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.
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.
- 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
|Current Conditions:||Water available. Showers and restrooms open.|
|Reservations:||Make a reservation at Recreation.gov.|
|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
|Best Season:||Mid-May through September|
|Closest Towns:||Springerville, AZ|
|Information Center:||Springerville Ranger District
TTY: (928) 333-5397
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 Recreational 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 Recreational Area will be on the west side.
- Campground hosts
- Fire rings, grills and picnic tables
- Dump station
- No electric hookups available.
- Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
- No fee camping after mid-October to mid-May.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Motorhomes up to 22 foot
Lake and Pond Fishing
Alerts & Warnings
- 03-01-05-23-17 Horse Creek Closure
- 03-01-05-23-18 Home Creek Closure
- Regional Closure Order - Fireworks, Explosives and Sparks
- 14-Day Stay Limit in 30-Day Period on Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
- Prohibited in Big Lake Recreation Area - Storing or Possessing Food or Refuse