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Seven Springs Campground – Tonto National Forest

Seven Springs Campground Review Summary

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Seven Springs Campground – Tonto National Forest Review by on . Seven Springs Campground in Tonto National Forest, is a free, semi-primitive campground located about 20 miles north of Cave Creek/Carefree. Rating: 2.3

Seven Springs Campground in Tonto National Forest, is a free campground located about 20 miles north of Cave Creek/Carefree. Seven Springs Campground was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which was a depression-era public works program. Seven Springs wash flows through the campground, which is shaded by large sycamore trees.

Access to Seven Springs Campground can be limited during heavy rains, and the campground is prone to flooding. Additionally, getting to Seven Springs can be challenging as the only access on a rough dirt road.

Neighboring CCC Campground is still open and we highly recommend camping there.

Seven Springs Campground Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Walk-in
Number of Campsites: 21 Campsites
Cost: $9/Night/vehicle via Tonto Pass
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: No
Drinking Water: No
Toilets: No
Showers: No
Trash/Dumpsters: No
Hiking Access: Yes – Hiking Trails nearby
Beach/Lake Access: No
RV/Trailer Length: None
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible – Verizon
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Open Year-round

Seven Springs Campground was closed to vehicle traffic in 2005 due to significant flood damage. The campground is now officially listed as a recreation area, not a campground. Walk-in primitive camping is still possible, however parking is not available.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.965450, -111.862317
Nearest City/Town: Cave Creek, Arizona
Elevation: 3200 Feet
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: No
Proximity to Stores: 20 miles to Cave Creek, Arizona
Directions: From Cave Creek, AZ, take Cave Creek Road north 15.1 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. NOTE: After 5.9 miles, Cave Creek Rd. becomes dirt, narrow, rocky and rough.


Phone: (480) 595-3300 Facebook:
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Reservations: Not Available

When To Go

Late Fall/Early Spring –  In late fall and early spring, the weather is very nice at Seven Springs Campground.

Highs in October and April can still exceed 100 degrees and lows in December and January can dip below freezing.

 Watch for snakes in Spring and Fall.

 During the rainy season, be cautious of flash floods as they can raise the level of water in Seven Springs Wash from several inches to several feet in a matter of minutes, possibly overflowing into the campground.

 Summer fire season restrictions may be in effect. Check with the local Forest Service Ranger District for up-to-date restriction information.

Chance of Rain
Thursday 11/27 50%
High 60° / Low 45°
Chance of Rain
Showers possible. Lows overnight in the mid 40s.
Friday 11/28 80%
High 53° / Low 48°
Cloudy and windy with periods of rain in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds S at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Saturday 11/29 70%
High 57° / Low 45°
Windy...showers and thundershowers in the morning, then mainly cloudy in the afternoon with periods of light rain developing. High 57F. Winds SSW at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 11/30 40%
High 53° / Low 40°
Chance of Rain
Showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday 12/01 10%
High 55° / Low 43°
Mostly sunny skies. High near 55F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 12/02 40%
High 52° / Low 37°
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 52F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

What To Do

Hiking is a very popular at Seven Springs Campground. There are trails that are accessible from the campground, as well as a trail head next to the nearby CCC Campground.

Also of interest is the Sears-Kay Ruins, which is located along FR 24 near Carefree, AZ. Sears-Kay is ruins of an ancient HoHoKam Native American settlement that existed around 1500 A.D.

The campground is located along the Great Western Trail, which is a network of dirt-roads and trails that lead from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.

Image Credits: Justin Wilson

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