Arizona RV Camping
Arizona RV Camping
Arizona RV Camping and Campgrounds
Many Arizona RV camping locations are located close to some of the most spectacular areas anywhere. Winter is a great time to visit Arizona, and the Snowbird migration and their thousands of RVs certainly help prove it. Spring, summer, and fall, on the other hand, are the best times to see much of the incredible scenery of Arizona. The area around Grand Canyon National Park has free RV camping areas on the north and south rim and sights that everyone should see.
Arizona RV Parks and Campgrounds
- Arizona RV Parks – Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in Arizona.
Federal RV Camping Information
- National Park Service – NPS information about Arizona RV camping on National Park Service administered lands.
US Forest Service – USFS information about National Forests in Arizona. Great dispersed RV camping sites as well as many developed campgrounds.
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
- Coconino National Forest
- Coronado National Forest
- Kaibab National Forest
- Prescott National Forest
- Tonto National Forest
- Bureau of Land Management – BLM information about BLM administered lands in Arizona. LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) information as well as dispersed RV camping and developed campgrounds.
- US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about Corps lakes and campgrounds in Arizona.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Arizona.
State RV Camping Information
- State Parks – Mountain and desert campgrounds offer great Arizona RV camping sites.
- Arizona Department Of Fish And Game – Information about Arizona Wildlife Areas. Many allow RV camping.
- Arizona State Tourism Website – Where to go and what to do. Includes Arizona RV camping suggestions trip planning ideas.
- Arizona State Land Trust – Low-cost individual, family, and group permits allow limited dispersed Arizona RV camping on state trust lands.
- Camping Reservations – Make your Arizona State and Federal campground reservation in advance, and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Arizona RV Dump Stations
- RVDumps.com – Places to dump in Arizona.
- Sanidumps.com – Arizona RV dumps listed by town.
Free Arizona RV Camping And Boondocking
Free Arizona RV camping is available on public lands administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and the USFS (US Forest Service). State parks, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, and more allow free RV camping. The following list is just a sample of free RV camping possibilities. Free RV camping locations are primitive, which means there are no RV hookups.
Click On The Town Name For Free Arizona RV Camping Locations
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge – Free RV camping information about the Refuge, remote access, and necessary permits. Very isolated! There is also BLM public land surrounding AJO available for free RV camping. The Yuma BLM Field Office administers this area.
South of Ash Fork along highway 89 is numerous USFS (US Forest Service) access roads. Close the gate behind you. There are many lovely free RV boondocking sites in this area. The Prescott National Forest manages public lands in this area.
Surrounded by BLM administered lands, Bouse has virtually unlimited places for free RV camping. The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Lake Havasu Field Office manages RV camping in this area. The town has RV camping facilities, including an RV dump, fuel, groceries, water, trash restaurants, museum, and post office. Patton’s troops of WWII trained in this area.
North of town on old Route 66, about 3 miles, is an extensive BLM (Bureau of Land Management) ATV and off-road vehicle area. Suitable for any size RV. There are also several good pull-out areas off old Route 66 heading north towards Oatman. BLM’s Kingman Field Office administers this area.
South Rim RV camping information from the NPS (National Park Service) Official Web Site…we couldn’t say it better ourselves…
Dispersed Camping – Camping “at-large” is permitted in the national forest outside the park. Camping must be at least 0.25mile/0.4 km away from Highway 64. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest, P.O. Box 3088, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, or call (928) 638-2443 for information.
King of Arizona National Wildlife Refuge. Free RV camping is available with a 14 day per year maximum limit. This area is located northeast of Yuma and southeast of Quartzsite. Remote dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is also available on most BLM lands around the Refuge boundary.
Surrounded by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) administered land, you will have no trouble finding dispersed RV camping (boondocking) locations. RV camping locations are located both north and south of town. The BLM’s Lake Havasu Field Office manages this area and offers extensive information for the RV camping enthusiast.
Free RV parking is available at the truck stop. Scenic free RV camping is available on BLM administered lands north of the KOFA NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) and the Refuge itself. Large open RV camping areas are available in a remote desert setting.
East of Parker is large areas of BLM administered land with good access for free RV camping. Shea Road is asphalt heading east for nearly 15 miles before turning into good gravel. There are numerous free RV camping sites along both sides of this road.
Arizona State Land Trust has numerous parcels available for free RV camping surrounding Phoenix. Click Here for information on obtaining the required permit and Land Trust location maps.
Designated dispersed camping (boondocking) sites are available in the Prescott Basin. This area is managed by the USDA Prescott National Forest and offers organized campgrounds too. This is a popular area for RVers trying to escape the desert heat.
Free RV camping is available at 5 BLM designated 14-day camping areas surrounding Quartzsite. Free camping is permitted in designated areas only. BLM camping and LTVA’s has information about (Long Term Visitor Areas) in the Quartzsite area. The La Posa LTVA is very popular with Winter visitors. Over 1 million RVers show up during the winter months, and there is a lot of information written about this interesting RV camping area.
Free RV camping is available north of Sentinel on the road to the Oatman Massacre site not too far from Painted Rock Dam. Go north on an asphalt road approximately 1 mile to the first gravel road and turn right. A large area suitable for any size RV is located about 1 mile down the gravel road. More sites available further up the road, but we recommend smaller RV’s for these camping locations.
