Arivaca Lake

Coronado National Forest

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Arivaca Lake Rd. Arivaca, AZ 85601 520-281-2296 520-628-5376 Official Website

GPS: 31.5255, -111.2547

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Overview of Arivaca Lake

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Elevation 3,805 ft / 1,159 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Arivaca Lake 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Site Quality
AlVie AlBums
Ladysmith, WI
25' Airstream International
2014 Ford F150
136 reviews
“Remote and peaceful”

Reviewed 1/13/2020

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Overall Rating

Loved this boat launch. We camped here one night and it was great. We pulled in on Sunday on purpose and had only two other campers there. Quite a few fishermen before dark. The road in is in rough shape but was doable for us. I would recommend bringing pruning shears for the mesquite and acacia trees that were encroaching on the roadway. We stopped several times to trim them back to avoid scratching our truck and trailer. We had a cut of cell service with our booster but not much.

Site Quality

AlVie AlBums would stay here again

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Rio Dell, CA
27' Keystone Cougar
Dodge RAM 3500
36 reviews
“Free primitive quiet-night camping”

Reviewed 2/26/2019

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: N/A
Overall Rating

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,, 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.

Site Quality

Dave'n'Kim would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
  • restrooms: vault
  • pets


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