Kaibab National Forest, Williams
One of the larger campgrounds in the area, Kaibab Lake, just east of Williams, features a boat ramp, a huge group area, picnic tables, grills, an amphitheater where rangers host interpretive programs, and about a billion photo opportunities. The campground underwent a major renovation in 2011, and the many upgrades include a new camping loop, new pavement, new parking spurs and additional day-use parking, to name a few.
Anglers flock here for the brown trout, channel catfish, rainbow trout and brook trout. Don’t try to swim around with the fish, however. It’s not allowed, as the lake is a source of water for the town.
For a dose of history, it’s easy to hop on Historic Route 66 from the campground. Of course, the Grand Canyon isn’t far, either, and the adventure opportunities at the Seventh Natural Wonder are too many to list.
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Directions: From Williams, travel east on Interstate 40 for 2 miles to Exit 165 for State Route 64 and turn right. Travel north on SR 64 for about 2 miles to the campground, which will be on your left.
Information: Williams Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest, 928-635-5600 or www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
Season: Early May through early October
Fee: $18 per night (single site); $60–$382 (group sites)
Reservations: Yes, for group sites only
Amenities: Toilets, Pets, Water