Tonto National Forestwrite a review Bartlett Dam Rd. Rio Verde, AZ 85263 928-474-7901 602-225-5201 Official Website
GPS: 33.8758, -111.6141
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Teddi & Roger would stay here again
“Lakeside camping with a few caveats.”
Reviewed Apr 10, 2019
Bartlett Flats offers some great dry camping opportunities, some with easy lake access, however there are a few things to be aware of. The area is about 25 miles east of Carefree, AZ. That is 25 miles of fairly narrow, twisty-turny, uppy-downy road. It is paved and really not a problem, but I would think twice about making that drive if you’re just looking for an overnight spot. If you have a few days, it’s well worth it.
Turn off Bartlett Dam Road onto North Lake Road (FS 459). Bartlett Flats is about 4 miles further on, the road is paved until you are near the camping area. For folks with larger rigs, you can unhook at the Yellow Cliffs boating site and scout from there. And you do want to scout. While there are spots that will accommodate even the largest rigs, many sites are rocky, rutted, and 4WD worthy.
Plan on arriving early if you can, the place is popular with boaters and fishermen and the sites that accommodate larger rigs are limited. There is camping along the Fisheries Project road, as well as Bartlett Flats. During our stay the water levels were extremely high, so the beach camping area was mostly underwater. Under other circumstances, there may be more camping options.
A Tonto NF pass ($8-10 per day) is required for camping. There are porta-potties and dumpsters, but no other amenities. The marina hosts a store and a restaurant that is open weekends only. The lake is open to powerboats, so don’t expect tranquility and quiet. The view of the Yellow Cliffs is impressive.
We had absolutely no Verizon cell service in the camping area.
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Our good boondocking karma continues! Although it was a little touch and go there for a minute. Rog looked at several areas and the one he was most interested in was Bartlett Flats situated on the Ba...
- dry camping
- Dispersed Camping
- boat ramp
- picnic area
- water access
- restrooms: vault
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