Coronado National Forestwrite a review Arivaca Lake Rd. Arivaca, AZ 85601 520-281-2296 520-628-5376 Official Website
GPS: 31.5255, -111.2547
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Dave'n'Kim would stay here again
“Free primitive quiet-night camping”
Reviewed Feb 26, 2019
The 9mls Ruby road from Arivaca is tarmac, with potholes, then dirt track for the last 2.5mls to the lake, but all OK for our 27ft 5th wheel, no overhanging tree problems. The assembly area above the lake ramp is huge, so plenty of room around the periphery for RV/camping, we chose the ‘south corner’. 14-day limit, Pit toilets, no other facilities; pack-it-in, pack-it-out. On the road down to the area, there is also a left-hand offshoot to a very large ‘upper level’ open loop camping area with better view over the lake; we didn’t camp there because it was open and probably colder than our sheltered corner - it got below freezing sometimes, and snow (Feb 2019)!
No proper walking trail around the lake (we got 1/4-way round clockwise, through thorny bushes, before having to stop at a spillway) but quite a few people come here for boating on the lake or birdwatching. Within 2hrs of arriving, we had a Coatimundi (raccoon-like animal – new to us also!) walking around outside! Saw white-tail deer nearby. Coyote howling in the distance at night, eerily echoing around the valley. Interesting rock (sandstone?) formations overlooking the lake. Hunting is allowed within this area (Game and Fish) but not in adjacent Forestry of private properties.
We stayed here in order to visit Ruby Ghost Town 8mls away (privately owned, Thur-Sun, www.rubyaz.com, 520-744-4471; Don’t go without permit and gate-entry-lock combination obtained in advance; costs $15/person, or perhaps you can RV-primitive camp there at $20/person/night, but be self-sufficient).
Arivaca town has general store, water, fuel, wifi in library. NO Verizon or AT&T coverage here (as in Arivaca, or Why, AZ). Air Force annoyingly buzz the area sometimes. Border Patrol cruise the area, pretty much safe here.
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