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Looking for the best camping in Arizona? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Arizona. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top Camping Spots in and near Arizona

  • Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

    Backpack Hermit Trail into the Grand Canyon

    4.0
    16 mi / 4000 ft gain
    Not many people envision their romantic Valentine's Day getaway as a grueling 8 mile hike into the Grand Canyon, but I couldn't think of anything better! If you're planning a trip for the busier summer months, be sure to call ahead or fill out a backcountry permit request to make sure you get a c...
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  • Page, Arizona

    Kayak Camp on Lake Powell

    3.7
    Kayak camping right on the beaches of Lake Powell and then paddling out into the stillness of the morning to hike antelope canyon is one of my all time favorite memories.  Just across from the Antelope Point Launch Ramp is a fantastic beach with several flat areas that are perfect for tent campin...
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  • Campground Loop B, Arizona

    Camp at Picacho Peak State Park

    3.1 mi / 800 ft gain
    Drive about 30 minutes west on I-10 from Tucson, AZ to the Picacho Peak Rd. Exit and follow the signs south to the park entrance. The campgrounds are about a half mile inside the main gate to the right.You can either make a reservation at Pichacho Peak State Park or arrive the day of and pay. Eve...
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  • Lake Havasu City, Arizona

    Camp at Lake Havasu State Park

    4.0
    Lake Havasu is a premier lake dividing California and Arizona along with the Colorado River. Lake Havasu State Park has an abundance of amenities including 47 camp sites, 3 boat ramps, multiple picnic areas and a beach area. The state park sits just north of the famous London Bridge that was purc...
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  • Payson, Arizona

    Hike the Colonel Devin Trail

    4 mi / 1116 ft gain
    The hike will begin at Washington Park in Payson, Arizona. To reach Washington Park, take AZ87 to Forest Road 199 (Houston Mesa Road) and turn east. Continue for 10 miles until you reach Forest Road 64 and turn west. Traveling less than a mile you will turn north on Forest Road 32 and in 3 miles ...
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  • Payson, Arizona

    Dispersed Camping on Mogollon Rim (FR 9350)

    4.7
    Dispersed camping with a view! With no site fees and no reservations, this camping spot is incredibly popular.  Note that several campsites are bordered by a 200' vertical drop. This area is not recommended for families with young children or people who are uneasy with heights.   All campsites ha...
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  • Mesa, Arizona

    Photograph the Salt River Wild Horses at Coon Bluff

    5.0
    Wild horses have roamed the banks of the lower Salt River since long before the Tonto National Forest was created in 1902.  It is thought that these wild horses have descended from a herd brought to the area by a Spanish missionary in the 1600's.   In 2015 the United States Forest Service had pu...
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  • Willow Beach, Arizona

    Canoe Camp from Willow Beach to Hoover Dam on the Colorado River

    5.0
    First off, there is a lot of paddling involved...nothing too crazy, but just consistent. Most people start from the Hoover Dam and just float/ paddle down to the Arizona Hot Springs/ Camp and then finish at Willow Beach. But that also involves permits and you need to book it at least 6 months in ...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Hunts Mesa at Monument Valley

    / 1200 ft gain
    Note: A guide is recommended to take you on a tour of Hunts Mesa. Guide information can be found on NavajoNationParks.Org.  Though there are many unique viewpoints from within and around Monument Valley, none is as grand as the view from Hunts Mesa! Not easily accessible, the only way to get to ...
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  • Grand Canyon Village, Arizona

    Backpack the Tanner Trail in Grand Canyon National Park

    18 mi / 4900 ft gain
    The trip requires a backcountry permit for zone BB9 (reserve HERE). Backcountry permits in Grand Canyon National Park are available for reservation on the 1st of the month 4 months prior to your trip date (e.g. if you wanted to go on a trip on May 20 you could reserve your permit on January 1st)....
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  • Buckeye, Arizona

    Camp in Sonora Desert National Monument

    3.0
    Here you will find free camping on BLM land in the Sonora Desert National Monument (BLM page link). It's easy access from AZ 85. We took BLM road 8000, north of Gila Bend, into washy, sand roads and found easy dispersed camping within 20 minutes of the highway. There was no water here, and less c...
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  • Williams, Arizona

    Hike the Kelsey Spring/Hog Hill/Dorsey Spring Loop

    13.4 mi / 2200 ft gain
    This hike starts at the Kelsey Spring Trailhead. Park at the end of Forest Service Road 538G. There is parking for about 6-7 cars. Just past the signage for the trail, which is also called Kelsey Winter Trail, there is a trail registration box. Be sure to sign in. The trail descends steeply for t...
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  • Rogers Trough Trailhead, Arizona

    Hike Rogers Canyon Trail

    5.0
    8 mi / 1108 ft gain
    The Superstition Wilderness is a vast rugged landscape where you can find the cultural remains of ancient Hohokam, Salado, Apache, and Yavapais tribes.  Rogers Canyon Trail takes you to one of the most impressive and best preserved archaeological sites this region has to offer.  These Salado ruin...
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  • Nutrioso, Arizona

    Hike to Escudilla Mountain Lookout Tower

    6 mi / 1300 ft gain
    Already starting off at elevation (about 9,560 feet above sea level), you first travel through a large stand of aspen trees during the beginning third of the trail.Depending on the season, the aspen can provide pleasant cover in summer, miraculous colors in fall and eerie creaking as the wind flo...
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  • Marble Canyon, Arizona

    Paria Beach

    5.0
    The area directly below Lee's Ferry campground is known as the Paria Riffle and Beach. The Paria is a small river that feeds into the Colorado River just north of the campground. Just park at the campground parking lot next to the river and walk a short distance to the sandy beach area where you ...
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  • Littlefield, Arizona

    Camp at Tuweep Campground

    5.0
    There are a number of ways to access Tuweep – and all access moves from the north to the south as you make your way toward the campsites. The most reliable road is Country Road #109 (a dirt road), which begins about eight miles west of Fredonia, Arizona. It’s also known as the Sunshine Route. On...
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