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Places to Camp near Alpine, AZ

Join the fun near Alpine. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in, as well as sights to see and explore. Find the best campgrounds near Alpine, plus reviews and photos from other campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Alpine, AZ (108)

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    1.

    Cosmic Campground

    25 Reviews
    91 Photos
    394 Saves
    Glenwood, New Mexico

    Cosmic Campground is one of many sites on the Gila NF where night sky photography is at it's best. Late May - late October are the best times to see the Milky Way and get some premium photos.

    Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary (CCIDSS) is the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary located on National Forest System lands and also in North America. It is also one of only 10 certified IDA Sanctuaries in the world. International Dark Sky Sanctuaries are lands possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights. For more information on dark skies or the International Dark Sky Association -http://www.darksky.org/. The CCIDSS offers a 360-degree, unobstructed view of the night sky, and often hosts “star parties” in cooperation with the partner group “Friends of the Cosmic Campground.” This site is situated where there nearest significant source of artificial light is more than 40 miles away, and across the state line in Arizona. . Night vision is necessary to enjoy the night sky. If you look at white light from either your flashlight or your cell phone you will not be able to enjoy the wonders of the natural night sky for 20-30 minutes. In order to respect your fellow star gazers the Forest Service recommends: No parking on the observation/telescope pads No camp fires on observation pads Use a red filter over your flashlight lens Try to arrive before dark so that your headlights won’t distort your night vision Quiet times (no generator use) between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. CCIDSS is a primitive campground with minimal site amenities including an information kiosk, a pit toilet, and four concrete telescope/observation pads. Currently, there is very minimal shade available however, future planning developments intend to erect a shade pavilion as well as improve individual campsite amenities as funding comes available.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Big Lake Campground

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    Big Lake Campground

    12 Reviews
    10 Photos
    101 Saves
    Greer, Arizona

    If getting completely away from it all and experiencing the outdoors for all it has to offer is your camping ideal then plan your camping vacation in the Big Lake Recreation Area. Big Lake itself is 575 acres, and makes a convenient base for other local lakes like Crescent Lake, Lee Valley Lake and the East and West Forks of the Black River. Choose your site from one of nine campgrounds and experience exceptional hiking and mountain biking trails, wildlife viewing, and trout fishing. Campers have the convenience of paved roads, a dump station and showers, but no electric hookups. Apache Trout, the largest campground can accomodate RVs (max 45 feet) as well as in sections of Grayling Campground. Two campgrounds give tent campers the entire campground all to themselves. A visitor center and naturalist programs offer plenty of knowledge about the area.

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    • Reservable
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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Rainbow (AZ)
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    Rainbow (AZ)

    8 Reviews
    21 Photos
    70 Saves
    Greer, Arizona

    Overview

    Rainbow is the largest campground in the Big Lake Recreation Area in eastern Arizona. Because of its proximity to the lake, size and the many amenities it offers, Rainbow is a favorite for families. Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding and fishing.

    Recreation

    The campground is adjacent to 450-acre Big Lake, one of Arizona's top fishing lakes. The lake is known for its trout fishing, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache being the most sought-after species. The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing. Curious campers can attend educational programs at the recreation area's visitor center.

    Facilities

    The campground is adjacent to 450-acre Big Lake, one of Arizona's top fishing lakes. The lake is known for its trout fishing, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache being the most sought-after species. The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing. Curious campers can attend educational programs at the recreation area's visitor center.

    Natural Features

    Rainbow Campground sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet in the White Mountains. It is a very scenic area, forested with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce and aspen trees, which provide ample shade. Summer temperatures are pleasant and cool, a nice respite from the heat of the lower desert. Visitors should come prepared for cool nighttime temperatures and occasional summer thunderstorms.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visitors can explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico. Springerville, Arizona is the closest town to the campground.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $28 - $90 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Brook Char Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Brook Char Campground
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    Brook Char Campground

    6 Reviews
    9 Photos
    63 Saves
    Greer, Arizona

    Overview

    Brookchar Campground is tucked on the banks of Big Lake in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The campground is a small, tent-only facility comprised entirely of walk-in sites. Of the lake's five campgrounds, Brookchar is nearest to the water. The stocked lake draws anglers, and boat rentals and a boat ramp make it easy for campers to enjoy the lake's blue waters.

    Recreation

    Big Lake is one of Arizona's top trout fishing lakes, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache trout being the most sought-after species. The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding and wildlife viewing.

