Timber Camp Recreation Area and Group Campgrounds


Timber Camp Recreation Area has one of the most popular family and group campgrounds on Tonto National Forest offering both day-use sites and over-night areas.

Located within the Timber Camp Mountains and surrounded by a ponderosa pine and juniper woodland, this area offers a cool get away from the hot summer months. Five miles east of the site, the area eventually meets the ledges and beautiful vistas of the Salt River Canyon and the Salt River Canyon Wilderness.

Abundant recreation opportunities such as cross-country horseback riding, hiking, in-season hunting, exploring, off-highway vehicle use, and wildlife viewing are in close proximity.  In the spring, whitewater rafting trips on the Upper Salt River launch a mere 20 minute drive from the site. Brundrett 2 and the Equestrian sites are group camping areas reservable at Recreation.gov and are excellent places to stage authorized outdoor group events (a separate permit may be required). While there are no dedicated equestrian trails, the surrounding terrain is ideal for cross-country horseback riding.

There is a day-use facility on site with a separate day-use fee.  Brundrett 1 is a first-come, first-served camping area with 13 individual campsites (12 single occupancy, 1 double occupancy) and a fee payable on site.  This area has a large shade pavilion, picnic tables, fire grills and rings and two accessible vault toilets. Brundrett 2 Details: Stay limit 14 days, trailers must be less than 45 feet.  100 person maximum.  Overnight Use Only. Open parking for approximately 15 RVs or 25 passenger vehicles.  Accessible vault toilets, campfire rings, grills, pavilion, tables, and more. A large open gravel lot provides ample space for group activities.  Equestrian Details: Stay limit 14 days, trailers must be less than 45 feet. Single camping for equestrian camping only when not reserved for group use.  75 person maximum. Overnight and equestrian use only.  Steel Corrals, two hitching rail, manure bins, and open parking for about 25 vehicles pulling trailers up to 45 feet.  Large group gathering area with pavilion with picnic tables, group cooking grill and serving tables.  The group site is fenced, and the front entrance gated.

Approximately 10 miles north along highway 60, on White Mountain Apache Tribal Lands, lies Seneca Lake and Falls, a popular recreation area for sightseeing and fishing (WMAT permit required).  As you continue further north along highway 60, the road cascades down into the Salt River Canyon where several overlooks allow you to capture the magnificent beauty of “Arizona’s other Grand Canyon”.  Only 24 miles south from Timber Camp the City of Globe offers an array of restaurants, as well as antique, grocery, and feed & tack stores.

Weather is more often ideal in the fall and spring. The area is at an elevation of 6,000 ft. and may receive as much as a foot of snow during a winter storm. The summer months are warm but tolerable, with the temperature ranging from 85-100 degrees. During Arizona’s monsoon season, in the months of July and August, frequent afternoon or evening thunderstorms occur and there is the possibility of flash flooding in the surrounding area. Bears and other wildlife live in the forest, so be familiar with avoidance practices. Water and Electrical hookups are not available at this recreation area. Trash service is not available, so please, Pack it in, Pack it out. A special use permit may be required if you’re planning on having a large event with over 75 people, or are charging fees of any kind.  If you have questions, please contact the Globe Ranger District for more information at (928) 402-6200.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day use and overnight facilities
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777.  Reservations must be made 3 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance.
Fees Individual Sites: $10/site/night - Campground fees must be paid for at the fee machine located at  the campground.  Fees for Equestrian and Brundrett group sites can be found at recreation.gov
Open Season: Year Round
Best Season: Fall and Spring
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days.  No water, sewer, or electricity hook-ups.  Pack it in, pack it out.
Closest Towns: Globe, AZ.
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Accessible vault toilet

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Accessible vault toilet.


From Globe, head north on Highway 60 toward Showlow for about 20 miles.  The campground is adjacent to Highway 60 and south of the Seneca Lake Recreation Area.

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