10 Parks near Forest Lakes, Arizona
Feb 2017 - $10.00
Campground is located in the National Forest near Wood Canyon Lake (walking Distance). The entrance and campground roads are paved. The campsite pads are paved with large areas of open space and trees around many sites. No utilities at your site so fill your water at one of the many locations throughout the park. Solar panels are not reliable here, at least some sites, due to the trees. Generators are allowed during the day and early evening. - RetiredVagabond
Oct 2015 - $20.00
Nice wooded campground, tall trees. All interior roads and site parking are paved. All sites are back-in, widely spaced. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. No showers, just pit toilets. Water spigots scattered around. Verizon cell signal was weak but usable. There is a dump station. It is a short walk to the lake, a lots of trails nearby. At the lake there is a nice store with basics and you can rent boats/kayaks. Lots of 6-7% grades driving from Phoenix. - trussman
Jun 2015 - $20.00
This was our first time staying here and we were very pleased with this campground. Most of the sites have numerous tall pines for decent shade. In April, before the campground was open, we scouted out sites we liked before making a reservation. About 1/3 of the sites are first come / first serve. If you're into hiking, the 5 mile loop around Woods Canyon Lake is only about a 5-10 minute walk from the campground. The Rim Trail is about 1 mile away via a trail that runs from the lake to the rim. Basics necessities are available at the store by the lake. On our hike around the lake, we saw several elk along with a pair of nesting bald eagles and their two 6 week old youngsters. Very cool experience for our 9 year old daughter to see. - MarkH
State Highway 260 Forest Lakes, Arizona 85931 (map) | (928) 535-9233
Sites: 88 | Latest Rate: $13.00 | 4 Reviews
May 2015 - $13.00
We stayed in a site with electrical hookups. The sites are roomy, pretty level asphalt fingers off a paved loop. The park is beautiful, well maintained and a wonderful place to stay. The hosts are helpful and friendly and keep everything neat and tidy. Squirrels and Blue Jays visit and provide entertainment. The park is at about 8,000 feet in elevation on top of Arizona's Mogollon Rim and can be a bit chilly at night if you stay there early or late in the season. It is closed in the winter. A really cool, relaxing place to stay in the pines. We stayed in a fifth wheel. - AZCamperGal
Oct 2009 - $24.00
The Best of Old Fashioned Camping - with electric! The hospitality people were amazingly friendly and yet non-intrusive. The campground was neat and clean. The outhouses - well, they were outhouses, odor and all. There are very nice flush toilets at the shower building. I do advise to camp across the road or a space or 2 away from outhouses. There are only 4 pull-through spaces which are really roomy. There are also several long back in spaces. All electric spaces are in Loop A. Go to www.recreation.gov to reserve space during the high season. October was nice weather and walk-in only. We got there Friday morning and were able to choose a pull-through space. Loop A filled up pretty good by Saturday morning. Perhaps being just 2.5 hours from the east Valley is the reason - it's close and easy. We specifically asked about this item: Contrary to a previous review, there is only 1 tag per vehicle. It goes in the tow vehicle or toad if you choose to leave the park. It does not stay with your trailer or tent. But this is true for all the National or State parks that I've been in. Also, being a National Forest, the stay limit is 14 days. As much as I almost hate to share it, it was a weekend in heaven. Relaxing, peaceful (with the sounds of children laughing in the background), quiet, dark & starry. Take the time to walk the .7 mile to see the Sinkhole area. You may even get lucky enough to see some of the many elk in the area. For those looking for the RV park feel with entertainment and stores within walking distance, this isn't it. There's a small local store a mile up the road in Forest Lakes and a great restaurant across the street, but that's about it for really close businesses. However, if it is a "camping" session that you seek, complete with fires in the fire pits at night, this place is tops in my book! You can buy firewood at the gate for $6 a bag and ice for $2. There is a dump station by the entrance as well as potable water if you need to fill up or re-fill during your stay. What more could you need? Take a good book and a comfy chair and plug in the coach for a truly rewarding weekend (or week if you can). - tbone4
Aug 2008 - $25.00
