Top 9 Places to Go Camping in Arizona

Havasu Falls located at Havasupai Campground.

There are a lot of good places to go camping in Arizona, and it was tough to narrow it down to only nine campgrounds. But we believe there is a campground for every on this list.

Arizona has a very diverse landscape, with desert plans, a forest of pine, Douglas fir, and spruce trees, mountain ranges as well as vast, deep canyons.

The following Campgrounds will future at least one of the above mention landscapes. So without further delay, let’s get started!

Pro TIP. Get off the main highway from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix and take the scenic route through Sedona, you won’t regret it!

9. Clear Creek Campground

grassy and flat plan
Overlooking Clear Creek Campground.

Located in Coconino National Forest, Clear Creek Campground is grassy and flat but shaded by tall cottonwoods.

This desert canyon country camp is a popular destination with its relaxed, open atmosphere. If you’re looking to go camping in Arizona near water, the fresh and chilly Clear Creek runs along the camp’s boundary.

Activities

This is a popular place for swimming, wading, and fishing for freshwater species such as green sunfish and smallmouth bass. The campground is part of an oasis that attracts a variety of wildlife such as colorful songbirds and raptors, black bear, elk, turkey, deer, and bison.

Campground Amenities

There are 18 tent and RV campsites and one group campsite that can accommodate 80 people. Amenities include potable water, vault toilets, and all sites have picnic tables and a fire ring with grill.

RVs and Trailer length up to 36 feet. No utility hookups or dump station. Road and parking spurs are gravel.

Info

GPS: 34.5158, -111.7688

RV and Tent Camping. $18 per site. Restrooms.

8. Bonito Campground

campsite with picnic table and grill
Campsite 3 at Bonito Campground.

The campground is located near Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Park, in the heart of Coconino National Forest.

This post-volcanic, desert-like landscape is populated with Ponderosa Pines, struggling to establish a foothold in this hostile area. wildflowers grow in the fields of lava rock that encompass the camp.

Activities

Some popular activities are visiting the two nearby National Monuments. Both have visitor centers with self and guided tours.

For hikers, there is hiking O’Leary Peak Trail to the O’Leary Lookout Tower, where the forest service spots wildfires. Their visitors will be rewarded with a vast panoramic view of Flagstaff, San Francisco Peaks, and the Painted Desert.

Campground Amenities

Bonito Campground has 44 single unit RV and tent sites with picnic tables and fire ring with cooking grill. There are flush toilets and potable water. No reservations, pets welcome.

The maximum RV and Trailer length is 42 feet. No utility hookups or dump station. Paved road and parking spurs.

Info

Popular Campsites include 22, 33 and 37.

GPS: 35.3703, -111.5448

RV and Tent Camping. $24 per site. Restrooms.

7. Picacho Peak Campground

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One of the most popular places to go camping in southern Arizona, Picacho Peak Campground, won’t disappoint.

Located in the Sonoran Desert, the campground is populated with cactus, mesquite, and various other species of desert flora. In the spring, the landscape is blanketed in wildflowers.

Reaching a height of 1,500 feet the is Picacho Peak, its unique shape has been a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times; in fact, it was first recorded by the Anza Expedition in the 1700s.

Activities

If you’re looking for a place to explore, this State Park is a good one. For hiking, there is the Picacho Peak Trail as well as Hunter and Sunset Vista Trails.

Are you shooting some nature photography? The area is teaming with wildlife, not to mention all the flora. Not exciting enough for you? Then try Skydive Arizona located 18 miles from the campgrounds.

Campground Amenities

There are a total of 85 large electric campsites, (no water or sewer), each site has a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Drinking water, flush toilets, and hot showers are available also.

No Maximum RV or trailer length, pottable water available at the dump station. Paved roads and parking spur. Electric hook up (20/30/50amps), but no water or sewer hookups.

Info

Popular Campsites include A15, A17, A23, B10, B20, and C14, just to name a few.

GPS: 32.6515, -111.4185

RV and Tent Camping. $30 per site. Restrooms.

6. Ashurst Lake Campground

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Campsite at Ashurst Lake Campground.

Located in Coconino National Forest in a remote area, Ashurst Lake Campground is an ideal place to go camping in Arizona near water. In a picturesque stand of pinyon pines and old juniper trees, the campground hugs the lakeshore with views of the San Francisco Peaks.

Activities

A good place to fish, Ashurst Lake is stocked with channel catfish, trout, and bass. The area also gets a lot of wind, providing great windsurfing opportunities. There is also mountain biking and hiking in the surrounding forest.

Campground Amenities

Ashurst Lake Campground has 25 campsites, and each site has a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Also, there are vault toilets and drinking water. Pets welcome, no reservations at this campground.

The maximum RV and Trailers is 35 feet, roads and parking spurs are gravel. There are no dump station or utility hookups.

Info

Popular Campsites include 2, 3, 6, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, and 24.

GPS: 35.0195, -111.4084

RV and Tent Camping. $19 per site. Restrooms.

5. Gilbert Ray Campgrounds

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You will find this picturesque campground in the Sonoran desert on the west side of the Tucson Mountains. The landscape is arid with an abundance of cacti, palo verdes, ironwoods, and catclaw.

