Cholla Campground at Roosevelt Lake, is one of several campgrounds on the shores of the largest lake/reservoir located entirely in the State of Arizona. Cholla Campground is lush desert campground and is the largest solar powered campground in the United States (and probably the world). Since Roosevelt Lake and Cholla Campground are located in what can be a harsh desert climate, each campsite includes a shade structure, along with the usual accompaniments; a fire ring and picnic table. While it is a desert climate, the areas around Cholla Campground is often alive with life such as mule deer, coyotes, geese, fox, and the occasional bald eagle among many other types of wildlife.
Cholla Campground Bottom Line
Cholla Campground at Roosevelt lake is a great recreation site with an average camping experience. Most people that camp here do so because they have a boat they wish to take out on the lake. That said, if you can get one of the campsites that is located on the lake shore it is relaxing to sit in a chair with a cold drink in hand and take in the scenery.
Cholla Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||206|
|Cost:||$6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass|
|Use Level:||Medium – High|
|RV/Trailer Length:||32′ Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Verizon|
|Operating Season:||Year Round|
|Other:||-Camp store located at Roosevelt Lake Marina -Tonto Passes sold at Tonto Basin Ranger Station – 28097 N. Az Hwy 188, Roosevelt, Arizona 85545|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.724309, -111.200888|
|Nearest City:||Globe, Arizona|
|Location:||Central Arizona – Gila County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located at Roosevelt Lake Marina|
|Directions:||From Phoenix, travel east on Shea Blvd through the town of Fountain Hills to SR-87, the Beeline Hwy. Turn left on AZ-87 and travel to the Roosevelt Lake turnoff (AZ-188). Turn right and follow AZ-188 south for 28 miles to Cholla Campground entrance on the left side of the highway.|
|Phone:||928.467.3200||Facebook:||Roosevelt Lake Facebook Page|
|Web:||Tonto National Forest – Roosevelt Lake||Twitter:|
When To Go
Spring, Early Summer, & Fall – Summertime at Cholla Campground can be very hot, especially for tent camping. Avoid holidays, as the lake and the campground are typically very busy.
Use caution when camping as snakes and scorpions can be found in this area, especially in warm weather.
Sunday 01/20 0%
High 72° / Low 38°
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper 30s.
Monday 01/21 0%
High 50° / Low 28°
Mainly sunny. High near 50F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Tuesday 01/22 0%
High 48° / Low 26°
Sunny skies. High 48F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 01/23 0%
High 51° / Low 30°
Sunny skies. High 51F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 01/24 0%
High 57° / Low 30°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 57F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 01/25 0%
High 57° / Low 32°
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 57F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
The official name of the lake is Theodore Roosevelt Lake. The lake is a large reservoir formed by Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River in Arizona as part of the Salt River Project (SRP). Both the reservoir and the dam that created it, Roosevelt Dam, were named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who dedicated the dam himself in March 1911. Roosevelt Lake is the oldest of the six reservoirs constructed and operated by the Salt River Project. It also has the largest storage capacity of the SRP lakes with the ability to store 1,653,043 acre feet of water. When the dam is in flood-control mode, the lake can store 2,910,200 acre feet of water.
Cholla Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson