Grayling Campground

Area Status: 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. 
  • 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
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​
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 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.

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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

23 units

RV Camping

Motorhomes up to 22 foot

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  Elevation : 
9,040 feet