This was a spot we could have spent quite a few days at. It was very comfortable and the shade was a big relief compared to the spots we stayed in just before and after.
Bonita Canyon Campground is what National Park campgrounds should be. Spots are fairly well spaced, there is a river running through it, it's small enough to have a personal feeling, and there are plenty of trees to provide ample shade. As far as southwest campgrounds go, it's a real pleasure as trees are at a premium in this part of the world. It's also very fairly priced at $12 per night. It is located about mid-way into the park so close to both the pioneer area and Visitor Center as well as the scenically charged Bonita Canyon Drive and Massai Point.
The nearest town with services is Willcox Arizona. We originally booked a room at the Super 8 but after reading a multitude of reviews and seeing the pics of the motels and then driving by some of them, I would not stay at any of them. The cost of most of them is between 50 and 70. The Best Western seems to be the best condition but you would be better off staying further West heading towards Tucson for as little as 10-15 extra per night. We stayed in Eastern Tucson. It added 80 minutes to our drive but it was worth it.
We did not stay at this campground but did check it out. The campground is in a shady area near a stream that runs down from the mountains. It is the usual NPS campground w/o showers. Currently it runs $12 a night. This portion of the park is very quiet and peaceful. Almost wish I had my camping gear with me.
If you wish to visit Chiricuhua and do not camp, there is a Best Western, a Super 8, and a Days Inn motel available in Wilcox, Arizona. For information and online reservations for these, visit the Wilcox web page. Click the Where to Stay button or scroll down to Hotels/Motels and click the link Rates, availability, and reservations online.
This campground has 24 individual camp sites for tents and RVs of 29 foot or less available on a first come, first served basis. The campground has no hookups, dump station, or showers, but it does have restrooms with flush toilets, running water, and picnic tables. There is a maximum 14 day stay limit. If you wish to stay in the group site, which is for 8 to 24 people, and for tents only, you must call for a reservation.
The campground is very pretty with lots of trees and bushes.
I recommend the national park campsite. It is modestly priced (I think it was $8 for the night pr campsite, we put up two tents and had three people at our site). Plus the people at campgrounds in parks are usually good people. Not always I am sure, but my experience has always been that there is always somebody offering you a cup of coffee or asking for the use of your flashlight. A nice little community.
I think it was around $8 for the site, regardless of the number of people or tents.
Sort by: Most recent | Most helpful