Amphitheater – Madera Canyon AZ


The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was very active in the Coronado National Forest during the 1930s. Coronado National Forest is discontinuous across southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico because the forested areas occur only on isolated mountain ranges called “Sky Islands” – a type of landscape similar to the Basin and Range in Nevada.

CCC camp F-30 was located in Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains (we are not sure exactly where or for how long).  The CCC ‘boys’ (enrollees) did extensive work in the canyon, including a campground, picnic area, amphitheater, trails and erosion works.

The amphitheater is located about halfway up the canyon.  It is small by comparison to other CCC amphitheaters but still intact.  The CCC workers also built a bridge across the creek, which has since been replaced; but the stone piers at each end are clearly CCC work.


Source notes

"The New Deal in Arizona: Connections to Our Historic Landscape," University of Arizona, The New Deal in Arizona Chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association.

Robert Audrestsch and Sharon Hunt, 2014. The Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 22-24.

Project originally submitted by Richard A Walker on November 19, 2019.
Additional contributions by Joan Greer.

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Location Info

Madera Canyon Road
Madera Canyon, AZ 85614

Coordinates: 31.7223, -110.8793

One comment on “Amphitheater – Madera Canyon AZ

  1. Michael anderson

    We live in the foothills of Tucson in the area of Columbus and skyline. On a 1 acre lot or three retention projects made presumably by the CCC that are A Series of rocks collected in10 to 30 foot long stretch is designed to slow the flow of water coming out of the mountains. These are available to be seen or I could send photographs of them. No cement just rocks stacked in rows. Many of the rocks are large boulders that would have required two or three men with bars to move.

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