This designated camp area is located in open grassland surrounded by grassy hills in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
(NCA). The area can be enjoyed seasonally, July 1 through March 31. The area is closed April 1 to June 30 due to pronghorn fawning season. Fall provides the most comfortable temperatures to enjoy the unique features of the NCA’s landscape.
The camping area is located within the Las Cienegas NCA three miles east of Sonoita. It is situated 2.5 miles off State Road 82 and six miles from State Road 83.
To access the NCA, travel along State Road 83, turn east near mile marker 40 to BLM road marker LC 900 into the NCA entrance. Drive six miles, then continue south on LC 900.
Opportunities include primitive camping, picnicking, hiking, photography, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and hunting.
There is currently one site that can be used by up to four vehicles. This open grassland, surrounded by mountain views, also provides habitat for pronghorn antelope, which are frequently seen.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Permits or fees are not required.
A four-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicle is not required to access the site. Motorized use is allowed on designated roads. The site is not universally accessible.
Camping and Lodging
In addition to this site, designated camping is available on surrounding public lands; campers should choose previously disturbed sites to reduce impacts. 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.
The area is an active grazing pasture for cattle several times a year.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Tucson Field Office
3201 E. Universal Way
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 258-7200
Fax: (520) 258-7238
Field Manager: Melissa Warren
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M-F