Beaver Creek Campground
Beaver Creek Campground is not as well known as the campsites in Oak Creek Canyon. It is less frequented by tourists and not as crowded as those in the canyon. However, Beaver Creek Campground only has 13 campsites and they cannot be reserved. They are only available as first-come, first serve. The best time to go is during weekdays or be prepared to get there early on weekends. Spring and fall are the best months to avoid the crowd.
About The Campground
Large stands of cottonwood trees and sycamores are clustered along the banks of Wet Beaver Creek where cool, clear waters of the creek provide fishing, wading and swimming a few steps from the camping sites. Across FR 618 from the campground is a free day-use picnic area.
Located just 3 miles off Interstate 17, the initial landscape of rock gardens, cactus and yucca are in huge contrast to the lush riparian zone along the creek. This is a beautiful place to camp. Since it is at a lower elevation than Oak Creek Canyon, the temperatures are about 10 degrees warmer versus those campgrounds in Oak Creek Canyon and about 5 degrees warmer than Sedona. See our Sedona AZ Weather Chart that shows average monthly temperatures in Sedona.
The campground is fee-based. As of 11/2011 the fees were $16 per night with an additional $8 for a second vehicle. Discounts are available to holders of Golden Age and America The Beautiful pass holders. For those that want to use the campgrounds for picnic day use, the fee is $8 for use from 10 AM to 1 PM only.
The 13 campsites include tables, fire rings, cooking frills and drinking water. Pit-type toilets are available. Firewood can be purchased on-site from the concession host.
Bell Hiking Trail Into Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness
The campground is just outside the edge of the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness. The trailhead at Bell Trail is located at the Beaver Creek Ranger Station near the campground. The historic Bell Trail follows Wet Beaver Creek upstream into the wilderness for about 3 miles before it climbs steeply into the Mogollon Rim.
Wet Beaver Creek Pictures
Photos are compliments of NFS Coconono National Forest.
Directions To The Campground
From Interstate 17 just north of Camp Verde and McGuireville, take Exit 298 at the Arizona Highway 179 exit which is commonly called the "Sedona Exit". However instead of turning left to Sedona, turn right (east) onto Forest Road 618. The entrance to the campground is about a 2 mile drive. Beaver Creek Campground is about 47 miles south of Flagstaff and 19 miles from Sedona.
GPS: N34° 40’ 12.504”, W-111° 42’ 47.268”
For More Information
Red Rock Ranger District
Map Location Of Beaver Creek Campground
Nearby Natural Attractions
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