So you’ve planned yourself a trip to the glorious Sedona area, but you’re not sure where to start when it comes to finding somewhere to park your RV or pitch your tent. Let me help you out as I’ve picked out some of the top spots in the area for you to settle in and enjoy the surrounding scenery.
Whether you are heading there to hike or whether it’s a family holiday and you simply want to lie somewhere beautiful and enjoy a picturesque picnic… I’ve got you covered with my list of the best camping in Sedona.
Camping in Oak Creek
Oak Creek is one of the most popular camping locations in the area due to it’s outstanding views from every angle and it’s close proximity to the town, so if you find yourself in need of some daily essentials, a trip to the shop isn’t an expedition in itself.
Most of the great campsites are located right on the edge of the creek so are shaded by the forests and enjoy brilliant views right from the camp spots. Most have great facilities on site including drinking water and showers, and some even have Wi Fi – who said camping had to be off the grid? You’ll still be able to send snaps to your friends to make them jealous.
So whether you’d like to pitch in the forest or park your RV close to town, see which of the below take your fancy.
Where can I camp in Oak Creek?
Cave Springs Campground
The views near Cave Springs
View Property, Slide Rock State Park, AZ 2015 by Don Graham is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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This is one of the area’s most loved campgrounds, and is at the heart of the Oak Creek Canyon. It’s in a wooded area and is right on the bank of Oak Creek.
There is a lot of hiking available in the surround area and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. And you can even take a dive into the creek itself as it boasts crystal clear waters during the summer months which are a welcome cooling break.
Chavez Crossing Group Campground
Exploring around Chavez Crossing Group Campground
Little L.O. Trail No. 6 by Deborah Lee Soltesz is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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It may be located near the prestigious golf courses of the area but this campground isn’t just for golfers. It’s close to the bustling art and resort town of Sedona.
It has a similar ambiance of the other forest campsites in the area, meaning you can partake in activities such as fishing, sightseeing and swimming just a short drive away. Being closer to the town also has its advantages as you can take advantage of the bars and restaurants along with the other tourist attractions of the area.
Walking near Pine Flats
Secret Mountain Trail by Deborah Lee Soltesz is licensed under CC BY 2.0
If rafting, kayaking and fishing is what you are after then this is the campground for you. It’s located near to the South Fork Payette River so you can even have a long soak in the hot springs at the edge of the river after a long day of activities.
Lo Lo Mai Springs
A quick adventure near Lo Lo Mai Springs
FR 525 on way to Loy Canyon – Sedona by Al_HikesAZ is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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This campsite is located along the banks of the creek with cotton trees hanging above the camping spots. It’s a quiet oasis is every sense of the word and there’s plenty to do in the local area, such as a local winery, Indian ruins and the historic city of Jerome just around the corner.
Page Springs Resort
Page Springs Resort
Lower Oak Creek IBA by Steven Reynolds is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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Hide out among the trees, enjoy a picnic by the creek or go exploring with the kids. There’s playgrounds and lots of activities to get involved in at this campsite. The site also put on seasonal camper breakfasts so it’s the perfect places to socialise with your fellow campers and have fun on a family holiday or a solo camping trip.
Rancho Sedona RV Park
A short walk from Rancho Sedona RV Park
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Surrounded by trees, this park is in the heart of the town, meaning you are right next to the action and get involved in all the local activities. There’s gallerie, shops and restaurants to enjoy, and not only that you can do a spot of golfing, take a balloon ride or even hop into a helicopter and enjoy the spectacular region from above.
What is there to do in Sedona?
Admiring the Sedona view
Munds Wagon Trail – Sedona ArizonabyAl_HikesAZ is licensed under CC BY 2.0
So once you’ve set up camp, what next? There’s plenty of activities to choose from in and around this beautiful city, and some we have mentioned that are specialised at the various campsites. But the area itself boasts some brilliant attractions for you, and your family.
Firstly the scenery is completely outstanding and there are various ways to get around in order to appreciate the views. You can take a jeep tour which means you can get really close to the area and it may take you to some places that you wouldn’t necessarily find earmarked in the tourist guide.
Be sure to take a hike up to Red Rock Crossing, It’s the most well-known attraction in the Sedona area and it is a great place to see the whole of Oak Creek from the foot of Cathedral Rock.
Then, for the more daring of us, you can hike up to Oak Creek Canyon. The route will be sure to take your breath away as there is scenery along the way that you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else. On the way you’ll see lots of things to do, such as swimming in the creek and standing in awe at the steep canyon walls.
There are too many hiking routes to mention but a few that standout are the West Fork Trail and the hikes towards the five vortex’s in the region – so be sure not to miss out on these!
Wow, so many great campgrounds to choose from! You’ll need to take a sleeping bag though. Ideally a compact one, right? Check out our best compact sleeping bags.