Wahweap Overlook

Wahweap Overlook at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page.

Making vacation plans in 2020 requires some unconventional thinking. Maybe this is a good time to break out the camping gear and travel north to cooler temps. These campsites are currently following CDC guidelines. They may have limited activities available, so make sure to check their websites before heading out.


Canyon Vista campsite

Canyon Vista campsite is located just south of Flagstaff and features hiking, equestrian activities and rock climbing. The area, which is about three hours from Phoenix, features towering ponderosa pine trees, mixed conifer, aspen and oak trees. It also features views of the San Francisco Peaks. The site costs $22 per night, which covers eight people with one vehicle. Additional vehicles cost $8 each.


Glen Canyon National recreation area

Glen Canyon sits near the Arizona and Utah border and is about a four-hour drive from Phoenix. The area offers stunning views of the desert, canyons and Lake Powell – ideal for boating and fishing. Glen Canyon features a variety of wildlife and plant life, including hanging gardens in the crevices of the canyon. The park features a campground and various hiking trails. Admission is $25 per vehicle, or $30 if you bring a boat, and covers seven days in the park. 


Ashurst Lake campgrounds

Also near Flagstaff and three hours from Phoenix is Ashurst Lake campgrounds. Ashurst Lake is touted as one of the best places to fish in Arizona, featuring rainbow and brook trout. It also offers a variety of other water activities, like canoeing and windsurfing. In addition, there are paths for mountain biking and hiking, with views of the San Francisco Peaks. The price is $20 per night per vehicle. 


Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest is an extremely popular and scenic location, featuring multiple campgrounds including White Spar campground. Just over a mile high  at 5,641 feet, White Spar is surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine trees. The campground sits directly next to Granite Basin Recreation Area, which features a five-acre lake filled with catfish, sunfish and large-mouth bass. The campsite prices start at $10 per day, but can reach as high as $28 in the high seasons. 


Lynx Lake Recreation Area

Also in the Prescott National Forest is Lynx Lake Recreation Area, one of the most visited campsites in Arizona. Lynx Lake features a huge 55-acre lake which is perfect for trout fishing. It’s also near two acclaimed bike trails and is one of the top spots for birdwatching in Arizona. The price for a campsite is $18 per vehicle, plus $5 for an additional vehicle. 

For more: nps.gov or fs.usda.gov