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Top 5 Family Campgrounds – Arizona

Quick what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Arizona? My guess is a scorching desert. However, are you aware that the state of Arizona is filled with numerous different types of camping climates? For instance, if you were inclined to travel the state in a week you may wake up in a desert, then a forest, then next to a stream, and finally gazing into one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. That is right! Everything you are looking for in your next family camping trip can be found in Arizona! So take in the warm desert nights, the mountains around Flagstaff, the grand canyon, and the ancient Puebloan heritage with these top 5 family campgrounds in Arizona.

With all these different camping venues find out how to pick the best campsite!

5. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument campgrounds starts off as Number five on our Top 5 Family Campgrounds in Arizona. This National Monument is a bit off of the beaten path near the Mexican-American border. The best part about that is that it is often overlooked against some of the other National Parks and Monuments that Arizona has. If you want to experience dark skies and numerous stars then this is the place for you. The views don’t stop with the stars though as there are mountains, saguaros, organ pipe cactus, and a lush desert. The natural beauty of the area is sure to captivate every member of your family!

There are two campgrounds in the monument. They have different amenities ranging from rustic camping to modern comforts. There are 208 sites in the Twin Peaks Campground with 34 being tent only. There are restrooms, running water, and some solar showers. You can use your generator on some sites as there are no hookups at this national monument. With numerous sites available it is likely that you will find one but advanced reservations are still required.

Not into views?

As a family, the views may not be what is driving you to experience this National Monument. The good news is that there are scenic drives that you can also bike on. There are ranger programs that help show the Organ Pipe Cactus and its importance in the ecosystem. On top of the normal ranger programs why not engage in the Junior Ranger program and earn that badge! You may also find yourself on one of the many hiking trails within the national park! Most trails are easy and moderate and great for families. Just remember to bring along plenty of water and snacks. Check out this hiking video from the National Park Service to learn about their five Ranger Recommended Hikes!

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Campground Details

Number of Sites: Twin Peaks – 208 (34 Tent/174 RV) / Alamo – 4 tent sites / Backcountry Permits

Season: Year-Round

Cost*: Twin Peaks – $20 per night / Alamo – $12 per night / Backcountry – $5 per zone

Reservations: Twin Peaks Campground ( / Alamo – First come first served / Backcountry – Permits available at Kris Eggle Visitor Center

Features: Limited Cell Reception / No Internet Connection / Picnic Tables / Trash and Recycling Collection / Staff on-site / Potable Water / Fire Rings / Vault Toilets / Ranger Programs

Regulations: Quiet Hours 10pm – 6 am / Generator Hours (where available) 8am – 10am and 4pm – 6pm / Pet’s Welcome / Fires in provided fire grate only / No fresh wood collection

Activities: Hiking / Wildlife viewing / Nature & Ranger programs / Primitive Camping / Mountain Biking Trails / Scenic Trails / Junior Ranger Programs / Equestrian Trails

4. Lost Dutchman State Park

The number four of the top family campgrounds in Arizona is the Lost Dutchman State Park Campground. Are you one for an adventure? Do you love hidden treasure? Are you ready to enter into superstition? Well, the Superstition Mountains that is. The Lost Dutchman State Park Campground is located in the Superstition Mountains and has easy access to hiking trails, mountain biking, and amazing star viewing. The campground is in close proximity to Phoenix which means that it is a popular campground. However, it has nearly 140 sites that do offer water and electric hookups. These sites include fire pits, grill grates, and picnic tables. Since we are still in desert country camping in the winter here is a good bet!

Lost Dutchman State Park. Credit: Arizona State Parks

While it is likely you will not be searching for the treasure of the Lost Dutchman’s mine, you can still have a treasure hunt experience. The park boasts miles of trails along the base of the Superstition. While on these trails taking in the sites you should try geocaching. You may just find treasure anyways! After the hiking and geocache, you can head back to the well-maintained campgrounds. If you need to do something a little different there is also the Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tours! Here you will find large, level sites with the amenities you need including paved roads and restroom facilities. There is a $5 reservation fee and if you plan to take any pictures, even personal, there is a permit. Even with those two items people, especially those from closeby Phoenix, love being able to get out and experience nature so closely.

Lost Dutchman State Park Campground Details

Number of Sites: 138 (68 with electric and water)

Season: Year-Round

Cost*: $15 per night with $5 reservation fee

Reservations: Campsite reservations

Features: Limited Cell Reception / No Internet Connection / Picnic Tables / Trash and Recycling Collection / Staff on-site / Potable Water / Fire Rings / Vault Toilets / Electrical Hookups / No RV Size Restrictions / Showers

Regulations: Quiet Hours 9pm – 8am / Generator Hours (where available) 8am – 10am and 5pm – 7pm / Pet’s Welcome / Fires in provided fire grate only / No fresh wood collection

Activities: Hiking / Wildlife viewing / Nature & Ranger programs / Mountain Biking Trails / Scenic Trails / Junior Ranger Program / Ghost Towns / Star Gazing

3. Cave Springs Campground

Cave Springs Campground Road. Credit: US Forest Service

From the desert, we are going to head into the Sedona region and get away from the heat. Our number three of the best family campgrounds in Arizona is the Cave Springs Campground in the Coconino National Forest. This is likely the most popular campground within the Coconino National Forest. This is because it is in a forested canyon which is close by all of the amenities of Sedona. Not to mention that it often is much cooler in the protected canyon. The campground has 84 sites. Each of them have picnic tables, fire rings, and grill grates. You are in luck after a day of hiking too because there are showers available. This campground can book up early so it is important to make reservations early!

