Arizona Camping


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Arizona camping is a very popular activity... especially in the summer months in the cool "high country" South of Flagstaff.

Arizona camping appeals to both residents and visitors, including winter visitors practicing long term RV camping in the desert.

As you might expect, most of this outdoor living migrates from the desert to the cool mountains and back, depending on the weather. And like the campers, this article will also migrate from the desert to the pine forested Coconino Plateau.


Bureau of Land Management Camping

Information from the BLM website...

BLM Arizona provides many opportunities for camping on public lands.  Visitors have the opportunity to camp at campgrounds, Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs), or in dispersed areas throughout the state.

Developed Campgrounds and Picnic Areas

BLM Arizona manages many developed campgrounds and picnic areas in the state.  Each campground offers a different mix of facilities, landscapes, and outdoor activities. Most campgrounds have use fees ranging from $4.00 to $10.00 per unit per night.  Most sites have a 14-day stay limit.

Long-Term Visitor Areas

Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs) are specially designated areas located on BLM lands in California and Arizona. These LTVAs provide places for visitors to stay for longer periods of time between September and April. A seasonal special recreation permit is required, and the permit allows visitors to stay in any of the six LTVAs in California or two LTVAs in Arizona: Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma and La Posa LTVA near Quartzsite.  The America The Beautiful Interagency Passes, or Golden Age/Golden Access Passports are not accepted.

Dispersed Recreation Camping

Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as "dispersed camping." Most of the remainder of public lands in Arizona are open to dispersed camping, as long as such use does not conflict with other authorized uses or occurs in areas posted "closed to camping," or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.  

Dispersed camping is allowed on Public Lands in Arizona for no more than a period of 14 days within any period of 28 consecutive days.  The 28-day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period.  After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation.  The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas.  In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days.



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Arizona camping strongly favors desert camping between October and March. Some are winter visitors and many are Arizonans out enjoying their state.

Desert camping is popular with winter visitors. They come to Arizona's warm deserts in their RV's by the thousands. Many choose to experience Arizona camping in desert RV parks and campgrounds in central Arizona and along the Colorado River, rather than in the larger towns.

If you dream of  winter camping and your dream looks like the sunrise photo below , then Central Arizona is the place for you.


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Some campers live in commercial RV Parks and campgrounds all winter... until the snow is all melted and the weather has warmed up back home.

Arizona camping means camping on the open desert... for some adventurous types. They love staying on the open desert near small towns or desert bass lakes. There's lots of room.

Boating, hunting, fishing, rock hounding, biking, hiking, and just plain "getting out" lures many Arizona residents to camp in the open desert and around our desert lakes

Sedona and the nearby Verde River Valley lures a number of visitors in the spring and fall transition months.

Arizona camping changes when the desert heats up. A mass exodus occurs with the changing season.

Winter visitors head for home.

Local campers head for South of Flagstaff. The green forests and meadows are soothing to the eyes of desert dwellers.

Our cool temperatures, trout waters, and open camping in the four unique districts of the Coconino National Forest are powerful magnets for Arizonans and visitors.


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Arizona camping South of Flagstaff offers a lot of choices for the outdoor living set. Pictured above is an open camping area (we call it dry camping) in the Coconino National Forest. 

These areas are favored by those with self-contained trailers and motor homes. These areas are also favored by large groups, including clubs, church groups, and for family reunions.

Camping in these open areas allows your group to get off by yourselves, and away from others.



South of Flagstaff also offers many improved campgrounds, many by lakes or streams. Water, picnic tables, fire pits or grills, toilets, and other improvements are available.

Arizona camping  by fishing lakes and streams offers several forms of recreation in addition to the camping and fishing.

You can watch the bald eagles, ospreys and herons that make their homes around some of our lakes.

Hiking or just short nature walks are popular, and mountain biking the trails around many campgrounds is always a treat.

Rock climbing is strenuous, but it is attracting more and more participants each year.

A word (or two) of caution however, Treat fires with a lot of caution!  

  • Bring a camp stove for cooking

  • If you're building a campfire... control it

  • Make sure the campfire has no hot coals before you leave it

Please don't ride ATV's around and around the roads within the campground. ATV riding is restricted to traveling to and from camp.

