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CAVE SPRING, AZ

part ofCoconino National Forest Recreation, US Forest Service
Photo: CAVE SPRING
Status: Closed through Thu Mar 26 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cave Springs sits in the scenic Oak Creek Canyon and is one of Coconino National Forest's most popular campgrounds.

The campground is nestled in a forested canyon near the town of Sedona, Arizona, and its famous red rock cliffs. The scenery is unmatched, the stream is stocked with trout, and swimming, hiking and birding spots are nearby.

Natural Features:

The area is a heavily wooded, lush riparian zone. Campsites are located in a shady stand of ponderosa pines in the upper reaches of the canyon. Many of the campsites are located right on the banks of Oak Creek. The creek has crystal clear, cool water that is refreshing on hot summer days.

Recreation:

There are several hiking trails in the vicinity. Some lead up the canyon slopes to offer good views of the surrounding scenery. The creek is bordered with paths that lead along its picturesque course, offering great bird watching and fishing.

Facilities:

Cave Spring is a large campground with 84 campsites, including one tent-only site. All sites have picnic tables, campfire rings and cooking grills. Coin-operated showers, drinking water and vault restrooms are provided for convenience. The facility can host RVs, trailers and motor homes up to 36-ft.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest town is Sedona, popular for its red rock vistas, resorts and shopping. One of Arizona's best swimming spots, Slide Rock State Park, is down the road.

Campers can also explore the 1.8-million acre Coconino National Forest, which boasts a spectacular variety of scenery and outdoor activities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Sites
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Oak Creek is very crowded, especially on weekends; it is best to come on a weekday and arrive early
  • No radios or amplified devices allowed
  • No hookups
  • No horses allowed in the campground
  • Motorbikes may only be used for entering or leaving campsite
  • 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 dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.99639, -111.73917
34°59'47"N, 111°44'21"W

From Phoenix, take I-17 to Highway 179 north toward Sedona. Turn north on Highway 89A and continue for 11 miles into Oak Creek Canyon.

From Flagstaff, take I-17 to Highway 89A south. Follow 89A for 18 miles to Oak Creek Canyon.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CAVE SPRING
COCONINO
  AZ 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (928)282-1629
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