Rose Canyon Lake Camping

We were told that people who go camping in Sedona at around this time end up turning into icicles... (20°F/-6°C) so instead of driving 4 hours for frost bite, we decided to stay local and camp on Mount Lemmon.

Here are a few pictures from our weekend of fire, food, games, embarrassing stories and getting in touch with mother nature:

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
A better part of our first hour consisted of gathering firewood.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Mount Lemmon has real trees!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
And bigfoot!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
A blue sky is one thing you can usually rely on in Arizona!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
So with all the gathered firewood, we attempted to make a fire with a flint!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
It didn't work out very well initially. We all gave it a couple goes.... nothing. Bear Grylls makes it look SO easy.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
You know that's what he was thinking!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Ben gave it a last go...

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Success!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Yayyyyy! See all those big smiles?

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
I stood so close my face turned brown! (Hee hee hee. That was a brown joke, in case you didn't catch that)

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Boiling water for hot cocoa.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Roman enjoying the burger we cooked over the fire.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
The great outdoorsmen! Who can build a fire!

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
What part of the night consisted of....

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

By the time we all crawled into our sleeping bags, it was below freezing and our sleeping bags (which work for -30°F/-34°C) were definitely calling our names. I slept in a total of 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of pants and 4 tops.

The morning after....

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
I'm actually brushing w/ a Colgate Wisp in this picture. Really convenient.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Only you can prevent forest fires. And ice.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
Hot dog for breakfast anyone?

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona
After packing up, we explored around the lake.

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

rose lake canyon, mount lemmon, tucson, arizona

Other than getting a case of altitude sickness and sleeping in the frigid cold, camping made for an excellent adventure.

Except that after 5 washes, I can still smell a trace of smoke in my hair. Actually, it smells like bacon.

Rose Canyon Campground

Coordinates: 32.386944, -110.711389
Fees: $20
Hours: Quiet hours 10pm - 6am; Check out 3pm
Amenities: Potable water, vault toilets
Website: reserveamerica.com/camping/rose-canyon

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