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Old 09-27-2010, 03:09 PM   #1
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Payson/Mogollon Rim Campground Recommendations

I'm making a trip out to Payson/Mogollon Rim area this weekend to go camping with some friends. Still trying to decide on a spot. I've camped at Kehl Springs, Clints Well, and some other site that was further north and right on the edge of the rim.

I was thinking of going to the Third Crossing or Verde Glen campground, but I haven't found any concrete info as to whether or not they are open. I know that two sites just upstream, Water Wheel and 2nd Crossing campgrounds are closed due to last year's fire.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good dispersed campground up in that area. I'd like to be in a wooded area and close to a stream if possible. Planning on spending some time at Fossil Creek on Sunday as well. Thanks in advance for the help!
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i traveled up houston mesa rd and had found a few sites near a small stream. they were really close to a road, so it didn't look all that quiet. there were a ton of people there, so i guess they didn't mind at all
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we've stayed here

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/rec...ngs_camp.shtml

free small campground 8 sites total. No water there, but that wasn't an issue for us as we always bring one of those 10gal containers.

All along the south side of rim road are lots of dispersed places to camp. You are literally right on top of the rim.

Don't think there was a creek or anything nearby, there are a bunch of campgrounds at the little lakes up there on the rim. We try to avoid them as they cost like $15-20 a night to stay there, and are a lil too developed for our tastes

Kehl Springs Campground

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Ive always enjoyed camping down Merzville road. Its just past Forest lakes, and the sign is on the north side of the 260. Go South. Its easy driving, but gets more difficult the further you go. Theres some nice clear areas to set up camp, and you can walk, or ride a quad/bike to the rim.
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I just camped out by beaver creek this pass weekend, not a lot of sites that are out of the designated campground with concrete slabs and a strict camp host. We did find one though that was free, covered with nice shade trees, flat surface and about 100 feet from the stream. By far it was the best place we could find up there when it came to remoteness and location to the stream but the water wasn't that great so we took a 30 min off road trip to fossil and had a blast on the last day

The deepest pool (about 4 feet) we found beside the populated main spot at beaver creek was right by our sight
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There is also another spot called alderwood off the 260 just pass christopher creek. Nice area and free, we were all alone in a campground with 8 sites. The only down side is you have to drive on one of the worst wash board roads ever, the jeep that was with us almost rattled apart haha. Best part though had to be the amazing canyon we found that was about a 15 min hike upstream, deep enough to swim/jump and didn't see a single soul the whole time.


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