Vast desert, cool mountain forests, and rushing rivers offer year-round camping.
With its warm, sunny weather, Phoenix is a year-round camping destination. Just outside the city, the vast Arizona desert and mountains extend for miles. Sleep under the stars in the desert, or set up camp by a mountain lake. Whether you’re looking for an in-town RV park or a wilderness escape, Phoenix has you covered. Camp among the cacti at Lost Dutchman State Park, which provides both RV and tent camping. Here, an extensive trail network takes you into the Tonto National Forest. In the summer, grab a site at Coon Bluff and join the locals in floating the Lower Salt River. For the classic western experience, try horseback riding from your campsite at Usery Mountain Regional Park. When the temperatures rise, locals head for the hills near Cave Creek. Fish for trout and swim in the river at Box Bar Campground, or stay by the lake at Horseshoe Campground. Feel like roughing it? Head into the Mogollon Rim for quiet backcountry camping and cool weather. Of course, Phoenix also offers fantastic desert camping. To the south and west, you’ll find RV resorts with hot showers, picnic tables, and full hookups. The Saddle Mountain BLM area offers free dispersed camping and killer views.