Aspen Campground is a scenic hideaway for anglers, boaters, families and photographers, located in north central Arizona near Heber and Payson. It sits in a dense pine and aspen area forest near the shore of Woods Canyon Lake at an elevation of 7,000 ft. With spacious campsites, calm and scenic lake waters, a marina, boat ramp and many amenities, Aspen is one of the most popular camping spots in Arizona.
Facilities: Aspen Campground is a large facility with 148 campsites. It is composed of four loops in alternating meadow and wooded areas, and campsites are spaced well apart from each other. The nearest showers are 10 miles away at Canyon Point Campground. A marina with a full service store with groceries, boat rentals and firewood is available at the lake. Gas, phone and groceries are also available in nearby Forest Lakes.
Natural Features: The large and rambling campground offers several camping experiences and environments from marshy meadows to a rocky forest. Wildlife viewing includes birds, squirrels, deer and elk. Deer, skunks and bears are common campground visitors. Summer temperatures can be very pleasant because of the elevation. However, the rainy season often brings afternoon thunderstorms from late June through August. Visitors should come prepared for rain and cool nighttime temperatures.
Recreation: Popular activities include trout fishing, hiking, boating and photography. Woods Canyon Lake is one of seven lakes in the Rim Lakes Recreation Area, and one of the most visited. Two other lakes are within a short drive. Woods Canyon Lake only allows electric boat motors. An easy hiking trail meanders around the lake, and the campground's paved roads make for great bike rides. Families might also enjoy attending educational programs given by Forest Service rangers on the weekends.
At a Glance
|Reservations:||27 first come first serve sites. Reservations available 1-877-444-6777. Or online Recreation.gov|
|Fees:||Non-electrical site. Each site fee accommodates one vehicle and eight people. Extra vehicle charges do apply and are payable upon arrival. This site does not accept credit cards. Cash or check only.|
|Open Season:||April 29 - Closes October 31 Annually|
|Closest Towns:||Payson, AZ or Heber, AZ|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (9)|
|Information Center:||Black Mesa Ranger District (928)535-7300|
Just off Woods Canyon Lake, approximately 4 miles north of State Highway 260 at mile marker 282, located directly across from the Rim Visitor Information Station or 25 miles west of Heber, Arizona.
- 27 first come first serve sites
- Campground hosts
- Fire rings and picnic tables
- Paved roads, drive on existing roads only
- 14-day stay limit
- No waste water dumping on ground
- Deer, elk, skunks, squirrel, and bear are common campground visitors.
- Be prepared for rain, often heavy through July and August.
- Campground is located at high elevation. Be prepared for cool to cold night time temperatures.
- Fishing and boating on Woods Canyon Lake. Electric boat motors only.
- Camping and fishing supplies available from Woods Canyon Store.
- Interpretative nature trail at the north end of lake.
- The campground is situated in ponderosa pine, oak, aspen,
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information