Virgin River Canyon Campground is a large campground located in the scenic river gorge the separates the Northern Arizona town of Beaver Dam and the Virgin Mountains. This area is known as the “Arizona Strip”, which refers to the small strip of Arizona north of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. The area around Virgin River Canyon Campground serves as a gateway to the Paiute Wilderness, which offers plenty of outdoor exploration. There are a couple short hiking trails accessible from the campground, along with direct access to the Virgin River.
There are 75 tent and RV campsites at Virgin River Canyon Campground. Many of the campsites at the campground are RV friendly and are pull-through campsites. Each campsite offers a picnic table, fire ring, and access to vault toilets.
Virgin River Canyon Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||75 Campsites|
|Beach/Lake Access:||Sort Of – River Beach Access|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined – Large RVs OK|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||36.951118, -113.793286|
|Nearest City/Town:||Mesquite, Nevada|
|Location:||Mohave County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||20 Miles to Mesquite, Nevada|
|Directions:||From Mesquite, Nevada, drive east on Interstate 15 for about 20 miles. Take the Cedar Pockets exit, located halfway through the Virgin River Gorge.|
|Web:||Bureau of Land Management – Arizona Strip Field Office|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come/First-Served|
When To Go
Spring & Fall – Virgin River Canyon Campground is best in spring and fall largely because of the temperature. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees, while winter temperatures drop well below freezing at night.
Saturday 01/20 70%
High 51° / Low 32°
Chance of Rain
Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 51F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday 01/21 0%
High 49° / Low 29°
Mainly sunny. High 49F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 01/22 0%
High 53° / Low 35°
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 53F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday 01/23 0%
High 57° / Low 36°
A mainly sunny sky. High 57F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 59° / Low 40°
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 59F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 01/25 20%
High 58° / Low 34°
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 58F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
What To Do
Hiking – This is a popular activity in the area withe several hiking destinations nearby.
Image Credits: Don Graham via Flickr