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Ponderosa Campground (AZ) Tonto National Forest

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About This Campground

National Forest

Tonto National Forest

Named for the towering pines under which it sits, Ponderosa Campground is tucked in the rolling forests of northern Arizona. As the fifth-largest forest in the country, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited urban forests in the United States, boasting about 5.8 million visitors…

Fee Info

$20 per night for standard sites; and $100 per night for group sites.

Reservation Info

Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov. Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for the standard sites or 12 months in advance for the group sites.

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

Reviews

6 Reviews of Ponderosa Campground (AZ) Tonto National Forest

Ratings Breakdown

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Aubrey S.
Reviewed May. 9, 2022

Great little campground!

Campground is very clean, seriously I’ve never seen cleaner restrooms at a campground! I was camped at the back of the campground and it was really quiet, I couldn’t hear the highway at all. There are bear safes for your food if you are rent camping, and plenty of back roads to bike ride or hike.…

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B O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2021

1st time camping payson

The site was amazing, tall trees, clean bathrooms, fire and bbq pits, also a bear safe for your food. Firewood is sold here for 8$ and the the camp hosts are really nice. Everything is with in walking distance of the camp sites and the drink water is next to the bathrooms. It was very quiet out…

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Month of VisitNovember
Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2021

Spacious Sites but Close to Highway

The only drawback to this popular weekend campground near the Mogollon rim, is its proximity to the highway. The drone of logging trucks and other vehicles is mostly a nuisance in the early hours and in the evening when you'd rather just listen to the sound of crickets and nocturnal birds. Of…

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  • Found a site with enough sun to keep us charged up!
  • Very spacious, big enough for a sizable group!
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Location

Ponderosa Campground (AZ) Tonto National Forest is located in Arizona

Directions

From Payson, Arizona, go east on State Route 260. The campground is located on the south side of 260. A campground sign is visible before the campground entrance.

Coordinates

34.29885859 N
111.11365655 W

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