Arizona State Parks With Campgrounds Offer All You Are Looking For

There are many Arizona State Parks. If traveling through with a travel trailer, you will want one with an RV campground. There are several in this beautiful state.

There's so much to see, starting with the Grand Canyon, but also, Native American tribal lands, a variety of cacti, amazing landscapes with mesas and miles of desert land. Truly a place everyone should see at some point in life.

A reservation is always the best to lock in your site, but sometimes, there are openings that are not available for reservation. If you intend to use a site without a reservation, be sure to have a backup plan.

Here's my list of RV campgrounds broken down by regions. You should definitely call ahead to ensure an open site before you begin your travels.

If you plan to travel in Arizona, remember that the climate is a very dry. The state doesn't get a lot of rain, so some of the campgrounds are limited on burning firewood. Plan accordingly.

Take note of the rules and regulations of the campground and be sure to obey them.

While traveling across deserts, be sure you have water on hand in case of break-downs or other unforeseen problems.

Arizona State Parks with RV Campgrounds - South

  • Catalina State Park 
  • (520) 628-5798
  • 125 campsites, hiking, corrals for horses
  • Charcoal and propane fires only, wood campfires NOT allowed

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    Kartchner Caverns State Park

    (520) 586-2283

    60 campsites - cave tours

    Propane only

  • Smoking in camp area or vehicle, no smoking while hiking

  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • (480) 982-4485
  • 70 campsites, hiking
  • Charcoal and propane fires only, wood campfires NOT allowed, no smoking while hiking

  • Patagonia Lake State Park
  • (520) 287-6965
  • 107 campsites, boats to rent, fishing, beach
  • Campfires ok in designated grills, must provide own firewood, no gathering or cutting on park property
  • Smoking in camp areas only, no smoking while hiking

  • Picacho Peak State Park
  • (520) 466-3183
  • 85 campsites - fantastic walking trails. No smoking while hiking

  • Roper Lake State Park

    (928) 428-6760

  • 71 campsites - hot tub, fishing
  • Campfires and smoking restricted to developed areas only, no smoking while hiking

  • Arizona State Parks with RV Campgrounds - West

    Alamo Lake State Park 

    (928) 669-2088 - 250

    Campsites, excellent bass fishing, waterskiing, swimming

    Campfires and smoking in designed areas only

    Buckskin Mountain State Park & River Island

    (928) 667-3231

  • 126 campsites, water sports, cabanas, beach
  • Campfires in designated grills, no smoking while hiking

  • Cattail Cove State Park
  • (928) 855-1223
  • 61 campsites.
  • No wood fires, charcoal for cooking within a campsite or on a grill on the beach
  • Smoking - campsites and beach only

  • Lake Havasu State Park

  • (928) 855-2784
  • 47 campsites - boat launches, great park areas and swimming beach
  • Campfires in fire-rings call for details, smoking in camp areas, no smoking while hiking
  • Arizona State Parks with RV Campgrounds - North

    Dead Horse Ranch State Park

    (928) 634-5283 Cottonwood

    150 campsites - fishing, boating (non-motorized), hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, guided trail rides

    Campfires in designated fire rings.

    Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

    (928) 537-3680

    92 hookup sites, 31 campsites, great fishing and swimming

    Fire restrictions during windy days. Call ahead regarding campfires

    Lyman Lake State Park

    (928) 337-4441

    61 campsites & 4 yurts / 4 cabins, fishing, waterskiing

    Campfires in cement fire rings and smoking in vehicles

    No smoking while hiking.

    Grand Canyon National Park

    grand canyon viewA view from the rim of the Grand Canyon

    I think of this area as the heart of Native America. Eleven tribes have connections to the Grand Canyon area, and three have tribal lands that connect to the Grand Canyon National Park. Learn more about the tribal connections and what to know if you plan to visit the canyon area.

    The North Rim closes for winter from mid-October until early May. The South Rim is open year round except during periods of bad weather. Trail conditions vary, so check the park's website for current alerts and conditions.

    It is possible to visit Native American Reservations, for example, the Havasupai tribal lands, or the Hopi. Just remember to respect the laws and customs of the native people if you visit a reservation. It's just like visiting a foreign country.

    When we traveled through Arizona, we circled the canyon and visited both the South Rim and the North Rim, which is only possible in summer. We started that leg from Flagstaff and took the train to the South Rim. After exploring there, we traveled east and then north to the top rim.

    There are smaller parks near the Grand Canyon area where you can do short hikes to see pueblo dwellings and volcanic fields that were used in films over the years. The one we visited looked like a landscape on another planet, like you would see in Star Trek shows.

    On some of the reservations we stopped in, we saw dinosaur tracks. It can get surreal out in the remote places, so I suggest taking a map as well as your GPS navigation aids.

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