Cutthroat Campground lies at an elevation of 9,000 feet in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. It sits on the shoreline of Big Lake and affords visitors many recreational opportunities in a quiet, scenic setting. Popular activities include trout fishing and hiking.
Sites for tent camping only are scattered throughout this small facility and spaced a good distance apart. Some are directly on the waterfront. The basic amenities of restrooms, picnic tables and drinking water are provided, and anglers and boaters have the convenience of a boat ramp. An RV dump station is one mile away.
Due to heightened fire danger, extreme fire weather, and firefighting resources that are spread extremely thin, Apache Sitgreaves National Forest has entered a Stage 3 full forest closure as of 6AM on June 24th, 2021. This means no one is permitted on forest property at any time. The intention of the forest administrators and RRM of A is to reopen the campgrounds as soon as significant rains throughout the area have been witnessed, fires are suppressed throughout the Arizona region, and adequate firefighting resources are in place. We will cancel reservations on a weekly basis so that once the closure is lifted the remainder of the reservations will be honored. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. If you have additional questions, please call the Apache Sitgreaves Supervisors Office at 928-333-6280 or RRM of A corporate offices at 928-537-8888.”
STAGE 3 FOREST RESTRICTIONS ARE CURRENTLY IN PLACE - ALTHOUGH YOU CAN MAKE RESERVATIONS THEY COULD STILL BE CANCELLED IF THE FOREST ARE NOT RE-OPENED BEFORE YOUR DATE - These cancellations will happen automatically and you will be notified a week in advance of the cancellation.
The campground is located in a very scenic area, forested with ponderosa pine, spruce, Douglas fir, and aspen trees, which provide ample shade. Summer temperatures are pleasant and cool, a nice respite from the heat of lower deserts. Visitors should come prepared for cool nighttime temperatures and occasional summer rain storms.
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.
Named after a species of trout, Cutthroat is adjacent to 450-acre Big Lake, one of Arizona's top fishing lakes. The lake is known for its trout fishing, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache being the most sought-after species. The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing.
For campground inquiries, please call: 928-735-7313
From Pinetop, Arizona, take Highway 260 east 25 miles to Highway 273 south. Follow Highway 273 south 19 miles to Forest Road 8115 (Big Lake Entrance). Turn right and travel 2 miles to Cutthroat Campground.