Manzanita Campground is the smallest of the three popular National Forest campgrounds in Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon and is the closest to the town of Sedona. There are 18 tent-only campsites at Manzanita Campground, 7 of which are first-come, first-served. Getting a campsite here either on a reservation or by showing up is pretty tough.

There is a vault toilet and drinking water on site as well. The campground is open year round.

Manzanita Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 18 Campsites
Cost: $22/night
Use Level: Very High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilet available
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: RVs & Trailers not allowed.
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open all year.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:

34.927370, -111.734450

Nearest City/Town: Sedona, Arizona
Elevation: 4724 Feet
Location: Coconino County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 6 Miles
From Sedona:

Take State Route 89A for 6 miles north. Manzanita Campground is on your left.



Phone: 928-203-2900
Web: Coconino National Forest
Reservations: via

When To Go

Late Fall – It is super hard to get a campsite at Manzanita Campground. Your best bet is to go in the offseason, like late fall or even into winter.

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Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Hiking  – There a couple nearby trails at Manzanita.

  • North Wilson Trail is pretty decent hike that heads up to the top of Wilson Mountain.
  • Sterling Pass Trail leads into Sterling Canyon and is less strenuous than North Wilson Trail.

Fishing – Trout fishing in Oak Creek is a popular activity.

Grasshopper Point – This is a great alternative to Slide Rock for playing in the water. Located about 10 miles south of Pine Flat, it is a more relaxing swimming spot with hiking trails along the creek.


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