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Mount Lemmon–Spencer Canyon

Coronado National Forest
Mount Lemmon, Arizona 85619
Spencer Canyon Campground webpage

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Mt. Lemmon–Spencer Canyon
Coordinates: 32.4141862, -110.7392049
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About Spencer Canyon Campground
This mountain campground is located at the head of a shallow, forested canyon a short distance off the Catalina Highway. Spencer Canyon faces the city of Tucson and the Santa Cruz Valley, both of which are visible as a distant panorama through openings in the forest canopy.

Spencer Canyon Campground has 66 sites. Each site has a concrete table, firepit, B-B-Q and bear box for food storage. A beautiful night view of Tucson can be seen from several sites. Spencer is rugged, rustic in layout and close to the hamlet of Summerhaven. Each camping area has clean, stocked vault toilets. Campground hosts live on site. Firewood may be purchased from the hosts.

The Catalina Highway is paved, but it can be snow covered in winter when chains and/or 4-wheel drive may be required.
From Spencer Canyon Campground webpage

Tips for birding Mount Lemmon
Take Catalina Highway northeast from Tanque Verde Road. For desert and mountain species, stop at picnic and campgrounds (Molina Basin, Bear Canyon, Rose Canyon Lake and others) as you drive the narrow, winding road to high elevations.
From Tucson Audubon Society