RAINBOW (AZ), AZ

Rainbow is the largest campground in the Big Lake Recreation Area in eastern Arizona. Because of its proximity to the lake, size and the many amenities it offers, Rainbow is a favorite for families. Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding and fishing.Rainbow Campground...
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; please obey all food storage rules and regulations. Check with your host for details.
  • No hookups available
  • This is a high elevation facility; use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Fees include the first camping unit only; additional camping units will be charged an additional fee at check-in
  • Walk-in season dates (early to mid-May; mid-Sept. through mid-Nov.) are weather permitting only; call 928-537-8888 for status
  • Click here for more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves 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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Nonspecific+ MANAGEMENT 8 45 Back-In
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 66 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 85 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 87 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 125 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 136 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 155 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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PTHR STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 99 Pull-Through
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QUAD GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC 16 180 Pull-Through
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** 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

Rainbow is the largest campground in the Big Lake Recreation Area in eastern Arizona. Because of its proximity to the lake, size and the many amenities it offers, Rainbow is a favorite for families. Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding and fishing.

Natural Features:

Rainbow Campground sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet in the White Mountains. It is a very scenic area, forested with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce and aspen trees, which provide ample shade.

Summer temperatures are pleasant and cool, a nice respite from the heat of the lower desert. Visitors should come prepared for cool nighttime temperatures and occasional summer thunderstorms.

Recreation:

The campground is adjacent to 450-acre Big Lake, one of Arizona's top fishing lakes. The lake is known for its trout fishing, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache being the most sought-after species.

The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing. Curious campers can attend educational programs at the recreation area's visitor center.

Facilities:

The facility boasts 165 campsites organized into six loops. Four double sites are available for up to 16 people each, which is convenient for larger families, and two single unit accessible sites are also available.

A small store nearby sells gas, food, boat rentals and firewood. A campground host is available on-site for visitor assistance.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors can explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico. Springerville, Arizona is the closest town to the campground.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Sep 22 2014 - Sun Sep 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

MANAGEMENT

Mon Sep 22 2014 - Fri Mar 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Sep 22 2014 - Fri Mar 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Mon Sep 15 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Visitor Center
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
Walk In Season
Sep 15 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$20.00
MANAGEMENT $18.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$70.00

*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):
33.87639, -109.40389
33°52'35"N, 109°24'14"W

From Pinetop, Arizona, take Highway 260 east about 60 miles to Highway 261. Turn right (south) onto Highway 261 and follow for about 20 miles to Forest Road 115. Take Highway 115 for 3 miles east, turn right, and go 1 mile to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

RAINBOW (AZ)
APACHE-SITGREAVES
  AZ 

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)537-8888