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Christopher Creek Campground (Tonto NF)

1009 E Highway 260    Payson  ARIZONA  US  85006    (928)474-7900 1009 E Highway 260,  Payson, ARIZONA, 85006

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  • 34.309194,-111.036306

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Reviews

azscully

May 14,2010

Okay, I've been camping a long time. I loved the spot we chose, which was right on the creek. Our space was big with lots of room for the kids to roam. However, the spaces tend to run together, which is hard when you have a neighbor who is loud and partying it up late in the evening. Also, if you think you are going to hear the creek, think again.It was surprisingly quiet . . . The creek itself is beautiful with lots of trees surrounding it, keeping it refreshingly cool from the summer heat. The camp hosts kept the camp sites clean by raking the ground and just keeping it clutter free. . . they tried desperately to keep the bathrooms clean, but with pit toilets, that's pretty hard to do. . . And you are at the mercy of anyone who has left the lid open. . . Every night the hosts would go around in a truck and see if anyone wanted to buy wood, so as to not to have to haul it back to your campsite. Huge big rigs were able to get into the area and there are some group sites you can reserve, but the rest of the sites are first come first serve. If you are expecting to see stars, you may not get a chance unless you are standing in the creek. . . the trees are so tall, the block out most of the view of the sky. I would go back, but I gave it 4 stars for the pit toilets. I'll use my toilet in my popup next time!

nooccar

September 07,2009

We headed north, and we were impressed at how close some of this beautiful nature really was to Phoenix. It only took 90 minutes to get to Christopher Creek campground under the Mogollon Rim. Our babysitter had been here and her photos looked awesome. I wanted lush greenery, pine trees, shade and fishing for my daughter, Claire. This site is about 10 minutes from the intersection of 260/87 in Payson, and driving down off the main road you enter a canyon with a nice creek (hence the name) running through it. The trees were tall and shaded most of the camp except the larger site and some other areas. There were 3-4 bathrooms (pit toilets) and no running water, so you were close enough to a toilet if you needed it anywhere in the campground without it feeling it was too close. After unpacking my daughter ran around the campsite while we put up the tent. I was eager to get to the creek for some fishing, and the ranger didn’t really gave a good idea of where to fish. We decided we’d walk down creek and look for a spot. The four of us (with Dante our dog too!) headed down the creek. We found a hole around the creek bend and dropped our lines. Donna, my wife, took some photos of me teaching Claire how to fish with the new pole I bought her. Donna and Dante sat against some trees so Donna could read while we fished. I enjoyed myself, and Claire was relatively and surprisingly quiet. She didn’t really dig the whole fishing thing because we didn’t catch anything. Later that night we made smores, played cards and went to sleep. The next morning after we cooked coffee in a french press and boiled water for oatmeal, we decided to hike down the creek a few miles. We packed up a backpack with jackets, an axe, tons of water, snacks, a compass, etc… and off we walked. We found a few people who pointed us towards a scenic walk south along the creek. The weather was beautiful even if they now called for rain, and after about 2 1/2 miles we climbed onto a huge rock to have a nice lunch. In actually we were looking for a spot with a cool waterfall and deep waters to swim (if it were warm enough) and to fish, and we later learned the place we wanted was Box Canyon (which was nearby). After our nice lunch, we walked back up the creek, grabbed our gear and drove out toward the general store a few miles out of camp. The cashier pointed us up the Rim to Woods Canyon Lake, and she said they’d stocked the lake with trout. As we rolled up to the lake, the clouds rolled in. I tried to get Claire to fish some more, but she wanted nothing to do with it. Donna, on the other hand, saw some crayfish (the call ‘em crawdads here!) in the lake. She grabbed the net and began catching crayfish, which she wanted me to use to fish. We didn’t really catch anything and eventually it began to pour. My rain coat was in the tent back at camp, but I wanted to catch my kid a fish so I stood there fishing in the rain while my women waited under a pine tree. It rained the rest of the day, and we just wrapped ourselves in our rain gear and still enjoyed the day. We ate a cold dinner that night and drove home the following morning.

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