Roosevelt, Arizona (map) | (602) 225-5200
Sites: 206 | Latest Rate: $6.00 |
This is a scenic Tonto National Forest campground on the shore of Roosevelt Lake. There are no hookups. There are water spigots throughout campground. The restroom/shower buildings have flush toilets. They were clean. Showers use solar technology, but water was lukewarm. Loops are paved. Sites are gravel and fairly level. Each site has a shade ramada, metal picnic table, and fire ring/grill combo. We stayed in pull-out site #38 in the Buckhorn Cholla loop. They also have back-in sites. The layout of the different sites is very good. You don’t feel on top of any of your neighbors. The scenery is desert meets water. Mountains, including Four Peaks, are in view. Only a few sites have a direct view of Roosevelt Lake. Lake views are an easy, short walk away. There are plenty of trails including ones where you can walk to the lake shore. We will stay here again. - Neil and JoAnn
Normal Forest Service campsites. Nice and level, and many campsites to choose from. Many of the loops were closed as not many people here. Only real negative is the lack of a dump site. There is a dump site across the road from the campground, but is only open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 3. That is very poor planning on the Forest Service's part. Most people come in for the weekend and have no place to dump when they leave. I think they could increase the fee and then use the money to build more dump sites! There must have been over 1000 campers at the various campgrounds along the lake. Wouldn't take long to be able to finance a dump site and keep it drained. - Rick Lechner
This is a dry camping experience! Roosevelt Lake is beautiful and this campground very pleasant. It is very busy on weekends and can be noisy. There are shade ramadas, fire rings, picnic tables, water hydrants, flush toilets, boat launch and open all year. The sites have vegetation between and they are fairly large. The roads are paved. There is a nice walking trail along the lake shore. Other than boating and fishing there are limited activities in the area. It's at 2200' elevation and will be very hot May through September. There is a dump station across the highway but was closed for repairs. It is near scenic Apache Trail gravel road and Tonto National Monument. It is 36 miles north of Globe and 60 miles north of Mesa. We would return to this campground. - nbi600
The park itself is nice but in the winter many of the sites are closed. Only a small section of the campground is available for camping and people were pretty close. Be careful not to run your generator, even though permissible, as some people will complain. This is the only campground we have ever stayed at where you need to purchase a permit at a store or the ranger station. We arrived after all were closed and checked with the camp host, who could not sell us a permit or take our money. To me this is ridiculous as, with my senior permit, it only cost $4 to camp. We would have wasted twice money in gas to get the permit! I doubt we will camp here again. - Rick Lechner
VERY friendly staff. Most sites are monthly rentals but there are a few on a daily basis. Very nice clubhouse and laundry facility. It was very windy on the day we were to leave. We asked the owner if we could stay and do our laundry and she let us stay at our site to do the laundry. Lots of birds and critters around. Watched the hummingbirds for a couple of hours. Small convince store next to the park which was reasonably priced. Didn't "gouge" tourists. Would stay here again. - Rick Lechner
We stay at Windy Hill CG every March or April to coincide with bass spawn in Roosevelt lake. There are multiple loops named after desert animals in the Windy Hill campground. If you plan on using a generator, all of the loops except Coati have quiet time restrictions from 10pm to 8am. If you need to run a generator after those hours, Coati is the only one you are permitted to do so in. There is an exception during the summer months to allow campers to run their generators 24/7 due to the excessive heat and need for A/C.
Several of the loops limit the size of RVs, but don't let that deter you. We stayed in Coati Loop which has a 30 foot limit. However, we set up in a site with our 36 foot FW, and still had enough room to park our truck and a friends car without encroaching on another site or the road.
To camp here, you need to purchase a Tonto pass at a local business. You can also pre purchase your pass on-line so you don't have to hunt down a vendor or arrive after hours. Do a search for "Tonto Pass Online", and you'll see options for purchasing your pass. Failure to display your pass is a $100 fine. You must display a pass immediately upon parking, so don't set up camp, then go looking for a pass. Passes cost $6.00. They can also be purchased for $3.00 if you are 62 or over, or have an Access Pass.
The restrooms and showers were spotless. The showers were a comfortable temperature and they had nice pressure. There are dumpsters located in each loop to collect your trash.
If you are camping here, take the time to go see the Tonto Cliff Dwellings which are very close to the campground. It is a steep hike to get to them, but well worth the effort. - Tucsonjim
Rate reflects senior discount. Huge campground, spread out over a large area in several loops. Sites mostly level, well-spaced, no hookups, fairly pretty views overlooking the lake and with mountains nearby. - HercMaster
The NFS says 32' max length but don't let that scare you away. We have a 37' 5W and there were tons of places that we could fit. If you are set up to boon-dock and like to live that way - you'll love Lake Roosevelt. It was quiet quiet quiet. We had a good 3g Verizon signal. Even though many of the loops were closed our loop was only about 15% filled. In summer I imagine it might be a different place but during the late Winter it was wonderful. Lots to do in the area. Two dumps up at Cholla CG - about 5 miles - but only open Thurs-Sunday (two days each) 10am to 2pm. Filled our fresh water from the numerous spigots into a bladder tank. We stayed here 2 weeks - next time will be longer. Much longer. - MontyHall