Flagstaff camping and Flagstaff campgrounds offer a variety of options for campers of all ages, and camping lifestyles. The primary destination for most Flagstaff visitors looking for a camping and hiking adventure is the Coconino National Forest, although the Kaibab, Tonto, and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are also popular destinations. Together they all form an area that attracts a variety of campers, explorers, hikers, bikers, and rock climbers to the area.
Flagstaff itself is a community of about 60,000 people. It is the home of Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. There is industry in Flagstaff, but it’s “clean” — W.L. Gore, New England Business Systems, Ralston Purina, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and Walgreens Distribution Center. The city’s prime industry of course is tourism, and they make sure visitors are treated well and have a variety of great places to stay, visit and explore, and that includes nearby camping and state and national parks.
The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in Arizona, and in the country. Landscapes range from the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra.
One of the most unusual sites in the area is Lava River Cave. Lava River Cave is Oregon’s longest intact lava tube and an absolutely unique adventure for anyone visiting central Oregon. In contrast to Lava Butte, which was formed roughly 7,000 years ago, Lava River Cave is estimated to have been formed around 80,000 years ago from an eruption that flowed as far north as Redmond, Oregon. It’s a natural museum, but museum that it is, you can’t just walk through a door to visit Lava River Cave.
The entrance is actually a hole in the ground and the floor just inside is covered with large, slippery boulders. The so called “cave” is actually a mile-long lava tube cave that was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The top, sides and bottom of the flow cooled and solidified first, after which the insides of the lava river continued to flow emptying out the present cave. Stone icicles hanging from the ceiling show where a final blast of volcanic heat caused the rock to partially re-liquefy and drip.
What once housed molten rock is now a cool 42°F even in summer. You may even see ice inside. The rocks are always sharp and slippery, too. Bring two or three sources of light, in case one happens to fail, it can be very dark one mile from the nearest light source.
Flagstaff Camping – Lava River Cave Camping Dispersed Camping
There is dispersed camping in the area around Lava River Cave — meaning you can actually camp within one mile of the entrance. For more information on dispersed camping, what it is, what the rules are, click on the link above. To learn more about Lava River Cave, click here.
Flagstaff Camping – Flagstaff Rock Climbing
To say Flagstaff is the epicenter of Arizona rock climbing spots would be a wildly under stated fact. It’s true there are scores of crags within an hours drive. There’s Mt. Elden which is now showcasing a very diverse collection of sport crags like Solitude Canyon, The Red Dragon, and The One Wall, as well as, the more traditional venues such as West Elden and Secret Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon is the site of many popular climbing sites, as well as nearby campgrounds, like the popular and always crowded Cave Springs Campground.
Flagstaff Camping – Cave Springs Campground
Cave Spring is a large, insanely busy campground with 84 campsites, including one tent-only site. If you want to make sure you get a campsite for the weekend, come on a weekday and stay through the weekend. 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 area is famous for its red rock cliffs, which attract thousands of rock climbers year round.
The scenery is unmatched, the stream is stocked with trout, and the crystal clear, cool water that is refreshing to the trout is also refreshing for anyone who wants to dip into the water on hot summer days. All sites have picnic tables, campfire rings and cooking grills. Coin-operated showers, drinking water and vault restrooms are provided for camper’s convenience. The facility can host RVs, trailers and motorhomes up to 36-feet. There are no hookups and horses are not allowed in the campground.
Flagstaff Camping – Pine View RV Park
Bellemont, AZ, 86015
Snowbirds and singles will appreciate the fact Pine View RV Park is an active adult community campground offering peace and quiet. Located in Bellemont, Arizona this is a 15 campsite facility. Amenities include: big rig access, laundry facility, tent camping, water, sewerage and electrical hookups. There’s also a dump site at this campground.
Campers can look forward to a quiet, countryside setting, nearby shopping venues and a packed calendar of events and activities. There are excellent day hikes and fishing at the nearby lakes on the Mogollon Rim and Tonto National Forest Park. The city of Phoenix is also nearby. When you have an urge for something more do do during your stay you can enjoy Phoenix attractions like golfing greens, concerts, sports games and fine dining.
Flagstaff Camping – Camp Navajo at Pine View RV Park
Camp Navajo, Attn: Training Site
PO Box 16123
Bellemont, AZ 86015
Phone: (928) 699-8866
Camp Navajo is a military camp or “famcamp” for active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians, and other military guests who want to camp. There are 14 camper spaces and three tent spaces with water, electric, laundry and showers onsite. Camp Navajo was originally established as Navajo Ordnance Depot in 1942. Within a period of one year, 800 ammunition storage igloos and more than 50 administrative buildings were constructed at a cost of $19 million. The original mission was the storage of ammunition in support of the Pacific Theater of operations during the Second World War.
