Camping in Arizona

Arizona Campgrounds | Ultimate Guide to Camping in Arizona

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Camping in Arizona is one of the most affordable and memorable vacations you’ll ever take. With thousands of free campgrounds, state and national parks, there are an almost unlimited number of places to stay. However, because of the fragile nature of much of Arizona’s wildlands, there are rules and regulations regarding where you can camp, and what kind of camping you can do outside of designated campgrounds

Backcountry Camping in Arizona

Numerous areas can be reached by boat, car, backpacking or horseback. Primitive camping, accessible by boat along the shoreline, is permitted anywhere outside of developed areas or areas marked NO CAMPING. Camping is limited to a total of 90 days within any consecutive 12-month period. Unless otherwise specified, camping is limited to 15 days per visit at a specific backcountry area. After 15 days, campers must either move to another backcountry area or developed campground, or leave the park. When camping in the backcountry, always tell a friend or relative where you are going and when you plan to return. Include a description of your group and your vehicle and vehicle license plate number.

Vehicle Camping in Arizona

Vehicle camping is permitted only in designated areas in the backcountry. Vehicles of all kinds, including four-wheel drives, motorcycles, and bicycles, must stay on designated roads. Off-road tire tracks last for years in this fragile desert. There is no off-road travel in the park. All motorized vehicles and their drivers must be properly licensed for highway travel. Obtain copies of the park’s approved road maps at any ranger station or visitor center.

Backpack/Horseback Camping in Arizona

Backpack or horseback camping is allowed throughout the park and along the lake shoreline except in developed areas. Camping is not permitted in restricted or ecologically-sensitive areas. The campsite must be at least 1/2 mile from any paved road and at least 100 feet from any spring or watering device.

General Rules and Information

Backpack or horseback camping is allowed throughout the park and along the lake shoreline except in developed areas. Camping is not permitted in restricted or ecologically-sensitive areas. The campsite must be at least 1/2 mile from any paved road and at least 100 feet from any spring or watering device.

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Lost Dutchman State Park – Camping in Arizona

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6109N. Apache Trail

Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Phone: (480) 982-4485

Park Entrance Fee

  • Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
  • Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. The Lost Dutchman State Park Campground has 134 sites: 68 sites with electric (50/30/20 amp service) and water and the remainder non-hookup sites on paved roads for tents or RVs. Every site has a picnic table, barbecue grill, and a fire pit. There are no size restrictions on RVs. Well-mannered pets on leashes are welcome, but please pick after your pets.

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Mogollon Rim Campground – Camping in Arizona

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30 S. Chiricahua Dr.

Springerville, AZ 85938

Phone: (928) 333-6280

Mogollon Campground, although not directly in the Woods Canyon Recreation area, sits just outside and is only two miles from the lake. For those who like spectacular views, this campground is one of the closest to the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim or is a topographical and geological feature cutting across the U.S. state of Arizona. It extends approximately 200 miles, starting in northern Yavapai County and running eastward, ending near the border with New Mexico.

Pine Grove Campground -Camping in Arizona

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Coconino Nat’l Forest

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1824 S. Thompson St.

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone: (928) 527-3600 

Pine Grove Campground is located only an hour away from Sedona, AZ in Flagstaff, AZ in the Coconino National Forest. Surrounded by lakes, pine trees, and open meadows, this campground is a hidden gem. Upper and Lower Lake Mary, Ashurst, Marshall and Kinnikinick lakes are nearby and can provide ample recreational activities.

Space between campsites is generous. You won’t be touching your neighbor’s tents unless you want to. The campsites are clean and have all the luxurious amenities, like coin-operated showers, tables, fire rings and cooking grills, drinking water, toilets (flush type, handicap-accessible), and the RV dump station that base campers and RVers crave. Pine Grove is a peaceful campground. Located among a grove of pines there’s also a meadow that perfect for meditation or napping. Take a short walk around the campground and you’ll find a mini amphitheater. It’s a great place to visit at night and to enjoy the evening with the millions of stars that will appear above you.

