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Campsites are scattered through cool groves of ponderosa pines and white firs. Recreational interest here usually centers around fishing in nearby Mormon Lake (when there is water in it), but even if you don't fish there are plenty of things to do in this picturesque area.
Three hiking trails originate at Dairy Springs, one at Double Springs (see the Trails section of this guide). Those trails lead to scenic overlooks of nearby Mormon Lake and the surrounding area of prairies, forests and volcanoes. Wildlife watching is also a popular activity in this area. It's a very good place to see hawks, including northern harriers and ospreys. The area boasts a healthy population of elk and mule deer, too. The scenic little mountain resort village of Mormon Lake is conveniently close to the camp, offering horseback rides, mountain bike rentals. You'll also find a country store, service station, and a picturesque cowboy steak house there.
Wildlife and bird watching are popular activities in this area as they visit the spring. Some of the birds you may see are hawks, northern harriers, an occasional bald eagle and a variety of song birds. The area also boasts a healthy population of elk and mule deer.
Campground roads and parking spurs are gravel.
At a Glance
||Camp check-in time is 2 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.
||Group and single family site reservations accepted online at Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 (toll free number), TDD at 877-833-6777.
||$18.00 per night, up to eight people with one vehicle. Second vehicle per night: $8.00 additional. $100.00 for group site. America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes are accepted for a 50% discount on single-site camping fees.
||May - October 12
- Pets must always be restrained or on a leash.
- No horses allowed in the campground.
- Motorbikes may only be used for entering or leaving campsite.
- 14 day stay limit.
||Mormon Lake, AZ
||Concessionaire. Contact Flagstaff District 928-526-0866
||Dairy Springs has 15 reservable sites, 15 first-come, first-served sites
Dairy Springs Group has two sites; reservations are required for group sites.
Attractions: Fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, windsurfing, sightseeing, wildlife watching (hawks, elk, deer), photography
30 single-unit sites with tables and cooking grills, two group sites
Toilets (vault type)
Self-guided nature trail at Dairy Springs
Campfire program amphitheater
Tents and small motor homes up to 35' are permitted at both campgrounds.
No utility hookups.
Location: 24 miles south east of Flagstaff near Lake Mary. Elevation is 7,000 feet.
GPS (Map) for Dairy Springs: 34°57'22.4"N 111°29'07.5"W
GPS (Map) for Dairy Springs Group: 34°57'20.9"N 111°29'05.7"W
Access: Drive south from Flagstaff 20 miles on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) to the intersection of Forest Road 90. Turn west on FR 90 and drive 3.5 miles to Dairy Springs Campground.
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