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

Campground Type: Dispersed
Number of Campsites:
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Vault Toilet
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open all year.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:
34.754707, -111.061289
Nearest City/Town: Strawberry/Pine, Arizona
Elevation: 6233 Feet
Location: Coconino County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 25 Miles – Clints Well, Arizona
From Payson:

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


Phone:  (928) 527-3600
Web:  Coconino National Forest
Reservations: First-come, first-served

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.

Partly Cloudy
Sunday 01/20 0%
High 52° / Low 33°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy and windy. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
Snow Showers
Monday 01/21 60%
High 35° / Low 20°
Snow Showers
Windy. Snow showers before noon. The becoming mostly sunny later. High near 35F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 01/22 0%
High 32° / Low 18°
Partly Cloudy
Sunny with gusty winds. High 32F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph.
Wednesday 01/23 0%
High 43° / Low 24°
Mainly sunny. High 43F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 01/24 0%
High 41° / Low 21°
Sunshine. High 41F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 01/25 0%
High 47° / Low 24°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 47F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Be Sure to Bring

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