Type: HIKE TO
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Manning Camp #4 is one of the 6 campsites within Manning Camp. This site is the smallest of the six campsites and can only accomodate 2 people. It doesn't have a bear box or a fire ring. Hikers can use any of the bear boxes in other campsites for food storage.
Built by former Tucson Mayor Levi Manning in 1905, this camp was his family's summer home. Now it serves as a high elevation (8000 feet/2438 m) base for many of our fire and natural resource studies. The hike is from 9-18 miles (22-29 km) from Tucson, and gains between 3500 and 5500 feet of elevation. Extraordinary views and amazing changes in flora and fauna composition exist, passing through riparian zones and dry cliff alike. This area is a savior from the sweltering heat in the valley below, rarely exceeding 85° F (29° C).
A perennial water source near the cabin has only dried up twice in Saguaro's history, so water is virtually always available. The water tap at the Manning Camp Cabin is not for public use and is usually turned off. Temperatures at Manning Camp are typically 15-20 degrees lower than those found in Tucson. This is the higher elevation of the two Arizona National Scenic Trail campgrounds in Saguaro National Park.
You must camp within your assigned campsite.