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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Dirt lot with turnouts with shrubs and pines offering decent privacy and quiet. There are cement pads for vans or smaller RVs in some spots, and fire pits. The lake is now more marsh with abundant bird life. A gas station / convenience store is across the street. Good Verizon!
We spent four nights here in total and for the most part really enjoyed our stay. Campsites are randomly squished in among the trees meaning they are not very level and sometimes strangely sized but it feels very nice to be right among the pines. There is a nice access to forest service trails which we enjoyed. There are no bathrooms or showers but there is a laundry building. You have to sign up at the office to use it though. Lots of permanent residents. It was very quiet the whole time we were there - full every night but we barely saw another person. It appeared to be the cheapest full hookup sites in Flagstaff.
This FS Road is passable when dry and an uphill ride for several miles with rough spots, non worse than those immediately encountered when driving in thru the gate from 89A, but by and large quite driveable. I know this area from past elk hunting experience. This area is a favorite of hunters. We drove in with my 20' minilite RVtrailer towed by my Ford Explorer on 9/15. We drove~5.5 miles to where 535 ends and 536 goes left. Along the way are numerous camping/RV sites beginning close to 89A. We chose to go to the enormous meadow area at the end of 535. Bottom line, an easy overnight spot or one where one could spend days in this pine forest. Hiking trails, no facilities. Unfortunately, we did see trash left behind at several campsites near 89A. Who are these people who camp but do not respect, transients?
Great people working there, seemed quiet until our neighbor turned on the construction site generator for 4.5 hours. Weekends are very busy, but noisy which is ok if you don’t mind motorcycles and generators. We were looking for quiet this trip so we only stayed one day.
WARNING: Do NOT go to current Dyrt location. Visit Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area website for directions. With that said, this is the gem of the area. I love the Monolith Gardens Trail and try to hike it everyday. There are extensive trails for people, dogs, bikes, and equestrian people. Best to visit in winter as it’s been hell raising hot all summer 2020. Bring water. The Campground has NO water, NO toilet, and pack in, pack out trash currently but town is a mile away. October and April are best weather. This is a primitive experience hiking on moon like landscape.
Really nice park! Paved roads, gravel sites with cement pad. The club house is big with a little kitchen area. Nice laundry room and bathrooms with showers. Very clean! Right off 95 with large pull through spots. Dump and fill coming soon as well they said.