This group campground is situated in a tall ponderosa pine forest, just down the road from the popular Woods Canyon Lake in north central Arizona. The shaded campground is a nice hideaway for large groups with opportunities for boaters, anglers, hikers, families and photographers.
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) and group sites up to 50 people. 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.
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.
After-hours reservations proceed to your assigned site. Walk-ins, follow posted instructions concerning availability. You may not enter the campground to look for sites. You must completely fill out the provided fee envelope and make the payment before proceeding into the campground.
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.
If you have questions about a refund or reservation please call (928)535-9859
If you use a 3rd party vendor to deliver your camping equipment/rig, they must have a valid Forest Service permit issued by the Black Mesa Ranger District to enter the campground. If they do not have that permit, they will be denied entry to your site.
If you are renting equipment and are bringing it yourself, no special permit is required.
If you have any questions, contact the Black Mesa Ranger District at 928-535-7300
This group site/picnic area is open. Anyone reserving this site is required to follow local, state, and federal laws including COVID restrictions. Please ensure you are fully aware of any COVID restrictions for the state of Arizona and Coconino County where this campground is located.
Effective Friday July 16, 2021 all fire restrictions are lifted on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Visitors can once again have a well attended, modest sized fire in the metal fire rings provided in this campground. Smoking outdoors in a cleared area is allowed. The use of charcoal and smokers is also allowed.
Campers are expected to drown any unattended campfire out cold.
The use of fireworks, and shooting any type of weapon inside the campgrounds remains prohibited.
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.