Limited Services Now Provided At Apache-Sitgreaves Campgrounds

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Springerville — Cooler weather has arrived on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Water and trash services at many campgrounds are no longer provided.

Most campgrounds remain available to forest users until forest roads become impassible due to snow, since most forest roads in the high-country are not plowed.

The following is a schedule for the status of the campgrounds.

The open dates for all campgrounds are weather permitting.

Alpine Ranger District (928) 339-5000

Luna Lake campground closes Oct. 15.

Buffalo Crossing campground closes Oct. 15.

Most campgrounds on the East Fork of the Black River (Diamond Rock, Deer Creek, Horse Springs, Aspen and Raccoon) remain open until winter weather makes them inaccessible. Water and trash services are not available and there is no fee to camp.

Caldwell Cabin remains available until Nov. 10, unless winter weather makes it inaccessible.

Alpine Divide, Upper Blue, Blue Crossing, West Fork, Hannagan and K.P. campgrounds are open until winter weather makes them inaccessible. There are no water or trash services available and there is no fee to camp.

Black Mesa Ranger District

(928) 535-7300

Rim campground closed Oct. 15.

Black Canyon Rim campground remains open until Oct. 31.

Mogollon campground remains open until Oct. 31.

Knoll Lake campground remains open until Oct. 31.

Spillway and Aspen campgrounds remain open until Nov. 15.

Sinkhole and Crook campgrounds remain open until winter weather makes them inaccessible. Water services are available until the first week of November; trash services are not available.

Canyon Point campground has a portion of its sites open until winter weather makes it inaccessible. Water and trash services are available until late October; thereafter, there is a minimal fee to camp.

Chevelon Lake, Bear Canyon and Chevelon Crossing campgrounds remain open until winter weather makes them inaccessible. There are no water or trash services and there is no fee to camp.

Clifton Ranger District (928) 687-8600

All campgrounds (Blackjack, Coal Creek, Granville, Honeymoon, Lower and Upper Juan Miller and Strayhorse) remain open until winter weather makes them inaccessible. There are no water or trash services provided at these campgrounds, and there is no fee to camp.

Lakeside Ranger District (928) 368-2100

Lewis Canyon campground closes Oct. 15.

Lakeside campground remains open until Oct. 31; all services are available until then.

Scotts Reservoir campground remains open until Nov. 1. Water and trash services are not provided during October.

Los Burros campground remains open until winter weather makes it inaccessible, but the bathrooms will close just before the first major snow storm of the season arrives. There are no water or trash services and there is no fee to camp.

Fool Hollow Lake campground is open year-round with all services available.

Springerville Ranger District

(928) 333-6200

Rainbow campground is closed for maintenance work.

Winn Campground is closed due to fuel reduction activities.

Apache and South Fork campgrounds closed Oct. 15.

Grayling, Brookchar and Cutthroat campgrounds remain open until Nov. 1.

Benny Creek and Hoyer campgrounds remain open until late October.

Gabaldon campground remains open until winter weather makes it inaccessible. There are no water or trash services available and no fee to camp.

Not all campgrounds are closed with gates, however, they may be inaccessible after the winter snow storms have set in and many of the roads are either closed or extremely difficult to travel on because of the snow and/or wet, muddy conditions.

To find out about the roads that are typically closed during the winter season or more information about any of the campgrounds, please contact the local ranger district.

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