Because this campsite is in the Coconino National Forest, it’s listed as an attraction in Flagstaff; however, Manzanita Campground is actually twenty-one miles south of Flagstaff, placing it 6 miles north of Sedona, just south of Slide Rock State Park. The campground is located right next to Oak Creek. It doesn’t bother me or my children at all, but you should know that the campsite is right off AZ-89A, so even though you take a ramp down from the highway to get to the campgrounds, making the entire site below highway level, you can definitely hear cars driving by during the day and night. Like I said, it doesn’t faze us, but if you’re looking for that out-of-the-way silence that some other camping spots offer, then this place may not be for you.
There are 19 campsites…well, actually 18, because #8 is used by the Host of the campgrounds. Some of the sites are first-come/first-served, while others can be reserved at the recreation.gov website. There are 4 individual vault toilets (non-flushable) in an outhouse building. Running water is also available from 2 spigots. Each camp spot has a cement picnic table, a fire ring, space for 1 or more tents, and room for 1 vehicle, but trailers and motor homes are not permitted. Fee is $18 per night (as of this writing). Firewood is also available for sale by the Host @ $7.00 per bundle (again, as of the time of this review).
I’ve taken my kids here on numerous occasions, and they love it every single time! The Creek is just a scramble over a few rocks away and the kids have a blast playing in the cool water! I’ll have to admit the water can be icy cold at times, but it’ll keep the blood flowing! We’ve hiked up and down the creek on every visit, always discovering neat places to explore, and finding fun, new ways to cross over to the other side of the gently rushing waters.
All in all, a fantastic place to let the kids experience camping in a safe, scenic environment!
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