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Bonito Campground

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About This Campground

National Forest

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 which lend an otherwordly appearance to this starkly beautiful place. Though the…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Max Length: 42 ft.

Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite

Reviews

4 Reviews of Bonito Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 12, 2021

Pine Tree Delight

Large well dispersed campground covered in pine trees with no undergrowth. Excellent road biking and off-road biking options. Really cool volcanic formations.

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Brad B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2020

Possibly our most favorite place in AZ!

Tucked right in off the 89 20 miles from Flagstff - you're in a great place with being right by both Wupatki National Park and you can hike right there and also up to O'Leary's Peak. Also have amazing views of the massive peaks of Humphreys peak right in view to the West.

This place is great for…

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Hayley K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2020

Lava Flow Gallery

We wanted to visit Sunset Crater and we found this campground just across the street from the crater. 

In addition to being able to see this beautiful sunset cone, there are underground lava flows everywhere in this area. We were able to chat with a ranger and explore one (wear layers, it is…

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Location

Bonito Campground is located in Arizona

Directions

Location : 18 miles northeast of Flagstaff, near Sunset Crater/Wupatki National Monument. Elevation is 6,900 feet. GPS (Map): 35°22'13.5"N 111°32'37.0"W Access : Drive 12 miles northeast of Flagstaff on US 89. Turn east (right) on FR 545 (toward Sunset Crater) and drive 2 miles to Bonito Campground. Campground entrance is JUST BEFORE the entrance station of Sunset Crater National Monument.   Click map thumbnail for larger view. [Bonito Campground Map](http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/stelprdb5312496.jpg)  

Coordinates

35.37042979 N
111.54360218 W

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About This Campground

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 which lend an otherwordly appearance to this starkly beautiful place. Though 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.

Also nearby is Wupatki National Monument. 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.

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.

 

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