With the heat building, it’s a good time to get out of the Valley for a few days of cool camping in the Flagstaff area.
The following is a brief description of some of the top Flagstaff-area campgrounds:
White Horse Lake: This is a jewel located 20 miles southeast of Williams. A 94-site wellmaintained campground surrounds a 40-acre lake. The lake is stocked with trout. The last 10 miles to the area are a red-cedar road.
Dogtown Reservoir: Also located southeast of Williams, this facility is named for the prairie dogs that used to reside there. The reservoir is small but has fish. The campground is open but affords great views of the surrounding mountains.
Beaver Creek: This is just more than an hour from the Valley near Camp Verde. The little campground is shaded by sycamores and cottonwoods. It overlooks Wet Beaver Creek.
Cave Springs: Located 12 miles north of Sedona on 89A in Oak Creek Canyon. Good hiking and fishing in Oak Creek nearby.
Dairy Springs: On the northwest side of Mormon Lake, this is an open campground with plenty of great scenery. Fishing on Mormon Lake is up and down.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park: On the Verde River by Cottonwood, this campground is a rarity with showers. It can get hot, though, in the summer.
Double Springs: On the west side of Mormon Lake, the nice thing about this campground is if you forget something, you can walk to the town of Mormon Lake for supplies.
Forked Pine: Located on Ashurst Lake 20 miles southeast of Flagstaff, this small campground affords views of the San Francisco Peaks.
Fort Tuthill: Just south of Flagstaff on 89A, this campground sits among ponderosas at 7,000 feet.
Kinniknick Lake: The lake is small but worth visiting. The campground is 30 miles southeast of Flagstaff. The views from it are stunning.
Lake View: This is for tent campers only because the access road is narrow. It is 16 miles southeast of Flagstaff and loaded with wildlife.
Mingus Mountain: A campground above 7,000 feet, the views are great but it is a selfcontained area, meaning what you bring in, you bring out — everything. It is just south of Jerome.
Pine Flat: Another campground in Oak Creek Canyon, this is 13 miles north of Sedona on 89A.
Pine Grove: Another campground with great views of the mountains, this is 20 miles southeast of Flagstaff. It is a good spot to view wildlife such as elk and deer.
Potato Patch: Just southwest of Jerome, this wooded area is on the edge of some former great mining areas.
Powell Springs: Located on Mingus Mountain, this is a small campground with plenty of pine trees.