Located west of Flagstaff and east of Williams, Arizona. From I-40, use exit 185. Turn south onto Hughes Avenue, go across East Bellecamp Road, at which point Hughes Ave immediately veers left (east) toward an overpass that crosses over railroad tracks. Follow Hughes for 0.5 miles to the main gate. Immediately after passing thru the gate entrance, turn left onto Hale Drive. Follow Hale Drive east for 0.3 miles, then turn right onto an unnamed gravel road. The turn is not well signed, but is just before passing thru a large vehicle storage facility. Follow the slightly-winding gravel road for 0.2 miles where it terminates at the FamCamp.
Flagstaff Camping – Canyon Vista
Lake Mary Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: (928) 526-0866
Canyon Vista Campground is located near Walnut Canyon and Lower Lake Mary. The abundance of ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, aspen and oak, offer good photo opportunities, interesting geology and views of the San Francisco Peaks. This a small campground, with only 14 single unit sites. Each site does have a fire ring and cooking grill, and drinking water, picnic tables, and vault toilets make for a rustic more than primitive camping experience.
Senior and Access Interagency passes are accepted for a 50% discount on single-site camping fees at this campground. Other Interagency passes are not accepted.
The trailhead for Sandys Canyon Trail and the Vista Loop Trail are at the north end of the campground. Sandys Canyon Trail provides access into Walnut Canyon and joins the Arizona Trail.
Flagstaff Camping – Fort Tuthill Palmer
Fort Tuthill-Palmer Bypass
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: (928) 286-7060
There are 101 campsites at Fort Tuthill Palmer. Sites include RV and tent sites with picnic tables, fire rings, nearby portable toilets, and water spigots. Sorry, electricity and shower facilities are not available. Tall pine trees create a rustic “camping in the woods” experience and provide shade on hot summer days. There are a lot of events held at this park, so it’s often busy. Sites must be reserved online, no phone reservations, and there’s an extra $12 booking fee on top of your camping fee — so be prepared.
If you have kids, or are active yourself, nearby Fort Tuthill County Park has lots to do. In addition to miles of biking and hiking trails, they have a mountain biking skills course and pump track. There’s an awesome ropes course on site called Flagstaff Extreme Adventures. The campground does have an oddly placed dump station right in the middle of the place, and water filling stations are all through the campground. All the restrooms are port-a-potties.
Flagstaff Camping – Lake Mary Country Store and RV Park
8510 Lake Mary Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86005
Phone: (928) 774-1742
All of the campsites at Lake Mary Country Store and RV Park offer 30/50 amp service and full hookups. Most of the spaces have concrete slabs and sheds. A year-round RV park they welcome long term campers with a one-month minimum stay for all campers.
They rent fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear. The campground has been family owned and operated for more than 40 years. The campground is pet friendly and a nice alternative to moving someplace new every week or two.
Flagstaff Camping – Greers Pine Shadows
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 526-4977
Greers Pine Shadows Campground is a very short drive from all kinds of famous Flagstaff attractions; including the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Montezuma’s Castle, Sedona, Snow Bowl, and others. Nestled away in a beautiful Ponderosa Pine Forest with miles of trails that you can walk to right from the campground, this campground is popular with hikers, bikers, and families. The campground is a third generation family run park that has been in Flagstaff for over fifty years.
They are 72 campsites for RVs, but no restroom or showers facilities, but they do offer water spigots, full electric (50 and 30 amp service), sewer and water hookups. There are laundry facilities and a pet area. They’re also kid friendly. The RV park backs up to the National Forest, with a trail directly into the forest from the park, which is great for dog walks. Even though it’s right off Highway 89 it’s quiet, no traffic noise. Its location makes it easy to get into Flagstaff, head up to the Grand Canyon, or hop on I-40. Flagstaff, itself, is fun with plenty of local businesses and breweries around San Francisco and Beaver Streets. There’s also an REI if you need to outfit yourself or your rig for adventure.
Because it’s in town, the cell phone signal is strong. There’s also wifi. If you head north along 89 a very short distance, you can walk to a very cool ruin that has a nice interpretive trail explaining the site. If you head south, after just a block, the sidewalk becomes a huge bike trail. The bike trail leads past the KOA to the trailhead for Fatman’s Loop, an easy-moderate day hike that provides amazing views of East Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Camping – J&H RV Park
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 526-1829
J&H RV Park is age restricted and non-smoking. They offer level sites, beautiful landscaping, clean restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, picnic tables and wireless internet at all sites. There’s a Sunday Potluck, followed by a community outdoor fireplace. They also offer pet sitting if you want to spend a day away, but don’t want (or can’t take) your pet with you wherever you’re headed.
- Free Wireless Internet (all sites)
- Gift Shop
- 20/30/50 Amps
- Picnic Tables
- Clean Restrooms
- TV/Library Room
- 50 Full Hook-up Sites
- No freeway, railroad or airport noise
- Paperback Book Swap
- Outdoor Group Fireplace
- RV Supplies
- Car Rentals
Flagstaff Camping – Lakeview Campground
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: (928) 527-3600
With its terraced, hillside camp sites creatively tucked in amongst an open old growth stand of ponderosa pine, easy forest and lake access, this place is a camper’s paradise. It’s a also great place for wildlife watchers. Many visitors report seeing bald eagle, osprey, migratory waterfowl, great blue heron, elk, and mule deer here.
