Sedona has been touted as “The most beautiful place on earth” by USA today. There are an estimated 3 million people a year that visit Sedona. I am so fortunate to live only a few hours away from this amazing red rock oasis. There are numerous Sedona Arizona Camping Sites for you to enjoy; here are 5 amazing places to Camp in Sedona.
Camp Avalon – Peaceful Retreat
Want a place to meditate and reflect on life among the towering red rocks of Sedona, AZ? For over 25 years, Camp Avalon has been providing spiritual retreats on their private campground situated along the banks of Oak Creek.
Camp Avalon has been the destination for pilgrimages with people coming from around the world to connect with the Sedona earth and energy as well as being the host to community events and Church gatherings.
Whether you want to get away for a day or a week to renew your spirit- this Sedona Arizona Camping Site is a place where you will find solitude and secluson, yet only be 10 minutes away from West Sedona.
During your stay, you’ll have the chance to connect with friends and family, meet extraordinary people and engage in activities that open doors of endless opportunities. Whether you want to meditate, practice yoga, or go hiking, the Camp Avalon staff provides assistance and guidance in helping you have a positive growth experience.
Camp Avalon accepts campers with hammocks, tents, and vehicles up to 36 feet (including RV’s). There are not as many amenities for RV users so be sure to check out their website ahead of time: http://avalon.camp/home or call: 1-888-203-5538.
Note: This campground has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Trip Advisor- with 84% being excellent and 16% as terrible.
Up Oak Creek with w/out a Hotel – Tent Campsites
Nestled among the banks of Oak Creek Canyon, there are four main camping sites. These include: Manzanita, Bootlegger, Pine Flats and Cave Springs. Some of these campgrounds are on a first come first serve basis while others you will need reservations for. During the busy season, you will need to get there early because spaces fill quickly.
The best weather you will have for camping is late spring through September. Even though it’s AZ, the winter months can be cold with even occasional snow.
At all these Sedona Arizona Campsites, there are restroom facilities, grills, fire pits, and picnic tables. You can only tent camp or sleep in a small vehicle a these locations. RV’s, motor homes and trailers are not allowed. You will also have access to drinking water at all of these campsites with the exception of Bootlegger. Here are a few additional details on each one:
This campsite is fairly small, but is a breathaking and beautiful. Activities at this campsite include: swimming, fishing, and hiking. At the south end of the campsite is the AB Young Trail Head if you want to hike among the lush vegetiation and towering trees.
There are 10 camping sites and you cannot make reservations so you need to get there earlier in the week to claim your spot; this is especially true during the summer months. This campsite is open all year, but the best time to camp is spring through mid-September. There is a picnic use area that is available for use from 10am to 1 pm.
- 10 single use camp sites- each one is limited to 8 campers per site.
- Picnic table
- fire rings
- cooking grills
- Vault toilets
- There is a camp host so they will come in handy if you need firewood.
Reservations-First come, first serve basis
Camping Fees –$18 per night and $7 for a second vehicle. The following passes will receive 50% off for overnight camping: Golden Age, Golden Access, America-the-Beautiful Senior, or America-the-Beautiful Access.
Directions –Bootlegger is easy to get to- Go North on HW 89A from Sedona approximately 6 miles. This campsite is located n the West site of US 89a in Oak Creek Canyon.
CAVE SPRINGS CAMPSITE
This site is the largest campground and among the most popular one in Oak Creek. Cave Springs is an excellent choice for those families with small children. The creek runs right next to the campground and is stocked with trout. You have the option of hiking, fishing, or just taking it easy under the canopy of Ponderosa Pine trees. South of the campground is the famous “Slide Rock State Park” with numerous swimming holes for your family to have fun and frolick in.
Cave Springs Campground can get extremely crowded during spring and summer- especially during the major holidays. Make reservations way ahead of time for those sites that can be reserved and then get there early for the others if you need more.
- 82 camping sites
- fire pits
- picnic tables
- coin-operated showers.
- Firewood from the host at the site.
