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Summary

Whitetail Campground is located in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, close to the small town of Summerhaven and Mt. Lemmon. Popular activities in the area include hiking, sightseeing, wildlife watching and fishing for trout in nearby Rose Canyon Lake. There are five group areas with picnic shelters, drinking water, electricity (small appliances only), trash collection and vault toilets. Whitetail Campground has an elevation of 8,000 ft, making it much cooler than lower-elevation campgrounds in the area.

Overview

Whitetail Campground offers group campsites in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains of southeastern Arizona, 5 miles south of the town of Summerhaven and the top of Mt. Lemmon. Groups can enjoy picking, hiking, camping and wildlife watching while enjoying a cool respite from hot summer. The facility can accommodate groups for day or overnight use.

Recreation

Hiking and sightseeing are popular activities. The surrounding national forest boasts a variety of trails, including some on the 9,157-foot Mt. Lemmon, for those who wish to venture away from the campground for the day.

The University of Arizona runs an observatory just up the road, and visitors can also drive a few minutes to the small town of Summerhaven, which offers amenities and attractions on Mt. Lemmon's summit.

Anglers can try for stocked trout at nearby Rose Canyon Lake.

Facilities

All five group areas have picnic shelters that can accommodate between 40 to 90 people each and come equipped with drinking water, electricity (small appliances only), trash collection and vault toilets.

Natural Features

Whitetail Campground sits high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Because of its elevation, it can be much cooler than the lower-elevation campgrounds in the area. The campsites are spacious and spread out among stands of big ponderosa pines

The Coronado National Forest covers 1.78 million acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3,000 to 10,720 feet in 12 widely scattered mountain ranges, or "sky islands," that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting biologically diverse plant communities.

Nearby Attractions

Catalina Highway, also known as General Hitchcock Highway and Sky Island Scenic Byway, is the only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range, offering a scenic day trip.

Other notable attractions include Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon and Colossal Cave.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Showers Point Group Site
Coronado National Forest
0.7mi
Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin
Coronado National Forest
1.0mi
Rose Canyon
Coronado National Forest
2.7mi 71%
Molino
Coronado National Forest
5.7mi
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 2
Coronado National Forest
8.1mi
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 1
Coronado National Forest
8.1mi
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