Rising high above Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon is the Mogollon Rim, formed from deposits of sandstone, limestone, and mudstone. Today, the rim, constituting the western boundary of the vast Colorado Plateau, is home to the world's largest area of ponderosa pine. However, regardless of Sedona's geological features, its extensive charm is related, by many visitors, to the great opportunities of camping, hiking, mountaineering, and horseback riding. Superb resorts, unique shops, luxurious restaurants, and top art galleries, in addition to best Arizona campgrounds, make Sedona one of the most popular destinations of many tourists worldwide.
Stretching from the foot of the Peaks to the south, Plateau Country is home to Mormon Lake, the largest natural lake of Arizona. The area is famous for its abundant wildlife, which makes it home to some of the most popular Arizona campgrounds. Major recreation activities among the prairies and lakes of Plateau Country are fishing, camping, boating, and wildlife watching. In good snow years, the area boasts some of the best cross-country skiing.
Rating among the top Arizona campgrounds, Ashurst Lake and Forked Pine
Campgrounds are renowned for excellent fishing and spectacular views of San Francisco Peaks. Ashurst Lake is full of bass and trout, and boasts wonderful wind conditions that are attractive to windsurfers. Both campgrounds are abundant in campsites, concentrated in a picturesque stand of pines. In addition to board sailing and fishing, Ashurst Lake offers splendid opportunities for bird watching, including white-faced ibises, pintails, and cinnamon teal.
Canyon Vista Campground can be found in close proximity to Lower Lake Mary and Walnut Canyon, the area which consists of oak, aspen, and ponderosa pine, offering excellent photo opportunities. Among main attractions of the area are hiking, equestrian, wildlife watching, and rock climbing to name a few.
Upper Lake Mary hosts Lakeview Campground, redesigned in 2002, and is seen today as a camper's paradise due to the easy access to lakes and forest. Such lakes as Kinnikinick, Ashurst, and Marshall are within short driving distance, as well as a number of hiking trails, including the Arizona Trail.
Plentiful camping sites are available in Nevada. Some of the most popular Nevada campgrounds include Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Lower Pines, North Pines, Porcupine Flat, Tamarack Flat, Upper Pines, Wawona, White Wolf, and Yosemite Creek, all of which can be found in Yosemite National Park.