Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed



Riverside is a campground with an exceptional view of Bartlett Dam. Because of the close proximity to water, fisherman and avid water recreationalist enjoy this spot all year long. Riverside is less busy than most of our recsites near water because it only allows non-motorized boats. The Verde River and the riparian area are ideal for bird watching. Bald eagles are occasionally seen here.

At a Glance

Fees $16/site/night; America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders receive 50% discount (persons over 62 or have a permanent disability) for single camp units only.  Campground fees must be paid for at the fee machine located at  the Cave Creek District Officer or at Bartlett Vista. 
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, no motor boats allowed, trailers under 16'. No services. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Glass containers prohibited.
Closest Towns: Carefree & Cave Creek
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault Toilets (Accessible)
Information Center: Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595-3300

General Information


This site is 23 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road for 7 miles then turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 13 miles. Just before reaching the Jojoba Boating site, FR 19 becomes a maintained gravel road that turns south (right). Follow it for another 3 miles to Riverside. View and download a map.

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1,600 feet