Recreation

Recreation on the Forest

Its called God's Country . . . lakes and mountains. The Mogollon Rim made famous by Zane Grey. The White Mountains made green by ponderosa pine, gentled by cold waters flowing to the valleys below and far beyond. It is a physically challenging and rewarding recreational landscape. A place of spiritual renewal and more . . .

Enjoy your National Forests but please remember: FIREWORKS are not allowed on the National Forest.


When camping or picnicking, please keep your site clean; free from trash and food. Otherwise animals and insects are attracted to your site.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics... Bag your trash and take it home with you. Help us keep our forests clean and green by "Packing It Out!"

Feel free to have a campfire but ALWAYS be in attendance of your fire; when you leave, PUT IT OUT- COLD OUT! Put lots of water on it (about 5 gallons), mix and stir dirt in, then do it again until you can put your bare hand on the coals and they are cool to the touch! Putting your fire out can take awhile. Please start extinguishing it BEFORE you start packing up.

Human Waste is a big problem when thousands of people converge on the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for detailed instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.

Sharing the trail with horses:

Here’s a great resource on sharing trails with horses, mountain bikers, and hikers: “What a Horse Sees!” – a short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail. Trailmeister.com

With your help, we can protect our natural resources for future generations.

Thank you!

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bear Track Camp Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open year around
Black Jack Campground Open to Visitor
Black Jack Group Group Campground Open to Visitor
Blue Crossing Campground Open to Visitor
Buffalo Crossing Campground Open to Visitor
Coal Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open year around
Deer Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Diamond Rock Campground Open to Visitor
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area Campground Open to Visitor Open year round. Make reservations at www.azstateparks.com
Frisco Camp Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open year around
Gabaldon Horse Camp Open to Visitor No water
Granville Campground Closed to Visitor
Honeymoon Campground Open to Visitor Open year around
Horse Springs Campground Open to Visitor
KP Cienega Campground Open to Visitor Limited services, No Fee
Los Burros Campground Open to Visitor 14-day stay limit
Los Burros Trail #631 Open to Visitor
Luna Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Mogollon Rim Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Closes for season Saturday, December 13, 2014. Will reopen Memorial Day weekend, 2015 if funding and staffing permits.
Scott Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor 5-day stay limit, no campfires, propane only
Sheep Saddle Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open year around
South Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Day use only; limited services
Strayhorse Campground Open to Visitor Water is shut off and there are no trash disposal services
Upper Blue Campground Open to Visitor
Willow Springs Lake Fishing and Boating Site Closed to Visitor Periodically closed from November 2014 through Fall 2016 due to forest health/thinning activity. Call the Black Mesa Ranger District before planning your visit. (928)535-7300
Woods Canyon Lake Area Boating Site Open to Visitor Vehicle access, day use & boat launching facilities. Store is closed for the season.

Spotlights

KP Cienega Campground

***NOTICE** KP Cienega Campground is open  until weather conditions prohibit access. – Please, Pack It In, Pack It Out!

At 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest campgrounds in Arizona. With that in mind, you might suspect that it's cool up here. Well you would be right, deliciously cool--when it's hot everywhere else.

  • 5 single unit sites 
  • Trailers and motorhomes up to 16 foot
  • No hookups
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash
  • Lodge and restaurant at nearby Hannagan Meadow
  •  Tables
  • Fire rings with cooking grills 

The KP Trailhead, directly adjacent to the campground, provides hiking and backpacking opportunites into the Blue Range Primitive Area via the KP Trail (# 70) with connections to many other trails within the area.

Hannagan Campground

Hannagan Campground

***NOTICE** Hannagan Campground is open without water service  until weather conditions prohibit access. – Please, Pack It In, Pack It Out!

Nearby hiking trails and scenic drives, close to the primitive area and wilderness At 9,100 feet, this is one of the highest campgrounds in Arizona. With that in mind, you might suspect that it's cool up here. And you'd be right, deliciously cool--when it's hot everywhere else. You might also suspect that the surroundings are alpine. Right again! High country tree species such as Colorado Blue and Engelmann spruce, subalpine and corkbark fir and quaking aspen shade these campgrounds.

Upper Blue Campground

View of Upper Blue campsite with Adirondack-style shleter

A rustic camping experience in a beautiful setting off the beaten path, Upper Blue Campground is located below the high bluffs and near streamside within the Blue River Valley.

  • 3 campsites
  • 2 sites with Adirondack-style shelters.
  • 14 day stay limit.