With an elevation over a mile-high(5640 ft), Christopher Creek Campground's crisp, fresh air and vibrant views are a joy to behold. The facility is tucked along the banks of the spring-fed Christopher Creek, which passes just below the Mogollon Rim.
The Mogollon Rim, pronounced by locals as "muggy-own," is a 200-mile long cliff in northern Arizona that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 ft in elevation. The unique landscape was created by extreme erosion and faulting that has sculpted spectacular canyons and buttes. The rim serves as the geographical dividing line between the cool high country above and the hot, dry desert below. Christopher Creek is located in the desert portion, but is balanced by the cool waters of the creek and forested surroundings.
After a day of horseback riding or mountain biking, take a dip in one of the facility's three swimming holes to cool off from the summer sun. Or if winter is more your thing, visit during the snowy months to take advantage of the miles of cross-country skiing available. Each spring, the creek is stocked with rainbow trout, allowing anglers the opportunity to cast their hearts out for rainbows as well as brook and brown trout.
The family-friendly campground has 43 sites on both sides of the creek, plus a group site that accommodates a maximum of 25 people.
Christopher Creek provides creek side dwelling in Tonto National Forest, at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Sites are surrounded by ponderosa pines, junipers, oaks and manzanita evergreen shrubs.
The small town of Christopher Creek is just a short drive away and offers a few restaurant options for those who tire of cooking at the campground.. A series of lakes called the Rim Country Lakes are about a 10 minute drive east. Woods Canyon Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state and offers options for boating as well as a nature trail that loops around the lake's perimeter.
ADA Access: N
Really enjoyed a two-night stay at this campsite, ended up in sites 001 and 002 on the A loop. 002 was more spacious but less shady, 001 smaller but more secluded.
The restrooms were clean and the camp host offered firewood right from her cart, extremely convenient!
The only reason for four stars was the parallel-to-camp parking spots and the overall slant of the site itself—rain erosion needs to be addressed and the spots need some TLC with a backhoe to get back to level.
Not a bad site but small. The sites were too small for my truck and Aliner but lots and lots of shade which was cool! It’s also just across the 260 from the village which was neat to visit.
We had a great time camping here. Our kids played in the river all day long. Campsites were clean and the restrooms were ok. We will definitely go back.
This a very beautiful spot off the highway, but far enough you can’t see or hear the traffic. Not too far out of Payson, about 15 minutes. Half of the campground is right next to the creek… only a hundred feet away! Water, bathrooms, and trash cans are provided… but no showers. So prepare to be dirty. Friendly and helpful staff. The campsites are pretty close together unfortunately, but they are one of the bigger campsites I’ve seen compared to other campgrounds. Staff and helpful and friendly and provide firewood for $7 a bundle. They do not sell ice though like some other campgrounds. Overall it’s not our favorite campground but it is nice and would recommend!
Christopher Creek is one of the most gorgeous campgrounds that I've seen. The sites are mostly close to the water and the trees give amazing shade coverage. The downside is that most of the sites are fairly close together and if you have bad neighbors you're going to hear them all night. The creek is stocked but always seems to have little fish so don't plan a huge fish fry.
The campground features unisex bathrooms with vault toilets. There are enough that you rarely ever have problems with lines. There are also water faucets in the campground. The sites are fairly accessible but not very long. They have a trailer length limit and you'll want to follow it.
Loop A is preservable and mostly back in spaces. Loop B is not able to be reserved and a lot of the sites are walk in only. This is a busy campground and is often full to capacity. If you know you won't be there until Friday night or Saturday morning you'll want to be sure you have a reservation. Even then, they are often booked months in advance.
Campground is reasonably maintained. Most campsites a situated near the creek. Also still had a few bars of service.
-It is a large camping space; works great if you camp with a group or is nice if alone
-The creek is filled with crawdads; if you wish to fish them out, a simple slice of protein (bacon, jerky, etc.) tied to a string does the trick
-There are mountains/trails
-Many spots along the creek
-Is not entirely too far from the road unfortunately, but is easy to find
I have been coming here since i was a kid, my parents made sure we come here every year in the summer to enjoy cooler Arizona weather. Now the tradition lives on while my siblings and i bring our families and kids to build new memories. The best part is catching crawdads with our home made fishing poles (which is a step up from when i was a kid and would catch them with cups).
Love Christopher Creek as always.. no fires allowed so it was pretty quiet which was nice. Bathrooms are decent and they have drinking water which makes things easier. Stay by the creek, it's the best spot!
Love this spot. Normally don't need a reservation. Nice little hike by the creek that the dogs love. Campgrounds are set apart enough to have a tad of privacy.