Airplane Flat Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Airplane Flats


Airplane Flat campground is 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.

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 16'
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: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

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. View and download a map.

General Notes:
  • In the winter, temperatures can dip into the teens.
  • 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. 
  • Pack it in Pack it out.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.

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6,600 feet