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You Can Escape the Crowds by Visiting Arizona’s Hidden Gem Campgrounds

Suny Errot



Do you miss gathering your family and friends around the campfire while roasting marshmallows? That surely sounds like a good thing to do during this crazy time, right? Imagine huddling together, sharing stories, exchanging jokes or horror stories, and singing the worries away. Isn’t that such a wonderful experience? If you want to experience all this (in a safe way), we have just the right article for you. You can camp out and enjoy the outdoors without meddling with the crowd at any of these beautiful Arizona campgrounds. Keep reading…

These Arizona campgrounds are truly worth visiting

Three Dunes Campground

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If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you should check out Three Dunes Campground. This site is only accessible by riding a boat. It is definitely not your ordinary campground wherein you just need to come down from your car and that’s it. Some of you might already be shrugging, saying, “What a hassle!” Well, it might not be easy to access but camping here would treat you to gorgeous sights! A lot of people also come here for fun water activities. Make sure you have the experience of a lifetime with boating and waterskiing activities during the daytime! If you are coming during the warmer months of the year, you should expect a lot of fellow campers.

You can find Three Dunes Campground on the east shore of Lake Havasu a few miles south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Location: Cattail Cove State Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lees Ferry Campground

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There is no way we are putting out an Arizona campgrounds list without the Lees Ferry Campground! It is so popular that you will have a difficult time reserving a slot for the national park’s main campground.

Campers who value solitude and want to avoid a crowded site will take delight in the Lees Ferry Campground! The place will really exceed your expectations because it is tucked between the towering Vermillion Cliffs and the mighty Colorado River. If you are curious about the place, Lee’s Ferry is actually the only place within the Glen Canyon where you can drive right up to the Colorado River. You can spend the whole day fly fishing, or climbing the red-orange cliffs. After that, you can just return to your peaceful campground and end the day with a relaxing stargazing activity.

You won’t have a hard time exploring the Grand Canyon if you camp in the Lees Ferry Campground since it’s in the middle of North and South Rim.

Location: Lees Ferry Rd, Marble Canyon, Arizona

Lost Dutchman State Park Campground

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Superstition Mountain is such a picturesque place. How about staying for a night or two to see an amazing view of the mountain? Isn’t that great? We suggest you go during springtime so that you’ll see the colorful wildflowers that surround the hillside.

The Lost Dutchman State Park Campground has over 130 campsites, and half of these sites provide electric (50/30/20 amp service) and water. On the other hand, the non-hookup site pads are specifically made for the tents and RVs. You’ll find that every campsite has a picnic table, as well as a fire pit with an adjustable grill grate. There are also no size restrictions on the RVs here. Plus, you can bring your furry friends along!

Location: 6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, Arizona

Clear Creek Campground

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If you want to plan a whole day exploring and absorbing the healing energy from Sedona’s vortices, you should consider staying at one of the best Arizona campgrounds around. That way, you won’t have to rush your travel or hike! If that is the case, you should definitely check out Clear Creek Campground. This is perfect for family trips because you can bond together while fishing or swimming.

You may also chill on your hammock while hearing the rush of waters, looking at the greens that surround you, and breathing in the fresh air. All of your senses will surely be invigorated!

Come visit Clear Creek Campground which is located just off the Mountain Loop Highway in the stunning Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The peaceful site is nestled in a canopy of fir trees. It is perfect for small groups and family getaways because it has clear creek views and also serves as the perfect starting point for outdoor opportunities.

Location: 626, Forrest Grove Way, Camp Verde, Arizona

KP Cienega Campground

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The trip to this Arizona campground may be quite a long ride for you, but rest assured, it will be worth it! Just look at the view! It is enough to make you fall in love.

Many visitors camp out here because this place is cool. This site is near mountain meadows, and sits at around 9,000 feet in elevation. Summertime will definitely be more fun and bearable here. But if you want to know the best season, you should visit in late spring or early fall for a truly unforgettable experience. You can check out the stunning natural landscapes that surround the area, but make sure your cardiovascular system is up to the task at hand!

Some of the activities you can do include biking, boating, fishing, paddling, off-roading, and more!

Location: Morenci, Arizona

Camping Tips When Visiting Arizona Campgrounds

  • We’re still in the middle of a pandemic so it is crucial that everyone who wishes to camp out follows the health and safety protocols. Practice good hygiene habits and social distancing to reduce the risk of getting the virus wherever you plan to camp. Do not go out if you also feel unwell, or if you are exhibiting the symptoms of the coronavirus.
  • Before going, you should check first whether you need to secure a permit. Some campgrounds might require you to pay a fee before you can enter and stay in the premises.
  • If you own a tent and a boat, it would be better to bring it rather than renting to reduce the risk of having the virus. But please check the permits needed, if any, as well.
  • Make sure that there’s a proper restroom for the campground that you’ll visit
  • Bring enough food, water, clothing, and other important things you wish to bring. The “must-bring” list per group varies greatly because it is based on your discretion on how to survive your camp day.
  • There are sites that do not allow campers to set fire on the ground. Please proper the rules to avoid getting fined, banned, or endangering the beautiful place where you are staying. If they say you can only set fire on a grill, then you should abide by the rules.

Have ever been to any of these Arizona campgrounds before? Feel free to share with us your best experience in the comments below!

If you want to read more camping-related articles, be sure to check out the dreamy chic yurt that allows you and your friends to glamp like pros. In addition to that, you can stay in the gorgeous campground in Forest Lakes Arizona that sits in a heavily-wooded pine and aspen area!