Arizona's creeks, rivers and lakes offer thousands of miles of beautiful waterfront exploration and a nearly endless amount of camping opportunities. We've put together a list of some of the best places to camp in Arizona near water, from winding desert rivers to pristine, high-elevation lakes that manage to fly under-the-radar.
Across Arizona, Interstate 40, which runs from Barstow, California, all the way to Wilmington, North Carolina, runs parallel to or overlays that famed Mother Road — Route 66. And while the high-speed highway makes travel a bit easier, it retains much of its historic charm. Take, for example, this handful of attractions. You’ll find them along the main drag, as well as just a bit off the beaten path.
Arizona has more than 100,000 miles of river, creek, and stream. Many of those are seasonal and intermittent, and countless others have been permanently changed or lost by manmade diversions and dams. What remains offers plenty of watercourses to explore, and when we’re lucky, waterfalls.
The Grand Canyon South Rim often gets a bad rap for being over-crowded, especially during summer at the height of the tourist season. As a former tour guide at the Grand Canyon South Rim, I’m here to share a few secrets about how avoid the crowds. None of these ridiculous amounts of driving or hiking into the backcountry either!