Camping at 7,000 feet is a perfect way to escape the summer heat of southern Arizona!

Bonito Campground Flagstaff Arizona Site 18

Our site, 18, nestled in the Ponderosa Pines

The Bonito Campground is a National Forest campground, first come first serve, next to Sunset Crater National Monument. It is a lovely setting with 44 sites, most of which are back-in or pull along. The campground is described as heavily used but it was almost empty while we were there in June but also it was not a weekend!


Campground: Bonito Campground
Location: About 12 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona just outside entrance to Sunset Crater National Monument
Site: 18 (pull along)
Cost: $12 ($24 is the regular cost but it is 50% off with an Interagency Pass)
Services: dry camping
Comments: A beautiful campground set in a Ponderosa Pine forest at about 7,000 foot elevation.


Even though many of the sites are pull alongs there is still enough room for a big rig to park  and not feel cramped or that you are hanging into the road. The hosts DO want to ensure that all your wheels remain on the asphalt and do not sit on the gravel. Beware!


The setting is beautiful, the campground is nice and peaceful, and yet you are only about 10 minutes to Flagstaff and minutes to Sunset Crater National Monument. More on that on the next post.


We bought new chassis batteries (2) last year but our house batteries have been holding out just fine for the past 6 years or so. While we were dry camping here we noticed that the batteries, after a full day of solar charging, were not keeping their charge like they used to. We decided to bite the bullet and head to Sam’s Club in Flagstaff and buy 6 new batteries. Norm then spent an afternoon removing the old batteries and installing the new ones. Now we are up and running with some new batteries!