Haigler Canyon Campground and Day Use

Area Status: Open

Haigler Canyon Recreation Site

Haigler Canyon is deep within the forest. The unpaved road is windy, narrow, and steep which makes this recreation site a favorite for OHV use. Families enjoy driving down meandering roads on their OHVs while anglers enjoy fishing for trout at Haigler Creek. Haigler Canyon Trailhead also offers beautiful vistas, peace, and tranquility. Several shaded campsites include designated picnic tables with grills that offer more leisure time for relaxation. Review At-A-Glance below for more details about this site.

This campground was constructed in 2007 and offers 2 independent campground areas with 14 overnight sites. The recreation area also includes 2 sites available for day-use visitors. This campground boasts a diversity of trees. Fishing for rainbow trout is a popular pastime here. The stream is periodically stocked with trout from April through late August. 

At a Glance

  • 14-day stay limit.
  • Trailers under 20 feet.
  • FR 200 and 291 are unpaved roads.
  • A sewage dump facility is located at Ponderosa Campground on Hwy. 260, which is 15 miles east of Payson.
  • Four-wheel-drive or chains are advised after heavy rains/snow.
  • Only street-legal OHVs are allowed.
  • Haigler Creek is prone to have flash floods from rains on the Mogollon Rim, only street-legal OHVs are allowed.
  • Bear-proof your camp - especially your food-stuff.
  • In winter, temperatures dip into the teens.
  • Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (running generators are not permitted during quiet hours).
Closest Towns: Young, AZ; Christopher Creek, AZ; Payson, AZ
Water: No water available
Restroom: Toilet Building (Accessible)
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


Access #1 (34 miles east of Payson): From Payson, travel east for 24 miles on State Hwy 260. Turn right on Colcord Road  291 and travel 3 miles to FR 200. Turn right on unpaved FR 200. Travel on FR 200 for 6 miles, through Haigler Canyon Recreation Site to FR 202A. Turn right and follow this unpaved road for ½ mile to the site.

Access #2 (12 miles north of Young): From Young, travel 3 miles north on State Hwy.288/Forest Road (FR) 512 to FR 200. Turn left on FR 200 and travel for 9 miles to the site. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

2 day use sites, 2 campground areas with 14 overnight sites
No. of Sites 14
Reservation Info First come, first serve, no reservations
No. of Accessible sites 14

River and Stream Fishing

Haigler Creek Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Brown Trout

Fish Species rainbow trout


2 day use sites, 2 campground areas with 14 overnight sites
No. of Sites 3


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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5,250 feet