This is a forest campground, not an RV Park, just wanted to make that clear from the start. Only 32 of the sites provide electric hookups, and none of them are 50 amps. About half of the spots in this campground can be reserved on-line. The rest are available only on a walk-up basis. I believe all of the spots in Loop A have electric hookups; Loop B has no electric hookups. Canyon Point is the only forest campground in the Payson, AZ area that offers electrical hookups, so this campground is very appealing to many and difficult to get reservations on holidays and weekends. You have to make them way ahead of time. This is beautiful forest, seems to be frequented by very friendly, quiet, respectful campers (not the party crowd), far enough away from the highway (although you can still hear a loud truck now and again), nice shaded spots, and easy access to a general store a couple miles up the highway, 2 popular lakes within 5-10 miles distance - Willow Springs Lake and Woods Canyon Lake and absolutely breath-taking views of the Mogollon Rim along Forest Service Road (FSR) 300 also known as Rim Road. Pros: Beautiful, spacious camp sites in a relatively quiet campground. We saw some big rigs in this campground, although I don't know if they have size limits. I'm not too familiar with electricity requirements on bigger rigs, but I know they don't have 50 amp electric hookups at this campground. Campground is very close to many activities and scenery. General store within 2 miles in Forest Lakes. Showers and flushing toilets available at the front of the campground (although they're not very clean), along with ice and firewood. There is a free non-potable and fresh-water fill-up area along with an RV dump area at the front of the campground, so this is an awesome amenity for a forest service campground. We took our 6 gallon refill jugs to the refill station a few times to get free water for our pop-up trailer tanks. Cons: $25 per night seemed a little steep for an Arizona campground, with no water hookups, but I guess one man's steep pricing is another man's bargain; and if you consider the free water at the front of the campground, the $25 per night might not be so bad. Some of the staff seemed very unorganized and scatter-brained and one was incredibly rude. This rude woman was confused, and just wasn't doing her job right. I asked her what other sites were available and she jumped all over me about how we had reserved a specific site # and if we wanted another, we'd have to cancel and pay a penalty, blah, blah. Wow, that lady had some anger management issues! We were unfortunate to always have to deal with her instead of the other friendly, knowledgable staff. This woman didn't give us a ticket to hang from the mirror on our tow vehicle and this resulted in several staff members decending on our site in their ATV's like the FBI raiding a terrorist camp asking where our tag was. Then it happened again when we paid for an extra night and she forgot to give us a new tag with a new date. We came back from an excursion and were allowed to enter past the "guard gate" with no problem, but then sure enough the little "police-men" came riding up on their ATV's to see why we were still there if our tag had expired. We thought they were going to ask us to prove that we had paid. Amazing how one rude staff member that doesn't have their act together could make it so hard on everyone. So, word to the wise, make sure you get one of those tag thingy's to hang from your tow vehicle's mirror or you may be "burned at the stake!" The vault toilets throughout the campground were absolutely disgusting and smelled to high-heaven. If you reserve a spot, look closely at the map to be certain you don't get a spot anywhere near those toilets. We were lucky not to be downwind of one of those toilets. Yuck! It's hit or miss when you are making a reservation on Reserveamerica's website or via phone for this place because frankly some of the spots can't accommodate a larger trailer or RV. No one can help you select a good spot for your rig, so you are literally taking a chance, and hoping that you get a larger back-in or pull-through site for your RV. We stayed in Loop A, spot #29 and this was fine for our pop-up trailer, but would just be unacceptable for anything bigger. Spot #31 also seemed small. We saw several back-in spots that were bigger in Loop A: #27, #40, and #36 are all that I remember. The flush toilets and showers at the front of the facility were a little better, but not much. - AZRVFamily
Sep 2016 - $38.00
Best WiFi we have ever experienced. No problems streaming Netflix. Bathrooms clean but only 1 for each sex in camping area. Badly in need of remodel and expansion.
Friendly office staff and quiet overnight. Mostly seasonal campers.
