Camping Arizona  by Bruce Grubbs

Camping Arizona Guide Book

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)
Camping Arizona  by Bruce Grubbs
Featuring detailed descriptions of more than 150 public campgrounds, this guide is an ideal companion for tourists and locals alike. It is divided into seven geographic sections. The sections are further broken down into specific destination areas. Maps and quick reference tables are keyed to each area to help you pick a site that will meet all your needs. With vital information on location, activities, road conditions, facilities, and even helpful phone numbers and website addresses, this book is the best resource for Arizona campgrounds.

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Trails from the "Camping Arizona" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 19 of 19.

The highest of the High Country stretches across the White Mountains, from the town of Springerville to the hamlet of Alpine near the New Mexico border, and south along the famous Coronado Trail to the old mining towns of Clifton and Morenci. The fir, spruce, and aspen–forested mountains are drained by the headwaters of several rivers, including the Little Colorado, the Black, the White, the Blue, and the San Francisco. These rivers and smaller streams provide some of the state’s best stream fishing. And of course there are many mountain lakes, large and small, for boaters and anglers. Wilderness enthusiasts have much to choose from, including the Mount Baldy, Bear Wallow, and Escudilla Wildernesses, and the vast Blue Range Primitive Area.
Alpine, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Douglas (in the southeastern corner of the state on the Mexican border) Willcox to the north, and Bisbee to the west frame several sky island mountain ranges with plenty of camping and recreational activities. Cochise Stronghold in the granite-cragged Dragoon Mountains was the last holdout of the famous Chiricahua Apache leader and his band of warriors and their families. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Cochise Stronghold, Bonita, West Turkey Creek, Sycamore, Bathtub, Rucker Forest Camp, Cypress Park, Herb Martyr, Sunny Flat, Stewart, Idlewilde, Pinery Canyon, Rustler Park.
Douglas, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The largest city in northern Arizona, Flagstaff has a full range of visitor services, as well as cultural events and museums. Spend some time at the Museum of Northern Arizona to learn more about the natural and human history of the area. The Arboretum at Flagstaff has nine gardens that display plants native to the area, including 30 rare and endangered species. Lowell Observatory, from which the planet Pluto was discovered, also has an excellent visitor center. The Coconino Plateau surrounding Flagstaff is heavily forested with ponderosa pine. The high-mountain elevation provides a welcome respite from the heat of the deserts below. The highest mountains in the state, the San Francisco Peaks, dominate the skyline to the north. The majestic summits are home of the gods in both the Navajo and Hopi religions, and are the largest of more than 200 volcanoes in the area.
Flagstaff, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
North and west of the small city of Globe is an incredible variety of country, ranging from Sonoran desert to pine-forested mountains. The Four Peaks, Superstition, Sierra Ancha, Salome, and Salt River Canyon Wildernesses provide backcountry opportunities for hikers and river runners. Miles of forest roads and trails outside the wildernesses offer some great mountain biking. Several large lakes on the Salt River are very popular with boaters and anglers. The largest of these, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, was the first federal reclamation project in the West. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Rose Creek, Indian Point, Cholla, Burnt Corral, Windy Hill, Schoolhouse, Devils Canyon, Oak Flat, Pinal, Pioneer Pass, Sulphide del Rey, Jones Water.
Globe, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
North Rim country is also known as the Arizona Strip, because of its isolation from the rest of Arizona. It often seems more a part of Utah than Arizona. Get just a mile or so away from the busy freeway, and you’re in the Arizona of 50 or 100 years ago. Because of its distance from major population centers, North Rim country is an uncrowded land. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Virgin River, Indian Hollow, Jacob Lake, Demotte Park, North Rim, Lees Ferry.
Fredonia, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Grand Canyon’s South Rim is by far the more accessible and popular of the two rims, and campground spaces are hard to come by during the summer. A good alternative is to stay in one of the campgrounds near Williams or Flagstaff and plan on a day trip to the South Rim. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Mather, Trailer Village, Ten-X, Desert View.
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Indian Country is a vast and colorful land, a part of the Colorado Plateau bordered on the north by Lake Powell and the San Juan River, on the west by Grand Canyon, on the east by New Mexico, and on the south by Interstate 40. It is the home of the Navajo Nation, which is the largest Indian reservation in the United States, covering one-sixth of Arizona and extending into three neighboring states. Many Navajo still live as herders of sheep, goats, cattle, and horses. Although most Navajo families live in modern houses, some still live in the traditional mud and wood hogans. Lake Powell, one of the most popular attractions in the National Park Service system, draws 3.5 million visitors annually. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Betatakin, Cottonwood, Homolovi Ruins, and Cholla Lake.