Activities

There are several ways to explore the area, hiking, biking, and horseback are a few. Others are off-road guided desert tours by Jeep, Hummer, or even you-drive Tomcars. All are excellent ways to see the deserts more pristine expanses and with the guided tours learn about the eco-system, geology, and cultural history of the area.

Campground Amenities

This is a large campground with 130 tent and RV sites (with 30amp hookups) and five that are tent-only. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Water and flush toilets are available on site. Pets welcome, and reservations are recommended.

No Reported maximum trailer or RV length, dump stations, and designated water fill-ups are available, but no water or sewer hookups at individual sites.

Info

Popular Campsites include A5, A7, A9, A11, A33, A35, A39, A42, A43, A45, A47, A50, C25, C31, H6, and H11.

GPS: 32.2208, -111.1444

RV and Tent Camping. $20 per site. Restrooms.

4. Desert View Campground

watchtower and overlook
Desert View Watchtower Photo By Karen CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Derivative of Original

You have not been camping in Arizona until you stay at Desert View Campground, located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

With spectacular scenery and fantastic photo opportunities, this will be a camping trip you won’t forget anytime soon.

At sunrise, the first light will paint the canyon in soft pastels, and at sunset, it comes alive with vivid color, great shadows, and dancing light.

Activities

There is a good variety of activities at South Rim, backpacking, canyoneering, historic sites, nature trails, mountain biking, and cultural sites. Mule rides at South Rim are also very popular, and it is recommended to book up to 13 months in advance.

Campground Amenities

With 50 mix-use campsites, Desert View is a medium-sized campground. There is a six-person, two tent limit, and pets are allowed. The park has flush toilets, drinking water, and each campsite has a camp table and fire ring with grill.

A few sites can serve large RVs or Trailers up to 30 feet. No dump station or utility hook-ups, all campsites are dry sites. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

Info

Popular Campsites include 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 25, 34, 38, 39, and 44.

GPS: 36.04, -111.8224

RV and Tent Camping. $12 per site. Restrooms.

3. North Rim Campground

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Campsite 5 at North RIm Photo By Grand Canyon National Park CC BY 2.0 / Derivative of Original

Some of the best tent camping in Arizona can be found at Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim Campground.

Set in a beautiful Ponderosa pine forest and within walking distends of unparalleled view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It’s not hard to see why North Rim offers the best camping in Northern Arizona.

Activities

For activities, hiking is the most popular, and it is not hard to see why. Campers have access to Transept Trail, an unpaved trail that travels the rim of the canyon to the visitor center. Another Favorite is Bridle Trail, which cuts through the forest and allows bikes and pets.

Campground Amenities

There are 90 mixed-use campsites, and each has a fire ring with a grill, and camp table. Facilities include flush toilets, hot showers, laundry, and drinking water.

For RVs, the campground has a dump station on-site, but no hookups. The Max trailer and RV length is 30 feet. All roads and parking spurs are paved.

Info

Popular Campsites include 11, 14, 15, 16 and 18.

GPS: 36.2105, -112.0607

RV and Tent Camping. $18-25 per site. Restrooms and Showers.

2. Cave Springs Campground

view from camping in sedona
Campsite at Cave Springs Campground.

Located in scenic Oak Creek Canyon, Cave Springs Campground is one of the most popular places to go camping in Sedona.

The area is heavily wooded with tall ponderosa pines providing a rich green tapestry in the summer and red and gold palette of colors in the fall.

Activities

There’s a lot going on at this campground, with a cold spring feed creek you can swim or fly fish for trout. Other activities include Biking, Hiking, boating, and for the adventure seekers and history lovers, there are the archeological sites to visit.

Campground Amenities

Cave Springs has 84 RV and tent campsites and one tent-only site, and each has a picnic table and campfire ring with a cooking grill. Campers have access to token-operated showers, drinking water and vault toilets located throughout the campground.

For RV campers, there are 84 campsites to choose from, all with paved parking. The maximum length is 36 feet for RV and Trailers, and there are no hookups or dump stations.

Info

Popular Campsites include A11-A18, B3, E13, F4, F5, F8, and F10.

GPS: 34.996, -111.74

RV and Tent Camping. $22 per site. Restrooms and Showers.

1. Mather Campground

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Campsite at Mathers Photo By Grand Canyon National Park CC BY 2.0

If you are looking for some of the best tent camping in Arizona, then look no further. Mathers Campground is located on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Northern Arizona, at an elevation of 7,000 feet.

A tall mixture of Ponderosa pine, Pinyin, and Juniper trees provide ample shade for most of the campsites.

Activities

There are plenty of activities in the area for adventure seekers. For hikers, there’s the Rim Trail, a paved 14-mile walking trail along the edge of the canyon. Also, leading out of the campground is Greenway, a paved walking and biking trail that leads to scenic overlooks.

Campground Amenities

With 327 campsites, Mathers Campgrounds is one of the largest in the area. Each campsite is furnished with a camp table, a fire ring with cooking grate, and room for up to three tents. There are drinking water spigots and flush toilets throughout the campgrounds.

If you are looking for a place to RV camp, you have 327 to choose from. There are no hookups, but there is a free dump station on site. Max RV and trailer length is 30ft, and parking is paved. Also, generators can not be run at Methers Campground.

Info

GPS: 36.0499, -112.1201

RV and Tent Camping. $18-25 per site. Restrooms and Showers.

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