We have stayed here before and would stay for one or two nights again. - Satisfying Retirement
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Would have given it a higher rating except for the noisy highway right behind out unit. Very clean park, very friendly with lots of small dogs and a great dog area. Clean restrooms but old and only one shower and one bathroom. Friendly hosts and nice for a night or two while exploring the area. Cool temps and lots to see. Plenty of restaurants around the area and very good. Ate at Junes and the Red Onion and both were very good. Would stay again if we could get away from the highway. Hookups were placed right, however sites not real level. - lgvig
Apr 2016 - $37.00
Clean, well cared for, large fenced dog play area. Only down side is that the park is next to the highway. Traffic all night. - 258rqf
Apr 2016 - $42.00
New owners. Do not accept Passport America. Didn't know that until after we were set up and the spouse went to pay. Interior roads are asphalt and sites very small gravel that sticks to shoes and is carried inside the RV. Wi-Fi is free and worked. Nothing on the TV antenna. All back-in sites. Did like that no wood burning fire pits were allowed. We were in site #5. Near the highway so was some road noise. The water and sewer connections were on the wrong side. Had to run them under the trailer. Sewer was up hill and the connection was in at an angle. Somewhat easy in and out with our 60' combo. - Tallboy
Jun 2015 - $15.00
We spent a month here. Many people spend the whole season here. The sites are very large. Our site (#4) was near the road, but the traffic noise did not bother us. The rate listed is for the site only. We had to pay a deposit of $75 for electric. At the end of our stay we got part of that back.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. There are many activities offered.
There are small grocery stores in the area, but we ended up driving to Show Low often (approx. 40 minutes). - sunnyaz
Oct 2014 - $20.00
Rate is Passport America. Wi-Fi is available by extra fee, $15.00 a week for one computer. This is a nice park but some sites would be hard to get into due to the trees. Satellite may also be difficult. This is mainly a monthly park with long term seasonals. There is a dollar store right across the street. 30 miles from main shopping area. Beautiful park and would stay again. - goofy50
Sep 2016 - $15.00
Muddy, grassy, very old facilities, strange rules i.e. WiFi in clubhouse but only from 9am to 1pm & for 1 hour only. Camp managers are nice just don't have a facility that is good. Would not recommend to families, large groups, younger people. Stayed here looking for real estate in the area. Would never stay again. I - Pastor Jay
Jun 2012 - $30.00
Have stayed here several times. Great location between Heber and Showlow on Hwy 260 (mile post 317). Managers friendly and know the area. Large sites. Lots of birds and have seen Elk and Coyotes near the park. Hiking right out of the park. Sites and facitlities keep estra clean. Very Quite. I will stay here again. - EvaRVN
May 2011 - $1.00
This is a VERY basic RV Park. Only 30 AMP available, and that was between 102 and 112 volts. It is a long way from shopping: 30 miles to Safeway/35 to Wal-Mart. Lots of scenic areas within about 40 miles drive, and cool weather in the summer. Limited washer/dryer (2 each)and limited clubhouse. Price was right at $0 under Resorts of Distinction. We probably won't return. - Kent Savage
Oct 2016 - $15.00
Rate is monthly divided by 30 days.
This is the 2nd year at park last year we were here for 2 months this year 1 month. Park is rustic with BLM land near by for ATV. Site was level 50 amp FHU. Owners are great people and the regulars they get in here every year have became friends. Park feels like home. - User3655
Aug 2016 - $12.00
If you are looking for a smaller adult orientated park with lots of shade and newer utilities (50 amp, sewer, and water), that is located right next to National Forest: this is your lucky day.
This quiet park is privately owned by a nice and very helpful couple who will assist you in any way they can. The sites are spacious, contrary to what other unreasonable reviewers have written.
Seriously, this is rim country. If you are expecting a huge flat parking lot because you don't know how to drive your rig, don't blame it on the park. Go to Kansas. We have stayed here three times with a 33 ft 5th wheel with no problem maneuvering into and out of sites.
There is good spacing between most sites. The gravel roads in the park are well maintained. There are shower and laundry facilities.
