Bog Springs Campground

Tucson, Arizona

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Bring your binoculars and field guide, because this is the place to go for world-famous bird-watching. At the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, with Mt. Wrightson towering 9,453 feet above, Bog Springs Campground is a bird-watcher’s haven set among yucca, oak, and alligator juniper. Riparian Madera Canyon is close enough to Mexico that birds rarely seen north of the border, such as the elegant trogon, visit here during the breeding season. Once heavily logged—madera is Spanish for timber— the forest now hosts more than 240 species, including the magnificent hummingbird, the Montezuma quail, and even the rare eared quetzal. Bog Springs Campground is open year-round, but only hosted during winter months. Come early in the day in April and May, since the campground routinely fills up when migrating birds are in breeding plumage.
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The Best In Tent Camping: Arizona

by Kirstin Olmon and Kelly Phillips (Menasha Ridge Press)

Bring your binoculars and field guide, because this is the place to go for world-famous bird-watching. At the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, with Mt. Wrightson towering 9,453 feet above, Bog Springs Campground is a bird-watcher’s haven set among yucca, oak, and alligator juniper.

Riparian Madera Canyon is close enough to Mexico that birds rarely seen north of the border, such as the elegant trogon, visit here during the breeding season. Once heavily logged—madera is Spanish for timber— the forest now hosts more than 240 species, including the magnificent hummingbird, the Montezuma quail, and even the rare eared quetzal. Bog Springs Campground is open year-round, but only hosted during winter months. Come early in the day in April and May, since the campground routinely fills up when migrating birds are in breeding plumage.

©  Kirstin Olmon and Kelly Phillips/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Tucson
Campsites: 13 sites
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Bog Springs Campground

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