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Houston Mesa Campground (Arizona)

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Houston Mesa Camping Guide

Houston Mesa Campground is located in the forested northern section of Tonto National Forest, just one mile north of Payson, Arizona and less than two hours from Phoenix. With family, equestrian and tent-only campsites, this campground can accommodate a range of visitors and offers plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, including several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails nearby.

Houston Mesa has 74 campsites, including 29 equestrian sites for campers with horses or mules, and 17 tent-only sites for those who want a quieter experience. There are several amenities to make campers feel at home, including showers (coin-operated) and flush toilets. All of the sites are accessible.

The horse camping section (Mule Deer Loop) is across the street from the main campground and features 29 individual sites with tables and grills. Corrals are also available. Campers who reserve these sites must have horses or mules. There are two group sites that can host up to 65 people and can be reserved by calling the campground.

Directions
Houston Mesa Campground
100 East Houston Mesa Road
Payson, AZ  85541
928 468-7135

From Payson, Arizona, go north for 1 mile to the junction of Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) and Forest Road 199 (Houston Mesa Road). Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 199 for .10 miles. The campground is on the north side of Houston Mesa Road.

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Average User Rating:
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Both times we went to Houston Mesa which was the 4th of Sept and the 10th were great times! We stayed in the Black Bear Tent Only Section. On the 4th we stayed at site 005 which is very private and though the website will say full shade it's not. The 10th we stayed at site 23B and very pleased with it. More shade. The bathrooms are flush toilets which is nice. Be warned if you make a left out of the campground to go up to fishing the bathrooms there are outhouses and they are FULL OF FLIES! Bring your own toilet paper to those bathrooms. The bathrooms at the campgrounds are clean and well maintained. We had an occasion to use the showers and they are $2 for 6 minutes and you should have plenty of time. I enjoy the self pay system and the staff there is very nice. Each site has its own table and fire pit. I'm not sure about electricity for RV's as we only had tents and no electricity was available. It's very nice to be able to look up into the sky at night and see the stars. If you're up early enough you will probably see an Elk or two walking the grounds which is pretty cool. BRING AN AIR MATTRESS. Oh and don't forget to stop at the Bee Line Cafe on your way out of town. They have the best food ever! Burgers are great and so is breakfast. It's a short trip from Phoenix and worth it.
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