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Reef Townsite Campground

Statistics Elevation
7200'
Season
Spring- Nov 30th
Days Limit
14
Fee
Yes
Units
14
Trailer Limit
12'
GPS Location
-
Access
Dirt
 
Amenities Potable Water
Yes
Waste Disposal
No
Restrooms
Toilets
Showers
No
Reservations
No
Store Nearby
Sierra Vista
Campsite Grills
Yes
Campsite Tables
Yes
Fire Rings
Yes
Utility Hookups
No
Information
(520) 378-0311
Firewood
Bring It
Fishing Supplies
-
Laundry
-
Gas & Propane
Sierra Vista
ATV Use
Limited
Visitor Center
No
 
 
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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This high mountain campground and group day-use area is located on a site that was once occupied by the old mining town of Reef. That remote outpost got its name from the nearby Carr Reef, a tall band of quartzite-bearing cliffs that form the Huachuca Mountains' dramatic eastern front. Mining activity along the Reef began during the last few years of the nineteenth century and proceeded in fits and starts all the way into the 1950’s. The property occupied by the mines and the town was returned to public ownership in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. A number of picnic tables and tent pads were placed within the visible outlines of old cabin foundations.


Many relics of Reef’s mining history, including the remains of the town’s old water system and miscellaneous features, are still visible in and around the campground. Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provide points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail which begins and ends at the northeastern end of the campground.


Location: Near the end of Carr Canyon Road on the “Reef” rock formation in the Huachuca Mountains.


Access: From Tucson, drive east on Interstate 10 to the State Route 90 (exit 302). Drive south 25 miles through Sierra Vista. Eight miles south of Sierra Vista on State Highway 92, turn west onto Carr Canyon Road (FR 368).


Elevation: 7,200'


Season: Spring, summer, fall.

Attractions:

  • Cool mountain setting
  • Shaded sites
  • Interpretive history trail
  • Hiking and horseback trails
  • Campground host
  • Watchable wildlife


Facilities:

  • 14 single-unit sites with tables and fire rings
  • Tent pads
  • Toilets and garbage bins
  • Drinking water available
  • Day-use group site with ramada, 6 tables, 2 grills, and 2 food prep tables
  • Some sites are barrier-free

 

Notes:

  • The day-use group site must be reserved in advance. (It is locked when not in use). Contact the Sierra Vista District Office for reservations.
  • No utility hookups. Tents and trailers under 12' are permitted. Longer trailers and motor homes cannot negotiate the switchbacks on Carr Canyon Road.
  • Pets on leash at all times.
  • Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area.
    Properly licensed motorbikes may be used only for entering or leaving campgrounds.
  • Reef Townsite Loop Trail, with interpretive signs that discuss the mining history of this area, begins and ends at the northeastern edge of the campground.

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