Note: It’s important to keep the weather forecast in mind. Desert storms can shift and appear out of nowhere, even in the summer.

Burnt Corral Campground – Camping in Arizona

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2324 E. McDowell Rd.

Phoenix, Arizona 85006

Phone: (602) 225-5200

There’s nothing about this campground that would even suggest how it got its name. It’s one of the lushest, greenest campgrounds in the area, and situated on Apache Lake, just 6 miles south of the spectacular Roosevelt Dam.

The campground is surrounded by fantastic views of saguaro-studded mountains, but the views of the lake are just as rejuvenating. Many of the sites are right along the banks of the lake, including site 42, which is a great one if you can grab it. All sites feature standard amenities of a fire ring and picnic table. Each site is accessible by a paved road that winds through the campground. Fishing, motorized and non-motorized boating is allowed on the lake.

Get to the campground by Highway 188 or the Apache Trail National Forest Scenic Byway. There are 82 camp units, picnic tables, toilets, water hydrant, courtesy dock, but no electric hook-ups. Burnt Corral has highly accessible areas, with slopes that under 5% and concrete or compacted gravel grounds.

Grand Canyon RV Rail Park – Camping in Arizona

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601 W Franklin Ave

Williams, AZ 86046

Phone: (800) 843-8724 

The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is a unique resort located in the mountain community of Williams, adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. This Arizona campground is only two blocks from Route 66, right near downtown Williams, and of course, is a short distance to the Grand Canyon. One of the things that make this RV park stand out is the railway. Campers can take a historic train from Williams to the Grand Canyon National Park, eliminating the stress of driving their rig through the Grand Canyon roads.

While you’re exploring the Grand Canyon or other sights in the area, you can know that your pets are being given the best care available at the pet resort. The park itself has three types of RV spaces that will help make for a relaxing home away from home. Select from pull-throughs, buddy spaces or back-ins. All 124 spaces are 50-amp – 30-amp and large enough for big rigs with both pull-through and back in spaces.

Each space comes with high definition digital TV provided by DirecTV, wireless Internet, access to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, new shower facilities and more. The property has coin-operated laundry machines, a common picnic area with gas grills and a fire pit, and is the only all-paved RV park in the Williams area.Each RV site comes with high definition digital tv, wifi, and access to the indoor pool and hot tub and shower facilities located in the hotel.

Woody Mountain Campground – Camping in Arizona

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2727 Historic Rte 66

Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Phone: (Reservations) 928-774-7727

Woody Mountain Campground is a classic campground, with large, historic, tree-shaded sites in a natural setting. Every site is unique, both in and around the tree where you’re sited. There are large pull-through sites, full hookups 30 AMP, partial hookups, and tent sites. They have space for group tenting as well. Amenities include a bathhouse with 24/7 hot showers, a laundry facility, and a general store, dump and water stations for campers only, and WiFi.

  • Maximum AMP: 30
  • Very limited options for rigs over 40′

Desert Sands RV Park – Camping in Arizona

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22036 N. 27th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85027

Phone: (623) 869-8186

Email: desertsandsrvpark@yahoo.com

Desert Sands RV Park offers large sites with grass and shade trees. There are 70 total sites, and 55 of those sites are very large, level and offer full hook-ups plus 30 or 50 amp electrical service. Each site includes a concrete pad, grassy yard, and two spaces for vehicles. The interior roads are paved. Desert Sands RV Park has plenty of room for slide-outs and big rigs, and welcomes the traveling family as well as long-term residents. Their newly renovated restrooms and showers are open 24 hours for your convenience.

Butterfield RV Resort – Camping in Arizona

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251 S Ocotillo Ave

Benson, AZ 85602

Phone: (800) 863-8160

Sorry tent and popup campers. Butterfield RV resort is not a tent or trailer campground. Only fully self-contained recreational vehicles are allowed. All of the resort sites offer 20/30/& 50 amp service. Rates include cable TV, water, sewer, use of facilities, on-site observatory, a library including PCs with internet access, heated swimming pool & spa, exercise equipment, golf driving cages & putting green, wood & hobby shop, barbeque grills and pavilion. Daily & weekly rates include WiFi.

