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UPPER HOSPITAL FLAT GROUP SITE, AZ
part ofCoronado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Nov 14 2015 Season Dates
OverviewUpper Hospital Flat is a great place for groups to escape the summer heat of surrounding deserts and retreat to a scenic meadow in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona. The area is known for camping, scenic driving, picnicking, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking and history.
In the 1880s, the campground served as the site for a field hospital for ailing soldiers from nearby Fort Grant, hence its name. The restorative powers of this cool, high-elevation location also attracted officers and their families seeking a summer refuge from desert heat. Today, Hospital Flat serves as popular getaway for outdoor enthusiasts and campers.
The campground sits along Big Creek in a mixed conifer forest, adjacent to a meadow that comes to life with wildflower blooms in late summer. The 9,000-ft. elevation offers pleasant summer temperatures.
The scenic and relaxing setting is inviting for an afternoon picnic, as well as bird and wildlife watching. A .75-mile nature trail gives interpretive information about the meadow and its plant and animal inhabitants.
Hospital Flat offers one reservable group site for up to 50 people and several first-come, first-served individual sites. The facility is equipped with a picnic table, parking area and campfire ring with a grill. A vault toilet restroom is located just across the street from the group area, at the main Hospital Flat campground.
The Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area, which includes the 10,720-foot Mount Graham and several trails, is close by.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Safford, Arizona, take State Route 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto State Route 366/Swift Trail and travel 23.3 miles. The group site is on the right.
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 23.3 miles and the group site is on the right.
Mailing Address:UPPER HOSPITAL FLAT GROUP SITE
711 14th Ave., STE D
Safford AZ 85546
Phone Number:Project Office: (928)428-4150