Improved campgrounds tend to be favored by tent campers, and those with tent trailers or small campers.


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The photo at the top of this page was made in Monument Valley, near the Utah border. Monument Valley is a great place for a 2 or 3 day camping and sightseeing trip.

Arizona camping is a frequent activity for many. It also holds a powerful attraction to... full time camping nomads, occasional campers, and those looking for a cheap vacation.

Arizona camping has something for all of us. It's nice that the forest is huge and there's enough room for all.

A Google search using the keyword phrase campgrounds + arizona state parks returns interesting and informative listings and ads. The keyword phrase az blm campgrounds also is productive.






Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

The United States government manages and operates numerous parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, national forest facilities, and some other facilities managed by federal agencies.

Those agencies are:

These agencies charge entrance and user fees at locations offering recreational amenities. A revised "pass" program was developed for the convenience of those visiting multiple sites.

America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

The pass program was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, which Congress authorized in December 2004 and replaces the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and the Golden Access Passports as well as the National Parks Pass.

Existing passes will remain valid until expired. Access to most public lands remains free. The pass applies to those locations that currently have entrance or standard amenity fees.

The following four passes make up the series:



Annual Pass

  • $80 annual pass
  • Available to everyone.
  • Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 1, or online.
  • Non-transferable.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Annual Pass

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Senior Pass

  • $10 Lifetime pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Senior Pass


Access Pass

  • Free
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free). Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services.
  • Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Access Pass


Volunteer Pass

  • Free
  • For volunteers with 500 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
  • Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit



Here are several news items concerning camping in the area. Meeting notices and aditional press releases may be posted here.


Arizona Camping News and Information

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June 10, 2014

Grand Canyon National Park


Galahad Fire Likely to Burn until Wetting Rains Arrive



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June 7, 2014



Access to be restricted to Cedar Pocket campground June 15-22


Arizona Game and Fish Department issues correction on June 3 press release regarding non-native fish removal in Virgin River Gorge.


Access will be restricted to the Cedar Pocket campground in the Virgin River Gorge from June 15-22.

This restriction is related to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Virgin River Program conducting a fish management project using rotenone in the Virgin River Gorge in southwest Utah and northwest Arizona to remove invasive red shiner and restore habitat in the Virgin River for native fishes.

The Department’s June 3 news release inferred that the campground’s closure would begin June 9.



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June 4, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Problematic bear activity prompts closure of Rock Crossing campground


Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Rock Crossing campground, located off Forest Road 751 near Blue Ridge Reservoir, is closing immediately due to problematic bear activity.

A bear entered the campground last night damaging a camp trailer.  The closure is necessary to protect public health while Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel capture the bear. In 2012, the Tonto National Forest closed several campgrounds in the area around Payson due to bear attacks.

“In light of the bear sightings and what has happened over the past couple of years, we feel it’s necessary to close this campground in order to ensure the safety of the public,” said Mogollon Rim District Ranger Linda Wadleigh. “Rock Crossing campground will be closed until we feel it’s safe for campers to once again use the campground.”

Bears can be common at high elevations where food is plentiful. Different bears will visit the same area if attractants are not removed. Bears that must be removed are relocated or may have to be destroyed if they are considered too dangerous, have completely lost their fear of humans, or continue to get into conflicts with people.

For more information on what to do if you encounter a bear, please visit



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May 22, 2014



Encounters are increasing – be “bear aware” out there


PHOENIX – As temperatures climb and Arizonans head north, human encounters with bears in the high country and in expanding mountain communities are on the increase.


Arizona Game and Fish Department officials are asking people to “Be Bear Aware,” especially while recreating in the cool pines during Memorial Day weekend. Homeowners and recreationists should take precautions to minimize potential conflicts with bears and other wildlife.

Bear sightings also are on the increase around southern Arizona.

The root cause of any human-wildlife encounter is typically food. Keep a clean camp.

“Don’t intentionally feed wildlife – it will just get you and the wild animal in trouble,” said April Howard, the large carnivore biologist with Game and Fish. “Cook and eat your food 100 yards from your sleeping area.”

Here are some tips to keep you safe, and to discourage bears from visiting your campsite.

