TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
The Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest is seasonally reopening some campgrounds on Mt. Lemmon and closing others for the summer in the near future.
Just in time for Easter weekend, Rose Canyon Lake, (near milepost 17 on the Catalina Highway), is expected to reopen April 3. The campground sits at an elevation of 7,200 feet, with 72 campsites available, including two group sites. Drinking water is available, but hookups are not; RVs up to 22 feet in length can be accommodated. Sites can be reserved through www.recreation.gov.
Two more campgrounds, Whitetail (at milepost 21) and Showers Point Group will reopen the following weekend on April 10. Whitetail has five group sites which accommodate maximums of between 40 and 90 people each; Showers Point Group has three group sites that accommodate 25 people each. Drinking water is available, though hookups are not at both sites; reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov.
Spencer Canyon Campground (milepost 22), will reopen on or around April 17. At 7,800 feet in elevation, it is the highest developed campground on Mt. Lemmon. A total of 62 campsites accommodate recreational vehicles up to 22 feet in length. Drinking water is available, hookups are not.
As the higher elevation campgrounds open, lower elevation campgrounds will be closing. Molino Basin (at milepost 6) and Gordan Hirabayashi (at milepost 7) will close May 4.
For more information please call the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center at (520) 749-8700. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.