Found in the Oak Creek Canyon section of the Coconino National Forest, this small, rustic campsite offers hiking, swimming, and many other year-round activities. Generally friendly to canines, this small collection of sites tends to be immensely popular during the warmer seasons.
The campgrounds themselves are a bit on the small side, only offering 18 sites in all. These are primarily built for tents, so if you've come with anything larger than a midsize vehicle, you'll have to check out other options in the area for overnight guests. Every site contained within Manzanita comes standard with a picnic table, fire pit, and full grill. While this area doesn't offer shower facilities, there's a site just up the road at the adjacent Cave Springs campground that's open to Manzanita visitors as well. A small shop offers firewood sales, and also contains the office for the campground host, should you need anything else.
For guests who have made reservations, Manzanita requires that you come with your confirmation letter to avoid any confusion or conflict during the popular months. Visitors should be warned that any costs displayed here reference the pricing for an overnight stay, and are therefore campground specific. Additional pricing may still apply for any state parks or natural areas surrounding Manzanita.
Fishing is pretty popular here, due to the campgrounds being located right on the shores of Oak Creek. Several specialty sites are offered within Manzanita that cater to would-be anglers by setting them up directly on the shore, providing a makeshift fishing camp for their respective stays. Trout tends to be the most common species caught here and is regularly stocked. Dogs are free to fish with their owners, provided they're on a leash throughout their stay and refrain from bothering other guests.
Swimming is available in Oak Creek as well. The area tends to be unsupervised, so make sure to keep an eye on any children that might be along for the trip. If you're bringing a canine here, make sure they stay clear of the water.