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Top Ten Campgrounds 2009
Top Ten Campgrounds 2010

Well, here it is, Camp Arizona's top 10 Campgrounds in Arizona. This is our first time rating the campgrounds and establishing a top ten list was no easy feat. First lets start with the criteria for being considered for the top ten list. Some of the things we considered were; scenic beauty, number of page requests on, some were based on how easy (or how difficult) it was to get there, proximity to recreational activities (i.e boating, hiking, fishing, etc), amenities available (some were based on the lack of amenities). and a handful of other reasons

So, if you think there is a good reason to put a campground on this list for future reference, please take a minute and fill out the comment form at the bottom of the page (no log in necessary) and we will be glad to review all comments before next year's edition. Also, if you would like to place a comment on any individual campground, visit that campground's page and fill out the comment form at the bottom of the page. You can also rate campgrounds on the bottom left of each campground page according to various criterea.

So let the debate continue and who knows what will happen next year.

Happy camping to all, here are our top 10 campgrounds in Arizona.

10 Cave Springs Campground

    Cave Springs Campground is located at the northern end of Sedona's famous Oak Creek Canyon, 11 miles from the 89A turnoff in Sedona. Cave Springs is located just a few miles north of Slide Rock State Park, a great place to have a picnic and enjoy the scenery. No glass containers or pets are allowed in Slide Rock State Park. Slide Rock was named one of Life Magazines top 10 swimming holes. There are 78 campsites underneath the thick ponderosa pines, of which 11 are located on Oak Creek.
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9 Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground

    Located just outside the scenic town of Greer, Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground basically has everything you need to have a great camping trip except electric hookups. The campgrounds are very well maintained and information on the Greer area or local fishing / hiking can be found at the camp entrance. Read More>>

8 Catalina State Park

This scenic desert park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, plant and wildlife viewing, and an archaeological site, all just a few minutes from Tucson. Catalina State Park is located within Coronado National Forest, and is managed by Arizona State Parks in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. The park encompasses 5,493 acres at elevations near 3,000 feet. Read More>>

7 Aspen Campground on the East Fork of the Black River

Quite simply put, If you like small campsites with a few basic amenities this is heaven! Camping is on a first come first served basis, with most of the campsites filling up on the weekends. Wildlife occasionally can be seen riverside, and the fishing is top notch. Most of the East Fork is fishable as an 11 pound 7 ounce rainbow was pulled from the river not far from the Aspen Campground in 2003. Make sure you clean up at nights as this is bear country. Read More>>

6 Rainbow Campground at Big Lake

Rainbow Campground, the largest campground in the Big Lake Recreation Area with 152 campsites, sits just above Big Lake and has most of the amenities you would want out of a campground. Just outside the entrance to the campground is a visitors center, a dump station and a shower facility that offers hot showers. Just around the corner from the campground is a country store that has a nice selection of camping needs, including boat rentals. For boat rentals call 928-521-1387. Read More>>

5 Mather Campground at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Mather Campground is pretty much right in the thick of things on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Within walking distance of the south rim, Mather boasts 317 campsites, a shower and laundry facility as well as a general store, restaurants, gift shops and a nice visitors center. With 4.5 million people visiting the Grand Canyon, reservations are almost a must and can be made five months in advance. Reservations during the winter months (December - March) are not taken and the campground is on a first-come, first-served basis. Read More>>

4 Havasupai Campground

Havasupai Campground isn't for the average camper. You have got to want to go there. And it's a hike! Easier than the trails into the grand canyon, Havasupai is an 11 mile hike from the trailhead to some of the most impressive series of waterfalls in the United States. There are four large waterfalls in Havasu Canyon beginning with Fifty-foot Falls just 1 mile north of the Indian town of Supai. Next is Navajo Falls 1/2 mile father into the canyon. Following Navajo is Havasu Falls, the most famous of the falls. And last, is Mooney Falls and at just less than 200 feet, it exceeds Niagara falls in height. Read More>>

3 Christopher Creek Campground

Set below the Mogollon Rim just off of S.R. 260, Christopher Creek Campground has 43 units that are on both sides of the creek. A group campsite holds 25 people and is by reservation only. The creek is stocked with rainbow trout early in the year as waters tend to recede throughout the summer months. Three swimming holes offer a way to cool off when the temperatures get a little high. Read More>>

2 Manzanita Campground on Oak Creek

Manzanita Campground is located just south of Slide Rock State Park in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. The campground is located right on Oak Creek. 19 campsites are small and some are now reservable. Come early and during the weekdays to have a chance at one of these prime campsites. The camp area is so small that there no room for RV's. Read More>>

1 Aspen Campground at Woods Canyon Lake

Woods Canyon Lake, the most popular camping area in the entire state, has much to offer. Virtually every amenity is either available on site or within a few miles. The Aspen Campground is set just 1/2 mile back from the lake and has 136 campsites all nicely spaced, you won't feel too crowded, even for such a large campground. The campground is well shaded by ponderosa pine, oak, aspen and douglas firs. Read More>>


Honorable Mention (in no particular order)

Canyon Point, Spillway, Wahweap, Toroweap Point, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Houston Mesa, Winn, Mitten View

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