  • Never intentionally feed wildlife. Even bird feeders can become attractants if they are not placed out of reach of bears and set up properly to prevent spillage.
  • Don’t camp near hiking trails, water or berry patches.
  • Secure all garbage. To do so, use bear-resistant containers, hang garbage from a tree (garbage should be 10-15 feet high and 4 feet from its hanging surface) or keep garbage in a vehicle.
  • Keep tent and sleeping area clear of any food and other scented items such as deodorant, lotion and toothpaste.
  • Walk or jog in groups. Pay attention to your surroundings when hiking, jogging or bicycling.
  • Supervise your children (especially toddlers) and keep them in sight at all times.
  • Keep your pets on a leash – don’t allow them to be free roaming. Free roaming pets can be a cause of adverse human/bear encounters, especially dogs chasing female bears with cubs.
  • Don’t leave pet food out where bears and other wild animals become habituated to it.
  • Manage the vegetation around your home to eliminate hiding and daybed use cover for bears and wildlife.
  • Remember that the majority of standard coolers are not effective at keeping a bear from breaking in and stealing its contents. There are companies that specialize in bear-resistant containers.

If you encounter a bear consider these suggestions:

  • Never get between a female bear and her cubs. Do not try to intervene with a bear chasing your dog back to you. Let the bear focus its attention on your dog and not switch its aggression towards you.
  • Stay calm.
  • If a bear has not noticed you, do not get its attention. Continue facing it, and slowly back away.
  • If a bear has noticed you, make loud noises by clanging pans, using air horns or whatever is available.
  • If attacked, fight back. Bear and mountain lion attacks are predation events and you are considered the prey.
  • If a bear has noticed you, don’t run unless it is dangerously close. Get inside of a vehicle or building. Running elicits what is called a predator-prey response – if you run, the animal might instinctively want to chase and catch you. Despite their imposing size, bears are quick and can reach speeds of 40 mph.
  • Make yourself look as big and imposing as possible.
  • Speak loudly or yell – let it know you are human.

“Plan and prepare before camping or hiking,” Howard said. “Contact the appropriate park or forest service and find out if there has been any bear sightings or issues.”

Keep in mind that when wildlife and humans come into conflict, the wildlife will almost always lose. Due to public safety concerns, a bear that is conditioned to humans and causes property damage or injury, or has lost its fear of humans is a dead bear. Don’t feed them either intentionally or unintentionally.

Although the department will trap and relocate a nuisance bear that happens to come into conflict with humans, once a bear loses its fear of humans or is habituated to eating human-provided food (both typically occur), the department has limited choices. Capturing and relocating a problem bear is not a viable public safety option.

Another factor to keep in mind is that relocated bears do not always have long life expectancies. Bears are extremely territorial. Putting a bear into another bear’s territory is setting the animal up for a different type of conflict -- one that can be fatal.

“Your actions will affect these bears’ survival,” Howard said, “and that’s why it’s important to follow these simple bear safety procedures and protocols while camping and hiking so bears don’t have to be euthanized.”



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May 20, 2014



Fire restrictions throughout Arizona begin Memorial Day weekend


PHOENIX – To reduce the looming threat of summer wildfires following one of Arizona’s driest winters on record, officials have announced fire restrictions for many locations throughout Arizona. The restrictions take effect just as the busy Memorial Day weekend begins on Friday, May 23.

Fire danger conditions, local closures and restrictions are subject to change. Many of the state’s most popular destinations will be affected by the fire restrictions that take effect this Friday.

Stage II and elevated fire restrictions have been issued for Prescott National Forest and Tonto National Forest. The following activities will be prohibited in these forests as of May 23:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building
  • Possessing, using or discharging fireworks or pyrotechnic device
  • Discharging a firearm, except during a lawful hunt
  • Using explosives
  • Operating chainsaws or equipment with internal combustion engines between the hours of 1 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • Using internal or external combustion engines without properly installed, approved, working spark arrestors
  • Welding and use of acetylene or other torches with open flame
  • Using or operating motor vehicles off forest system roads, except when parking within 10 feet of a road where there is no brush or vegetation, or overnight parking in developed campgrounds and trailheads

