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ASPEN (AZ), AZ

part ofApache-Sitgreaves National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: ASPEN (AZ)
Status: Closed through Thu May 01 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Aspen Campground is a scenic hideaway for anglers, boaters, families and photographers, located in north central Arizona near Heber and Payson. It sits in a dense pine and aspen area forest near the shore of Woods Canyon Lake at an elevation of 7,000 ft. With spacious campsites, calm and scenic lake waters, a marina, boat ramp and many amenities, Aspen is one of the most popular camping spots in Arizona.

Natural Features:

The large and rambling campground offers several camping experiences and environments from marshy meadows to a rocky forest. Wildlife viewing includes birds, squirrels, deer and elk. Deer, skunks and bears are common campground visitors.

Summer temperatures can be very pleasant because of the elevation. However, the rainy season often brings afternoon thunderstorms from late June through August. Visitors should come prepared for rain and cool nighttime temperatures.

Recreation:

Popular activities include trout fishing, hiking, boating and photography. Woods Canyon Lake is one of seven lakes in the Rim Lakes Recreation Area, and one of the most visited. Two other lakes are within a short drive. Woods Canyon Lake only allows electric boat motors.

An easy hiking trail meanders around the lake, and the campground's paved roads make for great bike rides. Families might also enjoy attending educational programs given by Forest Service rangers on the weekends.

Facilities:

Aspen Campground is a large facility with 148 campsites. It is composed of four loops in alternating meadow and wooded areas, and campsites are spaced well apart from each other.

The nearest showers are 10 miles away at Canyon Point Campground.

A marina with a full service store with groceries, boat rentals and firewood is available at the lake. Gas, phone and groceries are also available in nearby Forest Lakes.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors can explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico.

The nearest towns are Heber and Payson.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Marina
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Maximum one camping unit and two vehicles per site. Fee includes one camping unit and one vehicle. Payment for a second vehicle will be collected at check-in.
  • Walk-in season dates (mid-April to mid-May; mid-Sept. to mid-Nov.) are weather permitting only.
  • If this campground is full, several other facilities are in the area
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Click here for more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.32667, -110.94583
34°19'36"N, 110°56'45"W

From Payson, take Highway 260 northeast toward Heber. Take a left at the sign for Woods Canyon Lake (Rim Road/Forest Road 300). Follow for about .5 miles and turn right onto the paved road at the sign toward Woods Canyon Lake (there is no road sign). Aspen Campground is about 1 mile down the road on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ASPEN (AZ)
APACHE-SITGREAVES
AZ

Phone Number:

Information: (928)535-9859
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