early spring. The weather here is pleasantly mild then, and any of those seasons is a good time to visit.

Campsites are located in savannah -- desert grassland dotted with oaks. Along the banks of Molino Creek, which flows only during and immediately after rain or snowmelt, species such as cottonwood, Arizona live oak, and mesquite provide a scenic setting for the campsites they shelter. Views are dominated by nearby rugged, rocky hills.

A new group campsite was opened in 2004, which has a covered ramada, tent pads, restroom, picnic tables, grills, and a group fire ring with benches. This site is also wheelchair accessible.

The Arizona Trail -- which extends from Mexico to Utah -- passes through this campground.

Location: Northeast of Tucson, between mile markers 5 and 6 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 5.7 miles to the campground. All campsites are adjacent to paved roads and are accessible by two-wheel drive low-clearance vehicles, such as the family sedan.

Elevation: 4,500'

Season: Fall, Winter, Spring.

Closes: Approximately April 25.

Opens: November 1.

Attractions:

Winter season
Scenic mountain surroundings
Access to the Arizona Trail
Popular mountain biking area

Facilities:

37 single-unit sites
Tables and fire grills
Toilets
No water
Paved roads

Notes:

No hookups.
Trailers and RVs under 22' permitted.
No pack and saddle stock permitted in campground.
The Sheep Management Area in nearby Pusch Ridge Wilderness is closed to dogs for the protection of desert bighorn sheep.
Pets must be leashed at all times.
Mountain bike access is generally east of the campground and not allowed in Wilderness.

 

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