View Full Version : Catalina Camp, Arizona

10-06-2012, 07:57 PM
Last weekend I got to visit a site I've been wanting see for a long time: Catalina Camp in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. I don't have much information on it (I didn't find out until after my visit that someone had written a history of the area and left it in the cabin). This mining camp was most likely part of the Hartman Homestead mines that are nearby. It is also rumored to have once been owned by Buffalo Bill (who owned many claimes in the area), but I haven't been able to verify that yet. I do know that this was shown on the 1904 Topo map I was able to find. Does anyone have any more information on this interesting place?

The hike to the camp can be done from many different directions, all of them challenging. We chose to come in from the Rice Peak 4WD (http://experience-az.com/adventures/4wd/ricepeak/ricepeak.html)road. It ended up being over 7 miles and over 2200 ft in total elevation change.

The cabin has a lot of interesting stuff inside that people have left behind over the years.

The hike along Oracle Ridge
Cat-dog and I at Catalina Camp cabin
Stained glass window?
Catalina Camp on the 1904 Topo map

You can get full details, directions, pictures, etc. for this adventure at the Catalina Camp Trail Adventure at Experience Arizona:


bob3 was bob2
10-07-2012, 07:13 AM
It's nice to see the cabin hasn't been destroyed or vandalized, probably due to the fact that you have to hike to the cabin.