Sinkhole Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located in the ponderosa pine forest, this campground is within walking distance of Willow Springs Lake which provides boating and fishing opportunities. Hiking and mountain biking opportunities are nearby in the non-motorized Wildlife Area. The General Crook National Recreation Trail is also within a mile of the campground. Be prepared for rain, often heavy, through July and August. Expect cool to cold nighttime temperatures.

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At a Glance

Reservations: This campground is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees See fee schedule.
Best Season: Generally mid-May to the end of October. Earlier or later depending upon weather.
Closest Towns:   Nearest full service community is Payson, AZ, 31 miles west via Hwy 260.  
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Black Mesa Ranger District
(928) 535-7300
TTY: (928) 535-3213

General Information


This first-come first-serve campground is one quarter mile north of State Highway 260 toward Willow Springs Lake on Forest Road 149. Sinkhole Campground is the only developed campground near Willow Springs Lake, but is not within view of the lake.  Forest Road 149 is located approximately 1 mile east of the Rim Visitor Information Station or 25 miles west of Heber, Arizona.

General Notes:
  • Tables, campfire grills
  • Garbage facilities
  • Campground hosts
  • Paved roads
  • Boat Ramp located nearby at Willow Springs Lake
  • Willow Springs Lake is limited to boat motors up to 8 horsepower.
  • Utility hookups are not available.
  • Cul-de-sac design
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
  • Gas, telephones, and groceries, are available at Forest Lakes, 6 miles east. All facilities at Forest Lakes are closed during the winter.
  • Family units are on a first come - first serve basis.


Each site has a designated paved pull-out

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Campground Camping

  • 26 family camping units
  • Tents, trailers and small motorhomes up to 32 foot


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Toilets Yes
Picnic tables Yes
Tent camping Yes
Drinking water Yes