Officials also announced Stage I fire restrictions for specific lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. In addition to the Stage II and elevated fire restrictions listed above, the discharge of air rifles, exploding targets or gas guns except during a lawful hunt will be also be prohibited on lands managed by the BLM Lower Sonoran and Hassayampa field offices, BLM land in the counties of Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yavapai, the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the Agua Fria National Monument. Exceptions and exclusions to fire restrictions in these BLM-administered areas will permit certain limited activities, including:

  • Fires in fire rings or grills provided by officials in developed campsites or picnic areas
  • Smoking in areas with a diameter of at least 10 feet that are clear of brush and all flammable materials
  • Use of devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off in areas clear of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device
  • Otherwise prohibited activities are allowed if a person possesses a written permit authorizing the activity, as well as in areas where written and posted notice specifically authorizes the activity
The Gila River Fire Department has issued Open Burning Permit Restrictions and Moratorium, which is a community no-burn notice that prohibits outdoor fires typically used to dispose of refuse.

For more information about restrictions in specific locations, visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website at  



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May 16, 2014

SoFA Staff


Family Campout Program


Spring & Summer 2014 Arizona Family Campout Program is designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We hope to introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! Take a one weekend introductory adventure at one of 9 Arizona State Parks. Parks include Buckskin Mountain SP, Catalina SP, Dead Horse Ranch SP, Kartchner Caverns SP, Lost Dutchman SP, Lyman Lake SP, Patagonia Lake SP, Red Rock SP, and Yuma Quartermaster Depot SHP. Click on park name to learn more about each park, or see map for park locations.

Registration Fee: $85 up to family of 4. Additional family members $5 each. Sorry, children 5 years and younger or pets cannot attend this program.

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May 1, 2014

Kaibab National Forest


Williams and Tusayan Districts to Consider Camping Corridors


The Kaibab National Forest is proposing to designate camping corridors on the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts in order to better meet the public’s need for motorized dispersed camping opportunities.

The proposal is part of the South Zone Travel Management Revision Project, which is available for public review and comment on the Kaibab National Forest website at The public scoping period runs from May 1 to May 31 and is intended to help define the scope of the issues to be addressed in depth as part of the forest’s analysis.

Specifically, the Kaibab National Forest is proposing to designate camping corridors along about 223 miles of roads across the two districts, 159 on the Williams Ranger District and 64 on the Tusayan Ranger District. The proposal is for the corridors to extend 200 feet from either side of the centerline of the roads. Motor vehicle use for the purpose of dispersed camping would be allowed within designated corridors. Where camping corridors are not designated, visitors would continue to be allowed to drive and park up to 30 feet off open roads.

“We have listened to the concerns of the public regarding the lack of opportunities for motorized dispersed camping on the Williams and Tusayan districts,” said Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams. “We made a commitment to our communities to be responsive and refine our transportation system over time. We believe this proposal will help us to better meet the recreational needs of forest visitors.”

Besides the designation of camping corridors, the Kaibab is also proposing to make some changes to the existing road system by adding 32 miles and removing 10 miles of roads on the two districts. This includes the proposed addition of 15 short spur routes on the Tusayan Ranger District that access historically-popular motorized dispersed camping sites.

The proposed changes stem from more than three years of monitoring following implementation of the Travel Management Rule on the districts. This was a federal rule that required all national forests and grasslands to designate a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized use, and to prohibit all motor vehicle use off the designated system. For additional information on the current Kaibab National Forest transportation system, visit

To view the full South Zone Travel Management Revision Project proposal, visit



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April 15, 2014

Kaibab National Forest


Fire Restrictions To Begin Friday On Four Arizona National Forests


Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented at 8 a.m. Friday, April 18, on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions will apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Fire restrictions will not yet be implemented on the North Kaibab Ranger District due to different weather and fuels conditions.

Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

On the Prescott National Forest, campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.

Implementation of fire restrictions is especially important this year given the dry winter and impacts of long-term drought on the forests. Criteria used to determine when to implement fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Fire restrictions will remain in effect until the forests receive significant precipitation.

“We are seeing conditions on the forests that warrant going into fire restrictions earlier than usual,” said Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart. “We could have a long fire season ahead of us, and we need members of the public to work with us to prevent human-caused starts.”

