The Best Camping in Phoenix

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

Top camping spots in and near Phoenix

  • 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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  • Mesa, Arizona

    Buckhorn Campground Nature Trail

    0.37 mi / 36 ft gain
    Buckhorn Campground Nature Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mesa, Arizona.
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  • Morristown, Arizona

    Explore Lake Pleasant, AZ

    5.0
    Located just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ lies a 10,000 acre desert oasis known as Pleasant Lake Regional Park. This expansive body of water serves as a great opportunity to beat the heat of the central Arizona sun, while taking in the beauty of the vivid blue waters and surroundi...
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  • Fort McDowell, Arizona

    Bulldog Canyon

    14.94 mi / 2100 ft gain
    Bulldog Canyon is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mesa, Arizona.
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  • Scottsdale, Arizona

    Maricopa Trail: Bronco Trailhead to Cave Creek Rangers Station

    9.73 mi / 1371 ft gain
    Maricopa Trail: Bronco Trailhead to Cave Creek Rangers Station is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Carefree, Arizona.
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  • Rio Verde, Arizona

    Palo Verde Trail

    7.19 mi / 748 ft gain
    Palo Verde Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Carefree, Arizona.
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  • Apache Junction, Arizona

    Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam

    38.88 mi / 5003 ft gain
    Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Apache Junction, Arizona.
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  • Apache Junction, Arizona

    Camp at Lost Dutchman State Park

    4.8
    Lost Dutchman State Park is located near the Superstition Mountains in central Phoenix, about 40 miles from Phoenix. There is a $7 day use fee to enter the park, which is waived if you’re camping ($15/night). The park offers 134 campsites, each with a picnic table, barbeque grill, and fire pit, a...
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  • Apache Junction, Arizona

    Praying Hands to Slot Rock

    4.29 mi / 1053 ft gain
    Praying Hands to Slot Rock is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Apache Junction, Arizona.
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  • Black Canyon City, Arizona

    Black Canyon Trail: Rock Springs to W Care Free Highway

    30.47 mi / 2723 ft gain
    Black Canyon Trail: Rock Springs to W Care Free Highway is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Black Canyon City, Arizona.
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  • Maricopa County, Arizona

    Battleship Mountain

    11.43 mi / 1722 ft gain
    Battleship Mountain is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Roosevelt, Arizona.
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  • Maricopa County, Arizona

    Second Water To Boulder Canyon Camp

    9.12 mi / 951 ft gain
    Second Water To Boulder Canyon Camp is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona.
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  • Apache Junction, Arizona

    Backpack the Superstition Wilderness to White Rock Springs Camp

    4.7
    23 mi / 3000 ft gain
    The Superstition Wilderness is a stunning 160,200 acre area outside Apache Junction, AZ, with over 170 miles of (variously maintained) trail networks. There are any number of trips you can design to fit your time and skill level. This adventure offers a three day/ two night backpacking trip cover...
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  • Gold Canyon, Arizona

    Hike Carney Springs to Superstition Peak 5057

    5.0
    9.5 mi / 3600 ft gain
    This is the true beast hike of the Superstitions. If you think Flatiron is a toughy, give this a whirl! You will be poked, prodded, slapped, smacked, jolted, tripped and stabbed the entire way, but rewarded with arguably the finest sights the valley of the sun has to offer: the entire Superstitio...
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  • Yavapai County, Arizona

    Verde River Trail

    14.06 mi / 1260 ft gain
    Verde River Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Pine, Arizona.
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  • Gold Canyon, Arizona

    Bluff Spring Trail to Peralta Trail Bypass

    7.7 mi / 1673 ft gain
    Bluff Spring Trail to Peralta Trail Bypass Is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Gold Canyon, Arizona.
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