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part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Named after "Old Man Stockton," a rancher who settled in this area in the 1870s, Stockton Campground lies off the beaten path in the high desert of the Pinaleño Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

Groups of up to 110 people come here to camp and enjoy hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. The facility is located on a beautiful scenic drive with panoramic views of the mountains.

Natural Features:

This site encompasses an area of beautiful desert grassland mixed with oak woodlands. Many species of birds and wildlife live in the area, including deer, black bear and mountain lions.

Stockton Pass serves as a route over the Pinaleño Mountains into Sulphur Springs Valley. The campground is located at the apex of the pass and offers good views of the south slopes of some of the mountain range's highest peaks, as well as views of surrounding valleys and mountains. With an elevation of 5,600 feet, temperatures are cooler than the surrounding low deserts in summer but still allow for camping in fall and winter.


A leisurely drive on Stockton Pass reveals large cattle ranches, rugged mountain ranges and broad grasslands dotted with desert plants ¿ a true southwestern experience. The pass is open year-round, though summer can bring soaring temperatures and muddy rainstorms.

The area offers excellent hiking, and trails are easily accessed from the campground. The Shake Trail winds through the high desert landscape and begins a climb that continues to the Swift Trail, high in the Pinaleño Mountains.

The campground's setting is also inviting for an afternoon picnic, with tables set in a desert grassland with the occasional oak, manzanita tree or cactus.


Stockton Pass has one group camping area that can be reserved by a single group of up to 110 people at a time. Amenities include vault toilets, several picnic tables, pedestal grills and campfire rings with grills. Bear-proof trash cans are provided to keep visitors and bears safe.

Nearby Attractions:

The Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area is nearby, and access is available to the nearby Greasewood Mountains.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Parking Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Accessible Trails
  • Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Trailheads
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Emergency Services
  • Hospital
  • Ranger Station
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water provided; visitors must bring their own
  • This is year-round facility, dependent on weather and fire conditions; call 928-428-4150 for current information
  • Total vehicle length must be less than 40 feet
  • No hookups are 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
  • Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving; do not leave fires unattended
  • Bears live in the area; make sure all food is secure and trash is disposed in the trash cans provided
  • Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in camping area
  • 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):
32.59167, -109.84944
32°35'30"N, 109°50'58"W

From Safford, Arizona, take State Route 191 south for 17 miles. Turn right onto State Route 266 and continue 12 miles to the Stockton Pass Campground.

From Tucson, Arizona, take I-10 east for 90 miles. Take exit 352 for State Route 191, and turn left toward Safford. Drive 17 miles north and turn left on State Route 266. Continue 12 miles to the Stockton Pass Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

711 14th Avenue, Suite D
Safford  AZ  85546

Phone Number:

Project Office: (928)428-4150
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