Elks Group Campground

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Elks Picnic Group Campground

Elks Picnic Ground is located west of Arizona State Route 87 (milepost 309.9), approximately 30 miles southwest of Winslow and 60 miles northeast of Payson. The elevation at this campground is approximately 6,500 feet. It is situated in an area of the Coconino National Forest where the terrain begins to fade from ponderosa pines into pinyon/juniper stands. This campground facility was designed and constructed by the Winslow Elks Lodge and generously donated to the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.

Specifics: This is a fenced six-acre secluded group camp site. There are picnic benches, fire ring, a horseshoe court, poles for a volleyball net, a small swing set, and a flag pole. The site can accommodate up to 300 people. Water (250 gallon tank) and garbage disposal is provided at this site. There are vault toilets, but for every 25 people after the first 50, the group will need to provide toilet facilities (port-a-pots, self-contained camp trailer, etc.).

Download the Elks Group Campground pamphlet (3.5 MB, PDF) with driving directions, photos, and more information about reserving this site.

At a Glance

Reservations: Information is available by talking with a representative during business hours. Call 928-477-2255 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fees $85 for 10-50 people. 
$110 for 51-100 people.
$135 for 101-300 people. Maximum parking for 50 vehicles. Future reservations (this spring) will be controlled by Recreation.gov.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: Seasonal closures or fire restrictions/closures may be in place. During both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, campfires are prohibited at this site. Gas operated devices with an on/off switch are allowed.
Closest Towns: Happy Jack, Ariz.
Water: 250 gallon tank
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Mogollon Rim District 928-477-2255

General Information


Location: Located on the west side of State Highway 87 approximately 30 miles southwest of Winslow and 60 miles northeast of Payson. 

GPS (Map): 34°42'32.3"N 111°06'09.4"W

Access: From Flagstaff drive 55 miles south on FH 3 (Lake Mary Road) to AZ 87 at Clints Well. Turn left and drive approximately 20 miles to milepost 309.9. Turn left on FR 9717H and drive about one quarter mile to the campground.


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General Notes:

Attractions: Group camping, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography

Facilities: Fenced 6 acre campsite with picnic tables, a horseshoe court, small swing set, and vault type toilets.


  • Water (250 gallon tank) and trash services provided.
  • You will be required to supply supplemental toilets for groups larger than 50 people.
  • No utility hookups.
  • No campfires during Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions.

Our Group Use Campgrounds are part of the Recreation Enhancement Act that allows the Mogollon Rim Ranger District to use 95% of the fees collected for that site's maintenance and improvements. This site is ideal for family reunions, company picnics; youth group outings and various social functions requiring single or multiple day/night use. Read more in the campground reservations announcement (PDF).

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