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

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 206
Cost: $6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass
Use Level: Medium – High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 32′ Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: Verizon
Wifi: None
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

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.724309, -111.200888
Nearest City: Globe, Arizona
Elevation: 2151’
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:
Reservations: Not Accepted

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.

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Fun Facts

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

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