This group area is located a short distance off the Ruby Road near Peña Blanca Lake. It is available for use only by groups that reserve it in advance. The access road is gated and locked when the area is not being used. Reservations can be made by calling the district office (520.281.2296), at least four weeks in advance (Major holidays are reserved a year in advance).

A major attraction at Calabasas The group Site is nearby Peña Blanca Lake. This popular area for fishing, boating, and birdwatching is just a short drive on paved roads from the campground. Groups do come to Calabasas, however, to enjoy the area's natural setting. Campsites here are spread out among a stand of oak trees within a shallow, grassy valley. A few well-worn pathways lead to the tops of some low hills in the area where you will find good views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and mountains.

LOCATION: 67 miles south of Tucson and 14 miles northwest of Nogales near picturesque Peña Blanca Lake.

ELEVATION: 4,000 ft.

SEASON: Year-round.


  • 6 tables and fire grills
  • Quiet setting
  • No water
  • Nearby lake
  • Toilets

FEE: Day use or overnight camping costs are: Call.

  • The area is closed to all but groups with reservations.
  • No RV hook-ups.
  • Pets must be on a leash.
  • Pack and saddle stock are not permitted in campground or picnic areas.
  • Firewood is not available. Bring your own wood or bring charcoal or a camp stove for cooking.
  • Nearest medical facilities and additional supplies are in Nogales.