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TREASURE PARK - EAST, AZ

part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Nov 13 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Treasure Park East sits along the scenic Swift Trail in the deserts of southern Arizona. The picturesque mountain meadow setting offers visitors an escape from the desert heat and opportunities for viewing wildlife and wildflowers, as well as group camping, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking.

The location boasts an interesting history. Legend has it that a treasure of stolen gold and silver was buried here by a band of outlaws in the 1850s. They reportedly marked the site with a triangle formed by three colored granite stones, though no buried treasure was ever found.

Natural Features:

This site lies within the mixed conifer area of the Pinaleño Mountains at an elevation of 9,000 feet. The high elevations makes this area very pleasant in summer compared to the heat of lower deserts.

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:

The campground lies along the Swift Trail scenic drive, which takes visitors from the Sonoran Desert at 2,900 feet to alpine meadows and forests on the 9,000-foot ridges of the Pinaleño Range. Several points of interest offer excellent side trips, including a hike to Heliograph Peak and a visit to Hospital Flat, a meadow that blooms with wildflowers in late summer.

In addition to these points of interest, the road provides access to a number of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, a mountain lake stocked with trout, and several other campgrounds. Because of its diverse habitat, the area is well-known for birding and wildlife watching.

Facilities:

Treasure Park East can accommodate a single group of up to 100 guests at a time. The site is equipped with a group campfire ring with grill, a parking area and a drinking water spigot nearby, with water available seasonally.

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
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Group Camping
  • Parking Area
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scenic Drive
Know Before You Go
  • No toilets provided; one portable/self-contained toilet is required for every 25 people.
  • Open season is dependent on weather and fire conditions; call 928-428-4150 for current information
  • Potable water is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Total vehicle length must be less than 40 feet.; Route 366 is steep with a high number of switchbacks and a one-lane curved bridge at Wet Canyon
  • Check-in is at 2 p.m.; check-out is at noon
  • No hookups available
  • No trash cans provided; remove trash from the forest prior to leaving the campsite
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving; do not leave fires unattended
  • Only downed trees and shrubs may be collected as firewood; tree cutting is prohibited
  • 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 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):
32.66361, -109.87111
32°39'49"N, 109°52'16"W

From Safford, Arizona, take State Route 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto State Route 366/Swift Trail and travel 23 miles to the Treasure Park turnoff. Proceed to the north end.

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. Go 23 miles to the Treasure Park turnoff and proceed to the north end.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TREASURE PARK - EAST
711 14th Avenue, Suite D
Safford AZ 85546

Phone Number:

Project Office:(928)428-4150
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