    Facilities

    Big Lake is one of Arizona's top trout fishing lakes, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache trout being the most sought-after species. The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding and wildlife viewing.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest at an elevation of 9,100 feet. The area is scenic, forested with ponderosa pine, fir, spruce and aspen, interspersed with high elevation meadows. Summer temperatures are pleasant and cool, a nice respite from the heat of lower deserts. Visitors should come prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and cool nighttime temperatures.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (928) 537-8888.

    Nearby Attractions

    Several other lakes can be found in the surrounding area. Visitors can also explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 - $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Head Of The Ditch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Head Of The Ditch Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Head Of The Ditch Campground

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    Head Of The Ditch Campground

    3 Reviews
    3 Photos
    40 Saves
    Alpine, Arizona

    This campground offers an easily accessible rustic streamside camping experience amongst tall pines Head of the Ditch Campground is located in a scenic valley approximately 1.5 miles west of historic Luna, New Mexico on US Highway 180. The campground is marked with a blue campground sign, not with a Forest Service campground sign. Water from the San Francisco River which runs through the campground is used for irrigation in Luna Valley. The campground is located at the head of the irrigation ditch which gives Head of the Ditch Campground its name. The campground has a large open area and shady campsites with pine, oak, cottonwood, and willow trees.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen
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    Aspen

    4 Reviews
    14 Photos
    18 Saves
    Alpine, Arizona
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Lyman Lake State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    84 Photos
    104 Saves
    St. Johns, Arizona
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Horse Springs Campground

    3 Reviews
    15 Photos
    43 Saves
    Alpine, Arizona

    Horse Springs Campground includes new toilet facilities, a group ramada and a picnic area. Most of the campground is relatively accessible. The East Fork meanders through the forested valley shaded by tall ponderosa pines and bordered by grasses, alders, and streamside hardwoods.

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    $16 / night

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    Alpine Divide Campground

    3 Reviews
    6 Photos
    19 Saves
    Alpine, Arizona

    Alpine Divide Campground is tucked away in a picturesque setting at the foot of Escudilla Mountain in a cool, quiet grove of ponderosa pines. Its convenient location makes it a good base for travel throughout the area. Click here for a map.

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      Apache National Forest Luna Lake Campground

      2 Reviews
      4 Saves
      Alpine, Arizona

      Overview

      Luna Lake Campground is a pleasant vacation site with open forest, lush meadows, a lake with great fishing, first rate mountain scenery and additional recreation facilities located within easy travel distance. This friendly campground is located in an open stand of ponderosa pines within walking distance of Luna Lake and 5 miles east of the town of Alpine, Arizona, close to the New Mexico border.

      Recreation

      Fishing, horseback riding, boating, mountain biking and hiking are some of the activities enjoyed by campers. A non-motorized trail system is open to horse, bicycle and pedestrian travel. Visitors should be aware that although horses are allowed on some of the trails, livestock is not permitted in the campground. Fishing is available in the lake, and a boat ramp provides easy access to the water. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. The lake is used for irrigation during the summer; fishing is best in spring and early summer. A marina, fishing pier, bait shop, boat rentals and picnic area are located in the day use area. Families can also learn about the many cultural and natural features of the forest by attending educational programs in July and August.

      Facilities

      Fishing, horseback riding, boating, mountain biking and hiking are some of the activities enjoyed by campers. A non-motorized trail system is open to horse, bicycle and pedestrian travel. Visitors should be aware that although horses are allowed on some of the trails, livestock is not permitted in the campground. Fishing is available in the lake, and a boat ramp provides easy access to the water. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout. The lake is used for irrigation during the summer; fishing is best in spring and early summer. A marina, fishing pier, bait shop, boat rentals and picnic area are located in the day use area. Families can also learn about the many cultural and natural features of the forest by attending educational programs in July and August.

      Natural Features

      The area sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet in the scenic Apache National Forest in eastern Arizona. The campground is near 75-acre Luna Lake, surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest. A large wetland for nesting waterfowl lines the lakeshore, providing good wildlife viewing opportunities.

      Nearby Attractions

      The town of Alpine is convenient for shopping and services. The area is also rich with cultural history, outdoor recreation and sightseeing opportunities, including the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway and Escudilla Wilderness. Visitors can explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico.

      contact_info

      For facility specific information, please call (928) 537-8888.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • RVs
      • Tents
      • Group

      $125 / night

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