The campground is arranged in two loops in a cul-de-sac design. Each has a group area that can host up to 110 campers and 26 vehicles (parallel parking only). The sites can accommodate both RVs and tents, though some areas are less suited for tent camping. A picnic shelter is located in the middle of the group use area. Groceries are available at the Woods Canyon Store, and a dump station is located near the park. Firewood is available for sale at the store and onsite.
This location is operated under permit by Thousand Trails Management Services, Inc. and is currently open to welcome guests to individual family campsites only (8 guests or less per site). Our campgrounds are opening with strict adherence to the following mandates:
•Follow Arizona’s state order to “Stay Healthy. Return Smarter. Return Stronger.” as well as CDC and USDA pandemic guidelines.
•Strict adherence to Physical Distancing between campsites will be enforced. Please respect the space of other campers and stay well away from other campsites to which you are not related or associated.
•Self-contained RVs are highly recommended.
•Some reservation holders may be reassigned to a new site to enhance distancing between sites.
•ONLY registered guests will be permitted in campgrounds. NO visitors allowed. Alert the host upon check-in if you expect a second vehicle in your site.
•Most facilities designed for group gatherings are closed, even within open campgrounds that are open to accommodate groups under 25.
•Those who fail to follow mandates can be cited and will be required to leave the campground. No refunds will be given for those who lose their sites due to failure to follow pandemic mitigation mandates.
Local managers are committed to the health and safety of visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates. Additional restrictions may be applied at any time.
All group reservations over 25 people have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. There is no action required from you at this time. The credit card used to make the original reservation will be refunded. If you have questions about a refund or reservation please call (928)535-9859
The campground is situated a ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Wildlife viewing includes birds, squirrels, deer and elk. Hikers who venture onto nearby trails are afforded expansive views of the land beneath the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim, pronounced by locals as "muggy-own," is a 200-mile long escarpment in northern Arizona that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 ft. in elevation and serves as the geographical divide between the cool high country above and the hot, dry desert below. 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.
Gas, food, and groceries are available in Forest Lakes 9 miles east. The nearest full service community is Payson, Arizona, 34 miles west on Highway 260. 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.
Popular activities include trout fishing, hiking, boating, cycling, horseback riding, and photography. Woods Canyon Lake is the most popular of four lakes in the Rim Lakes Recreation Area. Woods Canyon Lake only allows electric boat motors. The paved Meadow Trail borders Crook Campground and will bring you about 1 mile north to Woods Canyon Lake or one quarter mile south to the The Rim Lakes Vista and Rim Trail is just a quarter mile from the campground and leads to spectacular views of the Mogollon Rim and surrounding area.
For campground inquiries, please call: 928-535-9233
From Heber: Travel 25 miles west on State Highway 260. Turn right onto Forest Road 300 which is located directly across from the Rim Visitor Information Station. Travel about 4 miles north of State Highway 260 toward Woods Canyon Lake. Turn right onto Forest Road 105 toward Woods Canyon Lake. Watch for signs for Crook Campground.
From Payson: Travel approximately 30 miles east on State Highway 260. When you top out on the rim, take the first left onto Forest Road 300 directly across the highway from the Rim Visitor Information Station. Travel about 4 miles north. Turn right onto Forest Road 105 toward Woods Canyon Lake. Watch for signs for Crook Campground.