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.
Just like the name says, there are some amazing views from this campground. They have lots of options, tent camping, RV spots, and cabins. My family stayed in one of the cabins on the cliff on our way up into Utah. The views were beautiful and unreal. They were a little pricy, but I’d say it was worth it for the scenery.
There are some really cool hikes in the area too. Definitely check out Goulding arch and wildcat trail. The slot canyons in the area are pretty cool to see. Also, there’s a lot of cool Native American history to learn about in the area. This was an awesome place to hang around in for a couple of days.
We paid for a premium deluxe site Propane tank was empty so we couldn’t grill dinner We bought wet firewood from campground to try to grill supper The site was unkept w piles of pine needles It needed a lot of upkeep Needed the pavers replaced it was an extremely hazardous situation tripping hazard as one of our party members had just had ankle surgery Giant piles of pine needles knee high by trash cans at site. Went to dump our tanks in the am and the sewer was clogged We have stayed here several times We will not return due to the rude manager girl in the office.
The campsites were close together but the amazing views and the closeness to the water made up for it. We stayed here a night before rafting and fishing on the river, and it was a great choice because we drove just a couple of minutes from the site right to the docks to start fishing and rafting!
Had an awesome time camping out at the bottom of Horseshoe Bend! It was somewhat weird having people always taking pictures and looking down at the camp a couple hundred feet up, but they were so far away that we got used to it. Lots of different dispersed sites and open spaces for larger groups!
You are out in the middle of nowhere basically so you can’t expect much, and that’s exactly what you get. Charged $35 the first night no receipt provided, then I got wise and asked for $20 the next night. So yeah just offer them that in the first place. Very long term looking place, kind of meth head looking …..so if no other choice, stay here. At least you’ll have electricity, sewer, water, bathroom and sketchy showers.
Staying at Rincon Country East has proved to be a fantastic choice for us. The level of silence both day and especially night is a bit of heaven. Thoughtfull staff and campers makes for a most pleasant stay. The mountain views greet us constantly here. Mount Lemmon is a short drive or bike ride away with snow capped top and great food offerings. Skying is possible for those with young legs. The bike situation in Tucson is the finest we have encountered. Our electric bikes can run forever on the well paved trails all over the county. Tucson is an easy town to drive around with good shopping and dinning. So happy with our snowbird park pick!
In theory this is a great location but it is just too crowded. You’d have to go mid week to enjoy it. Drove through on a Sunday evening and left right away as there was no parking left and no space left on the “beach”. . At least a hundred people easy by the water.
If you want a shady site in a cooler location, this is it. The temperature was consistently 5 degrees below the towns of Camp Verde and Cottonwood. However, the trees that provide the shade also may block access to satellites.
The staff and volunteers are very friendly and helpful. If you pull a trailer there is room to unhook and drop it off at both ends of the village.
Social activities are scheduled, and there are several national monuments to explore nearby.
Nice little sites just a walk from where you park. We van camped twenty feet from our fire had a great view of the valley and full moon coming up over the mountains. Alittle hike from some nice riparian areas. Bathrooms are “ight” and theres quite a bit of trash around which is ridiculous and upsets me (a whole other thing I could go off on) but we cleaned our site and any trash we came across while collecting fire wood. Reason for three stars is it’s just not worthy but this area is a pretty good place to be for a base camp to explore Mt. graham. Oh and we had a risqué skunk trampin around in the early hours of the night. No biggie.
This site was close enough to the city while being far enough away to enjoy the surrounding nature. For the coordinates given, this site does have a short stretch of road that may need a vehicle with higher clearance, just a heads up. There is a nice fire ring and a place to park 2-3 cars max.
This site is great for large groups because it is far enough away from other sites and has sites 10/11 right by each other so you can get a fairly large group in if you’d like! Lots of open space and 2 fire rings for the 2 different sites.
We travel full time so we see a lot of parks. This one is small but clean and modern. There seems to be few long term campers which helps to keep the park looking clean. There is a small pool which I didn’t try because it was November. During our stay it was quiet and everyone respected the space of others. It is convenient to I-40 and Hwy 93 being at the intersection of both with several truck stops just across the freeway. The park has a few small trees which appear to be well cared for. All in all, a pretty nice place.
We stayed here one night over Veteran’s Day weekend and enjoyed the beautiful views, sunsets and the surprisingly cool 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive.
- Great bathrooms, very clean!
- At off-season, it was nearly deserted. Very nice and quiet
- Nice Visitor’s Center
- Nice tent pad sites
- This campground is close to highway 85 and the traffic is ALWAYS audible
- No campfire rings; apparently you can have an off-ground fire pit but I saw nowhere online that that was an option
- Most campsites have zero shade. In the desert, this is a big deal for making it through the hot parts of the day, even in the fall/winter months
- In the off-season, many bathrooms were closed
We reserved a premium site No gas in the bbq had to purchase firewood for our grill to make supper The site was not level and horrible! 3 huge piles of pine needles the bricks for the patio were not level and tilted over on the edge (someone can hurt themselves) The morning we decided to drain our grey water thank god we didn’t pull the black water the drain was clogged ! We were extremely disappointed The evening staff was great the morning staff was out of control
While site parking is a serious challenge unless 25 foot and under the park is fantastic on most levels. Beautiful grounds with kind staffing that are most helpful. Wifi is one of the problem areas here. Their "free internet" is a serious joke and the high priced Wifi setup is so slow it's criminal. We opted for making our Comsumer Cellular phones "Hot Spots" which works very well. Palm trees and flowers everywhere with great pool and hot tub that are kept spotlessly clean. All the amenities you could ask for even Pickle Ball courts. The nearby adventures are fantastic with desert and cool mountain top adventures aplenty. I highly recommend this park. The five month stay rates are great at just under $4000. Propane delivered to your door and all aspects of this operation are kept so clean it squeaks…….With the help of friendly neighbors we parked our 35 foot Toy Hauler--took an hour--serious obstacle coarse to parking--palm trees at curbs being a problem.
Tight quarters amongst other RVs but you can’t beat the proximity to the rim. A 5 minute bike ride and you can cruise along the south rim. The free shuttle bus is also a great way to hop along and see the various highlights. We’d stay here again!
We stopped here on our way westward and it was just what we needed. Although the sites are a bit close to each other than we prefer, the amenities were very well taken care of. The laundry facility was one of the nicest we’ve ever used! Pool was a great bonus for our family after a long day of driving.
This is a very quiet, small campground, well maintained. We pulled in at 3 pm and had a good choice of sites, but by sunset it was almost full. Short walk down to the river! Most sites have a picnic table and awning; all sites have a fire pit / BBQ. Gorgeous dark skies and stunning sunsets.