Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site

Area Status: Open

Christopher Creek Campground

Christopher Creek Campground is one of the most popular sites on Payson Ranger District. Developed campgrounds with picnic tables, grills and designated fire pits may be reserved for large families to spend quality time together. Campers may pass the time listening to ambient sounds of foliage fluttering in the breeze and the creek flowing in the distance. Review At-A-Glance below for more details about this site.

With an elevation over a mile-high (5640 ft), Christopher Creek Campground's crisp, fresh air and vibrant views are a joy to behold. The facility is tucked along the banks of the spring-fed Christopher Creek, which passes just below the Mogollon Rim.

The Mogollon Rim, pronounced by locals as "muggy-own," is a 200-mile-long cliff in northern Arizona that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 ft in elevation. The unique landscape was created by extreme erosion and faulting that has sculpted spectacular canyons and buttes. The rim serves as the geographical dividing line between the cool high country above and the hot, dry desert below. Christopher Creek is in the desert portion, but is balanced by the cool waters of the creek and forested surroundings.

Natural Features: Christopher Creek provides creek side dwelling in Tonto National Forest, at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Sites are surrounded by ponderosa pines, junipers, oaks and manzanita evergreen shrubs.

Recreation: After a day of horseback riding or mountain biking, take a dip in one of the facility's three swimming holes to cool off from the summer sun. Or if winter is more your thing, visit during the snowy months to take advantage of the miles of cross-country skiing available. Each spring, the creek is stocked with rainbow trout, allowing anglers the opportunity to cast their hearts out for rainbows as well as brook and brown trout.

Facilities: The family-friendly campground has 43 sites on both sides of the creek, plus a group site that accommodates a maximum of 25 people.

Nearby Attractions: The small town of Christopher Creek is just a short drive away and offers a few restaurant options for those who tire of cooking at the campground. A series of lakes called the Rim Country Lakes are about a 10-minute drive east. Woods Canyon Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state and offers options for boating as well as a nature trail that loops around the lake's perimeter.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
  • April 1 - April 14, sites are first come, first serve.
  • April 15 - October 31, reservations are to be made on
Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for the standard sites and 12 months in advance for the group site.   
Fees: $22 per night for standard sites; $80 per night for group site.
Open Season: April - October
Restrictions: The group site accomodates a maximum of 25 people. 
Closest Towns: Payson
Water: Water Spigot
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.30806, -111.03472
34°18'29"N, 111°2'5"W

From Payson, Arizona, take Highway 260 east for 21 miles to the Christopher Creek Campground turnoff. Take Forest Road for 1/4 mile to the campground, Ask host for directions to campsite.

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General Notes:
  • No off-road vehicles allowed.
  • Bear activity has increased due to drought conditions.
  • For more information please visit Be Bear
  • Firewood can be purchased on-site for $8.00 per bundle.


The maximum number of vehicles allowed per campsite is two and for group sites, eight. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 43
Reservation Info Contact 1-877-444-6777 or at
Fire Information Campfire rings available

RV Camping

Group Camping

No. of Sites 1 site with a minimum of 2 night stay
Reservation Info Contact 1-877-444-6777 or at
Group Cooking Facilities grills
Fire Information fire rings/ grills available

River and Stream Fishing

Christopher Creek Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Brown Trout; Brook Trout

Fish Species Rainbow Trout (periodically stocked by Arizona Game and Fish Department).


Picnic tables, trash service, cooking grills, campfire rings

No. of Sites 6
Fire Information Campfire ring available

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  Elevation : 
5,600 feet