Scenic, comfortable and close by to Mormon Lake, AZ -- Dairy Springs Campground is a furrific base camp for your Coconino National Forest getaway! Facilities at Dairy Springs are a little primitive, so you won’t find any showers or RV hookups, but if you’re missing your creature comforts, you can scrub down at the pay-per-use shower station at nearby Mormon Lake RV Park. Fifteen of the thirty campsites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while the rest are reservable, but as always, it’s a good idea to book early to ensure your spot. The sites are well-shaded by stately, mature ponderosa pines and oak trees, so you and your buddy can keep cool even in the summer sun.
Summer may not the best time to visit Dairy Springs, though. The main draw to the campground is its proximity to Mormon Lake, the largest national lake in Arizona and a real hotspot for anglers and watersport enthusiasts. The issue is that Mormon Lake is seasonal, and during droughts, it can dry up entirely.
Never mind that, though -- you and your doggo are still sure to sniff out something to do, even if you two never set eyes on the lakeshore! Avid birders will be glad to know that the area is home to all sorts of flying feathered critters, including harriers, hawks, vultures and even the odd bald eagle. If your pooch loves hiking, you’re in luck! No fewer than three trails begin at or run through the campground. For a short, sedate stroll, consider checking out the half-mile Dairy Springs Loop Trail. Or if you’re looking for a more taxing trek, you two could try your luck on the Mount Mormon Trail, a gorgeous, five-mile out-and-back route that wanders through wooded wonderland and features fabulous views of the surrounding area. Keep in mind that a certain level of fitness is required here -- some of those inclines are pretty steep!
Wifi isn’t available at Dairy Springs, and cellular coverage varies from network to network, so it’s best to check with your provider before you go if you need to stay in constant contact. Campfires are permitted, but only within designated fire pits, and regulations can change with the weather. You’ll also find drinking water available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your buddy, and have a pawesome vacation!