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Rustler Park Campground

Statistics Elevation
8500'
Season
Apr-Nov
Days Limit
14
Fee
Yes
Units
25
Trailer Limit
22'
GPS Location
-
Access
Dirt
 
Amenities Potable Water
No
Waste Disposal
No
Restrooms
Vault
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 It
Fishing Supplies
-
Laundry
-
Gas & Propane
-
ATV Use
-
Visitor Center
-
 
 
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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Rustler Park is a wildflower-carpeted meadow high in the Chiricahuas. Around the turn of the century, rustlers concealed stolen stock there while altered brands healed and pursuit cooled. Today, the meadow provides a cool mountain respite from the deserts below. Rimmed with Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine, the meadow is sprinkled with seasonal wildflowers.

Campsites at Rustler Park are scattered in the shade of tall trees along access roads that have been purposefully kept out of the meadow to avoid damaging fragile plants and soils.

Rustler Park is an excellent place to pursue birdwatching. Larger animals, including black bear, are frequently spotted here, too. Trails lead from the campground into the Chiricahua Wilderness and to other places of interest. The Crest Trail #270, is accessible via a trailhead in the campground’s outer loop, or by a 4-wheel drive road south of the campground entrance.

Location: 120 miles east of Tucson, 18 miles west of Portal.

Access: From Tucson, take I-10 east 81 miles. Turn right (south) on AZ 186 and continue for 23 miles. Turn left (east) on AZ 181 toward Chiricahua National Monument and drive 3 miles, then turn right (south) on Forest Road 42.

From Douglas, take US 80 two miles west to US 191. Go north on US 19135 miles to Sunizona. Take AZ 181 east, then north, for approximately 28 miles (stay on paved road) to FR 42. Continue up FR 42 (Pinery Canyon) 12 miles to Forest Road 42D. Turn right at Onion Saddle and drive approximately 2.5 miles to Rustler Park Campground.

Forest Roads 42 and 42D are gravel roads suitable for two-wheel drive passenger vehicles, though high-clearance vehicles such as pickup trucks or SUVs are recommended. Open from April through November, these roads are not plowed and are usually closed following early or late season snowstorms. Expect slick conditions after a rain.

Elevation: 8,500'

Season: Open April through November, weather and fire conditions permitting.

Attractions: Facilities:
Mountain meadow setting 25 sites
Forested sites Tables and fire rings
Birdwatching/wildlife watching Toilets
Forest trails  


Notes:

  • No drinking water. It's always a good idea to bring drinking water with you on your camping trip.
  • No hook-ups. Trailers limited to 22 feet.
    Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Trailheads for the Crest #270 and Bootlegger #257 trails are located here.
  • Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground.

Bear Warning: Black bears frequent this area. To avoid putting a bear’s life in danger and risking the loss of some of your own property, please dispose of all garbage in the bear-proof containers provided and use the bearproof food boxes to keep all food out of reach and out of sight. Never feed a wild animal. Never approach a bear. For more information, read "How to Live with Black Bears."

 

 

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