PAYSON RANGER DISTRICT - CAMPING

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The Payson Ranger District is located on all four side of the town of Payson, and continues north to the Mogollon Rim. It consists of approximately 450,000 acres (approximately 182,000 hectares) of Chaparral, Pinyon-Juniper, and Ponderosa Pine types of vegetation. The Verde River and several trout streams pass through this district. The Payson Ranger District is notable for its campgrounds, hiking trails, and fishing opportunities.

This District operates differently than the rest of the forest. The Tonto Pass is not valid on the Payson Ranger District. Day-use and camping fee sites on the Payson Ranger District are managed by the concessionaire located at Houston Mesa Campground.

 

Contact Information:

Address: 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson, Arizona 85541
Phone: (928) 474-7900
Fax: (928) 474-7966

CAMPGROUND CAMPING

 

Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site

Enjoy lakes, streams, fishing and camping in Mogollon Rim Country.

Houston Mesa Campground and Equestrian Sites

Beautiful Camp sites with equestrian amenities if needed.  Access to trails.

Lower Tonto Creek

Campground

The union of Tonto and Horton Creeks is at the north end of the Upper Tonto Creek campground. Access to trails.

Ponderosa Campground 

and Group Site

Named for the towering pines under which it sits, Ponderosa Campground is tucked in the rolling forests of northern Arizona

Sharp Creek Campground 

and Group Site

Sharp Creek is a small campground  known for its pleasant temperatures, spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation.

Upper Tonto Creek 
Campground

It’s a popular campground for those wanting to escape the desert heat and explore the Mogollon Rim area. Outdoor recreation activities abound.

DISPERSED CAMP SITES

 

Flowing Springs

Campground

Situated along the banks of the East Verde River, offers many pastoral scenes and interesting rock formations.

Verde Glen

Campground

Verde Glen is a popular site on the Payson Ranger District for Trout Fishing and other water activities.

GROUP CAMP SITES

 

Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site

This camp site is centrally located and campers will enjoy lakes, streams, fishing and camping in Mogollon Rim Country.

Ponderosa Campground 

and Group Site

Named for the towering pines under which it sits, Ponderosa Campground is tucked in the rolling forests of northern Arizona

Sharp Creek Campground 

and Group Site

Sharp Creek is a small campground  known for its pleasant temperatures, spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation.

RV CAMP SITES

 

Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site

This camp site is centrally located and campers will enjoy lakes, streams, fishing and camping in Mogollon Rim Country.  Close to amenities in Christopher Creek.

Ponderosa Campground 

and Group Site

Named for the towering pines under which it sits, Ponderosa Campground is tucked in the rolling forests of northern Arizona, offering campers access to many opportunities.

Houston Mesa Campground and Equestrian Sites

Offering large camp spots it is a perfect place for RVs.  Beautiful Camp sites with equestrian amenities if needed.  Access to trails and all sorts of adventure

Sharp Creek Campground 

and Group Site

Sharp Creek is a small campground  known for its pleasant temperatures, spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation.

Payson Campground

& RV

Payson Campground & RV is located in Payson, Arizona in the heart of Arizona Rim Country.  Stay close to all the area amenities but still feal like your in nature.