Grayling Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Situated in the mixed conifer and aspen, Grayling Campground offers perhaps the most secluded sites in the Big Lake complex. It sits on the shoreline of the lake in a mixed conifer and aspen forest and affords visitors many recreational opportunities in a quiet, scenic setting. Popular activities include trout fishing and hiking.

Natural Features:

Grayling sits in the White Mountains at an elevation of 9,000 feet. It is a very scenic area, forested with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce and aspen trees, which provide ample shade. Summer temperatures are pleasant and cool, a nice respite from the heat of lower deserts. Visitors should come prepared for cool nighttime temperatures and occasional summer rain storms.


The campground is adjacent to 450-acre Big Lake, one of Arizona's top fishing lakes. The lake is known for its trout fishing, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache being the most sought-after species.

The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing.


All 23 campsites in this small facility are located along one loop. Some sites have a view of the lake, though none are directly on the waterfront. Flush toilets are a comfort of home, and showers can be found one mile away.

A dump station for RV campers is one mile away. A store is also nearby with gas, food, boat rentals and firewood for sale.

At a Glance

Reservations: Make a reservation at
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Per vehicle per night $20.00
Additional Camp Unit fees collected at the campground.
*Additional Camp Unit $20.00
 Interagency/Senior Discount $10.00‚Äč
Usage: Light
Best Season: Mid-May through September
Closest Towns: Springerville, AZ
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200
TTY: (928) 333-5397

General Information


Grayling Campground is located in the Big Lake Recreation Area.

From Eagar: Go 5 miles west on State Route 260 turn south on State Route 261 go 29 miles to Sate Route 273, turn west go about 3 miles, Big Lake Recereational Area will be on the west side.

From Show Low, Arizona: take Highway 260 east for 42 miles to Highway 273. Take Highway 273 south for 30 miles Big Lake Recereational Area will be on the west side.

General Notes:
  • Campground hosts
  • Fire rings, grills and picnic tables
  • Dump station
  • Showers
  • No electric hookups available.
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
  • No fee camping after mid-October to mid-May.

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Picnic tables Yes
Drinking water Yes
Toilets Yes
Tent camping Yes
Camping trailer Yes
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9,040 feet