White Spar Campground

White Spar Campground at 5,641 feet in elevation is a short drive of 2.7 miles south of downtown Prescott and east of Hwy 89. Campers will appreciate the mild weather and the cool ponderosa pine forest the campground is nestled in. The campground's convenient location allows for many opportunities for pursuing recreational activities in the area. Activities include camping, hiking, mountain biking and bird watching. Several connector and loop trails in the area allow for multiple modes of travel. The Tri-City Community comprising Prescott, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley has events, functions, benefits, and attractions throughout the year, all within a few minutes' drive.

Natural Features: White Spar Campground is surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine, oak, manzanita, and a variety of shrubs and grasses. In the Prescott Basin, the campground is near Granite Basin Recreation Area, Granite Mountain Wilderness Area, Granite Basin Lake, Lynx Lake, Lynx Lake Recreation Area, and Thumb Butte. Access to these areas can either be made by several interlocking hiking trails or by driving a short distance. Plenty of sunshine awaits you in the beautiful Southwest!

Recreation: White Spar Campground is available year-round, but campsites are limited during the winter season. Campsites are designed for RV, trailer or tent camping. Many popular outdoor activities abound in the area. Visitors may enjoy fishing, bird-watching, boating, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, picnicking, camping and just plain relaxing.

Nearby Attractions: Northwest of White Spar Campground, within ten miles, is the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Within this recreation area are several day-use areas, and Granite Basin Lake (five acres), which is known for channel catfish, large-mouth bass, and sunfish. Rising prominently north of Granite Basin Lake is Granite Mountain at 6,874 feet. The Granite Mountain Wilderness Area is comprised of the mountain's rugged topography and mixed vegetation suite. Also, northwest of White Spar Campground within ten miles, is Alto Pit Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Campground and Day-Use Area. OHV riders of all skill levels can ride the several miles of trails that meander through the area's challenging terrain and vegetative cover. Southeast of downtown Prescott and within eight miles of White Spar Campground is Lynx Lake Recreation Area. Lynx Lake (55 acres) is an immensely popular attraction in the Prescott National Forest that offers a variety of recreation opportunities for all age groups. Activities include fishing, boating, and hiking among many. West of White Spar Campground, within four miles, is the Thumb Butte Recreation Area. Its 6,515-foot prominence is quite visible in the Prescott Basin. The Butte is very popular for its scenic vistas, jogging and hiking. Rock climbing is allowed, but only between July 16 and January 31. It is otherwise closed to climbing during the peregrine falcon nesting period. Birdwatching is popular, but only outside the closed area. The City of Prescott offers several day-use recreation facilities within ten miles of White Spar Campground. To the north and northeast are Watson (70 acres) and Willow Lakes and to the south Goldwater Lake (15 acres). Each have unique qualities and recreation opportunities including boating, fishing, birdwatching and hiking.

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  Reservations can be made on the day of arrival or up to to six months in advance.
Fees: Campsites range in price from $10 - 28.  See Recreation.gov for details.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
  •  Check-in after 2:00 p.m./Check-out by 12:00 noon  
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.•    Campfires in developed fire pits only
•    The gathering of dead wood is allowed for campground use only
•    Fireworks are prohibited
•    Dogs must be on leash (6' maximum)
•    OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground
•    Maximum length of stay: 14 days in 30-day period on the Prescott National Forest including stays at dispersed recreation sites.
•    Discharging any weapon is prohibited in the Lynx Lake Recreation Area
Closest Towns: Prescott, AZ
Water: Drinking water during peak season
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center: Single campsites are designed for up to 5 people and double campsites up to 10 people The number of camp units allowed (one camp unit is either an RV, and/or tow vehicle and trailer) is one per single campsite and two per double campsite. One or two extra vehicles may be possible. Internal road system designed for vehicles 45 feet or less. Accommodations for equipment vary by campsite. An RV towing a car, or a vehicle towing a trailer counts as one vehicle. There is a daily $5.00 fee for a 2nd vehicle at a single campsite and a daily $5.00 fee each for a 3rd and a 4th vehicle at a double campsite. Vehicles must remain on an established campsite driveway to prevent damage to vegetation and features, and to allow for safe traffic flow.

General Information


Accessible Campsites


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34°30'22"N, 112°28'40"W

From the county courthouse in downtown Prescott, take Montezuma Street (Highway 89) south for 2.7 miles. White Spar Campground is located on the left (east side of Hwy 89).


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • Located in the ponderosa pine forest three miles from downtown Prescott, this campground has 52 sites with 12 sites open year-round, though the water is off during the winter.
  • Each camp site usually accommodates one vehicle towing a camp trailer plus one additional vehicle (there is a charge for additional vehicle). Vehicles must be parked in space provided on site - not along side the road.
  • Sites are designed for 5 people; a maximum of 10 is allowed only to accommodate a single large family.

RV Camping

No hook-ups