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General Hitchcock Campground

Tucson Area, Arizona

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  • The entire campground is covered in beautiful shade trees and pleasant pathways.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Bear boxes are provided and required to use at all sites.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Some campsites back up to a small hill and are a little farther from the creek and mosquitos.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Bear boxes are on every site.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • A creek bed that flows seasonally.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Many flat tent spots!- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Dogs are allowed too!- General Hitchcock Campground
  • A perfect place to escape the Tucson heat.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Please use designated fire rings.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Hiking through a wash near camp.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Many hiking trails surround the campground.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Hiking trails surround the campground.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Hiking trails surround the campground.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Hiking trails surround the campground.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Tall trees provide a lot of shade during the middle of the day.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Tall trees provide a lot of shade during the middle of the day.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Get out and hike around!- General Hitchcock Campground
  • If you have energetic friends, send them on a nature parkour adventure.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • Parking is near a few beautiful walk-in tent camping sites.- General Hitchcock Campground
  • General Hitchcock Campground.- General Hitchcock Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Shaded campsites. Seasonal creek nearby. Hiking.
Cons: 
Small. No potable water. Lots of mosquitos.
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Region:
Tucson Area, AZ
Managed by: 
Santa Catalina Ranger District
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Sometimes
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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General Hitchcock Campground is a pleasant, quiet place to stay off of Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway. It gets its name from Frank Harris Hitchcock's efforts in 1933 to develop an improved road to the small town of Summerhaven near the top of Mount Lemmon. The Mount Lemmon Scenic Highway is also known as General Hitchcock Highway, Catalina Highway, Sky Island Scenic Byway, and Arizona Forest Highway 39. It's most commonly known as Catalina Highway, or Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway.

With only 11 campsites, it's much more peaceful than some of the other local campgrounds, like Rose Canyon Campground. Due to its small size, it is not recommended for RVs or trailers. It is also a Leave No Trace campground and has no garbage removal, so you will have to take out all of your own waste. There are restrooms located in the parking lot.

Each site has fire pits, bear boxes, shade, and plenty of flat space to put a tent. Any of the 11 sites is recommended. It's a beautiful little campground with lots of hiking nearby. Due to Bear Creek, there are a lot of mosquitos; bring bug spray. The creek only runs during raining seasons or during the spring snowmelt.

One of the more popular hikes is Green Mountain Trail #21. This trail will lead you from camp to Maverick Spring Trail #704, Bush Corral Shortcut Trail #21A, Bush Corral Trail #19, and Catalina Highway at mile post 18. Along the trail you will notice some areas affected by the Aspen Fire, but overall the hike is still very green and lush!

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