Top Campgrounds You Need to know about In Arizona
I love camping, do you? Have you ever tried it? I grew up in Montana and California and have my dad to thank for my love of camping. I moved to Arizona 8 years ago and didnt know if my love of camping would continue. Well it did! 7 years ago we bought a pop up tent trailer and my love of camping lives on.Interested in Camping in Arizona? Read my post on the top campgrounds in Sedona, Prescott and Mogollon Rim #kellyluvs #camping #azblogger #travelblogger #ilovecampingClick To Tweet
There are many amazing campgronds besides this but I am going to cover the ones I prefer in the Sedona area, Prescott and from Payson to Heber along the Mogollon Rim.
Sedona Area: Top Campgrounds you need To know about In Arizona
Lo Lo Main Springs Campground
Lo Lo Mai is secluded camping, RV, and cabin sites with a mile frontage on the banks of famous Oak Creek. This 27 acre tree shaded resort is located 8 miles southwest of Sedona in the heart of the Verde Valley. It is set along ¾ mile of Oak Creek just minutes from Sedona, Lo Lo Mai Springs has dozens of sites near the creek beneath the branches of ancient cottonwoods and soaring sycamores.
Lo Lo Mai Springs has cabin, RV and tent sites. Lo Lo Mai has three bathrooms & shower facilities. They are open 24 hours a day. Facilities are open to all guests staying on the camp grounds. Amenities include: a children’s playground, sports court, shuffleboard court, horseshoe pits, swimming pool and swings. The facilities includes is laundry facilities with plenty of washers and dryers for the whole resort. They have a convenience store for that! Be sure to come check out the clubhouse where you can find books, board games, cards, and a vast DVD library to choose from.
Oak Creek Canyon (On the other side of Sedona)
Pine Flat Campground
Pine Flat has 59 single unit sites at Pine Flat Campground, including two accessible sites. Picnic tables, campfire rings and cooking grills, as well as vault restrooms and drinking water, are provided. No hookups or showers are available. Cave Springs Campground is~ a mile down the road and offers coin-operated showers, which guests of Pine Flat are welcome to use.
Cave Springs Campground
Cave Springs campground is nestled in a forested canyon near the town of Sedona, Arizona, and its famous red rock cliffs. It is a large campground with 84 campsites, including one tent-only site. All sites have picnic tables, campfire rings and cooking grills. Coin-operated showers, drinking water and vault restrooms are provided for convenience. The facility can host RVs, trailers and motor homes up to 36-ft
The river is stocked with trout, and swimming, hiking and birding spots are nearby. Campsites are located in a shady stand of ponderosa pines in the upper reaches of the canyon. Many of the campsites are located right on the banks of Oak Creek. The creek has crystal clear, cool water that is refreshing on hot summer days.
To get to Cave Springs or Pine Flat, take north on Highway 89A and continue for 12 miles into Oak Creek Canyon.
Prescott Arizona: Top Campgrounds you need To know about In Arizona
White Spar Campground
White Spar Campground at 5,641 feet in elevation is a short drive of 2.7 miles south of downtown Prescott and east of Hwy 89. Campers will appreciate the mild weather and the pine forest the campground is nestled in. White Spar Campground has 52 single and four double occupancy campsites. Some campsite driveways allow a camp unit (RV, or tow vehicle and trailer) and an extra vehicle, while many driveway lengths limit parking to only the camp unit.
Each campsite has a picnic table, steel fire ring and/or concrete block grill, and either an established tent pad or an area for a tent. Accessible campsites are available. There are five pull-through, 34 back-in, and 17 parallel parking asphalt-surfaced driveways. Services include four vault restrooms, four trash dumpsters and nine water hydrants. There are no RV hook-ups or dump station in the campground. Water is not available in the off/non-peak season. The facility may be closed during snow events Check out my labor day post when I camped at White Spar
Lynx Campground is located in the Lynx Lake Recreation Area at 5,600 feet in elevation. Within 1/4 mile of the popular Lynx Lake, the campground is situated along the lake’s west shoreline. The facility is about seven miles southeast of the city of Prescott, Arizona.
Each of the 35 campsites in Lynx Campground has a picnic table, steel fire ring, and either an established tent pad or an area with room for one to two tents. A steel ramada is present on select campsites. Campsite driveways are either parallel, pull-through, or back-in and all have asphalt surfacing. A few campsites are a short walk-in. Four vault toilets, two flush toilets, six trash dumpsters, and eight water faucets service the campground. There are no RV hook-ups or dump station in the campground. Campsites 10-19, 22-23, and 28-34 have steps. Campsites 20, 21, and 35 are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.
