Dairy Springs Campground

  

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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

Reservations: Group and single family site reservations accepted online at Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Camp check-in time is 2 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.
Fees $16.00 for single-family sites, $90.00 for group site.
Open Season: May 3 at noon - October 14 at noon
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Mormon Lake, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire - Contact Flagstaff District - 928-526-0866
Information Center: Dairy Springs has 15 reservable sites, 15 first-come, first-served sites
Dairy Springs Group has two sites; reservations are required for group sites.

General Information

General Notes:

Attractions: Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback riding, Windsurfing, Sightseeing, Wildlife watching (hawks, elk, deer), Photography

Facilities:

  • 30 single-unit sites with tables and cooking grills, two group sites
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets (vault type)
  • Self-guided nature trail at Dairy Springs
  • Campfire program amphitheater

Fees:

  • Fee for single unit sites: $16.00 per night, up to eight people with one vehicle. Second vehicle per night: $8.00 additional. These campgrounds are available for Picnic/day use (10 a.m to 4 p.m.) for a fee of $8.00 for up to 5 people.
  • Fee for Dairy Springs Group sites: $90 per group site, 1 - 40 people. Reserve both group sites for up to 80 people for $180.00 per night. Reservation fees additional.

Reservations: Group and single family site reservations accepted online at Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 (toll free number), TDD at 877-833-6777. Camp check-in time is 2 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.


Notes:

  • Tents and small motor homes up to 35' are permitted at both campgrounds.
  • Reservations are required for group sites, 15 of Dairy Springs Campground sites are available for reservations. All the rest are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No utility hookups.
  • 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.

Directions:

Location: 24 miles south east of Flagstaff near Lake Mary. Elevation is7,000 feet.

GPS for Dairy Springs: N34° 57' 22.3554", W-111° 29' 7.512"
GPS for Dairy Springs Group: N34° 57' 20.9154", W-111° 29' 5.712"

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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  Latitude : 
34.956202
  Longitude : 
-111.485410
  Elevation : 
7170