Arizona boasts itself as the gateway to the Grand Canyon. And, it’s true: There’s no better place to set off into the red- and orange-painted cliffs, winding canyons, and rippling rivers of this wild and grand desert landscape. But, camping in Arizona doesn’t stop at The Big Ditch. From Flagstaff to Sedona, and beyond, you’ll find some of the best desert camping in the U.S. right in this state.
The Colorado River carved through 277 miles of ancient sandstone and limestone to form the Grand Canyon. Stop along the edges of this natural wonder for some of the most famous and scenic camping in Arizona. Go straight to Grand Canyon Village and camp at the Mather campground on the South Rim to experience the best pit stops and catch jaw-dropping canyon views on the Bright Angel Trail. Or, opt for areas less saturated with people and head to Desert View Campground on the South Rim. Hike to Coconino Overlook to sample views of the massive canyon or put your boots on the Arizona Trail, one of the country’s National Scenic Trails.
For those interested in venturing into other parts of Arizona, head to Sedona for more red rock desert camping. There’s a variety of things to do in Sedona, and camping, of course, is one of the best. From red rock canyons to rock formations fabled as energy vortexes, you’ll find views and adventures in Sedona unlike any other. Camp at Pine Flat Campground, where tall ponderosas brush up against red rock walls. Get up to hike for sunrise or start out at sunset to see the best colors amidst the desert. Or, bring your bike along for the ride to experience world-class mountain biking trails right in Sedona.
Whether it’s hiking, biking, or just sleeping beneath the desert sky when camping in Arizona, the state is truly an outdoor-lover’s desert mecca. So grab your tent and head to the edges of the Grand Canyon or into the quiet nooks of Sedona and discover a land of red-rock beauty.
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Davis camp has gotten very populated over the years and gets really crowded, really quickly. If you want a nice spot, better get there early. Bathrooms were all either out of order or very dirty. Also, it is much more enjoyable with water toys (jet skis, boats, inflatables, etc) since there is not much more to do beside hang out by the river or take a ride out on it. The bugs get pretty insane as the sun goes down.
I love this campground! We’ve stayed here twice before! It has pretty much everything! Lake access boat rentals, proximity to Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe… it’s always clean and friendly. I love that they are spaced out. In the age of streaming, I only wish the WiFi was better. We’ve camped here twice and can’t wait to come back. Even if it’s pricy it’s worth every penny!
Love this area! Twenty plus miles on dirt roads to get in there. Lots of dispersed camping in the area as well. We didn’t stay at the campground…the lake is beautiful but small. Only real negative was the amount of trash piling up along the lake. Keep an ear out for coyotes around sunset!
This RV park is very woodsy, with lots of shade. They offer breakfast burritos at the office from 8-11am. At this time, the laundry is open(showers are closed) but a mask should be worn when in the laundry facility and office. The pricing is$2.00 per wash and$1.50 to dry. The park only offers 30 amp service. Although this park is quite expansive and nowhere near at full capacity, the sites are very tightly assigned beside one another. There is NO social distancing available when your neighbor is less than a few feet away. We will not be returning to this RV park. In addition, the electrical hookups were at ground level with no breaker box.
Once again we were impressed by Lo Lo Mai. This time our tent site was literally right next to the creek. And it was a beautiful site surrounded by trees. Bathrooms and showers were clean (Atleast the woman’s were, my husband complained about the male showers being a bit dirty). The swimming pool and hot tub are also a big hit. We hit a few wineries around the area that were great. Only downside to Lo Lo Mai is they don’t provide drinking water spickets like most campgrounds do. And it’s a heavily used campground, but not surprising because it’s a beautiful and fun campground right next to the creek. Overall great stay once again.
Beautiful scenery and a lot of awesome places to hike. Rangers and park staff are so friendly and helpful. Our Park host was super nice, but definitely keep things in order. Dogs are welcome you just have to keep them on a leash and pick up after them. The Caverns are the main attraction, please make your reservations early. At different times of the year different parts are open, mostly depends on the bat migrations. Caverns are a must-see! It is close to Tombstone and other attractions.
We have stayed here before but on the lower Quail loop. This time up at the loops above. Not much shade at these but some more spread out then others. Electric and water hookups only. But free dump station comes with paid Rv spot. Cell service was great. No swimming in the lagoons but you can walk to the verde river and swim in there. Bathrooms have running water and showers.
This park is so close to town, but far enough that you feel like you are way out. There are standard campsites (water and electric) as well as tent camping area. The sites can fit good sized rigs. There is a ton of trails for hiking, biking, and horses. Brand new showers, restrooms, and a dishwashing area. Dogs are allowed, but please keep them on a leash and pick up after them so we don't lose the privilege!
Here is a link to the Maricopa parks with maps: https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/maps/
Beautiful, scenic, and quiet. Just outside of Sedona and perfect for camping or boondocking. Go about 4 miles in if you come off 89A. There are some really great views plus large turnouts for RVs. We have a 26 ft travel trailer and a F150 2wd and managed the road just fine. A little bumpy in some parts but go slow and you will be fine. Great cell service for Verizon. We had 4 bars which was needed since my husband works remote.