Ponderosa Campground Arizona

Payson, Arizona
928 468-7135
Lat / Long:

34.29991, -111.11401

Ponderosa Campground has 49 large, flat and spacious campsites set among a forest of Ponderosa mixed with Juniper, Oak and Manzanita. The campground is composed of four loops – A through D and is conveniently located to Payson, AZ, Mogollon Rim and other area sites.

The campground is open early April through October (weather/snow permitting). Campsites can accommodate tents, and small trailers and RVs. Group camping is also available. Each campsite also has a table, lantern post, fire ring and grate. Campground amenities include drinking water and vault toilets. Firewood is also available for sale from the camp host. A dump station is also located at the campground.

Ponderosa – Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. The winter also offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Rim Country Lakes are about a 15 minute drive from the campground and offering boating and fishing opportunities.

Other campgrounds in the area include Christopher Creek, Upper Tonto Creek and Sharp Creek.

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Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Group
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

April – October



# of Campsites:

48 + 2 Group

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Iron Ranger
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing

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2 Replies to “Ponderosa”

  1. Amy Volk says:

    This campground is currently closed to all tent camping and pop up trailers because of bears. Only RV’s are allowed.

  2. Jason Howard says:

    We visited in May 2015, staying in site A-07. The site was nice, but the table at this site was a bit bent out of shape, like something very heavy had been dropped on one end of it. A few pine stumps are scattered around the site – watch that you don’t set anything down on them, some are still a bit sappy. Each site has a bear locker – judging from the last review on this site, bears have been a problem here. Firewood is available from the campground host, and we had no trouble finding kindling to get a fire going. The restrooms and water were a satisfactory distance from the site – not too close and not too far. We did get some noise from 260 at this site, but camp sites further in would not have that problem.

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