Local Area Near Precott Arizona
Northwest of White Spar Campground, within ten miles, is the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Within this recreation area are several day-use areas, and Granite Basin Lake (five acres), which is known for channel catfish, large-mouth bass, and sunfish. Rising prominently north of Granite Basin Lake is Granite Mountain at 6,874 feet. The Granite Mountain Wilderness Area is comprised of the mountain’s rugged topography and mixed vegetation suite. Also, northwest of White Spar Campground within ten miles, is Alto Pit Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Campground and Day-Use Area
Mogollon Rim Arizona: Top Campgrounds you need To know about In Arizona
The Mogollon Rim, pronounced by locals as “muggy-own,” is a 200-mile long cliff in northern Arizona that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 ft in elevation. The unique landscape was created by extreme erosion and faulting that has sculpted spectacular canyons and buttes. The rim serves as the geographical dividing line between the cool high country above and the hot, dry desert below. You would not believe your still in Arizona. Its a world away for the cactus of the Phoenix valley.
Houston Mesa Campground
Houston Mesa Campground is located in the forested northern section of Tonto National Forest, just one mile north of Payson, Arizona and less than two hours from Phoenix. It has 74 campsites, including 29 equestrian sites for campers with horses or mules, and 17 tent-only sites for those who want a quieter experience. There are several amenities to make campers feel at home, including showers (coin-operated) and flush toilets. All of the sites are accessible. Houston Mesa is a great place to camp. You can quickly get new supplies, a bit to eat or whatever your hearts desire within minutes. Houston Mesa is approximately 45 minutes from the Mogollon Rim. Swimming and Fishing holes are a quick 10-20 minute drive.
Tonto Natural Bridge is only a 10-15 minute drive too.
Down the Mogollon Rim on Highway 260
Christoper Creek Campground
Christopher Creek Campground has fresh air and vibrant views are a joy to behold. It sites at an elevation over a mile-high (5640 ft). It is located on the banks of the spring-fed Christopher Creek, which passes just below the Mogollon Rim. The family-friendly campground has 43 sites on both sides of the creek, plus a group site that accommodates a maximum of 25 people.
The small town of Christopher Creek is just a short drive away and offers a few restaurant options for those who tire of cooking at the campground.. A series of lakes called the Rim Country Lakes are about a 10 minute drive east. Woods Canyon Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes offering options for boating as well as a nature trail that loops around the lake’s perimeter.
Sharp Creek Campground
Sharp Creek Campground is a small campground located in an area of central Arizona known for its pleasant temperatures, spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation. There are tent-only, family and group sites to accommodate a wide range of visitors.. Sharp Creek campground has 20 campsites conveniently spread out into four loops. Campsites are spacious, comfortable and well-maintained, with some shade. Each has a picnic table, grill, campfire ring and lantern holder. One loop contains three group campsites that can each accommodate 50 to 75 people. A group picnic shelter is available as well. Christopher Creek is ~1 mile away and has a few restaurant and shopping options for basic conveniences. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes are a 10-minute drive away, and offer boating and fishing.
More Amazing Mogollon Rim campgrounds where we have camped
Woods Canyon Lake Campground
Woods Canyon Lake Campground. The campground area is located in north central Arizona near the town of Heber. The camp is adjacent to popular Woods Canyon Lake and situated in thick pine forests, providing a great getaway for large groups of up to 100 people. It offers plenty of activities for anglers, boaters, hikers, families and photographers. The group camping area is primitive but convenient to the lake. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The facility can comfortably accommodate 70 people, though the maximum is 100.
We have used our kayaks on the lakes and had the best time! Get yours here. I have used this two person Kayak in Glacier National Park
Canyon Point Campground
Canyon Point Campground lies in a forested area above the Mogollon Rim at an elevation of 7,500 ft.The campground sits in a heavily wooded pine and aspen area 5 miles from the popular Willow Springs Lake. The campground has 113 campsites, 32 of which have electricity. Tents, trailers and motor homes up to 75 ft. are all allowed at the campground. Each site has a picnic table and campfire ring with grill.
Showers and restrooms are provided, and firewood is available for sale. The nearby town of Forest Lakes is 2 miles down east and has gas, telephones and groceries. The nearest full service community is Overgaard, 20 miles east on Highway 260.
Are you hooked yet?
Most of the Top Campgrounds you need To know about In Arizona are booked through Recreation.gov. You will need to create an account to book your reservations. This list is not inclusive of the many places to camp but If you have questions, feel free to ask me questions.
If your looking to go camping this summer give the top campgrounds in Arizona a try: Sedona, Prescott and Payson/Mogollon Rim areas. You will not regret it. My advice is to book early since the top campgrounds you need to know about in Arizona tend to fill up in the summer months. Lots of people trying to escape the heat of Phoenix.
PS: If your looking to experience more camping check out my post for Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. If your looking for more fun things to do in Arizona check out my posts on Tucson, The Pogo Pass and Local Activities.
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