Manzanita campground is located in the Coconino National Forest on RTE 89N @ 5 miles north of the city of Sedona. The entrance is a bit hard to spot and is located about midway between mile marker 380 and 381. The sign is on one side of the highway and the entrance is on the other. The campground sits immediately adjacent to Oak Creek, which can be used for fishing and for swimming when the weather is nice. The riparian zone along the river provides a welcome relief from the surrounding desert area. Hiking trails are located near the campground.
The campground is small, and for tent-use only. Because of its limited size and parking, RV’s and multiple vehicles are not allowed. The campsites are relatively close together and there is some road noise from the highway at night, but the campground has a strict noise policy and radios and amplified music are not allowed. Each site has a picnic table, campfire ring and a grill. Four pit toilets are located in a building near the center of the campground. The campground host is friendly and helpful. You can procure firewood from him. There are no shower facilities at the Manzanita campground but you can use the shower facilities at Cave Springs campground about 6 miles north (between mile marker 385 and 386). An 8-minute hot shower costs $4 and requires a token which can be procured at the small store at Cave Springs. Just be aware that the store closes at 5 pm. In a crunch, the campground host at Manzanita can provide you with a token for $4.
The campground provides easy access to Sedona and Slide Rock state park, both of which provide a range of outdoor activities. If you’re tired of staying at motels each night, Manzanita campground provides a nice break in beautiful surroundings. I’d recommend you book early at www.reserveamerica.com since the limited number of sites go quickly, especially in the peak season.
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- Manzanita Campground Sedona, Arizona