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Kingman, on Interstate 40 and historic Route 66, is the jumping off point for the northern portion of River Country. When the Colorado River leaves the Grand Canyon at the Grand Wash Cliffs, it’s impounded in Lake Mead, the huge reservoir formed behind Hoover Dam. The lake makes a sharp turn from west to south, and defines the northwest corner of the state. Lake Mead is an angler’s paradise and is a very popular water sports playground as well. Sailing is great fun on the wide-open expanses of the lake, and you can water ski, scuba dive, and even sea kayak. If you like to explore the backcountry, there are several challenging wilderness areas scattered along the desert mountain ranges east of the river. South of Kingman, the Hualapai Mountains rise to over 8,000 feet and provide a cool, forested escape from the desert. In Bullhead City, on the Arizona side of the river below Davis Dam, learn about the history of the river and its exploration at the Colorado River Museum. Near Bullhead City is the ghost town of Oatman. Once a busy mining town, Oatman is famous for the wild burros that still wander its streets. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Temple Bar, Windy Point, Packsaddle, Katherine Landing, Davis County Park, Hualapai Mountain Park, Wild Cow Springs, Burro Creek.
Kingman, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Lake Havasu is famous as the site of London Bridge, but there is more to this central section of River Country than transplanted bridges. The upper end of the lake is in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for waterfowl and a paddler’s paradise. Boaters, sailors, anglers, and other water sports enthusiasts, all enjoy the impounded waters of the lake, formed by Parker Dam. There are campgrounds along the lakeshore and the river, above and below the dam. A tributary of the Colorado, the Bill Williams River, has been dammed to create Alamo Lake. The state park here is a good jumping off point for exploring the nearby desert wilderness areas. Cultural attractions include the Creative Cultural Center in Lake Havasu City, where year-round events feature Native American and Southwestern arts and crafts, traditional dancing, and storytelling. You can also visit the tribal museum on the Colorado River Indian Reservation, just south of Parker. It represents the Navajo, Hopi, Mohave, and Chemehuevi tribes. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove, Buckskin Mountain, La Paz County Park, Alamo Lake State Park, Painted Rock Petroglyph, Centennial County Park.
Lake Havasu City, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Nogales is best known as the entrance to Mexico and the city of Nogales, Sonora. But campers and recreationists have opportunities here, too. The beautiful grass and oak uplands of the Atacosa Mountains offer plenty of opportunities for back road explorations, as well as a lake very popular with anglers. Hikers will want to check out Sycamore Canyon in the Pajarita Wilderness. Classic ranching country surrounds the hamlets of Patagonia and Sonoita. Anglers and boaters have Patagonia Lake, and hikers can spend days in the Mount Wrightson Wilderness high atop the Santa Rita Mountains. If you’re a bird watcher, you’ll want to visit the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, maintained by The Nature Conservancy. This world-famous sanctuary, on a major migration route, hosts over 250 species of birds, including nine varieties of hummingbirds. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Bog Springs, White Rock, Calebasas, Patagonia Lake State Park.
Nogales, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Phoenix, the Payson area is a popular summer retreat. The Mazatzal Wilderness, one of the largest in the state, bounds the area on the west. Containing the northern half of the Mazatzal Mountains, this craggy range has miles of hiking trails for the backcountry walker. The smaller Hellsgate Wilderness contains Tonto and Haigler Creeks, which form deep, rugged canyons. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Clints Well, Blue Ridge, Rock Crossing, Kehl Springs, Knoll Lake, Houston Mesa, Lower Tonto Creek, Upper Tonto Creek, Ponderosa, Christopher Creek, Sharp Creek, Valentine Ridge.
Payson, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Phoenix and its sister cities in the Valley of the Sun are home to more than two million people, more than half the state’s population. With such an urban concentration, it is hard to believe there are public campgrounds within easy reach. However, the desert valley lies on the edge of the rugged central mountains, and is bordered on the north and east by the 2.9 million acres of the Tonto National Forest, one of the largest in the country. In addition, several regional county parks have campgrounds. You can ride a bike or hike on trails in most of the regional parks, and there are miles of back roads and trails open to mountain bikers in the national forest. Backcountry hikers can find complete solitude in the Pine Mountain and Superstition Wildernesses. Boaters, water sports enthusiasts, and anglers flock to the many lakes impounded on the Verde and Salt Rivers northeast of the valley. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Estrella Mountain Regional Park, White Tank Mountains Regional Park, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Cave Creek Recreation Area, Seven Springs, CCC, Horseshoe, Riverside, Mesquite, Needle Rock, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Usery Mountain Recreation Area, Lost Dutchman State Park, Tortilla.
