Sharp Creek Campground

Tonto National Forest

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Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541
928-474-7900
602-225-5200
Reservations: 877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 34.3062, -110.9962

Last Price Paid: $22
Number of Sites: 28
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: April - Oct.
Elevation: 6040 ft
Max Stay: 14
Max Length: 40 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
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Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G
3bars
AT&T 4G
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Rich
Tucson, AZ
24 Coachmen Santara Class C 238RB
9 reviews
Nightly rate: $22
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 21

Rich would stay here again

“Basic camping at its best”

Reviewed May 05, 2016

Overall Rating

This is one of a series of Forest Service campsites along AZ 260 east of Payson. They are all now privately managed, which means that they cost a lot more than they used to. The nightly fee is $22; with a federal pass it's half that.

Very quiet. Easy to get to. Paved fairly level sites with picnic tables and fire boxes in open ponderosa pine habitat. 5970' elevation. A very friendly and helpful campground host when I was there. It's bear country, so don't leave food out.

This is the classic "it is what it is." Excellent Verizon, good ATT cell service.

Except for the fact that I had a flat tire, this was a real enjoyable stay.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
AT&T 4G
4bars
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Jen and Q
Livingston, TX
27 Airstream Flying Cloud Twin
2012 Ford F-250
147 reviews
Nightly rate: $22
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 25

Jen and Q would stay here again

“Camping in the Tonto National Forest”

Reviewed May 05, 2015

Overall Rating

This is an approximately 28 site campground spread over many acres. With a park this size, you would think there would be 50+ sites but somehow they made this one just right and the majority of the spots are spacious. Of the 28 or so sites, at least 10 are first come, first serve. I stayed in the Juniper Loop, site #25 (non-reservable site) and would definitely stay there again. There is one loop for just tent campers. You can't go wrong with either loop. No showers. Vault toilets and water faucets located throughout the park. NO DUMP STATION. The only dump station nearby is at Ponderosa CG which is about 10 miles west. However, when I was at Ponderosa, the dump station was closed. Additionally, the Ponderosa dump station is fee only, approximately $10.00. There is a free dump at the Giant Station in Payson which is fairly accessible.

No real hiking trails from the campground, although there is an old forest road on the backside of Juniper Loop that accesses the Group Campground. However, there are other hikes, including the popular Horton Springs near the Tonto Creek Campground (approximately 5 miles west). This is a fun, easy to moderate, out and back trail that follows the water and is great for hiking with a dog or even mountain biking. Since it is a popular trail, try going on the weekday. Visit the Mogollon Visitor's Center which is about 5 miles west and there are also other trails across from the Visitor's Center.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • firewood
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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