Grayling Campground is a pawesomely pooch-friendly campsite on the shores of Arizona’s beautiful Big Lake. The charming 23-site campground is ideal for pups and people who like their privacy -- the stately mature pine trees don't only provide shade, but they also screen campsites from each other, and Grayling is one of the more remote campsites in the region. Truly pawfect for those who want to escape civilization with their best friend! Of course, the seclusion comes with a price greater than the entrance fee -- there aren’t any showers or RV hookups on site, so you’ll be sacrificing some of your creature comforts. Never mind, though -- you’ll find a shower station under a mile away from camp. Given its size and location, Grayling can fill up quickly, so it’s best to make your reservation in advance.
Of course, the big draw to Big Lake is the fishing. If casting a line is your idea of a good time, you’ll be glad to know that the lake is home to some of the best angling in the entire state, and is well stocked with several different species of trout. Avid avian enthusiasts should feel right at home, too -- the area is chock full of flying feathered critters, with gray jays, warblers and red-breasted nuthatch among the frequently spotted. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has a lot to offer hound-dog hikers, too, and you’ll find a trail nearby for every age and ability. Make sure and look up a map before you go!
Campfires are permitted at Grayling Campground, but only in designated rings, and fire restrictions can change with weather conditions. Drinking water is also available, so fill up those bottles before you head out hiking! The campground doesn’t have wifi, and cellular coverage can be spotty, so this may not be the best choice for those who need to stay in constant contact. Remember to bring waste bags for your buddy, and have a furrific vacation!