On a side trip from Route 66 I headed down towards Sedona, camping on the way down and back. I ended up at Pine Grove Campground. It was a pretty nice campground, and pricey as a result. Mostly Rv’s and some tents, at least this campground had pay showers and a very attentive campground host (mostly due to his Very Very alert little dog). The campground is large with more than one loop, set back in the pine trees. There were great opportunities for hammocking and visiting with your close neighbors. Every site had the usual picnic tables and fire pits, and for the RV set, there were full hookups and a dump station. The best part was how quiet it was back in the trees. However, it was so dry you could not have a fire without some major trepidation. The nearby lakes were more than 10 feet below normal levels.
This campground has everything you need. Flush toilets, pay showers, water, easy access to sites. If you’re looking for comfortable camping, this is a great place for you. We found it to be a little more commercialized than we prefer, but we chose to stay here due to the proximity to the Arizona Trail. The trail can be easily caught from Pine Grove and road from Utah to Mexico. The Coconino National Forest is gorgeous. Despite how built up the campground is, it still provides wonderful wooded scenery.
We camped at pine grove in July 2016. The weather was perfect! Very clean campgrounds with flush toilets, garbage, fire rings, and tables. They have showers, but you pay for that (not sure how much). We felt very safe there. It was packed with campers and not a lot of space between the sites. The camp hosts were very nice and made their rounds many times per day. They sold fire wood and ice. There were a few lakes nearby, but they were all dry at that time. All sites were under tall pines. Everyone seemed to obey the 10 pm quiet time. We did see a baby bear on top of the camp hosts 5th wheel when we got there, so remember this is bear country! We will definitely return