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“An Awesome Place to Camp Out in Coconino National Forest!”

Coconino National Forest
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Owner description: Named after the Coho Native American people, this forest is two million acres of recreational, lumber, and mining land.
Reviewed November 29, 2013

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!

4  Thank PhlegmMaster
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

We loved the trees! Gorgeous. The mountains are majestic and breathtaking. Go for a walk here if you are in the area!

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Desert mountain 'scapes are always breathtaking and you will find numerous places to hike and explore. We were here late in February and experienced weather typical of Arizona. The days were fairly warm when the wind did not blow. We didn't have to have heavy jackets until late afternoon. Outdoors and in the sun, it's hard to ask for more when the scenery is this diverse.

Thank Alicia M
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Such a variety of plants and trees. The Ponderosa Pines are amazing and the golden Alpines in October look so beautiful splashing color all over the forest. The large boulders and pockets of cave like crevices are intriguing. Red rock that pops up out of nowhere completely captures your attention to continue looking for more eye popping views. What a great time exploring.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We took the "long way" to flagstaff and the Gramd Canyon National Park and couldn't have been happier that we took the time! It is a beautiful drive with several places to stop for photo opportunities. At one location, there was even an Indian crafts fair. There were no services because of the government shut down but it didn't matter because Sedona was nearby.

3  Thank HappyHawk65
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