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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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!
Very nice campround that is shaded (good for the summer) with a nearby spring. I would give it a higher rating if not for it being so near the road and having road noise that was not too bad but still wished there was less of it.
I have been coming to this campsite since i was a kid. Seen may changes. Its still one of my favorite campsites to visit, but if you go with a group this is not the place for you there very strict and do a head count to make sure you don't exceed 8 per site.And they watch you like a hawk.
Tucked into Oak Creek canyon, surrounded by trees, red dirt mountain sides, and a creek this campground is stunning. Though close to the road, it is farthest set back than the other campground next door. A short drive gets you to Flagstaff or Sedona and it is a gorgeous drive either way. One of my favorite campgrounds.
Unique wooded grounds and lots of water and geologic formations that make it feel very different from the nearby areas. This campground is deep in the National Forests between Flagstaff and Phoenix and not far from the highway or Sedona. Since it’s so beautiful and there is so much to do with hiking and swimming, this is a fairly crowded place to stay, but it wasn’t overly noisy or anything. The campground has alot of amenities and is similar to many other National Parks types of campgrounds, semi-rustic but not overly developed, quite nice. The “commute” to Sedona or Flagstaff is about a half hour, very pretty drives. Campground isn’t anything too special except that it is so wonderfully wooded in a state not known for such forests. The park itself is great. Enjoy!
One of the most lush & beautiful campgrounds I've ever seen. Felt like a rain forest, with moisture in the air, trickling creek water nearby, birds chirping. Ok, it's like the Garden of Eden! All first come, first serve sites, except in Loop A. Friendly camp hosts, a little general store, clean bathrooms, shower facilities, water available from taps, no hookups, no dump station.
This campground is well kept, nice sites, but also close to highway so noise is a problem. Current rate is $22 a night, a little pricey in my mind when you consider that restrooms feature vault toilets and no running water. Showers are available ($4). Close to Sedona. The camp office does include a small store which carries some food items and supplies. The fire rings are very deep which in my opinion ruins a fire unless you are using it to cook. Some sites can be reserved.
We stumbled across Cave Springs campground on a roadtrip across the Southwest. We added Sedona as a last minute stop, and it ended up being one of our favorite stops on the trip! Sedona itself is known for the beautiful red rock formations, which make great day trips and local hikes, but the Cave Springs campground itself seems like a totally different environment. It is a wooded area, with a crystal-clear creek nearby that is surrounded by wild blackberry bushes. We had an amazing time swimming in the creek, exploring it's rocky shores, and indulging in fresh blackberries. The campsites have a community bathroom facility that has a chemical toilet, but no showers. The campsite welcome center (where you check in) sells some snacks, water bottles, firewood, and other necessities if you forget anything. The campsites are quite spacious and have access to a fresh water pump.
Sliding rock is nearby and makes a fun day trip, although it can get crowded. We completed the hikes to devil's bridge and Cathedral rock, and both were amazing and offered beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness. North of the campsite, there is a navajo trading post you can stop by if you want to shop or check out authentic native pottery, jewelry, etc.