Forest Service / BLM
Number of Sites: 9
About: Idlewild Campground is the first campground you encounter as you enter Cave Creek Canyon from the east. To get to these 9 streamside sites shaded by Arizona cypress trees, you’ll have to ford Cave Creek, so be mindful of local weather conditions. This campground's normal open season is April thru September.
Cave Creek Canyon is well known for its spectacular scenery and excellent birding. In addition, a short distance downstream, you’ll find the trailhead for the Silver Peak Trail, which climbs over 3000 feet in just 4.6 miles.
Idlewild Campground is also just a short distance from the Cave Creek Visitor Information Center, which offers interpretive information, as well as books, brochures, and pamphlets to make your visit more informed.
Sites at Idlewild are best suited for camping in tents, vans, or pickup truck campers. Trailers up to 16 feet are permitted, however.
Fees: $10 (2011)
Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 east 139 miles to US 80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal, 7 miles.
From Douglas, take US 80 east approximately 50 miles to Rodeo, NM. Two miles past Rodeo, turn left (west) on Portal Road. From Portal drive west on Forest Road 42, approximately 2 miles to Idlewild Campground. All roads are paved and suitable for passenger vehicles.
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