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The 5 Best Winter Camping Spots in Arizona

Your tent misses you. Spring it out of jail and bring it to Arizona for some delightfully warm winter camping.

By: Sara Sheehy + Save to a List

Winter camping often brings to mind snowy landscapes and more layers of clothing than you can count. But in southern Arizona the air is warm, the cacti blooming, and the trails dry. Here are five of my favorite spots to camp in Arizona in the winter.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Why Go: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a gem in the Sonoran Desert. Located on the border with Mexico it has a phenomenal campground, great ranger programs, plenty of hiking and very few visitors.

Nearest Town: Why, Arizona

Where to Camp: Twin Peaks Campground


The Sky Islands

Why Go: The Sky Islands are the high-elevation meeting point of desert and forest. The Islands are covered in sweeping grasslands, wooded streams, and have some of the best bird watching you'll find in Arizona.

Nearest Town: Patagonia, Arizona

Where to Camp: Patagonia Lake State Park


Chiricahua National Monument

Why Go: Chiricahua National Monument is a land of granite hoodoos, quiet camping, and views for days.

Nearest Town: Willcox, Arizona

Where to Camp: Bonita Canyon Campground


Tucson Mountain Park

Why Go: Tucson Mountain Park has plentiful trails for hiking and biking and a world class museum. It's also right next door to Saguaro National Park.

Nearest Town: Tucson, Arizona

Where to Camp: Gilbert Ray Campground



Why Go: Sedona has the type of red rock beauty that draws people in and doesn't let them go. Visiting in winter means fewer people in town, in campgrounds, and on the trails. Watch the overnight temperatures, they can dip below freezing during cold spells.

Nearest Town: Sedona, Arizona

Where to Camp: Loy Butte Road BLM 


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