FR 9350 campground in Apache Sitgreaves National Forest offers rim-side campsites that offer the best views and camping on the edge of the Mogollon Rim. FR 9350 Campground has 42 primitive, first-come, first-served campsites that are spread across 1.25 miles, most with views that include the lower forest and desert from the Mogollon Rim.
Within each campsite at FR 9350 campground is a post in the ground, all campsites and campfires must be located within a 50 foot radius of the stake. Friendly, onsite camp hosts come by to check each campsite in upon arrival and make them aware of the forest rules. Each campsite includes a picnic table (if you are lucky).
FR9350 Campground Bottom Line
FR 9350 campground is one of our favorite campgrounds in Arizona, hands down; the views from this campground are absolutely amazing. The campground is situated around 7,200 feet in elevation, and is rarely on the Forest Service’s published maps, making this free campground the speakeasy of campgrounds in Arizona’s rim country. FR 9350 is a very popular and heavily used first-come/first-serve, dispersed campground, but with massive amounts of space between campsites, it often does not feel like you have neighbors. While it does not offer much in the way of amenities, FR 9350 campground makes up for it in privacy, as the campsites are large and spacious.
All the campsites line both sides of FR 9350. The campsites on the south side of the dirt road have a better view but are sandwiched between the dirt road and the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The campsites on the north side of the road are generally larger than the campsites on the south side and are a little more family friendly since they are not situated on a cliff. The campsites with the best views are C7, C21, C22, C24, and C26, but our favorite campsites is C31, as it is the most private campground.
FR9350 Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||42 Campsites|
|Toilets:||No (There is a vault toilet just outside the campground at a trailhead)|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not defined – Most RVs & Trailers should have no issues|
|Cell Phone Service:||Verizon – Spotty Coverage|
|Operating Season:||Campground open late spring – late fall, weather dependent|
Rim Road is closed during the winter, usually through April.
|Nearest City/Town:||Payson, Arizona|
|Location:||Coconino County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||No|
|Proximity to Stores:||13 miles to Forest Lakes|
|Directions:||From Payson, take AZ 260 northeast from Payson toward Heber. Turn left (west) onto Forest Road 300 (Rim Road) and follow for 5 miles. Turn left towards the Carr Lake trail head. Pass the trail head parking lot and follow the loop around to the campsites.|
|Web:||Apache Sitgreaves National Forest||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come, First-served|
When To Go
Summer – FR 9350 campground is a great escape from the Phoenix desert heat, later in the summer to fall there are often afternoon monsoon thunderstorms that build up on the Mogollon Rim (which can be fun to experience also).
What To Do
Hiking trails are abundant in the area with Drew Canyon Trail winds through FR 9350 Campground which meets up with other trails in the area. Fishing is accessible at nearby Woods Canyon Lake.