Colcord Ridge Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Colcord Ridge


Situated within a mixed forest of Ponderosa pine, white and Douglas fir, Colcord Ridge is a great place to go during the hot summer months. Trout fishing is available -- 5 miles to the east of Canyon Creek Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery -- 5 miles east on FR 33. Wildlife includes black bear, elk, mountain lion, javelina and deer. This site is a great camp site for youth first learning how to camp.

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
  • Stay limit 14 days
  • Trailers under 32'
Closest Towns: Payson, Forest Lakes
Water: No water available
Restroom: Vault toilets, one toilet is equipped with grab bars.
Passes: No Fees or Passes required.
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


Access #1 (36 miles east of Payson): From Payson, travel 33 miles east on paved State Hwy. 260. Turn right on unpaved Young Road/Forest Road (FR) 512 and continue 3miles to Forest Road 33 (unpaved). Turn left on FR 33 and travel 4 1/2 miles to the site.

Access #2 (23 miles north of Young): From Young, take unpaved State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR) 512 about 23 miles to the site. View and download a map.

General Notes:
  • Bear-proof your camp -- especially food stuff.
  • In the winter temperatures drop into the teens. Be Prepared.
  • FR 512 is an unpaved road
  • A sewage dump facility is located at Ponderosa Campground on Highway 260 located 15 miles towards Payson  ($5 fee) .

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Campground Camping

There are no designated camping units, only dispersed sites. Please adhere to the possible fire restrictions on the forest, and pack out whatever trash you pack in.


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7,600 feet