Coon Bluff Campground

Superstition Mountains Area, Arizona

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Coon Bluff Campground


  • Recreation site entrance.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • Small tent trailer parked at the recreation site.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • Most campers just pitch a tent anywhere there is a clearing.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • Typical tent set up at Coon Bluff.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • Some nice spots are along the river.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • The river can look very inviting on a hot day!- Coon Bluff Campground
  • Coon Bluff.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • One of the five "developed" sites at Coon Bluff.- Coon Bluff Campground
  • Vault toilets are the only real amenity.- Coon Bluff Campground
Overview + Weather
Rustic tent camping. Salt River access. Free with Tonto Pass.
Limited days when camping is allowed. Few site amenities.
Superstition Mountains Area, AZ
Managed by: 
Tonto National Forest
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Tonto Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

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Many of the campgrounds within a short drive of Phoenix metro are predominately RV sites with large gravel pads and wide paved roads. For a taste of “real” camping for families and other tenters, Coon Bluff presents a great alternative.

Perched on a bluff above the Salt River in an area popular for tubing the river, Coon Bluff is a primitive recreation area in Tonto National Forest. There are five slightly-developed sites with concrete paths, fire pits and picnic tables, but camping is permitted (or tolerated) anywhere on the bluff where there is a clearing to set up a tent. There are no site numbers.

Swimming holes and rocks to spread out a towel are numerous along the nearby river, and hiking and riding trails are popular. There are wild horses that frequent the area, and these can often be spotted near the campground. Camping is free with a Tonto Pass (available at many convenience stores and outdoor stores in the Phoenix area).

Coon Bluff has very limited camping days available. Overnight camping is allowed October 1 through May 1 on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday nights before the following holidays: Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (observed), and President's Day (observed). Overnight use will also be allowed on Thanksgiving Day through Saturday night.

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