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
• Arizona Fire Restrictions
• Arizona Fire Prevention & Information (fire restrictions & red flag alerts)
• Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico 1-877-864-6985

Order and Map for Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts of the Kaibab National Forest - signed April 15, 2014



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January 19, 2014



Outdoor recreationists are reminded to avoid bald eagle closure areas during breeding season



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January 18, 2014

SoFA Staff


White Tank Mountain Regional Park Camping



White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers 40 individual sites for tent or RV camping. Most sites have a large parking area to accommodate up to a 45' RV and all are "Developed Sites," with water and electrical hook-ups, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and a fire ring. All restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. All sites in the campground may be reserved online at


Camping Fees

Large camping groups can reserve a Group Campground.

Group Campground Area 14 - 2 large ramadas with 4 picnic tables each, 2 large barbecue grills, one large fire ring, restrooms with showers, lights/electrical outlets, and parking for approximately 50 RVs. There are no hook-ups or dump station.

Youth Group Area 12 - For Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other youth groups with the intent to camp groups of children under the age of 18 years. Groups must be adult supervised. The group area offers 12 sites that accommodate 1 or 2 tents per site, 1 small grill at each site, a group fire ring, 3 picnic tables at the fire ring, and restroom facilities.



White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355




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January 13, 2014

SoFA Staff


Homolovi State Park



Homolovi State Park Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!


Reserve your spot (campground RV or tent site) from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations. Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.




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January 10, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Beaver Creek campground converting to day-use site


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Beaver Creek campground will be converted to a day-use picnic area beginning March 1 for safety reasons after a recent assessment determined the campground was in a possible flood zone.

Wet Beaver Creek regularly floods on both sides of the campground isolating it, and as recently as 1995 flood waters completely covered the campground, causing severe damage.

Public safety will be improved under a day-use scenario while visitors can still enjoy the cool water and shade of the riparian zone throughout the year.

The Forest Service is concerned about the safety of overnight campers during events where a flash flood could overrun the campground. Limiting the site to use during daytime hours will allow for increased safety and faster response of Forest Service, state, county resources and first responders, if necessary.

Recent flooding of national forest campgrounds in other regions has heightened local forest managers’ concern about potential damage and injury from flash floods.

The campground is managed by Recreation Resource Management, Inc. under a special use permit issued by the Forest Service. Campsites will be converted to day-use picnic sites, and each site will have parking, a picnic table and barbeque grill.

Drinking water and restrooms are available. A picnic site fee will be charged and some sites will be available by reservation and others on a first-come first-served basis.



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December 29, 2013

SoFA Staff


Lees Ferry Campground



Operated by National Park Service


Lees Ferry Campground offers 54 designated sites. No hookups. RV dump station. Grills provided, no open fires. Quiet time 10pm-6am. Modern bathroom/comfort station, potable water available.

Launch ramp 2 miles. Gas and supply store at Marble Canyon, about 5 miles away.

No reservations. $12 per site/per night.




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November 29, 2013

SoFA Staff


Long Term Camping At State Parks


Cattail Cove State Park will block out 15 sites for Long Term Camping from January 1 through April 30. (Alamo Lake State Park also offers LTC, Learn More)

Guests who wish to take advantage of long-term camping (longer than two weeks) must pay in full for the first two weeks of their stay, along with the $5 reservation fee. All long-term reservations will be handled by the Call Center (520) 586-2283. The Call Center will find a site that runs concurrently for the length of stay the guest requests. The Call Center will collect the first two weeks plus the reservation fee and will block out duration of stay in two-week increments.

The Minimum length of stay for a long-term site will be 28 nights (4 weeks). Maximum length of stay will be 84 nights (12 weeks).

Upon the guest arrival, their first two weeks will have been paid in advance through the reservation process. After the first two weeks have ended, the guest will provide future payment in two-week increments on the last day of each two-week segment. Payments will be made by the customer at the contact station during regular business hours. If a guest decides to depart earlier than the date they originally agreed upon, the standard reservation cancellation policy will apply. All other Policies and Rules governing Camping will remain in effect. 

\Note: This is a pilot program subject to change.



