Cave Springs sits in the scenic Oak Creek Canyon and is one of Coconino National Forest's most popular campgrounds.
The campground is nestled in a forested canyon near the town of Sedona, Arizona, and its famous red rock cliffs. The scenery is unmatched, the stream is stocked with trout, and swimming, hiking and birding spots are nearby.
There are several hiking trails in the vicinity. Some lead up the canyon slopes to offer good views of the surrounding scenery. The creek is bordered with paths that lead along its picturesque course, offering great bird watching and fishing.
Cave Spring is a large campground with 84 campsites, including one tent-only site. All sites have picnic tables, campfire rings and cooking grills. Token-operated showers, drinking water and vault restrooms are provided for convenience. The facility can host RVs, trailers and motor homes up to 36-ft.
The area is a heavily wooded, lush riparian zone. 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 creek has crystal clear, cool water that is refreshing on hot summer days.
The nearest town is Sedona, popular for its red rock vistas, resorts and shopping. One of Arizona's best swimming spots, Slide Rock State Park, is down the road.
Campers can also explore the 1.8-million acre Coconino National Forest, which boasts a spectacular variety of scenery and outdoor activities.
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We tent camped here in July and really appreciated the cool temperatures at night. The drive to the campground (either direction) is breathtaking and dramatic, and we loved the stream near our site. We thought the site was a good size- we didn’t feel anyone was too close. You can see so many stars above the ponderosas, and it smells amazing! No bug bites either, so that was a plus! The first night we were there, the bathrooms were completely full and dirty, but they were clean the second night. Showers are $4 for 8 minutes, and no electricity at the sites. $22 per night.
We stayed here for one night, arrived on a weekday in late May and had no problem finding a site. Some sites are very close together, we found one with a level parking pad that was fairly secluded and was perfect.
Toilets are vault toilets (well kept and clean when we stayed), and there is drinking water available Throughout the campground. They even had buckets hanging from these to use for putting out your campfire. There is a small camp store at the entrance for supplies, and firewood is available for purchase. There are also token operated showers.
The campground is right off of 89A, our site was away from the road and was very quiet. There was a nice view of the red rock behind us. It is convenient to many other local parks and hiking, including slide rock and West fork. It is a quick ride into the downtown area of Sedona as well, and less than an hour to Flagstaff.
Nice fire pit with wood available to buy. So much hiking and the sound of the creek is lovely.
it was my first time camping; so this was a safe and fun place to start 🏕
Love cave springs it’s my favorite spot it’s clean and well cared for has some awesome nearby hikes and the creek is right along here.
This campground is right off of the main road leading into Sedona. The showers are $4 each. The sites are relatively close in proximity. The bathrooms are vault style. Try and reserve a site away from bathrooms and road to reduce noise and light pollution. There are many trees which make hammock camping a favorable option. Beautiful creek runs along the site. Camp hosts are very friendly! Running water. Soft pine needle forest floor. Brisk temperatures in the night, 50's and high's in the 90's.
Great place for tent camping with a friendly staff and nice amenities. The campground sits on Oak Creek, and is in the perfect location where you are far enough away from Sedona city center to have some peace and quiet, and within an amazing setting of red rocks, tall pines and the sound of a creek surround you. The tent sites are spacious, and offer plenty of privacy. The campground has shower facilities, a small general store where you can get firewood and small groceries, and restrooms. The pit toilets are a bit nasty; I wish they would update them and make them a little cleaner and user-friendly…lol. They can get really disgusting and stink horribly during warmer weather. But the rest of the experience here makes the restrooms the least of the issues. We always stay here when in Sedona.
The sites are clean, well spaced, and all under a canopy of green trees. The Oak Creek runs next to the loop A sites and is fun and refreshing to walk along. Weekends can fill quickly, but weekdays have far fewer people. Be warned, we were told that the summer months are busy week long and can get loud with partying college kids. Camp hosts have been making an effort to enforce the quiet hours because of this.
This is my personal favorite campground between Sedona and Flag. It is an exceptionally large campground, so some sites are better than others. They do have one loop that takes reservations, but majority of sites are first come, first served. I have personally never had any issue with getting my favorite spot, so long as I show up early.
Majority of campsite is surrounded by trees, making this spot shaded throughout the day.
Good amount of sites sit right next to the Creek. Oak Creek does run along the 89, so some road noise might be present if you choose these. My fav site is, but road noise has never bothered me as it’s minimal in my opinion. campsites have fire rings, grills, and tables. They also have coin operated showers, and they are warm, yet I’ve only used them one time. Water is available onsite. South of this campground there is a free well that has some of the best water in AZ!
there is also a ‘General Store’ near entrance, which offers fire wood and other basic supplies. Camp hosts have always been super nice here, even though they can be quite strict about quiet times.
On the South end of the campground, there is a trail you can follow along side the Creek. some Creek hopping is required. On the North end of campsite, is a wide open field, so if you want to play with your friends, dogs, fly a kite, whatever, it’s there!
Directly across the campground entrance, on other side of 89, is a moderate hiking trail that will take you uphill to fantastic views.
Overall, this is a fantastic campground. Yes, the ‘cave’ is fenced off, but other than that and the strict quiet times (choose the right campsite and as long as you’re respectful quiet time isn’t a problem) this spot rocks!
My go to campground when I want to escape the heat! There is creek access and creekside sites. All sites have plenty of shade and space. Plenty of spots available for walk up, but get there early!