Tucked high in the Huachuca Mountains, the Reef Townsite Group Area offers a taste of mining history, scenic views, and a cool escape from the lower deserts. The campground has tent platforms and space for trailers that are 12 feet or less. You'll drive up a steep, unpaved road with tight switchbacks to reach this site. This former mining town has an interpretive trail and other hiking pathways where you can explore the region. There are pit toilets, fire rings, and a picnic facility here, but there's no running water. Bring enough supplies to meet your drinking and washing needs.
The group site is spacious and has plenty of shrubs and trees for shade. This section of the campground includes a covered shelter with five picnic tables, some food preparation tables, and a patio with a grill. Nearby, you'll find remnants of the mining town including the old water system and mining digs. Go to the northeastern end of the campground to connect to the 3/4-mile Reef Townsite Loop Trail. There are interpretive signs along this route to explain the history of the area. As you walk here, enjoy the puptacular views and geological formations of the reef rock formations. You can also use the hiking and mountain biking paths to take a day trip through this section of the Coronado National Forest. Travel with caution because bears live here.
This part of the forest is pet-friendly. Bring your pup, but keep them secure on a lead whenever they're not in your tent, camper, or a crate. Collect and dispose of their waste to keep the area in its natural state.
Getting to the Reef Townsite Group Area can be challenging, but it's worth the drive. Up here, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of nature and observe wildlife. The forest and scenic vistas offer a place for a peaceful retreat from civilization.