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November 7, 2013

SoFA Staff


Buckskin Mountain State Park



Buckskin Mountain Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!

Reserve a campground RV or tent site from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.

Dec. 4: Directors Campout Series

Meet and Greet at 3:30 pm. Campfire Chat at 6 pm. Arizona State Parks Director Bryan Martyn will engage visitors, residents, campers, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts and other constituents in a conversation about State Parks. Come and share your views. Learn More & Follow Director Martyn on Social Media

December 5-8: Vintage Trailer Gathering

Arizona Roundup's annual vintage trailer gathering will be at Buckskin Mountain SP from December 5-8. Stop by to see some amazing vintage vehicles (including teardrops, fiberglass travel trailers, and airstreams) on display. Park Day Use Entrance Fee applies.

WiFi Access

New! Free High-Speed WiFi internet access is available at the Group Ramada. No credit card is required. No password is required at this time. Enjoy!


Boat ramp · swimming area · dump station · tent campers · jet skiing


Buckskin Mountain State Park, 5476 Arizona 95, Parker, AZ




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October 20, 2013

SoFA Staff


Alamo Lake State Park Camping



Fall is a good time of year to enjoy Alamo Lake State Park camping. The weather is mild and there can be some spectacular sunsets. Fishing, boating, hiking, and biking a some of the activities engaged in by Alamo Lake campers.



October through November bring  pleasant temperatures with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s. From December until April you can count on 60° to 70° days with lows in the 30



Campground A has 21 sites available while Campground B has 15 sites. These sites are $15 per night.

There is a $15.00 per night fee for second vehicles. Fee will be paid upon arrival at the park. Fee does not apply to vehicles towed behind a primary vehicle when the primary vehicle remains at the site and the towed vehicle is used for transportation.


Dry camping is located in Campgrounds D & E. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The fee is $15 a night per vehicle. There are vault and chemical toilets located throughout the campgrounds.


Alamo Lake Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!

Reserve a campground RV or tent site from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations. Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.



New! Long Term Camping Reservations

Learn about the new Long Term Camping Reservation policy at this park and make your reservation today!



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January 2, 2013

SoFA Staff


Davis Camp On the Colorado River



Davis Camp on the Colorado River has RV spaces and accommodations for long-term stays, short term stays, and day use areas.

Rental homes, an RV park with services, RV group camping, tent camping, and more are available at Mohave County's Davis Camp.

Spend part of your winter staying and playing on the Arizona Riviera. 




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September 1, 2012

SoFA Staff


Get Your Smokey On


Smokey Bear's official mobile site and apps



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August 1, 2012

SoFA Staff


Knoll Lake and Campground



A reader wants a recommendation about camping and fishing at Knoll Lake. Surprisingly, no one on our staff has spent any appreciable time at Knoll Lake

What we do know is that the lake is in a pretty location near the Mogollon Rim. Because it is on top of the rim, the location is cool in the summer, and the campground is shaded by stands of pines.

The AZGFD Fishing Report lists Knoll Lake under the Mogollon Rim Lakes heading.

The Coconino National Forest website offers more information...


This secluded forest lake attracts visitors for a number of reasons. Surrounded by ponderosa pines, with a picturesque island in its middle, Knoll Lake provides a scenic setting in which to enjoy your canoe or other small boat. Fishing is good here too, offering rainbow, brown and brook trout.

If the fish aren't biting, you'll definitely want to take a tour of the nearby Mogollon Rim. This two thousand foot escarpment marks the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau and drops from cool highlands to low deserts in a picturesque, stomach wrenching plunge.

The lake covers approximately 75 acres and is about 50 feet deep.

Campground Season: May 9, 2008 to mid-September [see also Knoll Lake Campground]

Attractions: Fishing, boating, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography

Facilities: 33 single unit campsites with tables, fire rings, and cooking grills, Drinking water and vault toilets at the campground, Boat ramp, Hiking trails nearby

Helpful Links:

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At a Glance

Open Season:





Boat motors limited to a single electric motor

Closest Towns:

Happy Jack, AZ

Operated By:

Mogollon Rim District - 928-477-2255

Information Center:

The roads to Knoll Lake are closed in winter making the lake inaccessible.

