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One of the most naturally beautiful and inspiring places in the entire U.S. is Sedona, Arizona, especially if you enjoy hiking and other outdoor recreation. Known for its impressive red rock formations, healing vortexes, art galleries, and wellness tourism, Sedona is a place that you’ll want to spend a while to soak up all the positive vibes.
To help you plan your trip, here are the best campgrounds and RV parks in the Sedona area.
The Rancho Sedona RV Park is a year-round RV park next to Oak Creek. It is a shaded campground in the heart of town and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Right from the park, you can also set out for fishing, hiking, and biking adventures. It offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, laundry facilities, and volleyball to go with its spacious RV sites. This is a dog-friendly campground as long as you follow the pet rules. However, tent camping is not allowed here. Call the campground to make your site reservation.
There are several campgrounds in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona that are excellent to camp at as well when you’re in this part of Arizona. For example, the Manzanita Campground is a creekside camping area with hiking trails, swimming holes, and wildlife watching nearby. This is a small campground that does not allow trailers or RVs. For tent campers, the sites are in high demand, so make your reservation early. Eleven of the eighteen campsites can be reserved by phone or online. You can expect to find paved pull-throughs, trout in the creek, colorful songbirds, and ash and box elder trees. The camping fee here is $22 per night.
If you have organized a large group that wants to camp near Sedona, consider the Chavez Crossing Group Campground. This campground is also in the Coconino National Forest and has a country/creekside ambiance. Sedona is close by, and this camping area allows small RVs and trailers. You’ll be among a grove of sycamore and cypress trees here and access the area via paved access roads. You can reserve one of the three separate group sites or book all three of them for a very large group. This campground is open year-around and has vault toilets.
To experience the wellness and spiritual sides of Sedona when you camp, book your spot at Camp Avalon. This is a nature retreat on Oak Creek and sacred space for your personal journey. In addition to camping, it offers worship, meditation, workshops, yoga, tai-chi, ceremonies, celebrations, and youth events. It welcomes groups, families, and individuals to stay here in tents or campers. RVs must be under 30 feet in length, and all RV stays are “dry camping” without hookups. There are no showers here, but you will have porta-potties to use.
A popular Coconino National Forest campground near Sedona is the Cave Springs Campground near the famous red rock cliffs. The scenery here is incredibly with Oak Creek nearby and ponderosa pines in the canyon. The campground is large and has 84 campsites, which all have grills, campfire rings, and picnic tables. You can bring a RV or trailer up to 36 feet in length. Campers can also use the coin-operated showers, drinking water, and vault toilets onsite. Things to do here otherwise include hiking trails, birdwatching, and fishing. Slide Rock State Park is also close by a great natural swimming spot. This campground is 12 miles from Sedona.
Meanwhile, Pine Flat Campground has campsites right along the banks of Oak Creek and several hiking trails to explore in the area. This popular campground is just 13 miles north of Sedona. It’s a picturesque campground with excellent fishing and birdwatching opportunities. Eighteen of the fifty-six campsites can be reserved by phone or online. Like the other national forest campgrounds in this area, it costs $22 per night to camp here. Summer is the busiest time to stay at Pine Flat, and it tends to get very busy in the Oak Creek area on weekends. Vault toilets are available for campers. You can bring an RV or trailer up to 36 feet long; however, there are no utility hookups.
Just a little further outside of Sedona is the Distant Drums RV Resort in nearby Camp Verde. This private campground offers full hookup 30/50-amp sites, a heated pool and spa, an enclosed dog park, and free shuttle service to the Cliff Castle Casino. Other amenities here include a fitness room, country store onsite, free escort to your site, library, and private showers. This RV park is located right off of I-17 and takes reservations by phone.
Also near Sedona, you can stay at the Lo Lo Mai Springs Outdoor Resort in an RV, tent, or cabin. It offers shaded RV sites near the creek beneath the cottonwoods. Sites can accommodate motorhomes up to 40 feet and trailers and fifth wheels up to 36 feet. There are tent sites here along a 3/4-mile stretch of Oak Creek and also small and large cabins with A/C, heat, and kitchen supplies. Amenities provided at this campground include a laundry room, pool, spa, clubhouse, convenience store, and restrooms with shower facilities.
You can be amongst lots of natural beauty when you book a spot a the Verde Valley RV & Camping Resort, which has 340 campsites and is available year-around. It spans 300 acres with views of the red rocks, mountains, and desert. You’ll enjoy a moderate year-around climate here and have opportunities to kayak down the Verde River and explore the ghost town of Jerome nearby too. The list of amenities that you can expect while camping here includes a swimming pool, whirlpool, game room, clubhouse, Wi-Fi, dog park and playground.
There are 62 spacious campsites at the Rio Verde RV Park, which is just 15 minutes from the red rock landscapes of Sedona. In addition to RV sites, there are also cute tiny houses that you can rent here that have restrooms, kitchens, loft bedrooms, living areas, and propane grills. These tiny houses can sleep up to four people. The amenities provided include limited Wi-Fi, full RV hookups, restrooms, and laundry facilities. This is a pet-friendly park with nice river access too.
Visit all the red rock attractions of Sedona with a stay at the Zane Grey RV Village along West Clear Creek in Camp Verde, Arizona. You’ll love the mountainous location of this park and the great weather here. Guests are provided with free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, restrooms with showers, and a pavilion for group meetings. The RV sites have full hookups and wide pull-throughs. If you don’t have an RV or want a glamping experience, you can stay in one of the cabins onsite and enjoy a full kitchen, comfortable living area, and spacious covered porch.
If you don’t mind being a little further from Sedona but still within an hour away, you can have a wonderful stay at the Munds Park RV Resort. The park has 142 total sites for campers. This friendly park is open from April through October and has a full restaurant and bar on the property. It’s fun to bring your bike or ATV here to explore the off-road trails. Other fun features of this RV park are the rec hall for live bands and bingo, summer season pool, heated spa, fitness center, and general store with supplies onsite. Tent camping is not allowed here but there is a dog park, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and two laundromats onsite.