There are several reasons to stay at the Butterfield RV Resort, number one, is the Observatory at the resort. The observatory features a Meade LX-200 GPS 16 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This university quality installation is housed in a 15’ diameter electrically operated dome. The observatory is open to the public.

The next reason for staying here is Kartchner Caverns. Discovered in 1974, the caverns are a massive underground system of living limestone caves that contains one the world’s longest stalactite formations. Guided tours of the cavern’s Throne Room and Big Room are available and there is a 23,000 square foot Discovery Center to explore. The third reason to stay here is its proximity to Tombstone, AZ. Known as “The Town too Tough to Die” Tombstone is the site of the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone is the place where Western legends like Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo and Ike Clanton walked the streets over 130 years ago.

Islander Resort Lake Havasu – Camping in Arizona

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751 Beachcomber Boulevard

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Phone: (928) 680-2000

Islander Resort is an RV resort, no tent or trailer sites. RV sites are a spacious 36’ x 50’.  They include 30/50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups. Mountain view, lake view, and pull-thru sites are available.

The amenities here are amazing – including a premier waterfront location on the Island that boasts nearly a mile of shoreline along Lake Havasu.  There are first class accommodations and amenities including two pools and Jacuzzis, and multiple meeting and recreation rooms.  Big rig RV sites feature full hookups and many have lake views.  If you fall in love with the resort, as many do, there are vacation park models to buy or rent. Most have full kitchens, private parking and covered decks.  A private boat launch and concierge service, boat storage and detail shop ensure campers spend more time on the water and not in lines!  Winter visitors enjoy a full winter schedule of social events, BBQs, activities, and clubs, coordinated by an activity director.  Swim beaches, boat docks and warm summer sun awaits summer visitors.  Families are welcome.

Camping Around Lake Mead – Camping in Arizona

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Arizona is hot. And even with an RV with an air-conditioning unit, the heat can be stifling. Without air-conditioning? Rangers say it’s very hard to sleep at night. The best way to cool off when camping in Arizona is to find a lake, pond, or stream to camp beside, and to swim in.

For most Arizona campers, the best lake to seek out is Lake Mead. Lake Mead is a lake on the Colorado River, about 24 mi (39 km) from the Las Vegas Strip, southeast of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona.

It is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity. Formed by the Hoover Dam, the reservoir serves water to the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada, providing sustenance to nearly 20 million people and large areas of farmland. At maximum capacity, Lake Mead is 112 miles (180 km) long, 532 feet (162 m) at its greatest depth, has a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet (372.3 m) above sea level and 247 square miles (640 km2) of surface area, and contains 26.12 million acre feet (32.22 km3) of water. Small wonder it is host to so many campgrounds.

Boulder Beach – Camping in Arizona

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(Mailing) 601 Nevada Way

Boulder City, NV 89005

Phone: (702) 293-8990

Boulder Beach is a national park campground. This primitive campground is located about 1.5 miles south of Lake Mead Marina and launch ramp. There are no hook-ups, but water faucets are scattered around the park.  This is a beautiful campground full of large Eucalyptus and Dollar Eucalyptus trees providing lots of shade. There are 154 sites, and a 30 day limit. Most of the sites will accept RV’s up to about 28′, but there are a few you can “shoe-horn” larger rigs if needed. Some sites have BBQ’s or fire pits, most have tables.  Bathrooms are also provided.

From Oct through May this is definitely the place to camp.  In other months it may be too hot to survive at night without electricity for the A/C, assuming you have an RV with A/C. The shoreline of Lake Mead is about 750 yards from the campground.  There are no launch ramps at the campground and there are no boats allowed on shore in front of the campground.

