As we mentioned in a previous post, fall in Arizona is a great time to road trip to some of the lesser known spots in the state. That goes for camping as well! The weather is cooling down enough to camp here in the southern parts of Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson, but not enough to prevent you from camping up in northern Arizona! So on that note, we’ve compiled a few of the best camping spots both close to home and a short road trip away. There’s no need to worry if you’re a camping novice—you won’t need a 4×4 to reach these easily accessible campsites.
1. Lost Dutchman State Park
We start our journey close to home in the shadow of the Superstitions. If comfortable desert camping with access to amenities like showers, grills and flush toilets is what you seek, Lost Dutchman State Park is the place for you! Simply take the 60 east and exit at Idaho Road. Head north until you hit Apache Trail and take a right to experience the true beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
2. Lynx Lake Campground
Don’t want to head all the way to Flagstaff but still want a cooler climate? No worries! Visit the lovely Lynx Lake Campground in beautiful Prescott, AZ. Just make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time as this one is very popular due its remote, serene atmosphere while remaining only 15 minutes from the city of Prescott. Plenty of spots to grill or fish on the lake along with drinking water and toilets available onsite.
3. Ashurst Lake Campground
When you’re ready to head a little further up towards Flagstaff, it’s hard to beat the scenic views and peaceful surroundings of Ashurst Lake Campground. While you won’t be blown away by many amenities, the natural beauty will more than make up for it.
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