Lakeside Campground is a developed campground located in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest along Arizona Highway 260, in the resort area of the popular Pinetop-Lakeside area. The campground is a medium-sized campground fully located within the city limits of the town of Pinetop, Arizona. The campground is sandwiched between the highway and the north shore of Rainbow Lake. Lakeside Campground is largely shaded by Ponderosa Pines, and is one of the oldest National Forest campgrounds in the state of Arizona. Rainbow Lake has access to fishing and boating recreational opportunities.

Each campsite at Lakeside Campground includes a picnic table, fire ring, cooking grill, and access to bathrooms and showers. There are 75 tent and RV campsites, some of which have electric hookups.

Online Campsite Reservations

Lakside Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 83 Campsites
  • Standard Family Campsites $12.00
  • Premium Campsites $14.00
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes – Hand Pump
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 32 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open mid-May through early November.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.157596, -109.979292
Nearest City/Town: Pinetop, Arizona
Elevation: 6700 Feet
Location: Navajo County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Less than 1 mile to Pinetop, Arizona
Directions: From Show Low, take State Route 260 south. Lakeside Campground is located on State Route 260 in Lakeside, Arizona across from the Lakeside Ranger Station.


Phone: (928) 368-2100
Web: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Twitter:
Reservations: Reserve America

When To Go

Summer – Fall –  Lakeside Campground offers summer recreational opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing.

Thursday 02/21 100%
High 30° / Low 25°
Windy with off and on snow showers becoming a steady snow for the afternoon. High around 30F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Friday 02/22 100%
High 28° / Low 11°
Cloudy with snow. High 28F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 100%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Saturday 02/23 10%
High 34° / Low 11°
Mainly sunny. High 34F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 02/24 0%
High 41° / Low 17°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 41F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 02/25 0%
High 43° / Low 21°
Sun and a few passing clouds. High 43F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 02/26 0%
High 47° / Low 28°
Mainly sunny. High 47F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Fishing – Rainbow Lake is stocked with fish.

Boating – Maximum of 10 horsepower gasoline engines, electric engines, and self-powered watercraft are allowed.

Brewery – Pinetop Brewing Company is located nearby in the town of Pinetop.

Online Campsite Reservations

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