Camp Verde Hotel Tips by razorbacker
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Campsite #13. First to arrive; first choice.
We went there for a father/son campout a month or so ago. Our whole family will be heading back up there today. Man, it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL there! The campsites are flat and grassy, and there are wonderful huge trees. (The brochures say they're cottonwoods, but they're NOT. You can tell by the leaves, since cottonwoods are of the same family as aspens/poplars. A friend of mine told me they're sycamores, which I'm not familiar with, but I'll take his word for it. Anyhow, they're big, beautiful, and shady.) The bathroom facilities are good. The setting is peacful and relaxing. The creek as it flows through the campground is clear, lively, and pretty. There are plenty of crawdads for the kids to catch (and they make fine eating!) If your dog yelps a lot, the host will probably not get too excited if it goes missing, but it's a GREAT place for well-behaved mutts with plenty of running room and places to explore. There's even a large field in the campground suitable for a pick-up football game.
The MAIN attraction though is up the road a few hundred yards: exploring the wider stretches of Clear Creek and the dry river bed nearby. There is a large parking area beyond a cattle guard from the campground and miles of tree-shaded creek to explore upstream. There are narrow little cascades, islands, small waterfalls, pretty and varied scenery and flora, and some very nice swimming/wading spots.
Unique Qualities: Restful, beautiful, wonderful. A little heaven-on-earth. Campsites are currently $15 for first vehicle, $7 for second. There are about 18 campsites, all varied in their characteristics. My favorite is #13, but there are a number of others that would be just as fun. Among my pick of these would be campsites #1, 7, 9, 14, and 18. There is also a group site There are bundles of firewood available from the camp host for $6/bundle or $15/3 bundles.
Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Approx. 5 miles southeast of Camp Verde on Hwy 260 (General Crook Trail). Turn left onto Forest Road 626, directly across highway from Clear Creek RV Park. Follow Forest Road less than 1/2 mile to large sign heralding campground on left.
Phone: (928) 282-4119
Price: less than US$20
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