Upper Canyon Creek Dispersed Camping Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Upper Canyon Creek

 

The campground of dispersed units is set in a mature stand of Ponderosa pine with a mix of white and Douglas fir. The Arizona Game & Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery is nearby. The hatchery is open to the public and offers a self-guided tour of the facility. Canyon Creek is popular among anglers fishing for rainbow trout. Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear.

Pack It In, Pack It Out

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restroom cleaning services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC/state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Permit Info: Permit required through the District Office if over 75 people
Restrictions:
  • Stay limit 14 days
  • Trailers under 16'
Closest Towns: Young, Payson, Forest Lakes
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets, one toilet is equipped with grab bars.
Passes: No Passes or Fees required.
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information

Directions:

Access #1 (41 miles east of Payson): From Payson, travel 33 miles east on paved State Hwy. 260. Turn right on Young Road/Forest Road (FR) 512, and continue on for 3 miles to FR 33 (unpaved). Turn left on FR 33 and travel 1 1/2 miles to the site.

Access #2 (28 miles north of Young): From Young, take State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR) 512 north for 23 miles to FR 33. Turn right onto FR 33. Taking FR 33, it’s about 5 miles to the site.

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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.
  • Canyon Creek has a four-trout limit. Canyon Creek fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only.
  • Bear-proof your camp -- especially food.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.287998

  Longitude : 
-110.806000

  Elevation : 
6,600 feet

 



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