Mountain camping? So much yes! At Gordon Hirabayashi Campground, you'll pitch your tent above it all—well, okay, except for the trees. Those you'll remain below. Try to spot Tucson and Santa Cruz down in the distance between spying on Abert's squirrels and searching for Steller's jays. You'll want to pack a flannel for a trip to Gordon Hirabayashi, for the cool mountain air can chill you all through the year. Still have the shivers? Warm up on a high elevation hike! Once back at your site, you'll be welcome by fire grills and picnic tables, plus full, free access to the freshest air your lungs ever did draw in. Ahhh, yes.
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
60 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Spencer Canyon Campground.

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Hipcamper Carl
Carl R.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2019

9-21-2019, We went to check out Spencer Canyon campground and rented a spot for day use. Nice area with fresh air amidst ponderosa pines.
Plenty of spaces (60). First come, first served.
Several well kept and pleasant smelling vault toilets with fresh paint and no graffiti.
All campsites have iron fire pit, grill, stone table and steel food box to protect food from bears.
Fees: Bring cash and no change is available. Fill out envelope, insert cash, keep stub, and drop envelope in slot
Overnight camping is $24.00,
Single vehicle day use is $10.00
Firewood bundle for $6.00

Hipcamper Bill
Bill G.
recommends this listing.
November 20th, 2018

The camp is at 8,000ft so it can be quite cool up here. It is closed usually from about Nov-Apr. Camp is in the pines.

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 6th, 2017

For beginner campers, this is prime real estate. Campsites are pretty close together and there are restrooms nearby. BBQ grills surround each campsite and if you're lucky, so are friendly, fellow campers. There is great shade coverage on hot days and the wind gusting through will cool off anyone.

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 31st, 2016

Spencer Canyon campground and Gordon Hirabayashi campground are NOT the same, and are thousands of feet different in elevation. They are both on Mt. Lemmon. I'd recommend rewriting this description. I prefer Spencer Canyon because it's much higher, in a pine forest rather than high desert (which is where Hirabayashi is). Incidentally, Hirabayashi campground was called prison camp until recently. It's where Asian Americans were imprisoned in the 40s. I've been there a few times, and you can see the foundations of old prison buildings. Very sad.

Hipcamper Kelsea P.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2018
Hipcamper Clement R.
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March 21st, 2017
Coronado National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(520) 388-8300
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32.417° N, 110.741° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 60 Sites
(Up to people per site)