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Central Arizona is a land of rugged, pine-forested mountains with a colorful history. The city of Prescott was the territorial capitol before Arizona became a state in 1912, and still has a flavor of those days. Nearby, the Bradshaw Mountains were a major mining center and the site of several large boom towns. The winding Senator Highway, a dirt road, runs the length of the Bradshaws. Still interesting to explore today, 100 years ago it was the main road connecting Arizona Territory’s two major cities, Prescott and Tucson. To get a feel for the pioneer days, check out Prescott’s Courthouse Plaza and Whiskey Row. There are plenty of outdoor activities in the Prescott area. Several small lakes attract anglers, and Granite Mountain offers world-class rock climbing. Mountain bikers can explore miles of forest roads and trails. Hikers have several wilderness areas to visit, including the Juniper Mesa, Apache Creek, Granite Mountain, Woodchute, and Castle Creek Wildernesses. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Yavapai, White Spar, Indian Creek, Groom Creek Horse Camp, Lower Wolf Creek, Lynx Lake, Hilltop, Hazlett Hollow, Turney Gulch, Kentuck Springs.
Prescott, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Safford is the center of a thriving ranching community along the Gila River Valley. Towering above the valley, the Pinaleno Mountains and several smaller ranges are the recreational center of the area. Capped by 10,717-foot Mount Graham, the Pinalenos are more than 50 miles long and the summit ridge and north slopes are covered with a dense, cool forest of pine, fir, oak, and aspen. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Fourmile Canyon, Riggs Flat, Columbine Corrals, Cunningham, Soldier Creek, Hospital Flat, Shannon, Arcadia, Roper Lake State Park, Riverview, Owl Creek.
Safford, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Show Low and its close neighbor, Pinetop-Lakeside, are located at the eastern end of the central Mogollon Rim in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Both towns have become very popular summer retreats for the desert dwellers of Phoenix and Tucson. Dozens of small, manmade lakes dot these canyons and provide both angling and boating. Many of the lakes are limited to small motors or electric motors, so they are enjoyable for canoeists and other paddlers. Campgrounds included in this guide are: Chevelon Crossing, Spillway, Crook, Aspen, Mogollon, Rim, Sink Hole, Canyon Point, Black Canyon Rim, Gentry, Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Show Low Lake County Park, Lakeside, Scott Reservoir, Los Burros.
Show Low, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Sierra Vista is a retirement and military community at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. Nearby Fort Huachuca was originally established as an army post during the Apache wars, and now serves as a test site. The fort’s museum traces the history of the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Parker Canyon Lake, in the Canelo Hills west of the Huachuca Mountains, is popular with boaters and anglers. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Lakeview, Reef Townsite, Ramsey Vista.
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Still known as the Old Pueblo, the city of Tucson is the cultural center of southeastern Arizona. This desert city is surrounded by bold mountains that rise dramatically from the beautiful Sonoran desert foothills to the craggy, forested summits. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, to the southwest, preserves a unique sample of the Sonoran desert containing the rare Organ Pipe cactus and many other unique plants and animals. Closer to the city, the Tucson Mountains contain Saguaro National Park West, which protects one of the largest stands of giant cactus in the world. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Coyote Howls Park, Twin Peaks, Picacho Peak State Park, Gilbert Ray, Catalina State Park, Peppersauce, Spencer Canyon, Rose Canyon, General Hitchcock, Prison Camp, Molino.
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Named by Spanish explorers in the 1540s, the Verde Valley’s defining natural feature is the Verde River. Native Americans thrived in the area long before the Europeans arrived, as evidenced by numerous ruins. Two outstanding examples are preserved as national monuments. Tuzigoot National Monument features a hilltop dwelling of many rooms, and Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a multi-story cliff dwelling. Artifacts in these dwellings prove that trade was carried on with peoples from as far away as southern Mexico. There are many other ruins that can be reached by vehicle or foot. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Potato Patch, Mingus Mountain, Powell Springs, Dead Horse Ranch, Pine Flat, Cave Spring, Bootlegger, Banjo Bill, Manzanita, Beaver Creek, Clear Creek.
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The town of Williams, “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” was named for mountain man Bill Williams. Its Western heritage is evident along its historic main street. Located on the high, cool Coconino Plateau, Williams and the surrounding area are popular summer recreation destinations. Grand Canyon Railroad offers an opportunity to ride a steam train to Grand Canyon. Several reservoirs supply water for the town and boating and fishing for recreationists. Three hiking trails lead to the summit of Bill Williams Mountain, just south of town, and the backcountry of Sycamore Canyon Wilderness lies southeast of town, near White Horse Lake. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Cataract Lake, Kaibab Lake, Dogtown Lake, White Horse Lake.
Williams, AZ - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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