West Clear Creek flows along the boundary of this desert canyon country camp and is a popular place for hiking, swimming, wading and fishing. Cool water species such as smallmouth bass and green sunfish populate the stream near the campground. The oasis bordering the creek and extending into the campground is an excellent place for wildlife watching. It provides a productive home to a number of species of colorful songbirds and raptors. Beyond those lush environs, the Sonoran desert bristles with cactus and adds variety to any hike.
Clear Creek Campground is grassy and flat with shade provided by tall cottonwoods. It has a relaxed and open atmosphere that keeps people coming back year after year. Just a short gravel road separates the campground from nearby paved Forest Highway 9.
At a Glance
Reservation required for the group site. Visit Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Access: Drive 50 miles south of Flagstaff on Interstate 17 and take any of the three Camp Verde exits. Drive through Camp Verde and continue east about 5 miles on State Highway 260 (the General Crook Highway). Turn north on FR 626 to the campground.