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A visitor camped in the Manning Camp Campground the week of 11/10/2020 reported a bear entering the camp and attempting to obtain food. It is imperative that campers store all food and drink regardless of packaging, along with trash, toiletries, and other scented items in the provided bear boxes. Food items should be stored in the bear boxes at all times unless they are within arm's reach of an awake person. Any bear encounters should be reported to SAGU_information@nps.gov as soon as possible.
Built by former Tucson Mayor Levi Manning, this camp was his family's summer home. Now it serves as a high elevation (8000 feet) base for many of our fire and natural resource studies. A Ranger is stationed here from April- September (normally) and six campsites exist. The hike is from 14-18 miles from Tucson, and accumulates from 5500-6500 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 degrees. A perennial water source near the cabin has only dried up twice in Saguaro's history, so water is almost always available. A sign leads down to it. The water tap at the Manning Camp Cabin is not for public use and is usually turned off. Fire are a must at night with fire rings as lows typically are below 40 degrees until late-May.