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part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Upper Arcadia sits along Swift Trail in southeastern Arizona, providing an escape from desert heat and a pleasant place to take in the high desert scenery in spring and fall. Visitors enjoy hiking, camping, birding and picnicking.

Natural Features:

The shady campground is in a thick forest of tall ponderosa pines interspersed with Gambel oaks and Arizona walnuts, at an elevation of 6,700 feet.

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.


The Pinaleño Mountains boast excellent hiking opportunities. The Arcadia Trail starts at the campground and leads up the mountain to Shannon Campground. A 1-mile spur off this trail leads to the top of Heliograph Peak, one of the highest mountains in southeastern Arizona.

The area's diverse habitat and shade make this a popular birding spot.


The group camping area can accommodate up to 75 people. Amenities include vault toilets, picnic tables and campfire rings with grills.

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
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Emergency Services
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnicking
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water provided; visitors must bring their own
  • Open season is dependent on weather and fire conditions; call 928-428-4150 for current information
  • Trailers up to 22 feet are permitted
  • 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
  • First-come, first-served individual sites may be available
  • 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):
32.64944, -109.81861
32°38'58"N, 109°49'7"W

From Safford, Arizona, take State Route 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto State Route 366/Swift Trail and travel 11.5 miles to the Arcadia Campground entrance, taking the next right turn to access Upper Arcadia.

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. Continue 11.5 miles to the group site on right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

711 14th Avenue, Suite D
Safford  AZ  85546

Phone Number:

Project Office: (928)428-4150
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