This designated primitive camping area is located in open grassland and has six sites with no developments. The Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
(NCA) can be enjoyed year-round since each season provides opportunities to enjoy the unique features of the NCA’s landscape, however fall and spring provide the most comfortable temperatures.
This site is part of the Las Cienegas NCA, located north of Sonoita.
To access the NCA, travel along State Road 83, turn east near mile marker 40 into the NCA entrance. Take the road called BLM road marker LC 900 to access BLM road marker LC 900C and the campsites.
Opportunities include primitive camping in designated sites, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and photography. Motorized activities are allowed on designated roads only.
The area consists of grasslands and mesquite groves with nice views of the Mustang, Whetstone and Santa Rita Mountains. The area is an active grazing pasture for up to 1,500 head of cattle several times a year.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Permits are not needed for the camping area.
A four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is not required to access the site. The Cieneguita Camp Area allows motorized use on the designated roads. Compacted gravel parking sites are available. There are no wheelchair accessible features or facilities at the site.
Camping and Lodging
Designated individual camping is available on public lands; campers should choose previously disturbed sites to reduce impacts. The Old Ag Fields Group Site
and the Maternity Well Group Site
are available nearby for group camping for Special Recreation Permit holders. Applications for a permit must be received by the BLM Tucson Field Office at least six months in advance of the event date. The general fee for an SRP is $5 per person/per day. Several small hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are located in Sonoita and Patagonia. A listing of nearby lodging can be found at the Sonoita-Elgin Chamber of Commerce
. Larger lodging facilities are located in Sierra Vista and Tucson, 35 and 50 miles away respectively.
Food and Supplies
Several convenience stores and restaurants are seven miles south in Sonoita. Major grocery stores are in Sierra Vista and Tucson.
The nearest emergency care is available in Sierra Vista, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. The nearest level 1 trauma care center is in Tucson, at the University Medical Center. Trauma injuries include bone fractures, internal bleeding and brain injuries.
Several sites within the camp area are ready for use and several more sites are undergoing improvements.
For further information contact:
Tucson Field Office
3201 E. Universal Way
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 258-7200
Fax: (520) 258-7238
Field Manager: Vi Hillman
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M-F