Places to Camp near Gilbert, AZ

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Gilbert, AZ has a lot to offer. 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 Gilbert, plus reviews and photos from other campers like you.

Best Camping Sites Near Gilbert, AZ (255)

    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Dutchman State Park Campground

    1.

    Lost Dutchman State Park Campground

    76 Reviews
    285 Photos
    518 Saves
    Superstition Mtn, Arizona

    The campground has 138 sites: 68 sites with electric (50/30/20 amp service) and water and the remainder non-hookup sites on paved roads for tents or RVs. Every site has a picnic table and a fire pit with an adjustable grill gate. There are no size restrictions on RVs. Well-mannered pets on leashes are welcome, but please pick after your pets.

    The office at Lost Dutchman is open until 7 p.m. for campsite check-in, but after hours (with campsite reservations) you can grab a map by the ranger station and head straight to your campsite! If you are staying multiple nights, check-in with the camp host, or a ranger to get a vehicle tag.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $25 - $89 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Usery Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Usery Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Usery Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Usery Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Usery Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Usery Mountain Regional Park

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    Usery Mountain Regional Park

    33 Reviews
    104 Photos
    212 Saves
    Apache Junction, Arizona
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance

    3.

    Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance

    25 Reviews
    58 Photos
    472 Saves
    Fort Mcdowell, Arizona

    FREE permit required from the Mesa Ranger District office at 5140 E. Ingram St, Mesa, AZ 85205; 480-610-3300. Permits can be requested online or by email. The permit will be emailed to you within 48 hours (except weekends and holidays).

    This space is very large so it may be best to divide it by the access points. The point I'll be using is Access #3- Forest Road (FR) 10, south entrance: This access point is reached from Apache Junction. From Mesa: Travel 15 miles east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to the Idaho Street exit. Follow Idaho Street north 4½ miles to McKellips. Turn right on McKellips and travel ½ mile to the Wolverine Pass Road and turn left. Follow it for 7/8 mile and turn right on Tonto Road. Travel north on Tonto Road for ¼ mile to Cactus and turn left. Follow Cactus to McDowell Road and follow it to FR 10 gate.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa-Apache Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa-Apache Junction KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa-Apache Junction KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Mesa-Apache Junction KOA

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    Mesa-Apache Junction KOA

    12 Reviews
    21 Photos
    40 Saves
    Apache Junction, Arizona

    Welcome to Mesa-Apache Junction KOA, a cozy spot nestled near Apache Junction, AZ. This campground is a great place to set up camp whether you're in a tent, RV, cabin, or looking for a glamping experience. It's open all year, so you can enjoy the Arizona sunshine whenever you please.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. Visitors often mention how the team goes above and beyond to ensure a pleasant stay. The campground is impeccably maintained, with clean facilities and well-kept grounds. You’ll find all the basics you need, including electric and water hookups, showers, toilets, and a sanitary dump station.

    For those traveling with pets, there's a small dog park that gets the job done. If you're into grilling, some sites come with a grill and sink, perfect for a cookout. And if you’re looking to cool off, the year-round heated pool and jacuzzi are a hit among guests.

    The campground is conveniently located about 45 minutes from Phoenix, making it a good base for exploring the area. Old Town Scottsdale is also within reach for a day trip. While the campground itself is peaceful, you might hear some traffic noise at night, but that's pretty common for most campgrounds.

    Overall, Mesa-Apache Junction KOA offers a comfortable and friendly environment with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. Whether you're passing through or planning a longer visit, this place has got you covered.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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    McDowell Mountain Regional Park

    20 Reviews
    43 Photos
    203 Saves
    Rio Verde, Arizona

    Set in the northeast Valley of metro Phoenix, McDowell Mountain Regional Park covers 21,099 acres in the lower Verde River basin. Campers choose from 76 individual sites for tent or RV camping, which can accommodate up to a 45-foot RV. These developed sites have water and electrical hook-ups, plus a dump station, picnic table, and barbecue fire ring, while all restrooms offer flush toilets and showers. Group camping is also available.

    McDowell Mountain activities range from biking, hiking, and horseback riding on over 50 miles of multi-use trails to picnicking, stargazing, and plenty of park-organized programs and events.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground

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    Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground

    65 Reviews
    203 Photos
    422 Saves
    Peoria, Arizona

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers 148 sites for RV and tent camping within the campgrounds (does not including primitive camping sites)

    Each "Developed Site" has water, electricity, dump station, a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring.

    Each "Semi-Developed Site" and tent site has a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring, unless otherwise acknowledged in the description or camping map.

