The campground of dispersed units is set in a mature stand of Ponderosa Pine with a mix of white and Douglas fir. The Arizona Game & Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery is nearby. The hatchery is open to the public and offers a self-guided tour of the facility. Canyon Creek is popular among anglers fishing for rainbow trout. Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear. No drinking water available.
Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 16', permit required if over 50 people, both FR 512 and FR 33 are unpaved roads. Four-wheel-drive or chains are advised after heavy rains or snow. Canyon Creek has a four-trout limit. Bear-proof your camp -- especially food. Canyon Creek fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. In the winter, temperatures can dip into the teens. Pack it in pack it out.
Access #1 (41 miles east of Payson): From Payson, travel 33 miles east on paved State Hwy. 260. Turn right on unpaved Young Road/Forest Road (FR) 512, and continue on for 3 miles to FR 33. Turn left on unpaved FR 33 and travel for 5 miles to the site.
Access #2 (28 miles north of Young): From Young, take State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR) 512 north for 23 miles to FR 33. Turn right onto FR 33. Taking FR 33, it’s about 5 miles to the site.
Picnicking: 9 cap units w/ picnic tables, grills, drinking water, vault toilets, trash service.
Restroom: Vault toilets, one toilet is equipped with grab bars.
Open Season: 15 May - 15 October
Elevation: 6,600 feet