Rainbow Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rainbow is the largest campground in the Big Lake complex with 152 campsites and is a favorite with families. 

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EZ Camping

At a Glance

Reservations: Make a reservation
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Standard Family Sites per night $20- $22 Group Sites are not eligible for Interagency/ Senior Pass Discounts Mini Group Sites (2, 47, 80) per night $22 - $80 
(reservation fee not included) EZ Camping Tent Sites Tent Package Per night $55.00
Reservation Fee $10.00​
Usage: Light
Best Season: Mid-May through September.
Closest Towns: Springerville, AZ
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200
TTY: (928) 333-5397

General Information


Directions from Springerville: Located about 25 miles south of Springerville on State Road 273, Rainbow Campground is found in the Big Lake Recreation Area.

General Notes:
  • Supplies available from concessionaire.
  • Deer, skunks and bear are common campground visitors.
  • A variety of hummingbirds
  • Be prepared for rain, often heavy through July and August.
  • Because of the high elevation be prepared for cool night time temperatures.
  • Campground hosts
  • Visitor's Center with scheduled programs,
  • Fire rings, grills, picnic tables
  • Dump station,
  • Paved roads
  • Showers
  • Campsites 130 thru 152 (loop F) are available on a first come first serve bases
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash 

Recreation Map

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Mountain Biking

A spur trail in Loop D connects the campground with the Indian Springs hiking and biking trail. 

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Picnic tables Yes
Drinking water Yes
Toilets Yes
Boat ramp Yes
Tent camping Yes
Accessible Yes
Camping trailer Yes
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9,100 feet