Airplane Flat Dispersed Camping Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Airplane Flats


Airplane Flat campground is made of dispersed units and set in an open stand of mature Ponderosa pine. Canyon Creek is known for its trout fishing. Arizona Game & Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery has self-guided tours. Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear, mountain lion, elk, turkey and deer.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 16', permit required if over 50 people, both FR 512 and FR 33 are unpaved roads, four-wheel-drive or chains are advised after heavy rains or snow, bear-proof your camp -- especially food stuff. Fishing on the section of canyon creek, south of OW Ranch, is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. In the winter, temperature dips into the teens, pack it in pack it out, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find.
Closest Towns: Payson, Young, Forest Lakes
Water: No water available
Restroom: Vault toilets, one toilet is equipped with grab bars.
Passes: No Fees or Passes required.
Information Center: Pleasant Valley Ranger District (928)-462-4300

General Information


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

Access #2 - From Young, take Hwy 288 (unpaved)/Forest Road 512 north for 23 miles to Forest Road 33. Turn right onto FR 33 and continue for 4 1/2 miles to the site. Click Here For Map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Nature Viewing

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation : 
6,600 feet