Flagstaff is a four-season destination for the most ardent of adventurers. The elevation isn’t for the faint of heart, but you’ll always be rewarded for your efforts when hiking and camping near the “City of Seven Wonders”.
Surrounded by national forests and a short drive from Grand Canyon National Park, it’s hard to argue there’s a better place in Arizona for the outdoor enthusiast than Flagstaff. While it never gets too hot here, you’ll definitely find plenty of cold nights while camping under the stars.
If you’re looking to warm up and/or soothe your muscles, head south and check out some of the best hot springs near Flagstaff.
Flagstaff’s Top Tent and RV Campgrounds
With a population of close to 75,000 residents, Flagstaff is a relatively large mountain city, nestled at 6,909 ft. Within an hour’s drive, you can be at a number of excellent campgrounds, some of which are open all year long. No matter how you’re traveling, these car camping sites are accessible to tents, RVs, and travel trailers.
Here are the best and closest campgrounds to Flagstaff, AZ, in order of proximity:
Black Bart’s RV Park (2 miles)
If you want to stay in Flagstaff itself, Black Bart’s is one of the most convenient locations you’ll find. Located just off the highway, this is a popular overnight stay for outdoor adventurers and long-driving road warriors alike. You’ll find simple accommodations here that will satisfy all the. Basics an RVer could want.
For those just passing through, there’s a dedicated area of the park for short-term visitors. Being next to the highway, visitors have mixed reviews about road noise. If you aren’t a light sleeper, you shouldn’t have any problems here.
- Closest town: Flagstaff, AZ (2 mi)
- Specs: 178 sites, full hookups at all sites, pull-through sites
- Amenities: General store, restrooms, showers, dumpsters, laundry services
- Reservations: Yes, call (928) 774-1912
- Address: 2760 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (Map)
Woody Mountain Campground (3 miles)
Woody Mountain offers a variety of conveniently located sites. Whether you want to be in your tent, RV, or a comfortable boutique room, you’ll find it here. If you don’t have the option to fully disconnect while camping near Flagstaff, Woody Mountain offers high-speed Wi-Fi (with upgraded speeds for a fee) to keep you connected when you’re on the clock.
When you’re looking to stretch your legs, consider the attached trail. While not a long one, it’s a great warmup or morning walk.
- Closest town: Flagstaff, AZ (3 mi)
- Specs: 56 RV sites, 20 tent sites, open April through October, on-site dump station, full hookups
- Amenities: Toilets, showers, Wi-Fi, potable water, laundry, general store, coffee and wine lounge, on-site restaurant
- Reservations: Yes, at campspot.com/book/woodymountaincampground
- Address: 2727 W Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (Map)
Flagstaff KOA Campground (5 miles)
KOA loyalists will be happy to hear of this Flagstaff location. With all the amenities you’ve come to expect from KOAs, plus a few unique ones (like banana bikes), you’ll be well-rested and thoroughly entertained here. With the on-site store, you won’t need to go back into town unless you want to.
With Sedona and the Grand Canyon both within a couple of hours, you can use this as a convenient base for adventures in Flagstaff and beyond.
- Closest town: Flagstaff, AZ (5 mi)
- Specs: 202 total sites, full hookups, 55-foot max length, open year-round, dump station
- Amenities: Cable TV, dog park, Wi-Fi, propane, and firewood for sale, jumping pillow, laundry, store, playground, banana bicycle rentals, potable water
- Reservations: Yes, at koa.com/campgrounds/flagstaff/reserve
- Address: 5803 US-89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (Map)
Fort Tuthill County Campground (6 miles)
Camp among the ponderosa pines without heading too far from the city at Fort Tuthill. This is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, so plan ahead if you’re looking to spend a night or two here. You’ll not only be near the city, but you’ll also have easy access to all nearby outdoor activities, including hiking trails, bike rides, and even an archery range.
- Closest town: Flagstaff, AZ (6 mi)
- Specs: 101 sites, including four group sites and eight RV-only sites, 17 reservable sites, water and sewer hookups (no electric available), max RV length varies based on site but goes up to 50 feet, open May to October
- Amenities: Picnic tables, fire pit, toilets, potable water
- Reservations: Yes, reservable sites are found at reservations.camprrm.com/campground/16/pick_date
- Address: Fort Tuthill-Palmer Bypass, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (Map)
Cave Springs Campground (14 miles)
Cave Springs is one of the most popular spots to set up camp in the Coconino National Forest. It’s also one of the best spots to experience the lush forests that cover Northern Arizona. If you plan to include Sedona in your trip to Flagstaff, Cave Springs is a convenient halfway point to spend the night. While you’re there, you’ll have your pick of hikes throughout the 1.8 million acres of Coconino National Forest.
