Getting out into the great outdoors is one of the best ways to experience a state! While it does have that famous desert landscape, there are many other types of natural environment that are fantastic for a fun weekend of camping. Here are eight of the best campgrounds in the Grand Canyon State!


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Manzanita Campground Manzanita Campground
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Manzanita Campground

Manzanita Campground

Manzanita is one of four major campgrounds in the Sedona area and is perfect for some good old family recreation. Hiking, swimming, and fishing are just a few of the activities in the area, not to mention beautiful views.

Woods Canyon Lake Woods Canyon Lake Campground
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Woods Canyon Lake Campground

Woods Canyon Lake

This lake is a perfect camping spot for lovers of fishing and boating, as it’s located in the central northern Arizona region and feels like it’s miles away from the desert. Be sure to check out the famous 200-mile cliff!

Catalina State Park Catalina State Park
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Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park

For some desert camping, the Catalina State Park in Tucson is one that any outdoor lover can appreciate. There are lots of different hiking trails of all levels, and it’s a great spot to see some of the native birds.

Lake Havasu State Park Lake Havasu State Park
Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park

Home to the famous London Bridge is Arizona’s beloved Lake Havasu, where boaters, hikers, and vacationers love to get their fix of lake time. If you plan on going in the summer, be sure to make reservations!

Lynx Lake Campground Lynx Lake
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Lynx Lake

Lynx Lake Campground

For just $18 a night, campers can spend time at the majestic Lynx Lake Campground that’s located just outside the town of Prescott. The pine trees and blue waters surrounding the camp will make you feel like you’re in paradise.

Lost Dutchman State Park
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Lost Dutchman State Park

In the heart of the jaw-dropping Superstition Mountains is Phoenix’s most popular camping location- the Lost Dutchman State Park. The spring and fall are the best times to go, and they have grills, showers, and hiking trails to explore.

Rose Canyon Campground Rose Canyon Lake
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Rose Canyon Lake

Rose Canyon Campground

Mount Lemmon is one of Tucson’s best-kept secrets for beating the heat, and camping at Rose Canyon on the mountain gives outdoor enthusiasts in the desert a chance to fish, hike, and relax at a much higher elevation.

Bright Angel Campground Bright Angel Campground
Bright Angel Campground

Bright Angel Campground

The Grand Canyon is without doubt one of Arizona’s top tourist spots, and the Bright Angel Campground on the North Rim is a great choice for campers who want to spend the night by this natural wonder.

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