In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of campgrounds in Sedona's beautiful Oak Creek Canyon area, along with photos of stunning red rock formations in the city (and at the Slide Rock State Park, as well.)
Sedona, Arizona: a lovely setting for a camping trip
Sedona, Arizona brings to mind stunning red rock formations. New age retreats and pampering spa visits. Horseback and jeep tours. Pricey hotels and inns...and expensive, trendy restaurants. Yes, you can spend a pretty penny in Sedona, Arizona...and many people from all over the country do just that.
But just think...you can enjoy the same scenery (and, in fact, feel even closer to nature in Sedona) without making your wallet lighter...IF you choose a Sedona camping trip, instead!
The National Forest campgrounds in Oak Creek Canyon (in Sedona's northern suburbs) are inexpensive, beautiful, and lie beside a babbling stream. They make an ideal setting for enjoying the area's natural wonders...and also make a nice base camp for excursions into the town of Sedona itself.
On this page, you can see pictures and get info about planning a camping trip to Sedona, Arizona. Chances are likely that once you've enjoyed the experience, you'll want to come back again for more.
Sedona campgrounds in Oak Creek Canyon
Discover 3 popular Coconino National Forest camping areas
In the Google Custom Map above, you can see the locations of three popular Coconino NF campgrounds in Oak Creek Canyon.
These are the Pine Flat Campground; the Cave Springs Campground; and the Manzanita Campground.
All three of these camping areas are popular...and for a good reason. The beauty of the area, combined with the low camping price and nice campground features mean that these areas can be difficult to nab a spot on weekends and during the busy summer months!
PDF Printable map of Oak Creek Canyon facilities: Here's a
printable PDF map of Oak Creek Canyon, with the campgrounds and picnic areas pre-marked on it. The Pine Flat and Cave Springs camping areas are marked in red, while the smaller Manzanita Campground is marked in black.
Pine Flat, Cave Spring and Manzanita campground features
There are many things in common between the Pine Flat, Cave Spring and Manzanita camping areas.
The first and foremost is scenic beauty, as you can tell from the pictures on this page (taken in the Pine Flat and Cave Spring campgrounds.)
Above and beyond nature's beauty, what can you expect to find in these National Forest campgrounds? Here's a list--
Types of camping accepted in all 3 campgrounds include tents, pop-up campers, camper vans and pickup trucks with campers. RV's and trailers up to 30' in length are allowed only in the Pine Flat and Cave Springs campground (but not in Manzanita.)
There are NO RV hookups in these campgrounds
Picnic table, fire ring & grate, and paved parking apron at each space.
Vault toilets only, one of the few drawbacks these campgrounds have.
Shared running water & trash bins spaced throughout camping areas
Emphasis place on quietness: no radios or amplified devices; and no motor bikes in the campgrounds (except to enter or leave them)
Asthmatics should note that smoke from campfires hovers in the air in narrow Oak Creek Canyon. If you will need a less-smoky environment, you can either camp off-season or mid-week...or consider a campground with wide open spaces (such as the Dead Horse State Park campground, which is discussed further down this page.)
Prices & Reservations at the Pine Flat, Cave Spring & Manzanita campgrounds
How much to the Pine Flat, Cave Spring & Manzanita campgrounds cost? All three have the same camping fee. At the time of this update in 2013, the cost is $18 per night. Here is a link to the Coconino NF Camping Fees page where you can check to see the current prices.
Reservations at Pine Flat, Cave Spring & Manzanita campgrounds: In an attempt to be fair to everyone...both the highly pre-planned campers as well as spur-of-the-moment campers...the Coconino NF has designated PART of the spaces in each campground for reservations. And, the other part are first-come, first-served.
Pine Flat campground reservations: The Pine Flat campground is open from mid-March to mid-November each year, weather permitting. Pine Flat has 59 camping sites, and 20 of them are reservable. Here's the Pine Flat reservations section on the www.Recreation.gov website. You will see a camping map of the Pine Flat campground. Notice that Pine Flat is divided into "East" and "West" sections (because the campground straddles the highway through Oak Creek Canyon.) Only the west side of the campground has direct access to Oak Creek, but you may still enjoy the stream, anyway, if you are staying on the east side.
If all of the campsites are reserved for the dates of your choice, don't forget that the majority of spaces do NOT accept reservations. Try to get to the campground early on the day of your arrival, for the best chances of getting a spot. For further info about this campground, here's the Pine Flat campground page of the Coconino National Forest website.
Manzanita campground reservations: Manzanita is open all year round. The Manzanita campground has 18 spots; 11 of them can be reserved. Here's the Manzanita reservations section on the www.Recreation.gov website. For further info about this campground, here's the Manzanita campground page of the Coconino National Forest website.
Cave Springs camping reservations are SUPPOSED to be offered for 11 out of their 82 campsites. However, at the time of this update, the Cave Springs reservation pages are off-line. You can check at www.Recreation.gov to see if Cave Springs reservations are being taken at the time of your campout. (You'll have to do a campground search using their search box, since there are no pages available that we can link you to.)
The Cave Springs campground is open from late March/early April to mid-October every year, weather permitting. For further info about this campground, here's the Cave Springs campground page of the Coconino National Forest website.
Campgrounds with hookups in Sedona
If you're looking for RV hookups, flush toilets, or other amenities that the National Forest campgrounds don't offer, there are two commercial campgrounds in Sedona which might interest you. Here are several that you can try:
Rancho Sedona RV Park RV camping with hookups, cable RV, laundromat. Close to town. No tents due to zoning restrictions, but camper vans are welcome.
Dead Horse State Park camping in Cottonwood, AZ
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the Dead Horse State Park campground and other park amenities. Although Dead Horse SP isn't directly in Sedona, it's only located about a half hour's drive away. The scenery, however, is entirely different. At Dead Horse, you can enjoy wide-open spaces...and yet Sedona's attractions are just a short drive away.
Campground amenities here include electric hookups! RV's can be longer and larger than in Oak Creek Canyon, as well, since RV spaces are up to 65 feet long. Both pull-thru and back-in campsites are available.
Tents are also welcome at the Dead Horse SP campground. Tents may use the RV spaces, plus there is a special tent-only camping area, as well. Group campsites are available at Dead Horse State Park, too.
Flush toilets, running water and showers are available. The park's interior roads are paved. Each site has a paved parking apron, picnic table and fire pit and/or grill.
Lake fishing is a major attraction here, along with picnicking, hiking on trails, and even occasional special events are located here. For further information about the park in-general, here's a link to the Dead Horse State Park page of the Arizona State Parks website.
Dead Horse SP Camping Fees and Reservations
RV sites cost $25 per night at the time of this update. There is a $5 reservations fee, in addition, if you reserve ahead. Reservations are wise during holiday weekends and vacation periods.
Tent sites cost $15 per night, plus an extra $5 if you make advance reservations. If you choose to camp in an RV spot, then you would pay the $25 fee, same as the motor homes do.