- Closest town: Sedona, AZ (12 mi)
- Specs: 84 standard tent and RV sites, RV max length varies depending on site – up to 36 feet, open year-round, first come, first served only from April 2 through April 15
- Amenities: Potable water, vault toilets, campfire rings, picnic tables, showers
- Reservations: Yes, at recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232194?tab=campsites
- Address: AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (Map)
Arizona Nordic Village (17 miles)
You don’t have to be a Nordic skier to appreciate this campsite (though it sure doesn’t hurt). This is one of the most unique Flagstaff camping options, to be sure. With traditional campsites as well as yurts and cabins, you’ll have your pick of ways to stay. If you’re looking for an adventure base camp, this is the perfect spot for outdoor activities year-round.
No matter what time of year you’re looking to camp, there’s always something to do, especially if you’re looking for a campsite in the Flagstaff winter. Note that you have to hike into the yurts as they’re one to two miles from the lodge. A shuttle is available to bring your gear to your yurt for a fee.
- Closest town: Flagstaff, AZ (17 mi)
- Specs: Four cabins, five yurts, and nine primitive campsites (seven reservable), no hookups offered, open year-round
- Amenities: Toilets, showers, potable water, picnic table, fire ring
- Reservations: Yes, at facebook.com/arizonanordicvillage
- Address: 16848 US-180, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (Map)
Pine Flat Campground (17 miles)
Another offering from the nearby Coconino National Forest, Pine Flat offers a slightly more rustic experience. While not wild camping, you won’t have all the luxuries that Cave Springs does. It’s one tier down from Cave Springs in terms of luxury, but it’s also on the cheaper end of campsites, so campers may find it a reasonable trade-off.
Luckily, if you want amenities but can’t get a spot at Cave Springs, visitors to the Pine Flat Campground have access to the coin-operated showers and all other amenities offered at Cave Springs. It will be roughly a mile walk, though, so decide just how badly you need a shower.
- Closest town: Sedona, AZ (12 mi)
- Specs: 56 total campsites with 18 being reservable, open April through October, back-in RV sites, max length 35 feet
- Amenities: Fire pits, picnic table, vault toilets, tent pads, grills, potable water
- Reservations: Yes, reservable sites found at recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232320
- Address: 12240 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (Map)
Pine Grove Campground (20 miles)
Not to be confused with Pine Flat, this is another rustic campground in the Coconino National Forest. This is roughly the middle of the road for comfort between Cave Springs and Pine Flat. You have most of the comforts of Cave Springs in a more rustic setting.
You’ll have about half as many total campsites, so if you’re looking for some more solitude, this beats Cave Springs and Pine Flat. RV travelers have noted that this campground is easy to navigate if you have a rig 30 feet or less, even for newer RVers.
- Closest town: Flagstaff, AZ (20 mi)
- Specs: 46 total sites, open from late April to early October, no hookups but there is a dump station, back-in sites only, max length varies but goes up to 42 feet
- Amenities: Fire rings, potable water, toilets, showers, picnic table, grills
- Reservations: Yes, at recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232147
- Address: 19356 Lake Mary Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (Map)
Manzanita Campground (23 miles)
If you’re looking for something secluded, this tent-only campground in the Coconino National Forest will suit you perfectly. This small spot is popular and tends to fill up quickly, so you’ll have to plan ahead to grab a spot, especially on weekends and holidays.
You’ll definitely want a reservation, if possible, though there are a handful of first-come, first-served spots if you get there early enough to snag one. If Sedona is on your itinerary, Manzanita is closer to Sedona than it is to Flagstaff.
- Closest town: Sedona, AZ (6 mi)
- Specs: 18 tent-only sites (11 reservable), RVs and trailers are not permitted, open year-round
- Amenities: Pit toilets, campfire rings, firewood for purchase, picnic tables, potable water
- Reservations: Yes, at recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234287?tab=campsites
- Address: 5900 N State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (Map)
White Horse Lake Campground (42 miles)
You’ll have to do a bit of traveling to get here, but White Horse Lake is well worth the drive. A hotspot for fishing, anglers will appreciate the lake’s ample fishing. You’ll be just an hour from the south rim of the Grand Canyon and only minutes from local hikes in the Kaibab National Forest, where you’ll be staying.
Note that the road getting here can be rough, though campers don’t find that four-wheel drive is required. You’ll run into mainly washboard dirt roads that most vehicles will be able to navigate if you drive conservatively.
- Closest town: Williams, AZ (18 mi)
- Specs: 90 tent sites, 1 group site, no hookups, max length of 38 feet for RVs and trailers, open from early May to late September
- Amenities: Potable water, vault toilets, tent pads, fire pits, picnic tables
- Reservations: Yes, at recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233955
- Address: Williams, AZ 86046 (Map)
Northern Arizona is one of the best places to be in the state year-round, and especially during the summer. If your bucket list has hiking on it, camping near Flagstaff will keep you centrally located to all the best of Northern Arizona.
If you’ll be heading a little over two hours south to the capital city, be sure to check out Phoenix’s top campgrounds for your itinerary planning.