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Coconino National Forest Recreation, ARIZONA

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Most Recent Coconino National Forest Recreation Camping Reviews
Lava Flow Gallery

We wanted to visit Sunset Crater and we found this campground just across the street from the crater. 

In addition to being able to see this beautiful sunset cone, there are underground lava flows everywhere in this area. We were able to chat with a ranger and explore one (wear layers, it is COLD in them). 

The campsites are large enough for a group of people (8 people) and they have wheelchair accessible camping and picnic tables. 

There is water on site and they have flush toilets in clean bathrooms. We didn't spend much time at the campground itself due to all the exploring we wanted to do, but it worked great and was very quiet for our crew.

Basic Tent Camping 101

If your looking to throw up and tent and relax this is the place for you. There is enough space to boondock a small RV, Tent Trailer, or Travel Trailer. The main campsites sits on the creek, which always has fresh clean water running. There are several other tent camping sites further back, however they are closed till 2022 for regrowth. You will hear cars/truck from time to time as this is the same road the Ranchers use to get back and forth to Payson. There is one vaulted bathroom. You are in nature so you will see clear skies, animals, and be able to cook over and open camp fire. In all in all I love this place and always look forward to our weekend trips up there twice a year.

Cottonwood, AZ

Helpful staff, clean rest rooms and laundry. Our site was near the river with full hook ups. Down side: on state highway, some noise. We don’t tow a car so we use bikes and walking. Both seemed dicey with cars moving fast close by. Cottonwood is a fun place about four miles away.

Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon

This park & campground is part of Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon, which is in Sedona, AZ.  My friend & I stayed at the Slide Rock Lodge down the road & we ate our meals here before & after hiking the Oak Creek in the Canyon.  We took some great photos of the structures along the top ridge & saw what looked like an ancient Native American settlement.

It was a beautiful day & a wicked awesome river hike!  This hiking trip was actually in May 2007 but I remember it like it was yesterday.  It made a huge impression on me, especially since we hiked the Virgin River & Orderville Canyon in Zion National Park the next day.

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Nice campground

Older, but well maintained. Didn't have any problems.

Beautiful location

Just next to the stream, perfectly secluded with decent bathrooms. However don’t recommend going in the winter, there was an unexpected snowstorm and our tent collapsed, our mistake!

Nice Campgrounds.

Nice place in the National Forrest.

Best spot on the creek

This campground is beautiful. We checked in with the camp host, who was very kind and helpful, and set up. The creek running by the campsites is amazing. The campground also sells firewood if you happen to forget it. Vault toilets were very clean. We will definitely stay again.

Zero

Zero do not stay

Horrible

We paid for a premium deluxe site Propane tank was empty so we couldn’t grill dinner We bought wet firewood from campground to try to grill supper The site was unkept w piles of pine needles It needed a lot of upkeep Needed the pavers replaced it was an extremely hazardous situation tripping hazard as one of our party members had just had ankle surgery Giant piles of pine needles knee high by trash cans at site. Went to dump our tanks in the am and the sewer was clogged We have stayed here several times We will not return due to the rude manager girl in the office.