Happy hour at 4pm nearly everyday (BYOB) where good folks, including the owners sit and relax and talk about another beautiful day in the high country. The prices here are reasonable. Stay for a night or several months, you won't be disappointed. - TD700
Jul 2016 - $12.00
Small campground located adjacent to the Sitgreaves National Forest. You can walk out of the campground into the National Forest.
Sites are small, but have lots of shade. Mostly seasonal residents, all we encountered were friendly and nice. Owners helped us squeeze our 40 ft. bumper pull into their biggest site- I do not think we would have fit in any of the others.
Started with a week stay, then were able to pay the difference for a month. Owners were friendly and helpful. - pclchicagox
Aug 2016 - $22.00
We've stayed here twice in the past few years. Peaceful and beautiful with lots of room between spaces. Nice trails, close to other parks and attractions. No electrical outlets in rest rooms. Good change-of-pace campground. - rwicoff
May 2016 - $18.00
Great campground which is well taken care of by the hosts in the park. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Sites are large and well spaced. We will definitely come back here again and stay longer next time. (We only stayed 2 nights this visit.) - Bobbi1948
Jul 2015 - $18.00
Great get place to get away from the heat of Phoenix and Tucson. Lots of room between sites. Easy in/out with 40' Motorhome. It's a NF campground which is run buy Thousand Trails. Very unlike the normal TT camp grounds. They do honor the senior pass. I don't know if they did this because they were very busy, or it is a normal procedure. But they assigned the first come sites on our visit. Those who have large 5th wheels and motorhomes know the benefit of this. Will stay here again. - Alfa 40
Oct 2015 - $8.00
We only visited for an overnight, but were pleased to discover a clean, well maintained campground with wide, long, and level paved sites. Although shaded, our site was satellite-friendly. There are no services. The pit toilet was remarkably clean. A fishing lake is nearby as well as hiking trails. It was a treat to camp at 7500' when valley temps approach 100. - CO2RV
May 2012 - $7.00
A great, quiet spot to spend a few days. Willow Springs Lake is nearby for fishing and boating. Some trails nearby for hiking or biking. Pit toilets are new and very clean. I was the only camper in the loop, so it was very nice. Friendly hosts. Managed now on contract with Thousand Trails Inc. - Red Wolf Deux
Oct 2015 - $4.00
Part of the access road is unpaved. Sites are laid out in a circle with parallel parking; therefore, there was little privacy or shade. Very little Verizon signal [text only]. The high point was the paved trail along the Rim, with breathtaking vistas. Would visit this campground again. - mockturtle
Jun 2010 - $14.00
This is a Sitgreaves National Forest campground without any hookups or shower facilities. It’s about a half mile west of the popular Woods Canyon Lake camping area. This campground doesn’t have quite the forest feel that some of the other national forest campgrounds in the area have. I believe this is due to a couple of things. The ponderosa pines in this area are small to medium size. The cul-de-sac design, where you park parallel to your site, gives this campground an “in-town” feeling. Each site has a fire ring / grill combo, a picnic table, and an area for tent campers to set up. The layout of the campground felt a little crowded. Adjacent sites had distance but not much in the way of thick vegetation between them. Some sites were right across the loop road from each other. The hosts were very friendly. The vault toilet (only one for the campground) was busy during the weekend we stayed. The real plus was access to the Rim Lakes Vista Trail from within the campground. After 10 minutes of walking, you’ll be at your first outlook from the Mogollon Rim. The views were spectacular from this trail. We would consider staying here again, but would try to avoid summer weekends. - Neil and JoAnn
May 2009 - $14.00
Nice forest service campground in the Ponderosa pines. Has a nice trail leading to the scenic Rim Vista trail or you can bushwhack a fairly short distance to the undeveloped area of the Mogollon Rim. For camping right on the edge of the Rim continue on FR 300 about another mile to FR 9350 on the left. (see the map here http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/maps/images/rim_lakes_map.pdf) We walked there and there were some spectacular RV and tent sites right on the edge of the Rim. - Cal and Bennett