Elks Group Campground

Area Status: Closed
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Elks Picnic Group Campground

Elks Picnic Ground is located west of Arizona State Route 87 (milepost 309.9), approximately 30 miles southwest of Winslow and 60 miles northeast of Payson. The elevation at this campground is approximately 6,500 feet. It is situated in an area of the Coconino National Forest where the terrain begins to fade from ponderosa pines into pinyon/juniper stands. This campground facility was designed and constructed by the Winslow Elks Lodge and generously donated to the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.

Specifics: This is a fenced 6.5 acre secluded group camp site. There are picnic benches, fire ring, a horseshoe court, poles for a volleyball net, a small swing set, and a flag pole. The site can accommodate up to 300+ people. Water and garbage disposal is provided at this site. There are vault toilets, but for every 25 people after the first 50, the group will need to provide toilet facilities (port-a-pots, self-contained camp trailer, etc.).

Download the Elks Group Campground pamphlet (3.5 MB, PDF) with driving directions, photos, and more information about reserving this site.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by talking with a representative during business hours and can be made up to 6 months in advance. We will not accept reservations from answering machines, fax machines, or e-mails. Call 928-477-2255 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fees $50 per night, Friday and Saturday. $30 per night Sunday through Thursday.
Open Season: Late May - Mid October
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Seasonal closures or fire restrictions/closures may be in place. During both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, campfires are prohibited at this site. Gas operated devices with an on/off switch are allowed.
Closest Towns: Happy Jack, AZ
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Mogollon Rim District 928-477-2255

General Information


Location: Located on the west side of State Highway 87 approximately 30 miles southwest of Winslow and 60 miles northeast of Payson. 

GPS (Map): 34°42'32.3"N 111°06'09.4"W

Access: From Flagstaff drive 55 miles south on FH 3 (Lake Mary Road) to AZ 87 at Clints Well. Turn left and drive approximately 20 miles to milepost 309.9. Turn left on FR 9717H and drive about one quarter mile to the campground.


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Elks Picnic Ground - Map


General Notes:

Attractions: Group camping, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography

Facilities: Fenced 5 acre campsite. There is a covered bandstand with a raised floor four feet from the ground 8 feet by 35 feet, picnic tables, a horseshoe court, small swing set, vault type toilets.


  • Water and trash services provided.
  • You may be required to supply supplemental toilets, depending on group size
  • No utility hookups

Our Group Use Campgrounds are part of the Recreation Enhancement Act that allows the Mogollon Rim Ranger District to use 95% of the fees collected for that site's maintenance and improvements. This site is ideal for family reunions, company picnics; youth group outings and various social functions requiring single or multiple day/night use. Read more in this 2011 campground reservations announcement (PDF).

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