Coronado National Forest continues to work through an unpredictable and changing situation. USDA Forest Service is making every effort to expand access to recreation sites within the context of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and state and local government orders for residents, while prioritizing employee and public health and safety.
The Forest Service continues to perform risks assessments and implement available mitigation measures in reopening recreation sites and facilities. Some of the mitigation measures evaluated include personal protective equipment and sanitizing products accessibility, social distancing feasibility, and physical engineering installation ability to protect employees.
“Our public has a special connection to the land and are eager to enjoy using the developed campgrounds again,” said Kerwin Dewberry, Coronado National Forest Supervisor. “We are excited to reopen six more facilities this week in addition to the 13 developed campgrounds we reopened in May.”
The following are expected to reopen June 4:
- Nogales RD
- Bog Springs Campground (restrooms open)
- Sierra Vista RD
- Lakeview Campground (restrooms open)
- Rock Bluff Group Site (restrooms open)
- Safford RD
- Shannon Campground (restrooms open
- Soldier Creek Campground (restrooms open)
- Santa Catalina Ranger District
- Sabino Canyon Recreation Area lower (main) parking lot, expected to open June 4 or 5
The following areas are also open (they were reopened May 21):
- Douglas Ranger District
- Herb Martyr Campground (restrooms open)
- Rucker Forest Camp Campground (restrooms open)
- Sycamore Campground (restrooms open)
- Nogales Ranger District
- Sierra Vista Ranger District
- Reef Townsite Campground and Group Site (restrooms open)
- Ramsey Vista Campground (restrooms open)
- Safford RD
- Arcadia Campground (restrooms open)
- Noon Creek Campground (restrooms open)
- Riggs Flat Campground (portable toilets)
- Santa Catalina RD
- General Hitchcock Campground (restrooms open)
- Peppersauce Campground (restrooms open)
- Concessionaire sites to re-open with the exception of group sites:
- Rose Canyon Campground (concessionaire will open restrooms)
- Spencer Canyon Campground (concessionaire will open restrooms)
Each reopened developed campground has site specific restrictions, as reopening is based on state and local health and safety guidelines and availability of personal protective equipment for employees. Please visit www.recreation.gov for site restrictions.
Reduced services may include:
- Self-contained RVs only, no tent camping
- Sites limited to 10 people or less
- No trash services; campground visitors must pack it in, pack it out
- No unregistered guests permitted; must display permit in vehicle
- Closed restrooms, shower buildings, group sites, ramadas, pavilions, etc.
- Maintain social distancing; visitors must wear a mask when interacting with employees
The Forest Service continues to perform risk assessments after a site has reopened. If risks cannot be mitigated, personal protective equipment cannot be maintained and conditions no longer support federal, state, and local public health guidelines, a reopened developed recreation site will undergo review. Preparation and planning are key to reducing waste and minimizing natural resource damage. Respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors. Leave what you find, Pack it in, Pack it out and Leave No Trace.
Visit the Interactive Visitor Map, our website, or contact your local ranger district office https:/fs.usda.gov/Coronado for more information. Closure information can be found on the Southwestern Region website.