General Information


Location: 108 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved and graveled Forest Roads. Elevation is 7,340 feet.

GPS: Boat Launch: N34° 25’ 53.3994, W-111° 5’ 9.456”

Access: From Flagstaff take Hwy 3 (Lake Mary Rd) south 55 miles to Clints Well. Turn left (north east) on Hwy 87, go 10 miles to FR 95 which is just past the Blue Ridge office of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Turn right and go 6 miles to FR 96 veering left and travel 2 miles to FR 321. Turn right and drive 10 miles to FR 300. Turn left (east) and go 4 miles to FR 295E. Turn left again and drive to Knoll Lake.



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June 4, 2012

SoFA Staff


Pine Grove Campground


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Pine Grove Campground is a great place to hang out in cool camping comfort. This campground is popular for numerous reasons, inckuding the large number of camp sites, and its proximity to several fishing lakes.

The Forest Service describes the campground well...


Nearby Upper and Lower Lake Mary, Ashurst, Marshall and Kinnikinick lakes, serve as a recreational focus for this campground. All are stocked with fish including trout, bass, and channel catfish. Upper Lake Mary is popular with power boaters (there's no motor limit), and Ashurst attracts a following of windsurfers along with its anglers and boaters. Those whose interest in the out of doors goes beyond watersports might consider these sites for the wildlife watching they offer.

The lakes around these forested campgrounds are used as a stopover for migrating waterfowl, a wintering site for rare bald eagles, and a feeding ground for resident ospreys. The area is home to a considerable number of elk and mule deer too.

Recently reconstructed Pinegrove Campground is spread out through a cool stand of pines bordered by high country meadows. Access to the campground is via a short spur off Forest Highway 3. Supplies are available at convenience stores along the highway and in Flagstaff, about 20 miles away.


  • Reservations accepted for 24 of the 46 single unit sites. Visit or call 877-444-6777 (toll free number), TDD at 877-833-6777. Camp check-in time is 2 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.

  • Tents, Trailers up to 33' and motor homes (up to 45') are permitted

  • No utility hookups.

  • Pets must always be contained or restrained on a leash.

  • No horses allowed in the campground.

  • Motorbikes may only be used for entering or leaving campsite.

  • Water available ONLY for registered campers.

  • 14 day stay limit.


pine grove campground


Location: 19 miles south of Flagstaff, all on paved roads. Elevation is 6,900 feet.

GPS: N35° 1' 41.1954", W-111° 27' 43.38"

Access: Drive 19 miles south from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road).



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February 18, 2012

SoFA Staff


Beaver Creek Campground


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Note: Beaver Creek campground converting to day-use site on March 1, 2014


Beaver Creek campground is a wonderful place for a getaway any time of year... but especially in the spring and fall seasons. This is a restful, scenic piece of Arizona that offers fishing in Wet Beaver Creek, lush creekside vegitation, and a nearby wilderness area with hiking, scenery, and serenity.

The Forest Service describes the campground well...

This campground is sheltered by a stand of cottonwoods and Arizona sycamores clustered on the banks of Wet Beaver Creek. The cool, clear waters of nearby Wet Beaver Creek provide an excellent place to fish, hike, swim, wade, and bird watch, all within a few steps of your campsite. A trailhead within easy driving distance provides access to hiking trails into the Beaver Creek Wilderness. The road that leads to the campground is one of the Coconino National Forest's scenic drives. There is a free picnic area across FR 618 from the campground.

The area beyond the oasis nurtured by the stream is upper Sonoran Desert. Its characteristic rock gardens of prickly pear cactus and banana yucca provide a sharp contrast to the lush riparian zone along the creek. Wet Beaver Campground is located just three miles off paved road from I-17.




Also, you can find any relevant Forest Service press releases regarding seasonal Arizona camping openings, restrictions, or closures, and... I leave winter closure press releases posted long term for your information on that same page.

Arizona camping news releases covering access, campground improvement activities and permit programs are also posted there as they are issued.

On occasion, campers may want to get a hotel room for a change. Nice Accommodations are available in many Arizona locals.




Arizona camping, high country camping, or desert camping used in a Google search will show you many additional resources.




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