A couple weeks ago the family and some friends got together for a weekend camp out on Mt. Graham to celebrate the end of another year of college. This was our second time on Mt. Graham, the first was last September, an account of which can be found by clicking here.
We had several choices where we could camp but chose to camp where we did last September, in Treasure Park. We had another big group this time out. With me was my wife, Karen, and my sons, Nathan, Ammon, and Daniel. Along with us was Nathan’s wife, Jessica, and her parents, Matt and Brenda, her sister, Holly, and brother, Josh, and his wife, Audra. We also brought the two canine members of our family, Pepe and Abby.
We boondocked in Wolfy, of course. How many people can you comfortably entertain in a Wolf Creek 850 truck camper? The picture above should tell you, and we could’ve easily seated another at the dinette. In spite of the room, the boys decided to camp out in their tents so they had some room to stretch out. Since we brought the dogs with us they needed a place to sleep and it wasn’t going to be up in the bed with us. They simply got too dirty running around outside to do that each night. The temperatures were pretty close to perfect during the weekend, highs around 67 and lows around 50. Unlike the last time we visited,we didn’t get a drop of rain.
The altitude at Treasure Park is at an even 9,000 feet, so if you’re not used to the altitude it can make you feel a little sleepy and tired (it took us about a day to get used to the altitude). You can quickly become dehydrated at altitude as well, so you really need to keep up on the fluids. Treasure Park offers about a half dozen developed sites that include a fire ring, picnic tables, and bear boxes to store garbage and food. The sites can be reserved, but if they’re not reserved, it’s first come, first served. Because of this you need to get there early on Friday before the big weekend rush. As you can see in the pics, the site wasn’t the most level, but it was one of the best there, so we had to break out the leveling blocks to get us at even keel.
View of our campsite facing Northwest.
View looking southeast.
Another view facing west.
Tents where our boys slept.
Pancakes for breakfast.
Sitting around the morning campfire.
Goofing off in front of the camera before breaking camp.
In case you’re curious about the name of the park, the following was taken from a historical plaque posted within the park: “Treasure Park is so-called because of stories of buried treasure. Legend has it that in the 1850’s, a large quantity of gold and silver was stolen from mines in Mexico by bandits. It was loaded onto burros, packed into Arizona, and buried here. The burial spot was marked by three granite stones, colored and placed upright forming a triangle. Around 1909, the forest supervisor, T. T. Swift, discovered three colored granite stones at Treasure Park. Although he dug more than six feet to bedrock, no treasure was found. Like many other lost treasure stories this one has been discounted but it remains a colorful part of Mt. Graham history.”
Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator (KK7TCA), he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top.
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Great read! I'm looking at staying on the mountain in a few weeks. What is your opinion of the other campgrounds available?
They're pretty decent, but small. They are found at the lower elevations as you ascend up the mountain.
Hi Mike, just got back from staying on the mountain. We decided on Arcadia Campground and were the only ones there other than the campground host last Friday. Great day on Sat and storm came in on Sunday morning (midnight) and woke up to snowfall!! Had a great time there and will go back. Saw some vehicles coming down the mountain covered with snow so I can imaging what it was at at 7000+ elevation. All the best! Rudy
Hi Rudy. Glad you had a great time. You definitely made the right decision on staying at a lower elevation.
This was wonderful reading about the fabulous time you had with your family and friends. Blessings, Lynn (your fellow blogger) p.s. I've read every entry you wrote and thoroughly enjoy your blog!
Thanks, Lynn. I appreciate your kind words.