Upper Canyon Creek Campground

Area Status: Open

Upper Canyon Creek

The campground of dispersed units is set in a mature stand of Ponderosa pine with a mix of white and Douglas fir. Canyon Creek is popular among anglers fishing for rainbow trout. Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear.

Pack It In, Pack It Out

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Permit Info: Permit required through the District Office if over 75 people.
  • 14-day stay limit.
  • Trailers under 16 feet.
  • Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (running generators are not permitted during quiet hours).
Closest Towns: Young, Payson, Forest Lakes
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets, one toilet is equipped with grab bars.
Passes: No passes or fees required.
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


Access #1 (41 miles east of Payson): From Payson, travel 33 miles east on paved State Hwy. 260. Turn right on Young Road/Forest Road (FR) 512, and continue on for 3 miles to FR 33 (unpaved). Turn left on FR 33 and travel 1 1/2 miles to the site.

Access #2 (28 miles north of Young): From Young, take State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR) 512 north for 23 miles to FR 33. Turn right onto FR 33. Taking FR 33, it’s about 5 miles to the site.

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General Notes:
  • In the winter, temperatures can dip into the teens.
  • Both FR 512 and FR 33 are unpaved roads, four-wheel-drive or chains are advised after heavy rains or snow.
  • Canyon Creek has a four-trout limit. Canyon Creek fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.
  • Bear-proof your camp -- especially food.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Upper Canyon Creek has 10 designated disperse campsites that are on a first come first serve basis. Please pack out whatever you pack in.

No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info First come, first serve, no reservations

River and Stream Fishing

Near Canyon Creek:  Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Brown Trout

Fish Species rainbow trout

Viewing Wildlife

Species abert squirrel, black bear, mountain lion, elk, turkey and deer

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6,600 feet