Virgin River Canyon Campground is a large campground located in the scenic river gorge the separates the Northern Arizona town of Beaver Dam and the Virgin Mountains. This area is known as the “Arizona Strip”, which refers to the small strip of Arizona north of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. The area around Virgin River Canyon Campground serves as a gateway to the Paiute Wilderness, which offers plenty of outdoor exploration. There are a couple short hiking trails accessible from the campground, along with direct access to the Virgin River.

There are 75 tent and RV campsites at Virgin River Canyon Campground. Many of the campsites at the campground are RV friendly and are pull-through campsites. Each campsite offers a picnic table, fire ring, and access to vault toilets.

Virgin River Canyon Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 75 Campsites
Cost: $8/night
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Sort Of – River Beach Access
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined – Large RVs OK
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 36.951118, -113.793286
Nearest City/Town: Mesquite, Nevada
Elevation: 2100 Feet
Location: Mohave County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 20 Miles to Mesquite, Nevada
Directions: From Mesquite, Nevada, drive east on Interstate 15 for about 20 miles. Take the Cedar Pockets exit, located halfway through the Virgin River Gorge.


Phone: (435) 688-3200
Web: Bureau of Land Management – Arizona Strip Field Office
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come/First-Served

When To Go

Spring & Fall – Virgin River Canyon Campground is best in spring and fall largely because of the temperature. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees, while winter temperatures drop well below freezing at night.

Partly Cloudy
Friday 07/20 20%
High 106° / Low 84°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 106F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 07/21 20%
High 105° / Low 83°
Partly Cloudy
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 105F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 07/22 0%
High 106° / Low 84°
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 106F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 07/23 10%
High 111° / Low 86°
Sunshine. High 111F. NNE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 07/24 0%
High 113° / Low 87°
Sunshine and some clouds. High 113F. NE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 07/25 0%
High 114° / Low 87°
A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. High 114F. E winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

What To Do

Hiking – This is a popular activity in the area withe several hiking destinations nearby.

Image Credits: Don Graham via Flickr

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