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.
Tuesday 10/16 0%
High 74° / Low 53°
Partly cloudy. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 10/17 0%
High 74° / Low 51°
Partly cloudy skies. Gusty winds in the morning. High 74F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph.
Thursday 10/18 0%
High 77° / Low 49°
Sunny skies. High 77F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 10/19 0%
High 81° / Low 54°
A mainly sunny sky. High 81F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 10/20 0%
High 83° / Low 58°
Sunny. High 83F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.
Sunday 10/21 20%
High 79° / Low 59°
Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79F. Winds ENE 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