Sedona & Oak Creek Travel Guide
Camping in Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Verde Valley, & Prescott, Arizona
by Joseph A. Sprince - Photography by Gerald B. Allen
The Sedona-Oak Creek Travel Guide is a resource for those planning to tour the famed red rock country of
northern Arizona. This guide includes coverage of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Prescott, and the Verde Valley
including the historic town of Jerome. The area features diverse outdoor recreation, spectacular sightseeing,
shopping and culture, Indian ruins, historic sites, even wine tasting.
(Right: Campground in Oak Creek Canyon)
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Camping in Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Verde Valley, & Prescott
Most of the camping in the area is found in National Forest Service campgrounds. For Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area, campgrounds are in the Coconino National Forest; for the Prescott area, the Prescott National Forest.
National Forest Service (NFS) campgrounds generally offer relatively large, wooded sites without RV hookups. Water and toilets (flush or vault) are usually available. They usually have recreational activities nearby, such as hiking trails or fishing. Reservations are available for most Oak Creek Canyon campgrounds and are strongly recommended in the summer. Some group sites are available and usually require reservations. At-large camping (outside of campgrounds) is permitted in national forests but with restrictions (usually along the more remote forest roads). See the NFS websites (links above) for current information on group campgrounds and at-large camping.
There are also several private RV parks in the Verde Valley. These campgrounds usually have full RV hookups, a camp store, showers, and other services. Campsites are usually smaller and closer together, oriented to the parking of RVs. Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood has sites with hookups.
Oak Creek Canyon Campgrounds
- Pine Flat.
March to November. Wooded sites, some on banks of Oak Creek, 13 miles north of Sedona on AZ-89a. Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Photography. Showers available. 56 sites, of which 18 are reservable.
Pine Flat Campground Reservations.
- Cave Springs.
April to October. Wooded sites, some on banks of Oak Creek, 12 miles north of Sedona on AZ-89a. Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Photography. Showers available at Pine Flat. 82 sites, of which 11 are reservable.
Cave Springs Campground Reservations.
Open all year. Tent camping only, no trailers or RVs. Wooded sites, some on banks of Oak Creek, 6 miles north of Sedona on AZ-89a. Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Photography. 18 sites, of which 11 are reservable.
Manzanita Campground Reservations.
- Lo Lo Mai Springs Outdoor Resort. Resort-style facility offers cabins, RV park, and tent camping. 12 miles west from Sedona on AZ-89a, then south on Page Springs Road.
- Ranch Sedona RV Park.. Resort-style RV park with many amenities. Heavily shaded. Convenient to downtown Sedona, off of Schnebly Hill Road, just east of AZ-179.
Verde Valley Campgrounds, east of I-17
- Clear Creek. Open all year. Tent and RVs under 32'. Grassy sites shaded by cottonwoods, adjacent to Clear Creek, 56 miles south of Flagstaff. Take AZ-260 east from I-17 at Camp Verde, turn north on FR626 after 5 miles. Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Wildlife viewing. 18 sites, first come, first served.
Verde Valley Campgrounds, west of I-17
- Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Open all year. Tent and RVs. Most of the pull through sites can accommodate 40-foot motor homes and truck & trailer rigs up to 65 feet. State Park campground has RV hookups and showers. 123 sites, first come, first served. Trails for hiking, biking, equestrian. Features Verde River Greenway Natural Area. Located just outside of Cottonwood, off of AZ-260.
- Rio Verde RV Park.. Located along Verde River, one mile north of Cottonwood on AZ-89a.
- Mingus Mountain Recreation Area. May to October. Wooded sites near peak of Mingus Mountain offers cooler summer temperatures at 7,500 feet elevation. One loop has electrical hookups, can accomodate RVs between 22-40 feet in length. No drinking water (sytem under construction). Scenic panorama views of Verde Valley, acces to trail system. Off of AZ-89a, 19 miles west of AZ-89, then south on FR104. 25 sites, first come, first served. Close to Jerome.
- Potato Patch. May to October. Wooded sites near peak of Mingus Mountain offers cooler summer temperatures at 7,000 feet elevation. One loop has electrical hookups, can accomodate 40' RVs. Off of AZ-89a, 6 miles west of Jerome, then north on FR104. 28 sites, first come, first served.
Prescott National Forest Campgrounds Near Prescott
- Hilltop. April to October. Campground near Lynx Lake, shaded, at 5,500 feet elevation. 5 miles east of Prescott on AZ-69, then south on FR197. 38 sites, first come, first served.
- Lynx Lake. April to October. Campground on shore of Lynx Lake, shaded, at 5,500 feet elevation. 5 miles east of Prescott on AZ-69, then south on FR197. 36 sites, first come, first served.
- White Spar. May to October. Very close to Prescott, 3 miles north on AZ-89, at 5,700 feet elevation. 60 sites, first come, first served.
- Lower Wolf Creek. May to October. At 6,000 feet elevation, 6 miles north of Prescott on AZ-899, then west on FR97. 20 sites, first come, first served. No drinking water.
Yavapai. Open all year. Very close to Prescott, 8 miles north via Grove, Iron Springs, and FR374, at 5,600 feet elevation. Scenic campground part of Granite Mountain Recreation Area. Access to Granite Basin Lake and Granite Mountain Wilderness. 25 sites, first come, first served.
Other Prescott Campgrounds
- Point of Rocks RV Campground. Scenic hillside location at junction of AZ-89 and AZ-69. 928-445-9018
- Orchard RV Park. Very large RV park with trees and gravel sites. Located on AZ-69 in Dewey. 928-772-8266
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Sedona & Oak Creek Travel Guide Index
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- Introduction & Index to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Verde Valley, Prescott
- Sedona, Arizona
- Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona
- Verde Valley & Jerome, Arizona
- Prescott, Arizona
- Camping in Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Verde Valley, & Prescott
- Lodging & Travel Services in Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Verde Valley, & Prescott
- Northern Arizona Travel Guide
- Grand Canyon Area Travel Guide
- Las Vegas Travel Guide
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