When you’re ready to take a weekend or more off to attend to your physical and mental wellness, consider the joys of camping. Whether you prefer the conveniences of an RV or the absorption into nature that tents provide, it takes you off the daily grid and out of the daily grind, letting you focus on what’s most important:
- Physical activity
- Stress reduction
- Unplugging from electronics
- Plugging into people
- Learning new skills and confidence
Prescott-area campsites can offer all of this and more to you and your family, though unplugging from electronics is easier to do from more remote locations where reception is spotty.
If you’re in a truly remote area that doesn’t have coverage from any wireless towers you won’t be able to place even a 911 call, so you’ll want to keep that in mind or have a satellite phone or other solution on hand.
Greater Prescott’s geographic diversity provides varied scenery, adventures and degrees of seclusion. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find.
PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST:
No RV hookups are currently available at any of these campgrounds.
Lynx Lake Recreation Area
Hilltop and Lynx campgrounds have a combined total of 77 campsites, and both have drinking water, vault toilets and garbage service. Lynx has two flush toilets as well, but — when available — its maximum RV lengths range from 22 feet to 35 feet, while Hilltop can accommodate up to 40 feet. Both are open April 1 to Oct. 31. Daily fees are $18 per campsite, $5 for an extra vehicle and $36 for a double campsite, available only at Lynx.
White Spar Campground
There are 52 campsites here for RV, trailer and tent camping, 12 open year-round and the rest subject to seasonal closure. Has vault toilet year-round and drinking water during peak season. Daily fees are $10 to $28.
Groom Creek Recreation Area
Lower Wolf Creek Campground has 20 spaces with grills and fire rings, vault toilets and garbage service but no drinking water. Can accommodate RVs from 22-feet to 40 feet depending on availability. Spaces are first-come, first serve.
Granite Basin Recreation Area
Yavapai Campground has 21 campsites, drinking water, compost toilets and garbage service. Maximum RV length is 40 feet. Daily fees are $18 per campsite, $5 for an extra vehicle and $36 for double campsite.
Allowed free of charge in designated areas of the national forest, dispersed camping generally lacks modern services including water, restrooms and garbage pickup for a much more “rugged” experience and the perks and perils of being in the middle of nature and wildlife.
- Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777
- More info: www.fs.usda.gov/activity/prescott/recreation/camping-cabins
WATSON LAKE PARK:
Camping available Thursday-Monday nights, with 19 reservable spaces and 15 first-come first-serve. Dry camping only, but showers and restrooms are available to paid guests. Daily fee $20.
- Reservations: 928-771-1121
More information: www.prescott-az.gov/recreation-events/recreation-services/facility-rentals/campsite-rentals
POINT OF ROCKS RV CAMPGROUND:
More than 100 spaces available, all with RV hookups, water, sewer and picnic table. Includes laundry facility, restrooms and showers, and WiFi is available (no video streaming). Accommodates RVs up to 46 feet, depending on availability. Daily fees $46 to $51.
- Reservations and more information: www.pointofrocksrvcampground.com