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Rustler Park Campground

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Rustler Park is a wildflower-carpeted meadow high in the Chiricahuas. Around the turn of the century, rustlers concealed stolen stock there while altered brands healed and pursuit cooled. Today, the meadow provides a cool mountain respite from the deserts below. Rimmed with Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine, the meadow is sprinkled with seasonal wildflowers. Campsites at Rustler Park are scattered along access roads that have been purposefully kept out of the meadow to avoid damaging fragile plants and soils. Since the Horseshoe II fire in 2011, the campground has been rebuilt and some campsites now have canopies to give visitors shade. Rustler Park is an excellent place to pursue birdwatching. Larger animals, including black bear, are frequently spotted here, too. Trails lead from the campground into the Chiricahua Wilderness and to other places of interest. Note: Black bears in area. Use Bear boxes provided.

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Noah L.
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

Far out but beautiful place

We drove here from Tempe AZ. Was a long drive but well worth it. We wanted to visit Chiricahua National Monument but camp more in the mountains. The drive up was a long dirt road. The campsite was covered in pines and had very nice amenities. You could hike straight from camp for hours up into the mountains. Being from Colorado I felt like I was home. Highly recommended.

  • Review photo of Rustler Park Campground by Noah L., July 18, 2016
  • Review photo of Rustler Park Campground by Noah L., July 18, 2016
  • Review photo of Rustler Park Campground by Noah L., July 18, 2016


Rustler Park Campground is located in Arizona

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From Douglas, take US 80 two miles west to US 191. Go north on US 19135 miles to Sunizona. Take AZ 181 east, then north, for approximately 28 miles (stay on paved road) to FR 42. Continue up FR 42 (Pinery Canyon) 12 miles to Forest Road 42D. Turn right at Onion Saddle and drive approximately 2.5 miles to Rustler Park Campground.


31.90515059 N
109.27997018 W

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