Manzanita Campground is the smallest of the three popular National Forest campgrounds in Arizona’s Oak Creek Canyon and is the closest to the town of Sedona. There are 18 tent-only campsites at Manzanita Campground, 7 of which are first-come, first-served. Getting a campsite here either on a reservation or by showing up is pretty tough.

There is a vault toilet and drinking water on site as well. The campground is open year round.

Manzanita Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 18 Campsites
Cost: $22/night
Use Level: Very High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilet available
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: RVs & Trailers not allowed.
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open all year.
Other:

Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates:

34.927370, -111.734450

Nearest City/Town: Sedona, Arizona
Elevation: 4724 Feet
Location: Coconino County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 6 Miles
Directions:
From Sedona:

Take State Route 89A for 6 miles north. Manzanita Campground is on your left.

 

Connect

Phone: 928-203-2900
Web: Coconino National Forest
Reservations: via Recreation.gov

When To Go

Late Fall – It is super hard to get a campsite at Manzanita Campground. Your best bet is to go in the offseason, like late fall or even into winter.

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A few clouds. Lows overnight in the upper 40s.
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Cloudy. High 72F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
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Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 72F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Plentiful sunshine. High 69F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
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A mainly sunny sky. High 67F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Hiking  – There a couple nearby trails at Manzanita.

  • North Wilson Trail is pretty decent hike that heads up to the top of Wilson Mountain.
  • Sterling Pass Trail leads into Sterling Canyon and is less strenuous than North Wilson Trail.

Fishing – Trout fishing in Oak Creek is a popular activity.

Grasshopper Point – This is a great alternative to Slide Rock for playing in the water. Located about 10 miles south of Pine Flat, it is a more relaxing swimming spot with hiking trails along the creek.

 

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Justin is an IT Professional, focused on cloud, mobile, and infrastructure management and security with his consulting business, as well as chief bottle washer for this website. In addition to NextCampsite.com, Justin also runs and writes for the technology infrastructure-focused blog OddJobsInTech.com, and the mobile device-focused blog EnterpriseMobileDevice.com.

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