Riverside is a campground with an exceptional view of Bartlett Dam. Because of the close proximity to water, fisherman and avid water recreationalist enjoy this spot all year long. Riverside is less packed than most of our recsites near water because it only allows non-motorized boats. The Verde River and the riparian area are ideal for bird watching. Bald eagles are occasionally seen here.
At a Glance
January - December
Stay limit 14 days, no motor boats allowed, trailers under 16'. No services. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Glass containers prohibited. Bury human waste 6-8 inches and at least 200 feet away from camp, trails, water sources, and dry drainages.
Carefree & Cave Creek
Vault Toilets (Accessible)
Currently, the Tonto Daily Pass and Tonto Discovery Passes are accepted. When Tonto National Forest installs the fee machines on January 1st, 2017, the campground fees for this site will change and the standard Tonto Passes will no longer be accepted.
This site is 23 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road for 7 miles then turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 13 miles. Just before reaching the Jojoba Boating site, FR 19 becomes a maintained gravel road that turns south (right). Follow it for another 3 miles to Riverside. Click Here For Map.
Camping & Cabins
First come, first serve, no reservations
No. of Sites
River and Stream Fishing
River Access Point (Verde R.)
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout; Large and Smallmouth Bass; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish
Picnicking is permitted at campsites with the use of a Tonto Daily Pass, Tonto Discovery Pass, or America the Beautiful pass.