Recreation

Recreation on the Forest

Its called God's Country . . . lakes and mountains. The Mogollon Rim made famous by Zane Grey. The White Mountains made green by ponderosa pine, gentled by cold waters flowing to the valleys below and far beyond. It is a physically challenging and rewarding recreational landscape. A place of spiritual renewal and more . . . 

Enjoy your National Forests but please remember: FIREWORKS are not allowed on the National Forest.


When camping or picnicking, please keep your site clean; free from trash and food. Otherwise animals and insects are attracted to your site.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics... Bag your trash and take it home with you. Help us keep our forests clean and green by "Packing It Out!"

Feel free to have a campfire but ALWAYS be in attendance of your fire; when you leave, PUT IT OUT- COLD OUT! Put lots of water on it (about 5 gallons), mix and stir dirt in, then do it again until you can put your bare hand on the coals and they are cool to the touch! Putting your fire out can take awhile. Please start extinguishing it BEFORE you start packing up.

Human Waste is a big problem when thousands of people converge on the Forest. Please see Leave No Trace - Dispose of Waste Properly for detailed instructions on handling this "delicate" situation.

Sharing the trail with horses:

Here’s a great resource on sharing trails with horses, mountain bikers, and hikers: “What a Horse Sees!” – a short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail. Trailmeister.com

With your help, we can protect our natural resources for future generations.

Thank you!

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Apache Trout Campground Open to Visitor As of April 30th: No water/no restrooms/RV camping only. Showers are temporarily closed. 
Benny Creek Campground Open to Visitor Water is available
Black Jack Campground Open to Visitor
Black Jack Group Campground Open to Visitor
Blue Crossing Campground Open to Visitor Please contact the Alpine District Office for up-to-date information.
Brook Char Campground Open to Visitor As of April 30th: No water. 
Buffalo Crossing Campground Open to Visitor
Caldwell Cabin Closed to Visitor By reservations only. www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777
Coal Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Cutthroat Campground Open to Visitor As of April 30th: No water.
Deer Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Diamond Rock Campground Open to Visitor
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area Campground Open to Visitor Open year round. Make reservations at www.azstateparks.com
Gabaldon Horse Camp Open to Visitor No drinking water available
Granville Campground Open to Visitor
Grayling Campground Open to Visitor No water. 
Honeymoon Campground Open to Visitor Open year around
Horse Springs Campground Open to Visitor
Horse Springs Group Ramada/Campground Closed to Visitor Closed to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Trailhead open. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r3/safety for more information.
KP Cienega Campground Open to Visitor
Lewis Canyon Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservations only
Los Burros Campground Open to Visitor 14-day stay limit
Luna Lake Campground Open to Visitor Contact the Alpine District Office for up-to-date information.
Mogollon Rim Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Closed to protect public health to align with measures to slow the spread of COVID-19
Nelson Reservoir North Boating Site Open to Visitor
Nelson Reservoir South Boating Site Open to Visitor
Rainbow Campground Open to Visitor No water.
Schell Canyon Trail - # 316 Open to Visitor
Scott Reservoir Campground Open to Visitor Day Use Only to protect public health and align with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact the Lakeside District Office for up to date information.
South Fork Day Use Area Open to Visitor Day use only; limited services
Upper Blue Campground Open to Visitor Please contact the Alpine District Office for up-to-date information.
Willow Springs Lake Fishing and Boating Site Open to Visitor
Woods Canyon Lake Area Boating Site Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Hannagan Campground

Hannagan Campground

Nearby hiking trails and scenic drives, close to the primitive area and wilderness At 9,100 feet, this is one of the highest campgrounds in Arizona. With that in mind, you might suspect that it's cool up here. And you'd be right, deliciously cool--when it's hot everywhere else. You might also suspect that the surroundings are alpine. Right again! High country tree species such as Colorado Blue and Engelmann spruce, subalpine and corkbark fir and quaking aspen shade these campgrounds.

Upper Blue Campground

View of Upper Blue campsite with Adirondack-style shleter

A rustic camping experience in a beautiful setting off the beaten path, Upper Blue Campground is located below the high bluffs and near streamside within the Blue River Valley.

  • 3 campsites
  • 2 sites with Adirondack-style shelters.
  • 14 day stay limit.

KP Cienega Campground

At 9,000 feet, this is one of the highest campgrounds in Arizona. With that in mind, you might suspect that it's cool up here. Well you would be right, deliciously cool--when it's hot everywhere else.

  • 5 single unit sites 
  • Trailers and motorhomes up to 16 foot
  • No hookups
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash
  • Lodge and restaurant at nearby Hannagan Meadow
  •  Tables
  • Fire rings with cooking grills 

The KP Trailhead, directly adjacent to the campground, provides hiking and backpacking opportunities into the Blue Range Primitive Area via the KP Trail (# 70) with connections to many other trails within the area.

Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/asnf/recreation