Peppersauce Campground and Camping
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About the Campground
Located at an elevation of 4,700 feet, Peppersauce is approximately 8 miles southeast of Oracle, AZ along the Control Road up Mt. Lemmon's north slope. This campground is nestled within an Arizona sycamore grove in Peppersauce Canyon, alongside Peppersauce Creek, normally dry, with exceptions of periods of heavy rain or in monsoon season. Facilities include one 2-hole vault restroom, seven (7) tables, a group barbecue grill, five (5) ground fire rings, three (3) lantern posts, three (3) benches and one parking lot that will hold up to ten (10) vehicles.
Services & Amenities
- Bbq Grills
- Bird Watching
- Camp Fire Circle
- Camp Host on duty
- Camping Overnight
- Drinking Water
- Family Campground
- Fire Rings with grills
- Group Picnic Area
- Lantern Post
- No cell service
- Picnic Tables
- Star Gazing
- Water Spigot
- Wildlife Viewing
|Within 10 Miles|
- Cave Exploring/Spelunking
|Greater Than 10 Miles|
- Emergency Services
Jan 01 2010 -
Dec 31 2010
|GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC
Jan 01 2011 -
Dec 31 2011
|GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC
Alerts and Important Information
Reservations must be made at least (4) days in advance.
Host is present on-site.
Pets must be leashed.
Trailers are discouraged; sites are small and there are no pull-throughs.
Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic area.
Build fires only in fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purpose.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING FIRES UNDER CONTROL. Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving.
Please bring your own firewood; firewood is not provided.
Quiet time between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Use of fireworks or other explosives is prohibited on National Forest lands.
Discharging of firearms in a Developed Recreation area is prohibited.
The federal government is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property.
Speed limit inside Peppersauce Campground is 5 M.P.H. Outside the Peppersauce Campground on FR 38 is 35 M.P.H.
No OHV riding in the campground and group use area at all times.
This is Black Bear country. To avoid putting a bear's life in danger and risking the loss of some of your own property as well, please dispose of all garbage in the bear-resistant containers provided. Also, remember to keep all food out of reach and out of sight of these curious animals.
You must occupy your site within 24 hours or forfeit.
Campground Contact Information
Open From: Jun 18 2010 to Jun 14 2011
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Peppersauce
Campground Phone: 520-749-8700
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777
Oracle (near Oro Valley), AZ
THE GOOD: Excellent shade provided by numerous mesquite, sycamore, cottonwood, and oak trees. Each campsite has a metal, 2-door bear locker to keep food safe and provide additional surface area for food prep/storage. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring/pit, metal lantern stand, and a concrete picnic table. Potable water is plentiful. Roads are passable with even low ground clearance vehicles like minivans.
THE BAD: #1 TRAFFIC...lots of it! The campground is located just west of Sycamore Canyon Academy, a rehab center for teenage boys. The ONLY way into or out of this facility is directly through the middle of the campground. The vehicle traffic is consistent 24/7 and LOUD. Time of day or night made absolutely no difference. In addition to passenger vehicles we observed FedEx vans, large trash trucks, and even a tractor trailer rig. So if you want peace & quiet avoid this campground. #2 COWS...lots of them. The campground has a cattle guard at the entrance but it has silted in and cows easily cross it and enter the campground. Cow pies are everywhere! They invade your campsite at night, eat grass all around your tent, and leave you special "gifts" to clean up in the morning. #3. POOR FACILITIES. The USFS has neglected the pit toilets so badly that they are literally falling apart. The stink is overwhelming at times and can be very apparent at several of the campsites...so choose carefully.
FINAL VERDICT: I won't be visiting this campground again for sure. Too many great alternative places to spend time outdoors without all the traffic, cows, and poor facilities.
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More About Peppersauce Campground
Peppersauce is a campground located in Oro Valley, Arizona. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.
To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -110.7164 latitude, and -110.7164 longitude into your GPS device.
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