5 Top Camping Destinations in Arizona

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There is no question that when it comes to natural beauty, the state of Arizona has it in abundance. Having driven through the state ourselves, from the towering saguaro cacti to the red rock cliffs and the iconic Grand Canyon, there are a wide range of ideal camping locations to choose from. In fact, there are so many, that it can be hard to narrow it down to just one choice. We've decided to make things a little easier with our list of 5 top campgrounds in Arizona for families.

Grand Canyon North Rim Campground

One of the most popular campgrounds in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon's North Rim Campground is also a cooler reprieve from the summer heat. With cool temperatures all summer long, the North Rim Campground gives stunning views of the Grand Canyon, while also being much less crowded than the South Rim. Reservations are still needed far in advance, so be sure to make yours at least a few months before you plan to visit.

Hiking trails abound here, and planned ranger activities take place almost daily. Campsites are $18-$25 a night, and both tent and RV parking is permitted. There are no hook-ups, but a dump station is on-site.

The View Campground

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Another campground that can boast beautiful scenery is The View Campground. Located within Monument Valley Park, there are few other places where you could watch the sunset behind these famous buttes. Although there are no hookups, a bathroom and shower facility are on site, and full cabins are available to rent as an alternative to either RV or tent camping. Campsites range up to $40 per night, and there is a $20 additional fee that must be paid to enter the park itself, but if you were planning on visiting the park you would have been required to pay that fee anyway.

Kartchner Caverns 

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Home to an incredible set of caves, Kartchner Caverns State Park is another top camping spot in Arizona. With many incredible formations, the Kartchner Caverns are fairly new to the commercial world, with its existence not being reveals to the public until 1988. Here, you can take cave tours, hike through the Whetstone Mountains and search for local wildlife. The campground features sites with electric and water hook-ups as well as full shower and bathroom facilities. Sites are $30 per night, and can be reserved in advance.

Lost Dutchman State Park 

Nestled in the Superstition Mountains, the Lost Dutchman State Park has a name that refers to the legend of an old gold mine. Located on the Apache Trail, there are ample opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities at this park. It is here that you can see the Saguaro cacti and red rock cliffs. Improved campsites are available for both tent and RV campers, and start at a rate of $20 per night.

Fool Hollow Lake

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A very popular choice for those interested in water sport recreation in Arizona, Fool Hollow Lake has campsites surrounding a lake created by a nearby dam. Canoe and kayak rentals are available onsite, and other popular activities include fishing, swimming and hiking. Campsites are available both with and without hook-ups, and start at a rate of $20 per night.

Interested in camping in other sites? Check out our picks for the top camping spots in Alaska and Alabama.

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