Arizona May 15, 2016
These 7 Rustic Spots In Arizona Are Extraordinary For Camping
Nothing quite says summer like spending a few nights camping under the stars. If you’re still on the lookout for a perfect camping spot this summer, you’re in luck because this is our
second article on the topic. Today we’re going to take a look at 7 camping spots in Arizona that are a little quieter and a little more secluded than what you will typically find. Just keep in mind that many of these places require a permit and following basic camping rules.
1. Aravaipa Canyon
The best part about camping in Aravaipa Canyon is the limited human contact you will encounter here. The Bureau of Land Management limits the number of people here to 50 each day in order to preserve the wild environment.
2. Blue Ridge Campground
Located just a few miles east of Clints Well off of Beeline Highway, this campground is small but well-maintained. It has 10 campsites and does not take reservations, so try showing up on a weekday to avoid crowds.
3. Brookchar Campground, Big Lake
Big Lake is a popular destination but many of the campgrounds here are crowded and huge. This one is limited to 13 campsites that allow tents only.
4. Hazlett Hollow Campground, Crown King
Sitting a little ways away from Horsethief Lake, this campground is small and difficult to get to. You will need a high-clearance vehicle to get over the old, bumpy roads but the seclusion of the area makes the trip worth it. This spot has 15 campsites and operates on a first come, first serve system.
5. Soldier Creek Campground, Mount Graham
Really, just about any campsite on Mount Graham is lovely and while this particular site is popular, it is also limited to just 12 campsites. It has beautiful mountain views and a creek flowing nearby, making it seem like paradise.
6. Upper Blue River Campground, White Mountains
If secluded is what you're looking for, this spot has got to be it. Limited to three campsites, this is about 15 miles southeast of Alpine and you might often find yourself to be the only person here. There are no fees or reservations needed to stay here but do remember to pack in and pack, and to keep an eye out for mountain lions.
Note: The picture above shows the Thompson Trail in the White Mountains and not the campsite. The area is secluded enough to not have any useable photos.
7. Wheatfields Lake, Wheatfields
Located on the Navajo Nation, Wheatfields Lake sits right in between Canyon de Chelly and the Chuska Mountains. You won't find much in the way of camping amenities but it is a great little spot for a quiet night and fishing for trout. Just be sure to obtain a permit from the Navajo Nation before setting up your tent; information can be found
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