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LOWER TWILIGHT GROUP SITE, AZ

part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: LOWER TWILIGHT GROUP SITE
Status: Closed through Tue Apr 14 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lower Twilight Group Site offers groups a secluded camping escape from the summer desert heat. The scenic mountain setting is a great base for hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking. The facility sits along the Swift Trail in southeastern Arizona, adjacent to Upper Twilight Group Site.

Natural Features:

At an elevation of 7,400 feet, the campground lies beneath a nice canopy of ponderosa pine trees in the scenic Pinaleño Mountains in Coronado National Forest. Temperatures are very pleasant in summer compared to the heat of surrounding lowers deserts.

The national forest covers 1.78 million acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3,000 to 10,720 feet in 12 widely scattered mountain ranges, or "sky islands," that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting biologically diverse plant communities.

Recreation:

The Pinaleño Mountains boast great hiking, and campers can find trails nearby. The area's diverse habitat makes this a popular spot for birding. Groups also enjoy picnicking under the shade of pine trees.

Facilities:

Lower Twilight can accommodate a single group of up to 50 people for camping. Parking is available for up to six vehicles. Vault toilets are located at Upper Twilight Group Site, a short walk away.

Downed firewood may be collected in and around the campsite. An information board is located at Upper Twilight for any important information on either site.

Nearby Attractions:

The Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area, which includes the 10,720-foot Mount Graham and several trails, is close by.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Group Camping
  • Parking Area
  • Picnicking
  • Star Gazing
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Lake Access
  • Ranger Station
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water provided; visitors must bring their own
  • Total vehicle length less than 40 feet; Highway 366 is steep with a high number of switchbacks and a one-lane curved bridge at Wet Canyon
  • Opening and closing dates for the season may depend on weather or fire conditions; call 928-428-4150 for current information
  • No trash cans available; remove trash from the forest prior to leaving the campsite
  • No hookups available
  • Check-in is at 2 p.m.; check-out is at noon
  • Only downed trees and shrubs may be collected as firewood; tree-cutting is prohibited
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Bears live in the area; make sure all food and trash is secure
  • Click here to learn more about Coronado National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.64444, -109.82583
32°38'40"N, 109°49'33"W

From Safford, Arizona, take State Route 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto State Route 366/Swift Trail and travel 14.5 miles to the turnoff on the right. Continue a mile to campsite. 1 mile to campsite.

From Tucson, Arizona, Take I-10 east for 90 miles. Take exit 352 for State Route 191, and turn left toward Safford. Drive 26.3 miles north and turn left on State Route 366/Swift Trail. Drive 14.5 miles to the turnoff on the right, and continue a mile to campsite.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LOWER TWILIGHT GROUP SITE
711 14th Ave., Ste D
Safford  AZ  85546

Phone Number:

Project Office: (928)428-4150
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