Scenic 4×4 Campsite High in the Santa Ritas

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This little campsite in the Coronado National Forest sits high up in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. It's perched on a knoll near the end of a long forest road spur. You ain't getting there without a high-clearance four-wheel drive and some experience. The road's a primitive two-track with plenty of rocky ascents, so make sure you're up for the challenge.

Once you make it, there's only room for one vehicle, and you'll need to do some leveling since the flattest spot is right at the top of the hill. There's a stone fire ring for your campfires, but the real prize is the view. You've got a rugged desert canyon to the west, mountains on either side, and sweeping views to the south.

Expect some low vegetation and a bit of shelter from the nearby mountains, but don't worry—the sky's wide open, perfect for satellite connectivity. The cell service is killer, thanks to a direct line-of-sight to a tower to the south. If you're into hiking or backpacking, the Arizona Trail's nearby, along with other trails to explore. It's about an hour's drive from Patagonia, Arizona.

This campsite's great if you're rolling solo, but if you've got a group with multiple vehicles, you're gonna want to look elsewhere—there are bigger spots nearby. But if you want the best view, this is where you set up. Enjoy the peace, and don't forget to bring your leveling blocks!

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Status – OPEN

We’ve been here in-person, but it might have been a while. To our knowledge, this spot is currently open and accessible, but that can easily change, so always have a back-up plan!


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