Lockett Meadow Campground

  

Lockett Meadow in September 2006

This primitive campground offers a scenic view of the San Francisco Peaks and dry camping in the cool aspen trees that surround Lockett Meadow. This is a terrific campground for those who cherish a real mountain camping experience and love to hike Wilderness trails. You may catch a glimpse of the natural residents, porcupine or elk or thrill to the song of a hermit thrush that sings his best here. Even black bear have been known to stroll right through groups of picnickers without as much as a glance at their lunches.

The San Francisco Peaks are actually the remains of an extinct volcano, which mllions of years ago shattered and reshaped these great peaks, forming four of the highest individual peaks in Arizona and is home to the only region of tundra in Arizona. Inside the now quiet caldera a lush alpine environment has blurred evidence of that cataclysmic event.

The Inner Basin Trail that leads into the heart of the ancient volcano begins in beautiful Lockett Meadow. Starting at this island of emerald, which is ringed with quaking aspen stands and majestic high peaks, it leads into the mountain’s now quiet Inner Basin. The Spring and Summer wild flowers add a sprinkling of blue, red and yellow to the peaceful scene. While Fall turns the extensive stands of aspen, which cover the steep slopes of the caldera, to solid gold, Winter avalanche tracks streak down the talus slopes exposing remnants of old lava flows which bear witness to the mountain’s turbulent heritage.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lockett Meadow Road is winding and extremely narrow, and visitors are urged to use caution while in the area.
Reservations: No Reservations. This campground is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fees Single Family (up to 8 people) Site Per Night: $12.00. Extra vehicle fee: $6.00. Day use (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) $6.00 (one vehicle, up to 5 people).
Open Season: May 15 - October 14
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Water: No Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire - Contact Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information

General Notes:

Attractions: Camping, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, fall colors, photography

Facilities: 17 single unit sites, fire rings, picnic tables, vault toilet (no drinking water available- bring your own water).

Map of Lockett Campground sites

Leave No Trace: Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing these LNT principles: 1) Plan ahead and prepare, 2) Travel and camp on durable surfaces, 3) Dispose of waste properly, 4) Leave what you find, 5) Minimize campfire impacts, 6) Respect wildlife, 7) Be considerate of other visitors.

Location: Drive northeast of Flagstaff on US Highway 89 for 12.5 miles to Forest Road 420 directly across from the Sunset Crater National Monument turnoff. Turn left (west) for about 1 mile to Forest Road 552. Turn right at the Lockett Meadow sign and continue to the campground. This dirt road is closed in early spring and late fall due to snow.

This road is not recommended for RVs/trailers due to the very steep, narrow (single lane), and rough road.

  • No drinking water available
  • Campfires are not allowed when the Forest is under Campfire Restrictions
  • Horses are not allowed in campground or Inner Basin.
  • Mountain Bikes are not permitted in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness
  • Motorbikes/ATVs may only be used for entering or leaving campsites and only if they are "street-legal"
  • 14 day Forest stay limit
  • Pets must always be restrained or on a leash on the Coconino National Forest

Directions:

Location: Drive northeast of Flagstaff on US Highway 89 for 12.5 miles to Forest Road 420 directly across from the Sunset Crater National Monument turnoff. Turn left (west) for about 1 mile to Forest Road 552. Turn right at the Lockett Meadow sign and continue to the campground. This dirt road is closed in early spring and late fall due to snow.

GPS: N35° 21' 33.3", W-111° 37' 9.732"

 

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  Latitude : 
35.3586
  Longitude : 
-111.6208
  Elevation : 
8544