Houston Mesa Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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Houston Mesa Campground is a large camping site located in Payson. Houston Mesa caters to both campground and RV camping during certain parts of the year. Sites large enough for big parties are available at Houston Mesa and can be reserved online or by phone. Picnicking, hiking, and nature viewing are very popular at this site during the hot summer months.

At a Glance

Fees Fees charged by Concessionaire. Concessionaire will accept cash or checks only, no credit or debit.  $22 per night per camp unit, $8 second vehicle, coin operated shower facilities $3, dump station $10, firewood $7; RV water $5.  Day-use fees: $8 per day
Open Season: 1 February - 30 November
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 40', no hook-ups available, reservations accepted and recommended for holiday weekends, 25 sites are available for first-come/50 sites are available for reservations
Closest Towns: Payson
Water: Available
Restroom: Flush toilets accessible
Passes: An annual pass for Payson Ranger District day-use areas can be purchased for $45 at the Houston Mesa Campground.
Operated By: Please call 1-877-444-6777 to make reservations or via the internet at www.recreation.gov
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


This site is located 2 miles north of Payson at the junction of State Hwy. 87 and the Houston Mesa Road/Forest Road (FR 199). Turn east on Houston Mesa Rd. and travel ¼ mile to the campground located on the north side of the road. Houston Mesa Horse Campground is located on the south side of the road. Click Here For Map.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Camping Feb. 1 - Nov. 30, Length = 40' max.

Reservation Info25 sites first come, first serve, 50 sites are reservable
No. of Sites75

Campground Camping

75 camp units, shower, dump station, picnic table, campfire rings and grill

Reservation InfoRESERVABLE UNITS IN EACH LOOP Elk Loop: 2,3,5,6,7,9,13,14,18,20,21,22,23,24 Bear Loop: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26 Mountain Lion Loop: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,20,21 Mule Deer Loop – 18 sites
Fire InformationCampfire rings available
No. of Sites75
No. of Accessible sites75


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