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You Need to Visit This Campground in Arizona to Get the Best View of San Francisco Peaks

Suny Errot



Lockett Meadow Arizona is definitely something you want to see when you’re flipping the pages of a good old nature photobook. Just look at the stunning views of the Inner Basin and the San Francisco Peaks. It sure looks lovely. And we won’t blame you if you suddenly say you want to go to this place after seeing the photo. Do you want to know more about this picturesque destination? Then keep reading…

Lockett Meadow Arizona is Perfect for the Well-Rounded Nature Lovers

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This is a terrific campground if you love to escape from the city, breathe fresh air, and be close to nature. The trees that surround Lockett Meadow liven up the place, and it definitely completes the whole mountain camping experience you are going for. You might even question if you’re still in Arizona.

Just imagine all the cool aspen trees taking on their golden hues during autumn. It would look so fiery good. It certainly feels like you’re up in a Swiss country. Don’t you think?

Of course, the next best thing about this scenic escape is that it’s the starting point for all your adventures. You can camp out and relax before hiking wilderness trails. Do you want to see some animals up close or maybe from afar? Well, here’s the good news. You may just see porcupines, a hermit thrush, or elks somewhere. After all, this place is their home. Some bears may even stroll right through your camping area without as much care about you or your food. They’re just happy to be here, and if they don’t bother you, consider that their welcome greeting to you.

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Once you’re set, just take a breeze walk with your dog and enjoy nature. We’re sure your furry buddy will thank you for bringing him here. They sure know the place is lovely.

Look at Stunning Views All Day Long

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For some reason, the clouds seem to hang low at Lockett Meadow Arizona. But that’s only because the San Francisco Peaks are so large. The San Francisco Peaks are actually the remains of an extinct volcano. This volcano erupted a long time ago (millions of years ago), totally shattering its form and reshaping the peaks, which then formed four of the highest individual peaks in Arizona. The evidence of the cataclysmic event has now been erased because the quiet caldera now has a lush alpine environment that any nature lover would want to visit.

The views of the Inner Basin and the San Francisco Peaks look so dreamy. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re here alone or you’re with a loved one or a family member. You will be in awe.

We doubt you’d ever want to leave this campground. It may be rustic, but it’s set among beautiful trees and such a scenic landscape. You can choose from more than 15 sites, and each campground is awesome in its own right. You’ll be treated to the beauty of the wilderness, as well as the cinder-cone landscape that looks too good to be true.

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They say the best time to go here is from June through mid-October. All we can say is Fall is a good season because it turns the foliage from green to gorgeous gold.

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It’s hard not to put this on top of your “Favorite Places to Visit During Fall” list.

Some visitors say that campsites 7 and 8 are the most scenic. But if you’re not able to reserve a spot here, you don’t need to fret. Everywhere is amazing.

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The night sky is also a picture-worthy sight. It looks surreal.

What You Should Know About Lockett Meadow Arizona Before You Camp Out:

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What can you do at Lockett Meadow Arizona? If you’re going camping, the fee is $12 per night. You can also enjoy many outdoor activities such as wildlife watching, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and more. Just gather your family at night over a pretend campfire (campfires are actually not allowed) and share all sorts of fun stories. We’re sure it will be a memorable night to remember.

There are also fire rings, picnic tables, vault toilet in the campsites. Just remember to bring your own drinking water, because there’s no available drinking water here.

Some of the reminders to keep in mind include the following:

  • Campfires are not permitted when the Forest is under campfire restrictions.
  • You can’t bring or ride horses in the campground or the Inner Basin.
  • You can ride mountain bikes but you’re not allowed in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.
  • ATVs and motorbikes are also allowed, provided that you use them for entering or leaving campsites and only if they are “street-legal.”
  • This place is paradise. However, there is a 14-day stay limit.
  • You can bring your pets with you. Just remember to keep them on leash.
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Do your role in protecting Mother Nature and help the authorities preserve the wild lands. Some tips to help you in your next nature adventure:

  • Respect wildlife always.
  • Dispose of your waste properly.
  • Plan ahead and prepare for your trip.
  • Minimize campfire impacts and just get busy with other activities instead.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Be considerate of other visitors or campers.

How to Get Here

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Location: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff
Elevation: 8,600 ft.

From Flagstaff
1. Take U.S. Route 89 and travel northeast for about 12 miles to Forest Road 420 (directly across from the turnoff for Sunset Crater) and turn left.
2. Continue on FR 420 for about 0.5 miles to the turnoff for Forest Road 552.
3. Turn right when you see the sign for Lockett Meadow.
4. After that, you should just continue on FR 552 for about 1.1 miles. Then, turn right and follow the road to the campground.

What do you think about Lockett Meadow Arizona? Don’t you agree that it’s anyone’s dream campground? The views of the alpine meadow are just unparalleled. If you want to go to other destinations with lovely views, you might want to take a look at this article on a glass bridge in Grand Canyon or this iconic Phoenix hike.