Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites

Area Status: Open
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Sharp Creek CampgroundSharp Creek is a small campground located in an area of central Arizona known for its pleasant temperatures, spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation. There are tent-only, family and group sites to accommodate a wide range of visitors.

Natural Features: Sharp Creek sits at a cool 6,000 feet elevation, perfect for escaping the desert heat of southern Arizona and getting away to shaded forests and refreshing creeks and lakes. It is surrounded by a thick ponderosa pine forest below the Mogollon Rim. The clear waters of Christopher Creek are less than a mile away. 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 feet 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.

Recreation: The campground is in a central location for hiking, fishing, boating and picnicking. Anglers can try for trout in nearby Christopher Creek. Hikers can access the historic Highline National Recreational Trail, which runs for 51 miles along the base of the Mogollon Rim, from the 260 Trail three miles east of the campground. Two lakes nearby offer additional fishing and boating options.

Facilities: Sharp Creek is a small campground with 20 campsites conveniently spread out into four loops. Campsites are spacious, comfortable and well-maintained, with some shade. Each has a picnic table, grill, campfire ring and lantern holder. One loop contains three group campsites that can each accommodate 75 people. A group picnic shelter is available as well. A dump station is located at nearby Ponderosa Campground.

Nearby Attractions: The small town of Christopher Creek is less than a mile away and has a few restaurant and shopping options for basic conveniences. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes sit above the Mogollon Rim, only a 10-minute drive away, and offer boating and fishing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites and 12 months in advance for group sites.
Fees $27 per night for standard sites; $150 per night for group sites with electricity.
Open Season: April - October
Restrictions: Each group site accomodates a maximum of 75 people
Closest Towns: Payson, Star Valley
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.29972, -110.99806
34°17'59"N, 110°59'53"W

This facility is located 23 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona, approximately 1.5 miles east of Christopher Creek. From Payson, take Highway 260 east for 23 miles. The campground is on the south side of Highway 260.


There is a second vehicle charge of $8 per night collected on-site.


Accessible campsites.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Check-in time is 2 p.m.; check-out time is 1 p.m. Two tents maximum per campsite.

No. of Sites 28
Reservation Info To make reservations, please call Reserve America: 1-877-444-6777 or at
Fire Information Campfire rings available. Firewood can be purchased on-site for $7.00 per bundle
No. of Accessible sites 28
Usage: No dump station at campground. Closest dump station is at Ponderosa Campground.

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6,000 feet