The shoreline just in front of Boulder Beach is for swimming only, but about ¼ mile to the south allows boats on shore. No boats are allowed unattended overnight on shore, a national park regulation.  So if you launch your boat and plan to stay at the campground, you’ve got to pull it out every night or rent a slip at nearby Lake Mead Marina (~$15) for the night.  No reservations are taken for slips, it’s first come first serve, but they usually have room.

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Boulder Beach Group Camping in Arizona

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(Mailing) 601 Nevada Way

Boulder City, NV 89005

Phone: (702) 293-8990

Boulder Beach has group campsites (12 person minimum/30 person maximum per site). Rates are $80 per site and are located at the Boulder Beach Campground. Camping fees are posted at the campground kiosk. Reservations are required. Please call (702) 293-8906, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The group campground is for tent camping only with limited vehicle parking. Group campground accommodations include a common area restroom, picnic tables, fire pit and limited shaded areas.

Lake Mead RV Village at Echo Park – Camping in Arizona

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268 Lakeshore Road

Boulder City Nevada 89005

Phone: (702) 293-2540

Lake Mead RV Village is a 115-site RV Village in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Enjoy these amenities at Lake Mead RV Village at Echo Bay:

  • 55 Large RV sites – all with power, water, and sewer
  • Free WiFi at all sites
  • Large, clean, modern restrooms and showers
  • Gasoline and Propane available for purchase onsite
  • Free launch ramp on property
  • BBQ and Fire Pit areas conveniently located within the park
  • Recreation room for group activities with indoor seating for more than 40 people
  • Convenience & gift store located in the main office complex
  • Laundry facility: open 24 hours

Callville Bay Campground and RV Park – Camping in Arizona

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100 Callville Bay Rd

Overton, NV 89040

Phone: (800) 255-5561

Callville Bay is one of the most beautiful marina’s on Lake Mead. With over 550 miles of pristine shoreline, soaring red rock cliffs as well as countless bays and beaches, few places can beat the recreational opportunities available here. Conveniently located within an hour of Las Vegas, Nevada, Callville Bay offers both the features of an ideal getaway with the convenience of entertainment opportunities. If you’re visiting for the day, personal watercraft and ski boat rentals are available, as well as a number of different houseboat rental options for extended stays. Discover this “hidden gem” of Lake Mead and see for yourself the adventure and stimulus that awaits you.

Upper and Lower Echo Bay Campground – Camping in Arizona

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Echo Bay Road

Overton, NV 89040

Phone: 702-293-8990

Echo Bay campground is the northernmost campground at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. With 166 desert campsites there are spaces for both tent and RV camping. Echo Bay is really two campgrounds, Upper Echo Bay and Lower Echo Bay. However, Upper Echo Bay Campground is larger, but is further away from the lake than Lower Echo Bay. Upper Echo Bay is also closer to the RV and Trailer Park.  Lower Echo Bay is adjacent to the water. The marina is closed, but there is a small store, restaurant, bar, and a four story crows nest to take in some scenery. Each campsite at Echo Bay comes with picnic tables, fire rings, and access to bathrooms and flush toilets.

Temple Bar Campground – Camping in Arizona

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(Mailing Address) 1 Main Street

Temple Bar Arizona 86443

Phone: (702) 293-8990

This is a great campground if you’re looking for easy marina access, and all the amenities an RVer needs. The campground is operated and maintained by the National Park Service and offers over 100 sites with restrooms, grills, picnic tables, shade, and a dump station. The campground is open all year around. RV’s, trailers and tents welcome.

Campground fees are $20 per site ($10.00 with Golden Age and Golden Access passes) and are payable immediately upon occupying a campsite. Fees are posted at the entrance to the campground. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reservations. Check-out time is noon.

  • Full RV hook-ups, with the option of household current, 30 amp, or 50 amp power
  • Coin laundry
  • Public restrooms, with coin-operated showers
  • Easy access to the Marina’s Convenience/Gift Shop, Cafe*, and Launch Ramp. *Cafe hours are seasonal. Please call to verify hours of operation.