Where to Camp in the Grand Canyon State
When you say “Arizona,” most people immediately think of the Grand Canyon. And with good reason — it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and a place everyone should visit before they die.
But there are plenty other beautiful places to visit in Arizona, and those are the ones we'll be focusing on today. Here is our list of the top 10 campgrounds in the Grand Canyon State.
1. Kaibab Lake Canpground – Williams
Kaibab Lake is a lovely place to spend a few hours or a few days. It is located just a couple of miles outside the City of Williams in the Williams Ranger District. The lake is a popular spot for fishing. The area around the campground offers sightseeing as well. The Grand Canyon is just 60 miles away. Learn more.
2. Apache Trout Campground – Springerville
With boating and fishing facilities and a variety of amenities, Apache Trout is a convenient and comfortable place to stay. Plenty of open space, shaded forests and mountain scenery make for a pleasant outdoor experience. Learn more.
3. Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area – Show Low
Imagine camping in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest among 100-foot pine trees beside a quiet lake watching majestic great blue herons at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation. Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities makeFool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a popular place. Learn more.
4. Rock Crossing Campground – Happy Jack
Rock Crossing Campground is located 2 miles from Blue Ridge Reservoir (also known as C.C. Cragin Reservoir). This narrow, winding body of water looks more like a canyon-bound river than a lake. Nestled between forested canyon walls, it provides picturesque water recreation in a secluded, wooded setting. Learn more.
5. Cunningham Campground – Safford
Located high in the Pinaleño Mountains in an open, grassy stand of aspen and fir, this campground was constructed to provide a more primitive camping experience than most forest campgrounds. Campsites include a parking area and a fire grill.
A public corral is available for riding and pack stock. Nearby there are plenty of foot and equestrian trails. Learn more.
6. Burro Creek – Nothing
The Burro Creek Recreation Site is situated along Burro Creek within a very scenic Sonoran Desert Canyon at an elevation of 1,960 feet. This peaceful area has long been a favorite stop of travelers on nearby Highway 93. Visitors here are invariably fascinated with the contrast between the deep blue pools and tree-lined banks of Burro Creek, and the saguaro-studded hills and cliffs of its desert setting. Learn more.
7. Dogtown Lake Campground – Williams
Visitors come here to hike, fish, mountain bike and explore the area's cultural and natural history. It's also a great place to relax and enjoy the sound of the wind in the pines and the spectacular view of nearby Bill Williams Mountain. Learn more.
8. Chevelon Crossing – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
Chevelon Crossing is a scenic and historic canyon area. Built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the campground is situated along Chevelon Creek. Learn more.
9. Lockett Meadow – Flagstaff
This primitive campground offers a scenic view of the San Francisco Peaks and dry camping in the cool aspen trees that surround Lockett Meadow. This is a terrific campground for those who cherish a real mountain camping experience and love to hike wilderness trails.
You may catch a glimpse of the natural residents, porcupine or elk or thrill to the song of a hermit thrush that sings his best here. Even black bear have been known to stroll right through groups of picnickers without as much as a glance at their lunches. Learn more.
10. White Horse Lake Campground – Williams
White Horse Lake is an extremely popular fishing lake, 19 miles southeast of Williams, in northern Arizona. The lake's campground is conveniently located an hour from Grand Canyon National Park's south rim and surrounded by the exciting and diverse scenery of Kaibab National Forest.
A number of forest attractions are nearby, including scenic overlooks, dams and hiking and mountain biking trails. Learn more.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 13, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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