The area itself is a nice respite of the brutal Arizona heat. The anyone is wooded and has multiple areas where there is running water and shade. In fact, many of the campsites themselves are located right on the creek that runs through the campground. Knowing that don’t forget your pole and fishing license! If fishing isn’t your thing, your family will love the hiking trails throughout the National Forest and bird and wildlife viewing. Still not your speed? Well this campground is a fantastic base camp for hitting Arizona’s best swimming spot Slide Rock State Park! Additionally, the Sedona area is famous for its red rock formations and downtown area. So head into Sedona or into the rocks for even more exciting hiking!

Cave Springs Campground Details

Number of Sites: 84 sites

Season: May through September

Cost*: $22 per night


Features: Limited Cell Reception / No Internet Connection / Picnic Tables / Trash and Recycling Collection / Staff on-site / Potable Water / Fire Rings / Vault Toilets

Regulations: Quiet Hours 9pm – 8am / Generator Hours (where available) 8am – 10am and 5pm – 7pm / Pet’s Welcome / Fires in provided fire grate only / No fresh wood collection

Activities: Hiking / Wildlife viewing / Scenic Trails / Bird Watching / Proximity to Sedona activities and Red Rock Formations / Fishing

2. Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA

top family camping arizona
A secluded Super Tent Site with kitchen area! Great for family use!

The Petrified Forest National Park is one of the best areas in Arizona to experience something unique. While you can camp in the park in designated areas, it is not very family-friendly. The camping requires special permits and is backcountry-style camping. However, you still have one of the best family campgrounds in Arizona that will get you into the park quickly! The Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA is a fantastic basecamp to experience the National Park. It is only ten minutes from the southern entrance of this dark sky park but includes amenities from the town of Holbrook. Additionally, escape a little farther west to an ancient impact crater or stand on a famous corner in Winslow, AZ! You can also easily check out the Painted Desert. In any case, you may not even want to leave the campground with their swimming pool, all you can eat breakfast, and friendly staff!

While this campground can get busy in the summer it is still a fantastic basecamp with its numerous amenities. Don’t be afraid of its proximity to I-40. While there is some noise, during the evenings, it is quiet! Common KOA amenities include a camp store, playground, pool, propane, Wi-Fi, dog parks, and a basketball court. Still not enough for you? They occasionally have chuckwagon dinners! In any case the staff at this KOA is extremely friendly and helpful. They ensure that your stay is comfortable and that you are well appointed. The Wi-Fi doesn’t hurt for your teenage family members either! With both full hookup sites, cabins, and tent sites you are sure to find the one that is right for your family to use as your Eastern Arizona basecamp!

Staying at a KOA is a great place to start for beginning campers. Check out these beginning camper tips!

Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA Campground Details

Number of Sites: 127 sites (Tent, RV, Cabin)

Season: Open Year Round

Cost*: $Varies depending on Site Type Check Reservations on link below

Reservations: KOA Reservation

Features:  Cell Reception / Wi-Fi / Picnic Tables / Trash and Recycling Collection / Staff on-site / Potable Water / Fire Rings / Electric Connections / Cabins / Cable / Snack Bar / Dog Park / Pool (seasonal) / Camp Store / Laundry

Regulations: Quiet Hours 10pm – 7am / Pet’s Welcome / Fires in provided fire grate only / No fresh wood collection

Activities: Proximity to Petrified Forest / Chuckwagon Dinner / Pancake Breakfast / Playground / Dog Park / Basketball Court / Volleyball Court / Tetherball / Swimming

1. Cameron Trading Post Campground

The Little Colorado River Gorge may not always flow but it is still a beautiful sight in the evening.

This Historic Cameron Trading Post is number one on our top family campgrounds in Arizona list. This is because of its proximity to simply so many things. Before we get into that though, the RV park has so much to offer right on site. The campground has full hookups for RVs up to 50 feet in length. It is easy to get into and out of the paved spots. Additionally, on-site there is a restaurant, store, and floral gardens to keep you engaged in the evening. The wide-open expanses of Arizona come into view from any point on this property. While there is some road noise from the nearby highway you will find that the accommodations more than makeup for it. The staff always treats everyone like family and the interior of the buildings harken back to a time long lost.

While the campground itself may be small you have a large set of options for enjoyment. The Cameron Trading post is the best basecamp to enjoy natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. Not to mention that just to the north you are close to Page, AZ, and Lake Powell. Each of these areas has hiking, wildlife, unique flora, and views that will never cease to amaze you. Using this as your base camp you can feel the history and the natural constraints of living in the high desert. Not to mention experience some of the greatest natural wonders on the planet!

Cameron Trading Post Campground Details

Number of Sites: 35 sites (All RV)

Season: Open Year Round

Cost*: $35 per night

Reservations: First Come First Served

Features:  Cell Reception / Wi-Fi / Picnic Tables / Staff on-site / Full hookups / Charcoal only fires / Store / Restaurant / Gift Shop / Fuel on-site

Regulations: Quiet Hours 10pm – 8am / Pet’s Welcome / Charcoal Fires in designated areas only

Activities: Easy access to multiple National Parks and Monuments / Gardens / Historical Markers / Local Artisan Items

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*All costs and other information shown on this page are at the time of research and are subject to change. Please check linked reservation tools or contact facilities directly for the most up-to-date prices, availability, and site regulations/information.