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RANGER DISTRICT Information Only:
Payson Ranger Station
1009 E. Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: (928) 474-7900 Fax: (928) 474-7999 

PLEASE NOTE:
This is a first-come, first serve campground. You cannot reserve camp sites!

CONCESSIONAIRE-OPERATED 
Recreation Resource Management 
2100 North Houston Mesa Road
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: (928) 468-7135 

SEASON OF USE
April - October

ELEVATION 
5500 feet

FACILITIES

  • 9 camp units
  • Picnic tables
  • Campfire rings
  • Cooking grills
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilets
  • Trash service
ATTRACTIONS
  • The union of Tonto and Horton Creeks is at the north end of the campground.
  • Fishing in both creeks is a popular sport
  • The trailheads for Horton Creek Trail 285 and Derrick Trail 33 are located in the campground.
  • Both of these trails access the Highline National Recreation Trail (#31).
  • Tonto Fish Hatchery is four miles north of Highway 260 on Forest Road 289. The Arizona Game & Fish Department welcomes visitors and has a self-guided tour of the hatchery.
LOCATION AND ACCESS
This site is 17 miles northeast of Payson. From Payson, travel 16 miles east on State Hwy. 260. Just east of Mile Marker # 269 at Kohl’s Ranch, turn left (north) on Forest Road (FR) 289. Travel one mile and turn right into the site.
 
CONSIDERATIONS
  • 14-day stay limit
  • Trailers over 14 feet are not recommended

NEAREST COMMERCIAL SERVICES 
Kohl’s Ranch: Food and lodging 
Christopher Creek: Food/lodging. No gas. 
Payson: All services

 

Information provided by the Tonoto National Forest Service