Experience Solitude SAWUURA

NOTE: IMPORTANT! Due to COVID-19, access to camp is limited. Up to 11 campers can visit either as up to 3 small groups or as one large group.

You must be serious about social distancing.

Here is our SAWUURA schedule for May.

Reservations are highly recommended for stays in the winter cabin but tent camping is easily available.

Weekend of May 7-10 forest bathing (shinrin-yoku)

This will be a quiet and meditative weekend. Eb will provide guided hikes on Saturday and Sunday, destinations to be decided by the participants.

Campers will be encouraged to identify a personal tree to adopt.

Weekend of May 14-17

Inner Child Weekend

When was the last time you played Duck, Duck, Goose?

We’ll be big kids this weekend. Plenty of colored pencils and art pages for drawing. Hide and Go Seek anyone?

How about Two Truths and a Lie around the campfire?

Christine will be bringing her massage table.

Weekend of May 21-24

Wildlife weekend

We’ll have an emphasis on observing wildlife and signs of their presence this weekend. The summer birds have been returning so we’ll spend time at the spring. Bring your good camera.

Weekend of May  28-31

Memorial Day weekend

Priority for families with children this weekend. School should be over and Eb will lead programs pertaining to the ecology of the Sierra Anches and the wild foods that are available here. A hike to the modest Mogollon Culture archeological ruin north of camp.

Christine will bring her massage table again.

Our covid protocol will remain in effect with a limit of 11 campers and no more than 3 parties.

May first is our membership renewal date. We are honoring members who have joined or renewed their memberships during covid quarantine for the 2021-2022 season. If you paid for a membership as part of your visited camp in the last 12 months, your membership is renewed through April 30,2022. We greatly appreciate your membership support.

Contact Eb, Curtiss, or Jan for information on paying for your membership electronically.

In fellowship,

Eb Eberlein


Do you seek the quiet of the backcountry, a quiet punctuated only by the sound of the wind in the trees and bird song?

Do you want to see the banner of the Milky Way strung across the night sky? Can you imagine warm days and cool nights nearly year round and the peace of camping alone or with friends & family in a forested valley? Then welcome to SAWUURA. Located seven miles south of Young, Arizona at an altitude of 5500 feet, SAWUURA is a beautiful 109 acres of wilderness nestled in the heart of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness and surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest. Driving time from either Phoenix or Tucson is approximately four hours.

Tent sites sites are nestled in the trees close to the creek bed. Picnic tables, shade awnings and an outdoor kitchen are provided in a central gathering area. There is one cabin open to members and guests & a Caretaker Cabin. There is a gravity-fed water system that brings well water to sinks and solar showers near the campsites.

SAWUURA hosts a campout every Memorial Day and Labor Day, where UUs and their family & friends are invited to tent camp, share meals & kitchen duties, activities and worship. Relax and deepen your spiritual connection with nature, play, hike, bird/star watch, sing & singe s’mores around the campfire.

Fees are $45 for adults and $25 for children under 16 (or $35 & $25 for members).

To find out more and register, please visit our Events page.

Please consider supporting camp operations by becoming a member. Members can visit throughout the year at no charge and get a discount on group camps.  Here is a Brochure and Mailable Membership Form.