Jack’s Canyon Camping and Climbing Area is an out of the way, lightly used camping area near Happy Jack, Arizona. Jack’s Canyon is essentially an outdoor gym, with tall limestone cliffs that are suitable for rock climbing. The free dispersed camping area is at the rim of the canyon. The only amenity at this remote camping spot is a vault toilet.
Jack’s Canyon and Climbing Area Features
|Number of Campsites:|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open all year.|
|Nearest City/Town:||Strawberry/Pine, Arizona|
|Location:||Coconino County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||25 Miles – Clints Well, Arizona|
From Payson, continue north on SR87 for about 60 miles towards Winslow to mile marker 313. About a half a mile past the marker pull off to the right at the closed gate. Open the gate, and close it behind you. From the gate, drive until you hit a fork in the road, go to the left. Drive about another half a mile until you run into the campsites. Total drive is 1.2 miles from the gate.
Maps & Brochures
Jack’s Canyon Area Map
|Web:||Coconino National Forest|
When To Go
Great Year-round – The weather at Jack’s is great year-round with spring and fall offering the ideal conditions. Summertime will be warm with temperatures rising into the 90’s. Expect significantly lower temperatures in the winter with freezing temperatures and snow possible at the campsite. The canyon and the rocks below will be much warmer in the sun than the campground. The one thing to beware of in the canyon is the summer monsoons and flash floods.
Monday 12/18 0%
High 48° / Low 24°
Sunny. High 48F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 12/19 0%
High 48° / Low 27°
Sunny. High 48F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 12/20 0%
High 47° / Low 19°
Sunshine and a few clouds with gusty winds developing during the afternoon. High 47F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Thursday 12/21 0%
High 31° / Low 15°
Sunshine. High 31F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 12/22 0%
High 39° / Low 20°
Sunny. High 39F. NNW winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 12/23 0%
High 40° / Low 16°
Partly cloudy skies. High around 40F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
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