Yavapai Campground is small campground run by Prescott National Forest that in the popular Granite Basin Recreation Area and is a great jumping off spot for exploring the area. The campground is situated in a high-desert landscape of sagebrush trees mixed with ponderosa pines. Hiking is abundant at Yavapai Campground, with trails leading into the nearby Granite Mountain Wilderness Area. Here you will find a unique landscape of massive round boulders stacked on top of each other. There is also world class rock climbing and bouldering areas here.

There are 21 designated campsites at Yavapai Campground. Most of the campsites here have parking big enough to accommodate an RV and a couple vehicles. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Vault toilets are also available. Supplies and services are located about 8 miles away in Prescott.

Yavapai Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 21 Campsites
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Medium-Heavy
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: No
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 40 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.60243719, -112.5404923
Nearest City/Town: Prescott, Arizona
Elevation: 5100 Feet
Location: Yavapai County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 8 Miles
From the corner of Iron Springs Rd. and Williamson Valley Rd in Prescott: Head northwest on Iron Springs for about 3 miles. Turn right on Granite Basin Rd. Follow this road for 2.1 miles. Yavapai Campground is on the left.


Phone: 928-443-8000
Web: Prescott National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First Come, First Served

When To Go

Early Spring – Fall – Yavapai Campground is going to be busiest in the peak summer camping season. However, the weather here is pleasant in the early spring and fall, and it is far less busy.

Yavapai is also a great winter camping destination. The weather is usually moderate in the winter, and there likely will not be anyone else there. The only catch is that sometimes it snows in the area, and the Forest Service will close the road if it gets too icy.

Saturday 08/19 20%
High 87° / Low 61°
Clear. Lows overnight in the low 60s.
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday 08/20 20%
High 82° / Low 60°
Mostly Cloudy
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 82F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 08/21 20%
High 78° / Low 60°
Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 78F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 08/22 20%
High 82° / Low 62°
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 08/23 10%
High 82° / Low 59°
Partly Cloudy
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 82F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 08/24 20%
High 80° / Low 60°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 80F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Hiking – There are miles of hiking trails in the area with abundant scenic views

Rock Climbing & Bouldering – There are world-class rock climbing destinations in the nearby Granite Mountain Wilderness

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