Name: Christopher Creek Campground
Christopher Creek Campground is set on the hills and a small flat along either side of Christopher Creek. As you enter the campground you will pass the picnic area first on your right. Then one loop of campsites to your left. Next you cross Christopher Creek to a second loop and a small (25 person) group site. the area is forested so most campsites will have a fair amount of shade.
Campsites: There are 43 campsites each equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and may have a bbq stand. It is heavily forested and most sites are shaded. RV size is limited to 22 feet and these campsites really don't have the space for larger RVs. We were not able to view the upper loop as it was closed for the winter.
Host on Site: Yes
Water: Yes through fresh water hydrants scattered about the campground.
Garbage Services: Yes
Electricity Available: No
Restroom: The restrooms are vault style outhouse and were clean at the time of our visit.
Handicap Accessible: The restrooms are handicap accessible and with paved roads the campground is more handicap friendly than most.
Firewood: May be purchased from the host.
Pets: Pets should be kept on a leash.
Picnic Area: Yes there is a nice picnic area at Christopher Creek. There are about 10 seperate picnic tables with bbq grills. This is not really set-up as a group area.
Recreation: Other than camping hiking seems to be the primary recreational activity.
Fishing: The stream is rather small but there may be holes large enough to grow trout.
Swimming: No but one could play in the creek.
Hiking: There are several trails to hike. I have included a link to the hiking trails listed on Tonto National Forest.
Wildlife: Both white-tail and mule deer can be found here as well as elk. As a warning rattlesnakes do live in this area. Black bear also live here so be careful with your food and garbage.
Additional Camping Opportunities: We have visited 4 campgrounds in this area Houston Mesa Campground, Ponderosa Campground, Christopher Creek Campground and Sharp Creek Campground.
Nearby Services: Payson is also the place you would go for groceries, gas and other supplies you might want.
RV Dumping Site: There is a RV dump station costing $10 at Houston Mesa Campground just outside of Payson.
Nearest Shower: The nearest shower that I am aware of is at Houston Mesa Campground also.
Location/Driving instructions: Here is a GoogleMap from Phoenix, AZ to help you find your way.
Elevation: 5560 Feet
Reviewed Date: November 2020
Fees And Reservations: Campsites were $22 per night for 2020 but for the current schedule or to reserve a site checkout recreation.gov.
This information is accurate as of the date of the review.
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