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About Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area

Burnt Corral This site is set among the canyon walls of Apache Lake, which allows for great water recreation activities. Nearby are impressive views of mountains, canyons, wildlife and Roosevelt Dam. Because of its close proximity to Apache Lake, Burnt Corral allows fishing, non-motorized and motorized boating.  There are 82 developed campsites available at Burnt Corral, which allows for a great escape any time of the year for families or individuals. Burnt Corral has highly accessible areas, with slopes that under 5% and concrete or compacted gravel grounds.

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
Sanitary Dump
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area is located in Arizona
33.6268 N
-111.205 W
Get Directions
This site is 6 miles south of Roosevelt Dam on the south shoreline of Apache Lake. From Mesa: Take the Beeline Highway/State Hwy.87 north for approximately 60 miles to the junction of State Hwy. 188. Turn right and follow State Hwy. 188 for 33 miles to the junction with State Hwy. 88. Turn right on State Hwy. 88 and drive past Roosevelt Dam. Follow State Hwy. 88 for 5 miles to Forest Road (FR) 183; turn right and continue an additional mile to the site. From Claypool (between Globe & Miami): Take State Hwy. 188 northwest for 29 miles to the junction of State Hwy. 88. Follow State Hwy. 88 (it heads southwest and becomes an unpaved road) for 5 miles to Forest Road (FR) 183; turn right and continue an additional mile to the site. From Apache Junction: Drive north on State Hwy. 88 for 38 miles. (Last 20 miles of 88 are unpaved.) FR 183/Burnt Corral Rec. Site – turn left and continue to site.
2 Reviews of Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area
Beautiful setting with a flyover

March 20-22, 2019. Campsite #42. Site was right on the water, as quite a few are. There were other sites available that have amesome elevated views of the lake, and even more sites in between but we opted for the lakeside site(s) and it was perfect for us (2 families, 5 kids, 4 adults and our little pupperino Biscuit). There was a beach area on the grounds which was nice to play around and float about. The camp host, Nick, was great and the campsites and bathrooms were very clean. As we were packing up to leave, three airplanes flew over the lake about 40 feet from the surface of the water, flying threw the canyon. We were definitely caught off guard, but it was super cool and a nice way to say goodbye to a fantastic time at Burnt Corral. We would gladly go back and stay at the same site, or most of them really, with or without the flyover. But after hiking around a bit, for a more primitive or intimate experience, maybe we will try the Upper Burnt Corral area next time.

An Oxymoron: Sonoran Desert Lakefront Camping

Just about 6.5 miles from Roosevelt Dam, along a seriously narrow, winding, and mountainous dirt road, lies a great camping oasis along Apache Lake in the middle of the Superstition Mts.  The road is well-maintained and well graded, but the short drive from the dam to the campground took us about 30 minutes with our little trailer and 4-wheel drive truck. Seriously, not for the faint of heart if you are pulling a trailer.  We saw lots of smaller cars manage it fine.

This medium-sized sized campground offers lovely sites along the water and along the hill in the trees.  For $12 per night, it offers many amenities: nice waterfront sites with picnic table, fire ring, boat ramp, drinking water, plenty of pit toilets (clean given the number of people at the campground that week), and group sites.  There are some easy pull-thru sites for RV's.

Hiking, paddling, boating and cycling opportunities are available right from the campground. We paddled up the Salt River to the dam and back for a fun afternoon adventure.  Bird life abounds in both the lake and river!

Closest town is Globe, about 40 miles away, has grocery stores, Walmart, gas stations, etc. So come prepared with what you need!

First-come, first-served, no reservations.

Note: The campground didn’t have any mobile service available with Verizon.