Houston Mesa Campground
Houston Mesa Campground is a beautiful and peaceful place to stay in Payson. One of our favorite areas. Right off of the 87 the campground is located within the Tonto National Forest. The Verde River is nearby. The area offers scenic hiking opportunities including: First Crossing, Water Wheel , Second Crossing, and Shoofly Indian Ruins.
The campsites are roomy. Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed. There are plenty of places to explore in the area. We stayed in campsite #25. The campsite had a fire pit and a picnic table with plenty of room for two tents. The above photo shows the division between campsite #25 and campsite #19. The following photos show the area surrounding the campsite.
Things to know:
The campsites are surrounded by trees and brush, so it feels very secluded. Bathrooms have flush toilets and running water. There are several stations for drinking water.
The campsite is divided, so tents in one area, RVs in another and camping with horses is in another section across the street. Some of the sites are close to 87, so you may be able to hear some traffic.
Downtown is less than 10 minute drive, so you are close to stores. Houston Mesa Campground is convenient to many popular hikes.
How to Get Here? From Phoenix take 87 through Payson and turn right on Houston Mesa Road (just past Home Depot) The campground is off of Houston Mesa Road in the Tonto National Forest.
Reserve Camp Site