HOUSTON MESA, AZ

Houston Mesa Campground is located in the forested northern section of Tonto National Forest, just one mile north of Payson, Arizona and less than two hours from Phoenix. With family, equestrian and tent-only campsites, this campground can accommodate a range of visitors and offers...
Status: Open through Sun Nov 30 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • There is a 2 tent maximum for this campground.
  • No hookups.
  • Second vehicle charge of $7 per night will be collected on-site.
  • Dogs are allowed and must be kept on a 6 foot leash.
  • Firewood can be purchases on-site for $6.
  • Group units in the horse camp area can be reserved by calling 928-468-7135.
  • Please be advised bear activity has increased due to drought conditions. All campers need to practice the following measures to prevent problems in bear country: 1) Always store your food securely. Use an airtight bear-proof container. Backpacks and coolers are not adequate; 2)Put all food away whenever you leave your campsite and at night. If bear-proof food storage boxes are not available, lock it out of sight in your trunk or hang it from a tree. 3) Store anything that has an 'attractive' odor good or bad - in the same way. Lotions, soap, toothpaste, bug spray, etc., may attract a curious bear. 4) Be extremely aware of your garbage. Deposit it in bear-proof refuse container. Burn what can be burned and pack out the rest. Do not bury it - you can't hide it from a bear's nose!

    Always respect wild animals, especially bears. Never attempt to feed or pet a bear. Avoid surprising, aggravating or harassing bears. Avoid what might be misconstrued as aggressive behavior.

    For more information please visit: BeBearAware.org
  • Click here for more information on Tonto National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Houston Mesa Campground is located in the forested northern section of Tonto National Forest, just one mile north of Payson, Arizona and less than two hours from Phoenix.

With family, equestrian and tent-only campsites, this campground can accommodate a range of visitors and offers plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, including several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails nearby.

As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited "urban" forests in the United States (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east.

Natural Features:

The campground is located at an elevation of 5,200 ft. in a mixed forest and shrub area, with spacious campsites offering both sun and shade. Winters are pleasant and cool with cold nighttime temperatures, while summers are warm and sunny, providing a nice getaway from the hotter deserts around Phoenix. Hawks, eagles, javelina, deer, fox, skunk and coyote live in the area.

Recreation:

Many visitors come to Houston Mesa to horseback ride, hike, camp and picnic. Houston Mesa Loop Trail is a 9-mile round trip through a pinyon and juniper woodland and can be accessed from the horse camping area. The Houston Mesa Interpretive Trail is a 0.5-mile self-guided trail.

Facilities:

Houston Mesa has 74 campsites, including 29 equestrian sites for campers with horses or mules, and 17 tent-only sites for those who want a quieter experience. There are several amenities to make campers feel at home, including showers (coin-operated) and flush toilets. All of the sites are accessible.

The horse camping section (Mule Deer Loop) is across the street from the main campground and features 29 individual sites with tables and grills. Corrals are also available. Campers who reserve these sites must have horses or mules. There are two group sites that can host up to 65 people and can be reserved by calling the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Campers who make the quick trip to the town of Payson, one mile south, will find restaurants, shopping and other conveniences.

Scenic driving and outdoor recreation abound in the surrounding Tonto National Forest, which embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim.

Booking Window
Tue Aug 26 2014 - Sun Feb 22 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Sat Mar 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Sun Nov 30 2014
Walk In Sun Feb 01 2015 Sat Feb 28 2015
Peak Sun Mar 01 2015 Sun Nov 01 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Mar 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $14.00-$16.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Nov 30 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC N/A
STANDARD NONELECTRIC N/A
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC N/A
Walk In Season
Feb 01 2015 -
Feb 28 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC N/A
STANDARD NONELECTRIC N/A
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC N/A
Peak Season
Mar 01 2015 -
Nov 01 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $14.00-$16.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.27, -111.31417
34°16'12"N, 111°18'51"W

From Payson, Arizona, go north for 1 mile to the junction of Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) and Forest Road 199 (Houston Mesa Road). Turn right (east) onto Forest Road 199 for .10 miles. The campground is on the north side of Houston Mesa Road.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

HOUSTON MESA
100 EAST HOUSTON MESA ROAD
PAYSON  AZ  85541

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)468-7135