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17 Reviews of 2 Picture Rocks Campgrounds

Micah J.
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2022

Wrong gps coordinates

This site is actually about an hour further up toward Mt Lemmon. Search “Whitetail campground” to find it. All the roads in this area are gated off

Month of VisitFebruary
Ash C.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Great campground clean bathrooms !

While busy, this is a well ran and well managed campground. The hosts are diligent to touch base with everyone coming in (safety) and the campsites though somewhat close together, offer unique ways to capture some privacy. The mountain can get very cold and windy at night, so make sure you have a…

Month of VisitNovember
Candy P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2021

Large campground in Mt Lemmon

Spencer Canyon campground in Mt Lemmon is nestled under the pine trees and boasts a 15-20 degree drop in temperature from nearby Tucson. Bear boxes are provided as are vaulted toilets. I’ve seen trailers travel down the canyon, but I wouldn’t try it. The roads are steep and narrow. Perfect for tent…

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Month of VisitJune
Alex S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2021

Get there early and be rewarded

I don’t pay for camping too often but glad I did here. Just passing through on an AZ trip and decided to pay for a couple nights just to relax.

This CG is huge with 60+ sites (can’t remember exactly how many) however they do fill up quick prior to the weekend. It’s in a wonderful area off the…

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Month of VisitJuly
Candy P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2021

Perfect for big groups

This campground boasts several group sites, complete with plenty of parking, large gazebos with multiple grills for your group gatherings, and tent pads scattered throughout. The tent pads are not close together, giving you the privacy you need to retreat to your tent but still close to the…

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Month of VisitJune
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2019

Camp on the Mountain

Spencer Canyon Campground is a first-come, first-serve 60+ site camp located 21.5 up Mt. Lemon. Spent a long weekend, beginning on Thursday. Benefitted from getting there early, because I got my choice from most of the sites and come Friday all of the sites became occupied. By Sunday afternoon…

Dray S.
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2019

Great, easy getaway if you don't mind company

Spencer Canyon Campground is a nice campground approx. 20 miles from Tucson up the General Hitchcock Highway(often called the Catalina Highway or Mt. Lemmon Highway). It is located approximately 3 miles past the Palisades Visitor Center and the entrance is marked well by a big brown sign as you…

  • Open area adjacent to campsite #6
  • Flat tent location
  • Bear box, concrete picnic table and fire pit in background
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Month of VisitOctober
Kathryn R.
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2019

Very friendly and accommodating hosts!

The campground hosts were awesome and hospitable. I have a thing about clean bathrooms and these were VERY clean!  It was just an overnight stay, but we will definitely be back!

Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2019


This place was really pretty and a lot of critters running around to watch. Also a great spot for birdwatchers. The campground itself was well kept. I did not care for how close together most of the sites were and lack of parking. Be sure to get here early because sites fill up quick!

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Audrey R.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2018

Perhaps one of the greatest places in AZ

If you camp for the pure love of nature, this place is for you. The drive alone is inspiring! There is a fee for camping which you should plan to leave in the box (yes, they do come around to check eventually). This campground fee is in addition to the fee you pay on the way up so carry cash. With…

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Socorro H.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2018

Nice place!

very nice, well maintained, and friendly hosts. It is a nice cool area. Definitely going back!

Christina C.
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2018

Lovely Mountain Campground in the Pines

This campground is walk up only with over 60 sites to choose from. Several sites are double or group size. This is the highest National Forest campground on Mount Lemmon and your best bet for cooler temps during the summer. Parking can be limited with only a few of the sites having adequate parking…

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Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2018

Gorgeous Views!

Beautiful campground nested in the trees on Mount Lemmon. Great escape from Phoenix. The breeze was amazing and the trees gave alot of shade. We hiked and spend about 3 nights here. We were 15 people and had a could of sites right next to eachother. Sites are a good size for a paid campground, not…

Suzanne P.
Reviewed May. 22, 2018

Great camping

I’ve camped here several times. The camp hosts are friendly helpful and knowledgeable. I prefer to go all the way to the very bottom of the campground. There is a lot of open area for my boys to run around and build a fort while I read a book next to the stream. Also it doesn’t seem to fill up as…

  • Pinecones are used to play tag when all electronics are taken away for camping.  It’s great seeing kids play creatively in nature.
  • Great view .5 miles from the campground.
SiteIt’s a secret because it’s my favorite
Month of VisitOctober
Kristen H.
Reviewed May. 20, 2018

Beautiful forest area

Love Spencer Canyon! Great place for a chill camping weekend. Lots of space, not too close to other sites, and the bathroom reading on bees is superb.

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