One of four campgrounds in the Big Lake Recreation Area, this dog-friendly campground is particularly popular for group camping. It is located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National and sits on an elevation of 9,100 ft. The White Mountains of eastern Arizona provide a very scenic backdrop to the campground, offering a very pleasant outdoor experience.
Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, spruce, and aspen are intermingled with high elevation meadows, creating a breathtaking, scenic area. While many of the campsites are mostly sunny, some sites have shade. However, even in the summer, the temperature is pleasant and cool. So it’s a nice place for you and your doggo compared to the hot, lower deserts.
The 450-acre Big Lake is just a short walk from the Apache Trout facility. This is one of Arizona’s top fishing lakes known for fishing trout including cutthroat, rainbow, Apache, and brook trout. You can also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and bird watching in the recreation area. Since this is a high elevation facility, be cautious when traveling from lower elevations.
The campground is particularly convenient for small and medium groups. The diverse campsites provide a range of options. There are 20+ individual sites, 22 double sites, one group site that can house up to 50 people, and there is one with a capacity of 100. Of all the campgrounds in the lake recreation area, Apache Trout Campground is the only one that has sites with full hookups. In addition to drinking water, you also get showers and flush toilets. Campfire rings, firewood, and picnic tables are also available.
You can explore the numerous vistas around the campground. There are two million acres of stunning mountain country in east-central Arizona. Within one mile of the campground, you can also find a general store, bait shop, fish cleaning station, ice machine, boat rentals, and a visitor center. All in all, it’s a great and convenient place to enjoy the summer with Fido. Just remember to clean up after your canine friend!