Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites

Area Status: Open

Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites

Sharp Creek sits at a cool 6,000 feet elevation, perfect for escaping the desert heat of southern Arizona and getting away to shaded forests and refreshing creeks and lakes. It is surrounded by a thick ponderosa pine forest below the Mogollon Rim. The clear waters of Christopher Creek are less than a mile away. 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 feet 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.

Sharp Creek Group Campground is popular for large groups. Weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries and more may be hosted at the group sites. Each group site has a designated vault bathroom with paved parking lot for friends and families to visit for the day. A large open field is shared in the middle of the group sites to hold mini games for families.

There are more secluded campsites offering privacy and tranquility for smaller families on the other side of Sharp Creek Campground. These campsites are spread out with several back-in and pull-through sites for RVs. Review At-A-Glance below for more details about this site.

Recreation: The campground is in a central location for hiking, fishing, boating and picnicking. Anglers can try for trout in nearby Christopher Creek. Hikers can access the historic Highline National Recreational Trail, which runs for 51 miles along the base of the Mogollon Rim, from the 260 Trail three miles east of the campground. Two lakes nearby offer additional fishing and boating options.

Facilities: Sharp Creek is a small campground with 28 campsites conveniently spread out into three loops. Campsites are spacious, comfortable and well-maintained, with some shade. Each has a picnic table, grill, campfire ring and lantern holder. An additional loop contains three group campsites that can each accommodate 75 people. A group picnic shelter is available as well. 

Nearby Attractions: The small town of Christopher Creek is less than a mile away and has a few restaurant and shopping options for basic conveniences. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes sit above the Mogollon Rim, only a 10-minute drive away, and offer boating and fishing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No firewood sales and no dump station. On-site automatic fee machine (no cash or checks accepted).
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 standard sites and 12 months in advance for group sites.
  • Automatic fee machine is available on site at campground entrance, please follow the instructions
  • $29 per night for standard sites
  • $150 per night for Group Sites 
  • *America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders receive 50% discount (persons over 62 or living with a permanent disability) for single camp units only.
Open Season: April - October
  • 14-day stay limit.
  • No OHV recreational riding within the campground.
  • No firewood sales and no dump station.
  • Dogs are allowed and must be kept on a leash.
  • Please use trash receptacles or pack it in, pack it out.
  • Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (running generators are not permitted during quiet hours).
Closest Towns: Payson, Star Valley
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
  • The links below provide additional information on purchasing information.
  • Tonto Fee Machine Pass for Camping passes. Fee Machine located in at Campground entrance.  Debit or Credit only.
  • America the Beautiful Pass.  Available at Tonto National Forest Offices and online at
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.29972, -110.99806
34°17'59"N, 110°59'53"W

This facility is located 23 miles northeast of Payson, Arizona, approximately 1.5 miles east of Christopher Creek. From Payson, take Highway 260 east for 23 miles. The campground is on the south side of Highway 260.


Second vehicle charge of $8 per night is required if applicable. Fee can be bundled with online reservation or purchased on-site at fee machine.


Some campsites available with accessible features such as a hardened surface & clear, open ground. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Check-in time is 2 p.m.; check-out time is 1 p.m. Two tents maximum per campsite.

No. of Sites 28
Reservation Info To make reservations, please call Reserve America: 1-877-444-6777 or at
Fire Information Campfire rings available. Firewood can be purchased on-site for $7.00 per bundle
No. of Accessible sites 28
Usage: No dump station at campground. Closest dump station is at Ponderosa Campground.

RV Camping

Group Camping

River and Stream Fishing


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6,000 feet