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About Christopher Creek

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.

Natural Features

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.

Nearby Attractions

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

National Forest
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Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Christopher Creek is located in Arizona
34.308 N
-111.035 W
Get Directions
From Payson, Arizona, take Highway 260 east for 21 miles to the Christopher Creek Campground turnoff. Take Forest Road for 1/4 mile to the campground, Ask host for directions to campsite.
6 Reviews of Christopher Creek
Beautiful creek

Campground is reasonably maintained. Most campsites a situated near the creek. Also still had a few bars of service.

Temperate, soothing sounds from the crawdads filled creek, great for groups

-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

Favorite local campground

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).

Forest Fire Season

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!

Great Little 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.

First to Review
Family Fun!

So this campground has it all! The creek, bathrooms, paved roads and space! Site's are clean and well taken care of! Bring firewood or buy it from the host because there is none laying around! The creek is stocked with trout and makes for calming background noise! We will be back for sure! $20 a night per site! Group sites available! Bear boxes at every site and trailers are limited to 22'. No hook ups available but there is a dump station a few miles away at ponderosa!