Rose Canyon Campground


2.50 out of 5
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Campground Description

Campsites are spacious here, spread out among stands of big ponderosa pine and clumps of Gambel oak in a cool forest setting. During rainy seasons, Rose Creek meanders through the area to Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground. This six-acre lake is sheltered by trees, and offers a pleasant setting for a woodland walk, a lakeside time-out, or an afternoon of fishing for stocked trout. A one-mile trail leading around the lake provides access for anglers and walkers. Also, this trail is handicapped-accessible from a lower parking area to a floating dock near the dam. This area is popular for day use as well as overnight camping. Two day-use group sites are available, one of which may be reserved. The area also provides access for woodland walks, wildlife watching, and fishing when the campground itself is closed for the season. Please remember, however, that in the off-season the gates will be closed and locked, so no garbage service is provided and no water is available. If you visit then, you’ll want to be sure to pack out everything you pack in.
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Posted by: Jeff Barber on December 10, 2005
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    Campground Activities

    6-acre mountain lakeFishing (stocked with trout)Spacious sitesCool forest setting

    Campground Amenities

    74 single-unit sites2 group areas for day use (1 may be reserved)Tables and fire grillsRamadas at group areasDrinking water and toiletsNotes:No hook-ups.Tents, trailers to 22' and small motor homes permitted.No boats and no swimming in the lake.Pets must be on a leash.Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area.Rose Canyon Lake Trail #37 (1 mile long) has a difficulty rating of moderate. Use levels are heavy.Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license and trout stamp are required.

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    Reviews of Rose Canyon Campground

    Reviewed by hillbillytrio on August 25, 2019

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    Bathrooms were dirty, full, stinky and full of flies, and didn't find a camp host we'll never go back.
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    Reviewed by MoMads2 on September 21, 2015

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    A very nice campground on top of scenic Mt Lemmon! Secluded, well spaced sites surrounded by Pines, lots of birds & wildlife. Very well managed & clean- and then there's the Lake, just a short walk away!
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    Rose Canyon Campground 2.50 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.

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