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SHOWERS POINT GROUP SITE, AZ

part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: SHOWERS POINT GROUP SITE
Status: Open through Sat Oct 25 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The cool shade of tall ponderosa pines and an overlook of Palisade Canyon from the campgrounds edge make Showers Point Group Site a popular place for groups to spend a weekend or an afternoon. Visitors can relax in shaded campsites, picnic at nearby Rose Canyon, hike and mountain bike on nearby trails or take a scenic drive on Catalina Highway.

Natural Features:

Showers Point Group Campground sits high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains at 7,700 feet. Because of its elevation, it can be much cooler than the lower-elevation campgrounds in the area. The campsites are spacious and spread out among stands of big ponderosa pines and clusters of Gambel oak.

The Coronado 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:

Within easy walking distance from Showers Point is one of the most scenic overlooks in the Santa Catalinas. From this towering bluff visitors can see the lower slopes of the Santa Catalina Range and the Santa Cruz Valley stretching toward Mexico. Tall, pyramid-shaped Mt. Wrightson of the Santa Rita Mountains stands prominent on the horizon.

Visitors enjoy hiking through the Santa Catalina backcountry, via the Palisade Trail that departs near the campground. The trail drops down the southwestern slopes of the mountain range to the popular Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Fishing is also available at the nearby six-acre Rose Canyon Lake. A day-use fee is applicable at Rose Canyon

Facilities:

The three group campsites at Showers Point are well spread out over this spacious location and include large, leveled tent pads and picnic shelters. Each site is tent-only for up to 25 guests. The facility is equipped with water faucets and toilets.

Nearby Attractions:

Catalina Highway, also known as General Hitchcock Highway and Sky Island Scenic Byway, is the only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range. It is one of the most scenic highways in the southwest and provides a popular day trip.

Other notable attractions include Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon and Colossal Cave.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Fireplace
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • No hookups available
  • No trailers permitted
  • No Showers
  • Limit 5 vehicles per site
  • Pack and saddle stock not permitted in campground
  • A large area of nearby Pusch Ridge Wilderness is closed to dogs for the protection of desert bighorn sheep; call Santa Catalina Ranger District at 520-749-8700 for more information
  • This is a high elevation facility; use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Bears and other animals live in the area; all food must be secured and trash disposed in the trash cans provided
  • Organization Ridge Road is an all-weather gravel road and closed in winter
  • The road into the campground off Organization Ridge Road is paved
  • For short notice availability or to make arrangements for a tour of the facility please call 520-576-1325
  • Click here to learn more about Coronado National Forest
  • Credit cards are not accepted. Only cash and Arizona checks are accepted
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • 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 don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.40833, -110.72056
32°24'30"N, 110°43'14"W

From Tucson, Arizona, go northeast on Catalina Highway approximately 30 miles from Tucson until just before Milepost 20. Turn left on Organization Ridge Road and travel 1.2 miles to Showers Point.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SHOWERS POINT GROUP SITE
CORONADO
AZ

Phone Number:

Project Office:(520)576-1325
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