I went through Wallsburg and entered the canyon on the west side and couldn't actually go too far up the path, it's definitely 4x4 required for the entirety of the path, but the first bit can be handled by most vehicles, but have loads of pull offs for dispersed camping pretty much as soon as you enter the canyon.
This nice campground is exactly what you want for lake camping with fishing, forests, and beautiful hikes. If you can manage to get a boat out on the lake it makes the fishing amazing.
What more do you want from a camp ground? Its great! The proximity to Zapata Falls and the sand dunes offers for beautiful hikes and diverse landscapes. Been wanting to go back here for a few years now.
This camp ground is busy, but its well maintained. Close to the road and the river, and tucked away in a little canyon, it feels like your in the wild while being 5 minutes from town.
It really is a mystical place. Beautiful sunsets as you relax in the hotsprings which are well operated by the owners and staff. Super friendly, very accommodating space, and great camp sites. Its a first come first serve for the tubs though so get there early. The desert colors and atmosphere are something to behold.
Mirror Lake is one of my all time favorite camp areas. The designated camp sites are nice but the dispersed camping down the trails are even more beautiful, while close to the rest of the camps, that true feeling of isolation can be achieved. I would recommend mid July-September as the ideal times to camp here. We actually had a local join our camp one night who brought a drum, a flute, and a didgeridoo. It was transcendent.
Pretty nice tent spots, although the spots feel relatively private, the proximity to the road of some spots make it too close for dogs. The hiking nearby up The Devils Crack jeep trail offer beautiful sights for a relatively easy and straightforward hike. Moonflower canyon down the road is a beautiful hike. Temperatures were absolutely perfect in the second half of September.
The primitive camping area is quite large, we found a really secluded spot despite the site being "Full". Clean beaches, well taken care of, but crowded in most areas. Lots of fun toys to rent while your there to play in the dunes. Temperatures were perfect during the last week of April.
Great spot to pitch a tent or trailer. Although its a bit crowded, its got nice facilities. They sell firewood, and any camping supplies you need. The proximity to Garden of the Gods is excellent as well.