Top Dog Campgrounds near Phoenix, AZ

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Introduction

It's no wonder people in the state of Arizona want to get out in nature with their furry friends -- the weather is hot, the terrain is breathtaking, and so many campgrounds cater to pooches. The adventures are truly endless for both pups and people vacationing in the capital of the Copper State!

Whether you're looking to add some miles to your hiking boots, snap a shot of Arizona's plants and animals, or camp in comfort at an RV resort with all the trimmings, stick with us! We've broken down the top ten dog-friendly campgrounds in the Phoenix area where you and Sparky will be welcome with open paws.

#1 McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Just over 35 miles east of Phoenix is McDowell Mountain Regional Park, sprawling over 21,000 acres of prime Arizona desert. The park's entire 65-mile hiking trail network is pet-friendly, but watch out for trail hazards unique to the desert, like fallen barbs from cacti. The campground comes equipped with standard amenities, including picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. Canine campers are welcome, but keep your buddy on a short leash. Coyotes frequently roam through the campgrounds!

#2 Desert's Edge RV Park

Desert's Edge RV Park is one of the most dog-friendly campgrounds in downtown Phoenix. Two spacious dog parks, a dog run, and a grooming station are available for pup patrons. The humans can work up a sweat in the fitness center before relaxing in the heated pool or hot tub. Additional amenities include communal bathhouses, laundry facilities, a barbecue area, and free Wi-Fi. Breed restrictions apply; read the fine print before booking your site.

#3 White Tank Regional Park

Roughly 30 miles west of downtown is White Tank Regional Park. Covering nearly 30,000 acres of desert with almost 30 miles of pet-friendly pathways, you and Sparky will have plenty of ways to explore! Just watch out for those pesky teddy bear cholla cacti on your adventures. The park's campground is small, offering just 40 sites, but RV campers can use the park's water and electric hookups for a cozy camping experience.
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#4 Covered Wagon RV Park

Prefer to stay close to "muttropolitan" Phoenix? Covered Wagon RV Park offers all the creature comforts you and Fifi could need or want! Amenities include full hookups, showers, laundry facilities, a pool, and so much more. Your buddy can also let loose in the dog park just a short drive away! Unfortunately, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Malamutes, Chows, and wolf hybrids are prohibited. Also, pick up after your pooch, or you could get fined!

#5 Cave Creek Regional Park

Cave Creek is one of Maricopa County's smallest parks at just under 3,000 acres. Still, you and Fido will find plenty of opportunities to stargaze and explore more than 10 miles of hiking trails. The park's campground features over 40 sites with water and electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. Restrooms and showers are also available. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the park on a six-foot leash.

#6 Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is "ruffly" an hour north of Phoenix, making it perfect for campers looking to avoid the busy city. The park's 148 sites come with water and electric hookups, covered picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. Flush toilets and showers make it easy to freshen up after a long day of fishing and swimming in Lake Pleasant. As with all Maricopa County parks, doggos are welcome as long as they're leashed.

#7 Fort Tuthill Campground

Hound-dog history buffs will love a short stay at Fort Tuthill County Park! This historic site located just off I-17 in Flagstaff features all kinds of fun attractions, including an archery range, museums, and even an adventure course. Fort Tuthill's campground offers nearly 100 sites, most of which are suitable for tent campers. Only 8 RV sites, equipped with water and sewer hookups, are available. Pets must be leashed at all times.

#8 Organ Pipe Cactus National Park

Looking to get up-close and personal with Arizona's native flora and fauna? There's no better place than the aptly named Organ Pipe Cactus National Park! Four-footed explorers are welcome in paved campgrounds and on select trails and roads as long as they're on a six-foot leash. Twin Peaks Campground has nearly 200 sites and is more suitable for RV campers, while Alamo Campground welcomes primitive tent campers. This national park is just over 2 hours outside Phoenix, near the state line.

#9 Rose Canyon Campground

Planning to pass through Tucscon on your Arizona road trip? Park the RV or pitch your tent at Rose Canyon Campground! With more than 70 shaded sites, picnic tables, and restrooms, this wooded wonderland is well-equipped. It's also the "pawfect" place to enjoy a little fishing, hiking, and wildlife watching. Be careful, though -- bears roam these woods! Store all food and scented items in the locker provided at your site, and keep your pal on-leash.

#10 Apache Palms RV Park

Last but certainly not least on our list of dog-friendly campgrounds near Phoenix is Apache Palms RV Park in nearby Tempe. Just a bone's throw from the heart of the city, Apache Palms is a "grrreat" option for campers looking to stay in style. Relax in the heated pool, grab a new read from the book exchange, or simply surf the cable TV or complimentary Wi-Fi. Pet restrictions apply; call the park for more information.