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Sinkhole Campground

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 34.305280 / Longitude: -110.886110

Sinkhole Camping Guide Continued

The campground is within walking distance of Willow Springs Lake (for boating and fishing). There is a non-motorized Wildlife Area nearby offering hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Hikers will also find the General Crook National Recreation Trail about a mile from the campground. In July and August expect heavy rains often, with cool evenings and colder nights.

Location – Directions

Black Mesa Ranger District
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
P.O. Box 968
Overgaard, AZ 85933
928 535-7300

One quarter mile north of State Highway 260 towards Willow Springs Lake on Forest Road 149. Forest Road 149 is located approximately 1 mile east of the Rim Visitor Information Station or 25 miles west of Heber, Arizona.

General Information

7560 feet above sea level.

Generally mid-May to the end of October. Earlier or later depending upon weather.


  • 26 family camping units
  • Tents, trailers and small motor homes up to 32 foot
  • Tables, campfire grills
  • Drinking water
  • Garbage facilities
  • Campground hosts
  • Toilets
  • Paved roads
  • Boat Ramp located nearby at Willow Springs Lake
  • Utility hookups are not available.
  • Cul-de-sac design, parallel parking only
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
  • Gas, telephones, and groceries, are available at Forest Lakes, 6 miles east.
  • Nearest full service community is Payson, AZ, 31 miles west via Hwy 260.
  • Family units are on a first come - first serve basis.
  • Willow Springs Lake is limited to boat motors up to 8 horsepower.
Points of Interest & Attractions
Mogollon Rim Country

Wildlife viewing and hunting for Antelope, Black Bear, Turkey, Mule Deer and Trophy Elk. Scenic driving on the White Mtn and Coronado Trail Byways, and the dramatic Mogollon Rim. Hiking access to Blue Range Wilderness and Blue Ridge Recreation Trail.

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.

Woods Canyon Lake has 5 campgrounds. Aspen, Spillway, Crook, Mogollon and Rim. of these campgrounds, Aspen is by far the largest with 136 sites as compared with the other 4 that have 26. Spillway is the closest to the lake with Crook being about a mile away, then Mogollon at 1 1/2 miles and then Rim campground that's around 4 miles away.

At Willow Springs Lake Anglers catch mostly rainbow trout in this U-shaped lake. There's a boat ramp but no campground. You can camp in designated dispersed areas nearby or at Sinkhole Campground, which has water and an $8 fee from mid-May to late October. From AZ 260, about one mile east of Forest Road 300 (Rim Road) junction and four miles west of Canyon Point Campground, turn in a half mile on Forest Road 149 to Sinkhole Campground, then continue 3.5 miles to Willow Springs Lake. Rim, Crook, and Mogollon Campgrounds lie along Forest Road 300, beginning 0.8 mile in from AZ 260; all are open mid-May to late October with water and an $8 fee.

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