Reservations –11 campsites can be reserved-71 are on a first come first serve basis
Season and Fees –This campground is open generally from late March through the middle of October. The cost is $18 per night up to 8 people per camp site. A group of more than 8 campers will require another campsite. For day use, the campground is open from 10 am to 1 pm for $7.
Directions and access –This campsite is located approximately 12 miles North of Sedona and 16 miles from Flagstaff on HW 89A through Oak Creek Canyon. Cave Springs is on the west side of 89A.
This another campground that gets a lot of campers along Oak Creek. Being close to Slide Rock, there are plenty of activities to do here such as hiking, trout fishing, swimming, and cliff jumping.
- The 18 single camp sites -Each site is limited to 8 Campers.
- *Fire rings, cooking grills, drinking water and vault toilets.
- *Camp host for firewood
Reservations- Reservations must be made for the best sites. The others are on a first come, first serve basis.
Camping Fees –$18 per night, $7 for an additional vehicle. The following passes will receive 50% off for overnight camping: Golden Age, Golden Access, America-the-Beautiful Senior, or America-the-Beautiful Access.
Directions –On HW 89A, go north approximately 6 miles North of Sedona.
This campsite is also situated along the banks of Oak Creek, making this one popular as well. Like the other camps, you have the option of hiking, fishing, birding or just taking it easy under the cool shade of the trees. If you prefer to go swimming, then Slide Rock State Park is nearby as well.
- 56 Sites- 18 can be reserved
- Tent and RV Sites available
- Picnic tables, cooking grills, fire pits, and vault toilets
Camping Fees –$20 per night- and $7 per second vehicle.. The following passes will receive 50% off for overnight camping: Golden Age, Golden Access, America-the-Beautiful Senior, or America-the-Beautiful Access.
Directions –Pine Flat is approximately 12 miles North of Sedona on HW 89A. You will see this campsite on the West side of 89A.
Conclusion on all these sites: Reservations can be made by calling: 877-444-6777. You have 24 hours to “occupy” the camp from the time you reserved or be ready to give up the spot. Remember your confirmation letter because you will need to show it to the Camp Host.
Additional Contact Information:
- Red Rock Ranger District
- P.O. Box 300
- Sedona, AZ 86339
Rancho Sedona RV Park
Want to enjoy the beauty of AZ in the comfort of your RV? Then you will love your stay at the tranquil Rancho Sedona. This Sedona campsite for RV’s is along Oak Creek, and is also within walking distance to shops, galleries, and restaurants. This is a well maintained and clean RV park that is shaded by large Sycamore and Cottonwood Trees.
- 71 Spacious Sites
- Fielded areas
- Free Wi-Fi/ Digital Cable TV
- Swimming in the creek
- Hot Air Ballooning
Location: 135 Bear Wallow Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
To find out more or book a reservation visit: ranchosedona.com.
Lo Lo Mai – Outdoor Resort
In my opinion, this Campsite is a hidden gem in the Verde Valley. They are known for “More than camping, an oasis escape from time and the desert”. I completely agree with this statement – as my stay here was very enjoyable.
Voted in the top 100 of North American’s favorite campgrounds, Lo Lo Mai is a short distance from Sedona and includes the best of 3 camping worlds. Whether you want to pitch a tent, stay in an RV, or a sleep in a cabin, you can do so here. This campsite is also a favorite among families due to the various activiteis that you can participate in right at the campsite.
- Shaded by sycamores and cottonwood trees
- RV Sites
- Swimming Pool and Spa
- Sports Court/Shuffleboard Court
- Horsehoe Pits
- 3 – Clean and well maintained bathroom and shower facilities.
- Childrens playground
For more information on Lo Lo Mai Campgrounds, visit: www.lolomai.com or call 928-634-4700 for reservations.
There are many options to choose from if you don’t want to stay in a Hotel. Just be sure to call way ahead of time to make reservations or arrange a time to get to the camp earlier in the week for the non reservable camping spots. Whether you stay in a tent, RV or plan a retreat- you are sure to enjoy your stay in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona. I’m going to get on my soap box for just a moment- all of the places I’ve shared with you in this article are pristine and beautiful because they are well taken care of. Please keep this in mind wherever you stay in Sedona- and be sure to follow the Leave No Trace Principles.