Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Christopher CreekWith an elevation over a mile-high(5640 ft), Christopher Creek Campground's crisp, fresh air and vibrant views are a joy to behold. The facility is tucked along the banks of the spring-fed Christopher Creek, which passes just below the Mogollon Rim.

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 ft 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. Christopher Creek is located in the desert portion, but is balanced by the cool waters of the creek and forested surroundings.

Natural Features: Christopher Creek provides creek side dwelling in Tonto National Forest, at the base of the Mogollon Rim. Sites are surrounded by ponderosa pines, junipers, oaks and manzanita evergreen shrubs.

Recreation: After a day of horseback riding or mountain biking, take a dip in one of the facility's three swimming holes to cool off from the summer sun. Or if winter is more your thing, visit during the snowy months to take advantage of the miles of cross-country skiing available. Each spring, the creek is stocked with rainbow trout, allowing anglers the opportunity to cast their hearts out for rainbows as well as brook and brown trout.

Facilities: The family-friendly campground has 43 sites on both sides of the creek, plus a group site that accommodates a maximum of 25 people.

Nearby Attractions: The small town of Christopher Creek is just a short drive away and offers a few restaurant options for those who tire of cooking at the campground.. A series of lakes called the Rim Country Lakes are about a 10 minute drive east. Woods Canyon Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state and offers options for boating as well as a nature trail that loops around the lake's perimeter.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Reservations through are strongly advised where available. Restrooms will be serviced twice daily using the Covid-19 cleaning procedures and hand sanitizing stations may be available. Only 8 or fewer people will be allowed per single family site, and all group sites and shower facilities will remain closed for the foreseeable future. All contact stations will stay closed at this time; the host will collect fees at self-pay stations and the campsites when necessary.
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 the standard sites and 12 months in advance for the group site.
Fees $20 per night for standard sites; $70 per night for group site and extra vehicles $8 per day
Open Season: April - October
Closest Towns: Payson
Water: Water Spigot
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.30806, -111.03472
34°18'29"N, 111°2'5"W

From Payson, Arizona, take Highway 260 east for 21 miles to the Christopher Creek Campground turnoff. Take Forest Road for 1/4 mile to the campground, Ask host for directions to campsite.

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General Notes:
  • No off-road vehicles allowed.
  • Bear activity has increased due to drought conditions. For more information please visit Be Bear
  • Firewood can be purchased on-site for $7.00 per bundle


The maximum number of vehicles allowed per campsite is two and for group sites, eight. A fee of $8.00 will be charged for each additional vehicle at the time of check-in.

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