10 Of Arizona's Best Campsites

    By: Kevin Kaminski + Save to a List

    Spend a night under the high desert sky.

    Home to campsites with epic vistas, access to endless hiking and biking trails, and lakes waiting to be paddled, Arizona has something for every camper. Some of these campsites are less than an hour from the nearest city and don't require a whole lot of thinking ahead and planning. Perfect for the last minute escape into the wild that we all need once in a while. Check out this list of 10 of Arizona’s best campsites, pack up the car, and get ready for a night under the stars.

    1. Camp at Lost Dutchman State Park

    Photo: Kevin Kaminski

    This dog-friendly camping spot is a great base camp for exploring the Superstition Mountains. Bring your hiking or biking gear and hit the trail after spending a night at these well established campsites. Learn more.

    2. Car Camp the Mogollon Rim

    Photo: Ethan Fichtner

    Just a few hours from Phoenix, the Mogollon Rim is one of Arizona’s best-kept secrets. You’ll have amazing, expansive views of the Coconino National Forest. Learn more.

    3. Camp at Patagonia Lake State Park

    Photo: Kevin Kaminski

    Patagonia Lake State Park is home to 250 acres filled with great outdoor adventures! In the park, you can camp, canoe or kayak, and walk along the shoreline of the lake. Learn more.

    4. Camp at Pine Grove Campground

    Photo: Kathleen Buenviaje

    With luxurious amenities (showers, tables, drinking water, etc.) and many lakes to explore nearby, this is a great campsite if you’re bringing the whole family. Learn more.

    5. Camp at Burnt Corral Campground on Apache Lake

    Photo: Kevin Kaminski

    Located in the Superstition Wilderness about 65 miles northeast of Phoenix, AZ, Apache Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in Arizona because it has something for everyone: hiking, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and more! Learn more.

    6. Hike and Camp at Red Rock

    Photo: Moe Lauchert

    Less than half an hour from Flagstaff, this spot makes for a great last-minute weekend adventure if you need to get out of the city. Not to mention, the views are beautiful. Learn more.

    7. Camp at Marshall Lake

    Photo: Kevin Kaminski

    Marshall Lake offers great campsites near the lake with plenty of trails nearby to get out and stretch your legs. Learn more.

    8. Hike and Camp at Arizona’s A1 Mountain

    Photo: Moe Lauchert

    This is another spot just a quick drive from Flagstaff. Hike or run the trails around the campsite and take in epic views of the San Francisco Mountains. Learn more.

    9. Camp on Roosevelt Lake Overlook

    Photo: Colton Marshall

    This is a very primitive and secluded campground but what it lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for with sprawling views. Learn more.

    10. Camp at The View Campground in Monument Valley

    Photo: Kevin Kaminski

    You’ve seen this iconic landscape in the movies. Now, here’s your chance to wake up to that view! Learn more.

    Cover photo: Kevin Kaminski

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