    Restroom and/or shower facilities are available at both types of campsites. All sites in the campground may be reserved online at www.maricopacountyparks.org/. Campgrounds

    Desert Tortoise Campground has 74 campsites: 25 Developed Sites, 39 Semi-Developed Sites, and 10 Tent Sites.
    
    Roadrunner Campground offers 71 sites for RV and tent camping. All sites are Developed.
    
    Large groups can reserve the Desert Tortoise Group Campground. The Group Campground includes a parking area for RVs, picnic tables, and ramadas. The use of this area is by reservation only and requires a minimum commitment of 10 camping units.

    Shoreline Camping

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park also has shoreline/primitive camping during most of the year, depending on water levels. Shoreline camping is only permitted within designated areas for such use, when available. Day-of availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be reserved during business hours at the park. For information on camping fees, click on this link to be redirected to the "Fees" page.​

    The first phase or re-introducing primitive/shoreline camping will be rolled out in late January 2021, with the area of the Dirt Spillway. Future areas will be included in phases at later dates.

    Campers must park in designated parking areas. Tent camping will be permitted along the shoreline within the designated area. No vehicles will be permitted to park along the shoreline within the area.

    Check-in time the day of arrival shall occur no earlier than 2 p.m. Campers must check out the day of departure by 12 p.m. (noon). Boat-In Camping

    Boat-in camping is now available at the 10 Lane Parking Lot. Roughly 30 assigned parking spaces have been designated for such use. Each camping/parking space is approximately 45 feet long by 12 ft. wide to accommodate most boat trailers and towing vehicles. Reservations are required. Day-of availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, and can only be reserved during business hours at the park.

    Boaters must camp on the waters of Lake Pleasant – no shoreline camping available at this time. Camping is not permitted within the parking lot/camp space. Boat-in camping is a great option for fisherman looking to fish in the late evening/early morning hours. Boat-in campers must arrive and check-in before the park closes at night (8 pm).

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $15 - $300 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping

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    Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping

    13 Reviews
    37 Photos
    147 Saves
    Gold Canyon, Arizona

    Peralta Canyon, located near Gold Canyon, AZ, offers a prime spot for dispersed camping with stunning views of the Superstition Mountains. This area is perfect for those who enjoy a more rugged, off-the-grid experience. You won't find amenities like water, toilets, or electric hookups here, so come prepared. However, the natural beauty and tranquility more than make up for the lack of facilities.

    Visitors have praised the well-maintained spots and the peaceful atmosphere. The views are spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset, making it a great place for photography or simply soaking in the scenery. The area is big rig friendly, but be mindful of the road conditions; a vehicle with decent clearance is recommended.

    Pets are welcome, and fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Just remember to bring your own firewood and ensure your fire is completely out before you leave. The proximity to Peralta Regional Park offers additional perks like hiking trails and picnic areas, though you'll need to pay a small day-use fee.

    Cell service is spotty, with some visitors getting occasional T-Mobile or Verizon signals. For supplies, there's a Water & Ice shop in Apache Junction, and while the local Basha's can be pricey, it's convenient for last-minute needs.

    Overall, Peralta Canyon is a fantastic spot for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse themselves in nature. Just be considerate of other campers and the local wildlife, and you'll have a memorable stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  1. 8.

    Encore Mesa Spirit

    8 Reviews
    14 Photos
    31 Saves
    Mesa, Arizona

    AGE QUALIFIED RESORT Discover Arizona with Mesa Spirit RV Resort...the hub of Arizona's activities and attractions including golfing, fishing, spring training, sporting events, shopping, spas, dining, casinos, the Grand Canyon, and so much more...not to mention the beautiful Arizona winter weather! Located in Mesa, Arizona, just west of the beautiful Superstition Mountains, Mesa Spirit RV Resort is a pet friendly, adult community featuring 1,667 spaces with full hook-ups, even big rigs are welcome! Mesa Spirit is ideally located near all of the Central Arizona attractions, entertainment and sporting events - including Spring Training facilities. No RV? No problem! See our list of the latest homes available for sale and rent. Or, visit our on-site Sales and Rental Office. This hidden gem in the desert, Mesa Spirit offers extensive activities and special events programs during the winter season. Events and programs are staffed and ran by the Activities Department with the support of our wonderful resident volunteers. With the wide variety of seasonal activities, you will find lots of fun and exciting things to do while at Mesa Spirit. There is something for everyone...Catch the Spirit! Catch the Spirit at Mesa Spirit RV Resort! Whether you're planning a retreat for a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at Mesa Spirit RV Resort. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell
    Camper-submitted photo from Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell

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    Eagle View RV Resort at Fort Mcdowell

    10 Reviews
    25 Photos
    71 Saves
    Fort Mcdowell, Arizona

    Welcome to Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell, a gem nestled near Fort McDowell, AZ. This campground offers a peaceful retreat with a touch of convenience, making it a favorite among campers who appreciate a blend of nature and amenities.

