Located in one of the most naturally diverse areas of the country, Camp Verde’s rare desert riparian habitat is complimented by unique white limestone and siltstone cliffs, the deposits of an ancient lake that once covered the valley floor. Surrounded by mountain ranges, wilderness areas, endless miles of dirt roads, and two National Forests, Camp Verde is the perfect hub for outdoor adventures. The Verde River, West Clear Creek, and Beaver Creek give life to corridors of towering trees while giving recreators a fun opportunity to cool down or explore. And as the newest International Dark Sky Community, be sure to stargaze and maybe even see the Milky Way! Thanks to our location in the geographical center of Arizona, Camp Verde is within an hour of Prescott, Flagstaff, and Phoenix, and even closer to Sedona, Fossil Creek, Jerome, the Mogollon Rim, Pine, Cornville, and Cottonwood.

What a perfect hub for exploring our beautiful valley and state! As a lifelong camper and former full-time RV’er, I understand the importance of a good campsite. My husband and I camped our way up to the Canadian border and back to Arizona. We lived in our travel trailer with our dogs for seven months, camping throughout six states. Although I tried to plan and choose the best destinations, it’s not always easy to research every option. Camp Verde offers what we often struggled to find while out on the road: opportunities to explore secluded, natural beauty with convenient essentials like restaurants, wineries, and a reasonably priced, fully-stocked grocery store. Not to mention the indigenous cliff dwellings, state parks, and national monuments! Whether you have a tent, RV, or need a roof, hopefully this guide to camping in Camp Verde will help you select your very own ideal spot.

Zane Grey RV Village

Mature trees provide shade for level sites that can fit any size rig. Adults of all ages are invited to enjoy this quiet, rural, beautifully landscaped setting. When I was taking photos at Zane Grey RV Village, I saw deer on the trail to West Clear Creek, but by the time I switched my camera lens, the herd disappeared into thick brush. Clever girls. I’d like to stay a while, pull up a chair, and do some serious birding. Bring Fido to the dog run for off-leash time. If you’re traveling without an RV, soon they’ll have new cabins available to rent. End your day under the stars around their evening campfire. Catch up on your laundry, refill your propane, or use the free wireless internet, all on-site.

WEB  |  4500 Arizona 260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (928) 567-4320

Clear Creek Campground

Perfect for camping with little ones, Clear Creek Campground makes you feel like you’re in the wilderness while still being close to town for supplies, lunch, and wineries. Maybe you’d rather just relax in the shade of mixed, broad-leaf trees. Are we in Arizona anymore? The last time I drove down the short, mostly smooth dirt road leading to the campground, I spotted a goldfinch, a deer leaping into the lush foliage towards the creek, and an unfamiliar species of squirrel. For creek access, walk to the day-use site or other locations along the picturesque dirt road. West Clear Creek splits into different flows near the day-use area, making it nice and shallow for small children. Just be cautious of slippery (and hard) rocks, rattlesnakes, and other critters.

WEB  |  626 Forrest Grove Way, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (928) 203-2900

Jackpot Ranch

If you’re traveling with horses—or not—Jackpot Ranch has you covered. With tent sites, teepees that sleep six, a three-bedroom barn loft apartment, a two-bedroom homestead house, a 14-bedroom bunkhouse, and 10 RV hook-up sites, you can take your pick. Ride horses, paddleboat on the lake, and roast marshmallows by the fire pit. They have a barn game room, playground, spot court, treehouse with panoramic views, and new covered riding arena. And for a beautiful wedding venue that allows horses to be incorporated, be sure to check out Jackpot Ranch.

WEB  |  2025 W Reservation Loop Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (928) 300-5490

Distant Drums RV Resort

Owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Distant Drums RV Resort has a heated pool and spa, fitness room, dog run, and free cable TV and WiFi. You can even catch a free shuttle to Cliff Castle Casino for live music, restaurants, bowling, an arcade, and much more! Just minutes from Sedona’s red rock country, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Montezuma Well, and V Bar V Heritage Site petroglyphs, the resort also features paved roads, full hook-ups, propane, laundry, showers, and group rates.

WEB  |  583 W Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (877) 577-5507

Verde River RV Resort and Cottages

In a quiet setting along the Verde River, broad-leafed trees shade grassy sites. Access the river from the back of the grounds. Mini golf, a massive pool, hot tub, sauna, pickleball court, basketball court, billiard room, and fitness center make your stay feel more like glamping. You can do just that in one of their 25 new, hand-crafted cottages (from studio to two bedrooms); some are dog-friendly and others let you hear and see the river from the porch! And of course, you’ll have access to on-site laundry and free wireless internet.

WEB  |  1472 Horseshoe Bend Dr., Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (928) 202-3409

Rancho Verde RV Park

This charming oasis in a quiet residential neighborhood near the Verde River has mature shade trees, green grass, a dog park, and a seasonal creek. The spacious gravel pads include concrete patios, full hook ups with 30/50 amp service, and free Wi-Fi. Some pull-thru sites are available and big rigs are welcome in this grownups-only park. Take advantage of laundry and showers on the property.

WEB  |  1488 W Horseshoe Bend Dr, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (866) 567-7037

Krazy K RV Park

If you’re looking for a grownups-only RV park with a pool and spa, look no further. Krazy K is a short distance from museums, historic sites, Beaver Creek, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, the red rocks of Sedona, antique shops, and more. Take advantage of the large pull-thru sites, laundry, and restrooms with showers.

WEB  |  2075 N Arena Del Loma, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (928) 567-0565

Clear Creek RV Park

Lined with mature trees, Clear Creek RV Park is nice and shady. Close to tons of fun at West Clear Creek or in the surrounding wilderness, the park’s restrooms with showers are sure to come in handy. Eight miles east of town, each site offers full hook-ups. This popular park is filled with mostly full-time residents.

4483 E. Highway 260, Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 | (928) 300-3705

Trails End RV Park

Sometimes, full-timers or those on a long road trip just need easy access to a grocery store, post office, and other services. Trails End RV Park is practically across the street from a Bashas’ grocery store and right next to additional shopping. This grownups-only park has laundry, showers and, propane. Historic Main Street is only a mile up the road.

WEB  |  983 Finnie Flat Rd, Camp Verde, AZ 86322  |  (928) 567-0100

Hiking, Riding, Kayaking, and Dispersed Camping

This hiking and off-road trail map can help point you in the right direction. For dirt bike riding, head over to Hayfield Draw OHV Day Use Area or contact Arizona Offroad Tours for ATV rentals. Kayakers, canoers, and stand up paddle boarders can float the Verde using Verde River Access Points. Fishing information is available from Prescott and Coconino National Forests.

If you’d rather go dispersed camping within the National Forests, here are some helpful guidelines from Prescott and Coconino or stop by the Verde Ranger Station and pick up a Forest Service map with all the details. Ranger station staff can answer any questions you may have. The Red Rock Ranger District is another great resource for maps and nearby camping areas. Backpackers and backcountry explorers who want to traverse our limitless and rugged wilderness areas should prepare for potentially long, difficult, and complicated hikes with canyoneering, but if you can hack it, you’ll be rewarded with seclusion and breathtaking beauty. Happy trails, campers!

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