Arizona Camping Cheat Sheet

Camping is the fun part! Finding the camping spot? Sometimes not so fun! We've compiled a list of our top camping spots in Arizona. Looking for the best free camping? We've got a list of those too!

Paid Camping

Don't get us wrong! We love as many free camping spots as possible! But to be honest, sometimes it just makes more sense to pay for a night or two! These spots were all located within walking distance of cool downtown areas, hiking, and National Monuments! Each campground even has the GPS Coordinates so save this for the next time you plan on going camping in Arizona!

Mather Campground

There are two sides at The Grand Canyon - South Rim & North Rim. While the north rim is less crowded and beyond beautiful - the south rim has more of the "action". Mather Campground was perfect for putting us right in the middle of it all. Even though there are a lot of sites, they are spread out enough that it feels like you have more privacy than not. There is a good chance you will also be greeted by the local Elk. The spots do not have water or electrical hook ups! When you first enter into the campground there is a building that has coin operated showers & laundry. Shower at your own risk, I did shower with a baby turd. Gotta do what ya gotta do.

Our favorite part of this campground was that we didn't have to move the bus if we didn't want to! There is a trail that runs through the campgrounds to the visitor center, the Grand Canyon & the Village. Bring your bikes or put on your walking shoes!

Price: $18/night

Closest Town: Williams, AZ

GPS Coordinates: 36.049922, -112.120389

Wahweap RV & Campground

Dead Horse Campground

Desert Tortoise Campground

Tombstone Dry Campground

Bonita Canyon Campground

Free Camping!

Flagstaff (NE) (Near 2 National Monuments!)

This spot is located 7 miles North of Flagstaff and just minutes from two different National Monuments (Sunset Crater National Monument & Wupatki National Monument)! There are a handful of free camping spots near here, and if you drive a 4x4 vehicle there are even more.

There was a lot of privacy here with a lot of space to let your dogs run. The close proximity to the National Monuments as well as Flagstaff makes this a top notch free spot!

Closest Town: Flagstaff, AZ

GPS Coordinates: 35.364796, -111.583618

Flagstaff Dispersed (NW)

Rim Rock (Near Sedona)


Mingus Mountain Dispersed

Desert Dispersed

Massive Cactus Dispersed