Phoenix, AZ

Check out 5 Phoenix's campsite

Sandy Casariego
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Phoenix, AZ - In Phoenix, no matter where you choose to go, there will almost certainly be a campground nearby. For your next overnight in nature, Arizona has six national forests, 31 state parks, and more than 12 million acres of public property maintained by the US Bureau of Land Management as extra choices.

Prepare the tents, smores, and check out the greatest campsites in and nearby Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Fees: $32 per night
Distance: 35 minutes from downtown Phoenix
Location: 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear

Though this Southwest Valley park, like other regional parks in Greater Phoenix, offers stunning desert views, it also has seasonal wetland and riparian sections owing to occasional rainfall. Estrella Mountain also features a 65-acre grassy picnic area at the confluence of the Gila and Agua Fria rivers. You may stay in one of seven RV-developed spots.

  • Coon Bluff Campground

Fees: $8 per car, per day
Distance: 40 minutes from downtown Phoenix
Location: Coon Bluff Road, Mesa

Coon Bluff Campground is an excellent place to stay overnight if you want to spend some time along the Salt River kayaking or tubing. The river and Saguaro Lake are both easily accessible from the location. Its profusion of mesquite trees also makes it a wonderful place to go bird watching and see local wildlife. There are five campsites available, each with a grill, fire pit, and picnic table. The campsite is open from October 1 to May 1.

  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Fees: $22-$32 per night
Distance: 50 minutes from downtown Phoenix
Location: 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Morristown

Lake Pleasant, one of the closest lakes to central Phoenix, is the ideal place to combine outdoor desert activities like hiking and picnicking with boating, fishing, or swimming. This regional park in the Northwest Valley has 148 RV and tent camping sites, each with water and power, a dump station, covered ramada, picnic table, grill, and fire ring. There are also public restrooms and showers nearby.

  • Mogollon Campground on the Mogollon Rim

Fees: $18 per night
Distance: 2 hours from downtown Phoenix
Location: Mogollon Campground, Payson

Set up your tent atop the Mogollon Rim if you're looking for a campsite with breathtaking views. The region is recognized for its breathtaking views of a broad valley, which is home to the world's biggest Ponderosa pine forest. This campsite is next to Woods Canyon Lake, where you may go kayaking or fishing, and offers easy access to spectacular vistas. The campground is available from May to October and has 26 campsites with a campfire ring, grill, and picnic table.

  • Burnt Corral Campground In Apache Lake

Fees: $20 per night
Distance: 2 hours from downtown Phoenix
Location: 3547 AZ-88, Roosevelt

Set against the canyon walls of Apache Lake, Burnt Corral Campground is a fantastic place for beautiful vistas and water sports. Enjoy the bluffs overlooking the lake while driving the Apache Trail National Forest Scenic Byway. When you arrive there, go fishing or boating, or visit the Roosevelt Dam, which is close. Picnic tables, restrooms, a water hydrant, and a courtesy dock for boats are available at each of the 82 campsites.

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