Arizona Camping

Arizona ranges in elevation from near sea level to around 12,600 ft. so you can expect every kind of camping. There are mountains for the summer and deserts for the winter and everything in between.

Best of all much of the state is public land meaning there is a lot of free camping available in national forests and such. Additionally, in Arizona it is basically a property owners responsibility to post their property if they do not want people on it. However, Indian reservations do require permits for camping and pretty much everything else too.

Here is a link to Arizona Highways Magazine which is a state run magazine (minimum ads) with some premiere graphics and wonderful stories and they also have some good reference books for camping, site seeing, ghost towns, hiking trails and such. It's well worth checking out and updated regularly. A yearly subscription to this magazine would be a very worth while investment for anyone who is considering a camping trip to Arizona. (I am not affiliated with the magazine in any way but I sure like it.)

Fire Restrictions - Check here for information on campfire restrictions. Also, let me suggest to you that perhaps, it's not as easy to put out a fire in the dry Southwest as it is in the wet Northeast, for example. Fuel woods here have lower water content and the humidity is generally lower as well. So if you are from somewhere else, that which works there to douse a fire, may not be adequate here. Seems like every year some poor soul from out of state thinks they have their fire out and the result is the loss of thousands of acres of national forest for which they become liable. Restrictions or not, never leave a fire unattended! At the very least this can get you a ticket. (Any smoke or heat constitutes an unattended fire, by the way, flames need not be present.)

Each individual forest has it's own travel management plan. Basically each forest has it's own map that specifies which roads are legal to drive on and how far off the road you vehicle can be. The really bad part of this plan is that it is up to you to get a copy of the map and stay off roads that are no longer available for use. The roads themselves will likely not be marked in any way. ( An open road looks the same as a closed road - yeeeesh... ) And technically these roads are only available for foot and equestrian traffic as now they have the same status as the forest in general. You can walk, hike and be there but no motorized vehicles ( including bikes ) are allowed.

National Forest in Arizona

Apache-Sitgreaves
Coconino Coronado
Kaibab
Prescott
Tonto

Arizona hiking and tent camping links.

The Arizona Trail

Arizona Hiking Trails