Cherry Creek Rd (NF203) Dispersed Camping Near Roosevelt Lake - Tonto National Forest
Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2021

Great for Equestrian Campers, Hikers, and OHVers

This area is out there, man, way out there -- but if you want to get further out there, you can. The National Forest to the northeast of Roosevelt Lake is vast and sparsely populated. It is a perfect area to get away, well away, from others. 

Cherry Creek Rd. quickly leaves pavement behind and simply becomes more potholed and steep the further you get in.  With 4WD, and a high clearance vehicle, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. With lots of parking areas and zero services, campsite selection it's dealer's choice. 

We got as far as we wanted, about 5 miles in from the paved road and made camp at a wide area right across from a small horse corral. This area is perfect for exploring by horse. Hiking, biking, and OHV is also are popular. 

The closest water is Cherry Creek, another 3-5 miles further in, so come prepared. A small camping area sits right on the creek which can rise quickly and the ford can become impassible. When we were there, the campground was full, so our dispersed area was just fine with us. 

The closest services are on the southwest bank of Roosevelt Lake, one gas station and marina store. Within 4o minutes to the north and south lie the towns of Payson and Globe respectively which have all the services you could need.

  • Embrace the sun and bring your panels!
  • Driving back down to Roosevelt Lake.
  • This corral is immediately across the road and accessible to all.
  • View from one of the nearby peaks.
  • Lots of space for larger RV's or horse trailers.
  • Lots of nearby peaks to summit.
  • Lots of desert greenery around, too.
  • The road is very quiet, even on the weekends.
  • Morning reflections!
  • Paddling on Roosevelt Lake at sunset is the best time to be there.
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