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BENNY CREEK GROUP AREA, AZ

part ofApache-Sitgreaves National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BENNY CREEK GROUP AREA
Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Benny Creek Campground offers group camping in the remote and scenic White Mountains of Arizona. A perfect outdoor retreat for small to medium group gatherings, the campground is situated in a pine forest above Benny Creek and within walking distance of Bunch Reservoir and Greer Lakes. Picnicking, fishing, hiking and boating are often enjoyed by campers.

Natural Features:

Benny Creek Campground sits in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona at an elevation of 8,250 feet. Campsites are fairly open under a canopy of ponderosa pine. Abert squirrels and chipmunks are common campground residents, and mule deer and elk inhabit the area as well. The nearby reservoir is one of three area lakes on the Little Colorado River.

Summer temperatures can be very pleasant due to 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:

Excellent creek and lake fishing for trout draws anglers to the campground. Hikers can seek out the Squirrel Springs trail nearby.

Those wishing to relax on a scenic drive can explore the White Mountain and Coronado Trail Scenic Byways.

Facilities:

Three group camping areas are available for groups up to 24 or 32 guests. When not reserved, these sites may be available on a walk-in basis, and there are several individual sites that are also first-come, first-served.

The campground can accommodate tents, trailers and small motorhomes up to 24 feet. A dump station is available across the highway at Hoyer Campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby town of Greer offers gas, groceries, restaurants and equipment rentals.

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Scenic Drive
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; please obey all food storage rules and regulations. Check with your host for details.
  • Reservations are only available for small groups; single family sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Walk-in season dates are weather permitting only; call 928-537-8888 for status
  • No utility hookups or dump station
  • Additional camping units will be charged an extra vehicle fee
  • This is a high elevation facility; use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • 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):
34.04417, -109.44861
34°2'39"N, 109°26'55"W

From Show Low, Arizona, take Highway 260 southeast 42 miles to Highway 373. Follow 373 south for 2.5 miles to the Benny Creek Campground entrance on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BENNY CREEK GROUP AREA
APACHE-SITGREAVES
AZ

Phone Number:

Information: (928)735-7313
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