This historic ghost town offers free RV camping facilities. There are several free campsites suitable for smaller RV’s and tents. Bureau of Land Management is spending a considerable amount of time and money on this area. Improved RV camping sites and building restoration projects make this an interesting RV destination.
State Land Trust parcels are available for RV camping south of Wickenburg with a required permit and BLM administered lands. There are free RV camping sites along Vulture Peak Road and Vulture Mine Road. The Vulture mine offers $ dry RV camping and has self-guided tours of the historic mine. Wickenburg offers a full range of RV camping supplies, RV dump, fuel, food, and more.
USDA Kaibab National Forest offers free dispersed camping (boondocking) at many locations. A good free overnight camping area is located west of Williams, just off Interstate 40.
There are free RV camping sites (must have a $20 State issued permit) just East of Yuma on parcels of the Arizona State Land Trust. BLM also administered Public Lands with LTVA’s west of Yuma on the California side of the Colorado River. Check our BLM Section for more LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) information and rules.
Our Public Lands and Boondocking sections have more information about finding remote free Arizona RV camping locations. Our Free RV Camping page has ideas about free RV camping and parking places you may not have thought about.
Public Arizona RV Camping
Public Arizona RV camping is perfect for the Snowbirds of Winter. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Arizona State Parks offer RV camping on a first-come, first-serve basis only, and the same is true for most County and Community parks. Most parks have no length of camping stay limit. USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups. This is only a partial listing of Arizona RV camping opportunities at public campgrounds.
The Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area offers RV camping. This BLM area has 75 developed camping sites available with pit toilets, fire rings, and trash. There are pull-thru sites as well for large RVs.
We have been to both Windy Point and Packsaddle campgrounds with a 36′ motorhome. We don’t recommend taking a large vehicle to these campgrounds, but it can be done if you are determined.
Located north of Phoenix near Cottonwood, Dead Horse Ranch State Park offers RV camping sites with electricity and water and dry camping.
RV camping is available near Sunset Crater National Monument at the USDA Forest Service (USFS) Bonita Campground, located across the road from the National Park Visitor Center.
Well dispersed campsites are available at the Petroglyph/Painted Rock BLM Campground.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park, is a location everyone should experience if they can. RV camping is allowed within the park at designated campgrounds. This is a very popular camping location, and we recommend reservations at the National Park Service (NPS) campgrounds. Pictures can never fully capture this unique landscape.
Two areas developed campgrounds suitable for RV camping are located near Kingman. Haulapai Mountain Park and BLM’s Wild Cow Springs Recreation Area offer cooler mountain locations above 6000 feet.
Arizona RV camping facilities are available at:
RV dump, water, fishing, boating. No reservations accepted.
BLM and La Paz County offer camping opportunities in the Parker area.
Phoenix Area Campgrounds
- RV camping is available at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Some full hookup spaces. Located near Goodyear.
- Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities are available at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Hillside RV camping sites with scenic lake views.
- Primitive camping is offered at the Buckeye Hills Regional Park. No water.
- Cave Creek Regional Park has water and electric RV camping sites. RV dump in the campground.
- RV camping is available at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. 76 water and electric sites with RV dump, picnic tables, and trash.
- Usery Mountain Regional Park offers 73 water and electric RV camping sites. Picnic tables, RV dump, trash.
- White Tank Regional Park is another of Maricopa County administered regional parks. Offering 40 dry RV camping sites with a picnic table, barbecue grill, and trash.
USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer RV camping in the area.
- Granite Basin. Located at 5600 feet with paved road access.
- White Spar – 5700-foot elevation with 40 foot RV maximum RV length. 14 Day limit.
- Lynx Lake – Located at 5600 feet next to a man-made lake. 39 spaces suitable for RV camping.
For more USFS campgrounds in the Prescott National Forest, Click Here.
South of Quartzsite is the large and very popular La Poza LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area). Hundreds of thousands of Snowbirds descend on Quartzsite with their RVs every Winter. Much has been written about this interesting RV camping destination. Our BLM RV Camping page has more information about LTVA’s and their rules.
Dry RV camping sites are available at Centennial County Park. The campground has an RV dump and water available.
The National Park Service Campgrounds located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area has 153 camping sites and is located on Lake Mead north of Kingman.
RV camping and other activities are available at Alamo Lake State Park, 38 miles north of Wenden. The campgrounds have electric and water sites and an RV dump station
RV camping is available at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument campgrounds.
Community park located 2 miles NE of town across from the Rodeo grounds on Constellation Road has RV camping. Has trash but no water or dump—restricted length of stay.
The Community Center has RV camping facilities for RV club rallies and group events. Reservations required. Wickenburg Community Center. Office Hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Please call 928-684-7656
South of Wikieup is the Burro Creek Recreation Area. This large recreation area has flush toilets, large RV camping sites, an RV dump station, and drinking water.
North of Yuma on the California side of the Colorado River is…
- BLM Squaw Lake Campground. Tent and RV camping facilities include showers, boat launch near the Imperial Dam on the Colorado River.
- Imperial Dam LTVA is also located near Yuma. This long term RV camping area allows stays of months if desired.