    The campground is open year-round, so you can enjoy its offerings no matter the season. One of the standout features here is the spaciousness of the sites. Whether you're in a tent or an RV, you'll find plenty of room to spread out and relax. The sites are paved and level, ensuring a hassle-free setup.

    Amenities are top-notch. There's a large laundry facility, a pool, and a hot tub to unwind after a day of exploring. The central courtyard is a great spot to gather, complete with gas grills for a cookout. For those who like a bit of entertainment, the office offers DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, and books to borrow. Plus, there's a dog park for your furry friends to stretch their legs.

    Nature lovers will appreciate the walking paths and trails throughout the park. You might even spot some wild horses or hear coyotes in the distance. The views of the desert and mountains are simply stunning, providing a perfect backdrop for your stay.

    The campground is conveniently located near Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, so you're never too far from shopping and dining options. And if you're feeling lucky, there's a casino just across the road.

    Visitors have praised the cleanliness and maintenance of the park, as well as the friendly and helpful staff. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed, making it an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the beauty of Arizona.

    So pack your bags and head to Eagle View RV Resort at Fort McDowell for a memorable camping experience. Whether you're here for a short stay or planning to stick around for a while, this campground has everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $41 - $84 / night

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    Tortilla Campground

    12 Reviews
    58 Photos
    238 Saves
    Tortilla Flat, Arizona

    Tortilla Campground is a winter campground just outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. From October through April each year, urban dwellers take advantage of cooler temperatures and enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and scenic driving throughout the surrounding Tonto National Forest. Campers awake to a scenic backdrop of rugged bluffs, saguaro cactus and desert skies. The campground is located directly across the historic Apache Trail from Tortilla Flat, Arizona, which has a general store and restaurant. Natural Features: The Superstition Wilderness Area is starkly beautiful and untamed. A series of dams has created numerous lakes along the Salt River. Blossoming plants bring the desert to life each spring with colorful flowers. The area can be harsh for travelers not equipped to meet nature on her own terms. Soaring temperatures and little water are typical conditions in the summer. In winter, temperatures are typically pleasant during the day but drop significantly at night. Visitors should come prepared for anything, even the occasional rain or snow. Recreation: The area is rich with human history, scenery and outdoor recreation. The campground lies along the Canyon Lake Apache Trail Scenic Byway, a former Apache Tribal route turned stagecoach road. Visitors may hear stories of lost cowboys and gold mining. The drive to the campground provides ample scenery, though taking a day trip to Lake Roosevelt allows for even more breathtaking views. The 21,500-acre Roosevelt Lake is 25 miles away, and the 990-acre Canyon Lake is just down the road. Both provide fishing and boating options. The Superstition Wilderness has a well-developed trail system, and the western end of the wilderness receives heavy use during the cooler times of the year. Trail conditions can be fair or poor, and several are unsuitable for horses. Facilities: The campground is large yet compact, with campsites in close proximity of one another. Every campsite has a view of the surrounding desert, some with views of mountain peaks and cliffs. The facility accommodates RVs and has sewage hookups. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and a campfire ring with a cooking grate. Services at the end of Tortilla Flat include a post office, restaurant, gift shop and public cellular credit card phone (emergency 911). Canyon Lake and Marina is located two miles west and includes public boat launches and picnic/fishing sites, a restaurant, excursion boats and boat rentals. Nearby Attractions: The 327-ft. Theodore Roosevelt Dam and lake are 25 miles beyond Tortilla Flat along the scenic byway. Tonto National Monument, which has well-preserved Puebloan cliff dwellings from the 13th to 15th centuries, is about 8 miles south of the dam. Theodore Roosevelt Dam Tonto National Monument

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Gilbert, AZ?

According to TheDyrt.com, Gilbert, AZ offers a wide range of camping options, with 255 campgrounds and RV parks near Gilbert, AZ and 52 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Gilbert, AZ?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Gilbert, AZ is Lost Dutchman State Park Campground with a 4.7-star rating from 76 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Gilbert, AZ?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 52 free dispersed camping spots near Gilbert, AZ.

What parks are near Gilbert, AZ?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 8 parks near Gilbert, AZ that allow camping, notably Tonto National Forest and Prescott National Forest.