There are 30 single unit sites here. Space is usually available for slide-outs. Sites include picnic tables, fire rings and cooking grills, drinking water, and three accessible vault type toilets. Tents and small motorhomes are permitted. RVs and trailers under 28 feet can be accommodated in some sites, however, there are no utility hookups.
Lakeview Campground is located near Upper Lake Mary with easy access to the water via the Wood Memorial Trail (0.5 miles) or by car. Many other lakes such as Ashurst Lake, Kinnikinick Lake, Marshall Lake, and Lower Lake Mary are within easy driving distance, as are many hiking trails, including the Arizona Trail. All the lakes are stocked with a variety of fish including trout, bass, and channel catfish. Upper Lake Mary is also popular with power boaters and there is currently no motor size limit (most other lakes in the area have an 10 horsepower motor size limit).
There is a boat ramp at the lakes, and universal access fishing at Lake Mary Narrows Picnic Area. Wood Memorial Trail (universal access) links Lakeview Campground with Lake Mary Narrows Picnic Area. Trash service is for pay campers only. There is a host on site.
Senior and Access Interagency passes are accepted for a 50% discount on single-site camping fees. Other Interagency passes are not accepted.
Flagstaff Camping – Lockett Meadow Campground
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: (928) 527-3600
This popular primitive Arizona campground gets a lot of usage. With a scenic view of the San Francisco Peaks and dry camping in the cool aspen trees that surround Lockett Meadow, it’s a great weekend getaway. It’s also a terrific campground for those who cherish a real mountain camping experience. There are 17 single unit sites, fire rings, picnic tables, vault toilets, and no drinking water available. Bring your own water.
The San Francisco Peaks are actually the remains of an extinct stratovolcano that rises to 12,633 feet and serves as a scenic backdrop to the city of Flagstaff. A massive eruption shattered and reshaped these great peaks millions of years ago. The summits surrounding the now dormant inner core stand guard over what the native Navajo consider to be the most sacred mountains in all the West. Navajo medicine men still collect and use herbs from the mountaintop in their healing ceremonies. The Hopi believe the Kachina spirits live at the top of the mountain and the Kachina is honored and revered here, in hopes that they will bless the crops below. The Zuni, Havasupai and Yavapai-Apache also consider these graceful remnants of the volcanic highlands to be sacred and return regularly to pray and honor the spirits that dwell there.
Senior and Access Interagency passes are accepted for a 50% discount on single-site camping fees. Other Interagency passes are not accepted. Off-season: Free (before and after the listed “Open Season” when the roads are open, but the concessionaire is not maintaining the site).
Flagstaff Camping – Bonito Campground
Coconino, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: (928) 526-0866
Bonito Campground is named for the Bonito Lava Flow which oozed across this high desert plain some 900 years ago. That river of liquid rock, now frozen forever, is just one of the many remnants of volcanic activity in the area. Although the cinder cones, lava squeeze-ups, lava caves, and petrified rock bubbles that dot the landscape became inactive over a century ago, they all look as if they could have been spurting and spouting just yesterday. This area of recent volcanic activity is so unique that much of it has been set aside as the Sunset Crater National Monument. The monument is located just beyond the boundaries of the campground.
The campsites are located in a stand of ponderosa pines struggling to establish a foothold in this hostile environment. All roads and spurs are paved. There are 44 single unit sites with tables, fire rings and cooking grills, paved roads and spurs, campfire program auditorium, drinking water, flushing toilets, one Accessible Campsite, barrier free toilets, and two educational sites. RVs, tents, and trailers under 42-feet long are accepted. There are no utility hookups. No horses are allowed, but the campground is pet friendly.
Wupatki National Monument is located nearby. The centerpiece of this area is a four story masterpiece of Native American stone masonry. Construction of that stone-age condominium began in about A. D. 1120. At one time it contained as many as 100 rooms and housed as many as 125 people. Both Sunset Crater and Wupatki have visitor centers and feature self-guided as well as interpreter guided tours.
Flagstaff Camping – Woody Mountain Campground
2727 Historic Rte 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Phone: (928) 774 7727
Woody Mountain Campground is a variety of unique sites situated in and around the trees on the land. There is a maximum of 30 amp service, and very limited options for rigs over 40-feet long, but other than that, the campground has a variety of sites to meet most camper’s needs. Large pull-through sites are available, full hookups, partial hookups, and of course tent sites. There is space for group tenting as well. Dump and water stations available for campers only, and showers, a restroom, and laundry services available as well. High speed wifi and a general store make this a very comfortable place to stay.