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Sharp Creek Campground

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 34.299720 / Longitude: -110.998060

Sharp Creek Camping Guide Continued

The 23 sites at Sharp Creek campground spread out in the forest near the tiny village of Christopher Creek. There are no hookups or showers, but the campground does have fresh water and vault toilets. Campers can purchase firewood from the camp host and pick up basic necessities from the little store in town. The campground sits at 6,000 feet elevation, and the snow level determines its opening date in the spring.

Location – Directions

Sharp Creek Campground
Payson Ranger District
1009 E. Hwy 260
Payson, AZ 85541

Sharp Creek (AZ)
Payson AZ 85541

From Payson, Arizona, take Highway 260 east for 23 miles. The campground is on the south side of the highway.

General Information


  • 28 camp units
  • Vault toilets accessible
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Cooking grill
  • Campfire rings
  • Lantern holders
  • Firewood available


  • 4-day stay limit
  • 2 vehicles per unit maximum
  • 8 people per unit maximum
  • Not recommended for trailers over 40 feet
  • Juniper Loop Units # 23 and 24 are pull-through, and Unit # 27 is accessible. Oak Loop Units # 11, 14, and 18 are pull-through, and unit # 13 is accessible.
  • Unit #13 (in Pine Tent Loop) is accessible.
Points of Interest & Attractions

Mogollon Rim Country

The Mogollon Rim is actually the southern edge of the great Colorado Plateau. This rugged escarpment extends roughly two hundred from New Mexico's border across two-thirds of Arizona creating a breathtaking landscape known for its forests and magnificent two-thousand feet drops. Vacationers will revel in all the sight-seeing opportunities the rim affords. Most of the rim lies between 4,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level allowing for a comfortable climate that low-lying Arizonans love to take advantage of, especially during the hot summer season in the desert communities.

The rim is characterized by dramatic cliffs and canyons. Its slopes are lush with flora and dotted with fauna like elk and deer. The sweeping landscape is a hiker's paradise and is well-known for its challenging terrain. Many vacationers come to this area of the rim to enjoy the various lakes and reservoirs such as Willow Springs Lake, Black Canyon Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Chevelon Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Knoll Lake, and Blue Ridge Reservoir. Fishing is a welcome activity in the area surrounding Christopher Creek, AZ.

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