Arizona is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the U.S. From its spectacular desert views to its picturesque hiking trails, and monuments like the grand canyon, there is so much to see. Arizona is also home to some of the most well-known national parks in the United States.
If you want to pitch a tent up and enjoy all that Arizona has to offer, then here are the best campgrounds to enjoy in the Grand Canyon State.
Manzanita is one of the major campgrounds in the Sedona area and includes something for all of the family. From hiking to swimming and fishing, there are many activities to enjoy in the area, as well as beautiful views.
Manzanita Campground is a tent-only campsite where campers can enjoy fishing, wildlife watching, beautiful scenery and swimming holes along Oak Creek.
An easily accessible campground with paved parking, each site includes a picnic table, grill and campfire ring. There are also campground hosts available to assist visitors, and firewood can be purchased on-site if you need to make s’mores.
Lake Havasu State Park
If you love lakes, boating, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors, then Lake Havasu State could be the perfect camping location for you. Located on the scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu in Mohave County, Lake Havasu is home to the famous London Bridge and the Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden, which displays local desert flora and wildlife such as birds, lizards, and desert cottontails.
With three boat ramps to choose from, over 45 campsites, plus special events, picnics, and beach area, Lake Havasu has something for everyone.
Woods Canyon is situated in thick pine forests in north-central Arizona and is adjacent to the popular Woods Canyon Lake. The perfect getaway for large groups of people, Woods Canyon, offers plenty of things to do. From fishing to boating, and hiking, Woods Canyon is sure to promise a good time even for the most discerning camper.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, be sure to check out the famous 200-mile cliff.
Catalina State Park
If you want to explore the authentic Arizona desert landscape, consider camping in the Catalina State Park. Located in Tucson, Catalina State Park is on the western slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains and north of Tucson. Perfect for bird watchers, as it is the home to many different species of bird, there are also several different hiking trails to enjoy and admire the wildlife.
With an average elevation of 3,000 feet, Catalina State Park has dramatically high ridges as well as low creek beds and includes 5,493 acres of parkland. You can access Catalina State Park via the town of Oro Valley.
Lynx Lake Campground
One of the most affordable campsites in Arizona, at $18 a night, Lynx Campground is situated just outside the town of Prescott and is 5,600 feet in elevation. With 35 campsites to choose from, Lynx Lake Campground also has a picnic table and steel fire ring.
The campground is located in a ponderosa pine ecosystem, and also features alligator juniper, oak species, and a variety of native grasses. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the local deer, osprey, bald eagle, or even the mountain lions that roams around the area.