Lower Twilight Group Site offers groups a secluded camping escape from the summer desert heat. The scenic mountain setting is a great base for hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking. The facility sits along the Swift Trail in southeastern Arizona, adjacent to Upper Twilight Group Site.
Lower Twilight can accommodate a single group of up to 50 people for camping. Parking is available for up to six vehicles. Amenities include picnic tables, campfire rings with grills, and bear-proof food lockers and trash cans. Vault toilets are located at Upper Twilight Group Site, a short walk away. Dead-and-down firewood may be collected in and around the campsite.
There is a $5 per vehicle fee. Please pay by cash or check at the Fee Station upon arrival
No drinking water provided; visitors must bring their own
For groups over 30, one portable/self-contained toilet is required for every 15 people
To keep visitors and wildlife safe, make sure all food is secure and place all garbage in the proper receptacles. If your garbage does not fit in the bins, please pack it out of the Forest. Please remove all garbage from food-storage lockers.
Season dates may depend on weather and fire conditions; call 928-428-4150 for current information
Total vehicle length must be less than 40 feet. Trailers are recommended to be less than 22 feet due to the narrow switchbacks of AZ 366.
No hookups are available
Check-in is at 2 p.m.; check-out is at noon
Maximum 50 Ppeple and 6 vehicles. o
Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving; do not leave fires unattended. Only dead-and-downed trees and shrubs may be collected as firewood; tree cutting is prohibited
Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in camping area
Shooting is prohibited within 150 yards of any recreation site. Fireworks are prohibited anywhere on the Forest.
This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
At an elevation of 7,400 feet, the campground lies beneath a nice canopy of ponderosa pine trees in the scenic Pinaleño Mountains in Coronado National Forest. Temperatures are very pleasant in summer compared to the heat of surrounding lowers 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.
The Mount Graham Wilderness Study Area, which includes the 10,720-foot Mount Graham, the tallest mountain in southern Arizona. Columbine Visitors Center, Riggs Lake, and a variety of trails can be accessed along the Swift Trail Scenic Drive.
The town of Safford is approximately a 45 minute drive from the Twilight campground, heading north on SR 191. Safford is home to our Ranger Station, where you can go to find information about trails, camping, hunting and fishing, and other questions you may have about our district (open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm).
The campground lies along the Swift Trail Scenic Drive, which takes visitors from the Sonoran Desert at 2,900 feet to alpine meadows and forest on the 9,000+ foot ridges of the Pinaleño Range. Because of its diverse habitat, the area is well-known for birding and wildlife watching.
The Swift Trail provides access to a number of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, along with several other campgrounds that invite you for an afternoon picnic. A trip up to Riggs Lake, stocked with trout by Arizona Game & Fish, or to the Columbine Visitors Center could make a worth-while day trip as well.
Please review the Rules & Reservations Policies page on recreation.gov
711 14th Ave., Ste D Safford AZ 85546
For campground inquiries, please call: 928-428-4150
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From Safford, Arizona: Take State Route 191 south for 6 miles. Turn right onto State Route 366/Swift Trail and travel 14.5 miles to the Twilight Campground entrance (MM 128.4), following the road for 1 mile to the Lower Twilight Group Site.
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 for 14.5 miles to the Twilight Campground entrance (MM 128.4), following the road for 1 mile to the Lower Twilight Group Site.