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Lockett Meadow Campground

Contact Info
Sunset Crater, AZ

Phone:
928-526-0866
Basics
Number of Sites:
17 Sites
Elevation:
8600 feet
Reservations:
Reservations Not Accepted

Description

The San Francisco Peaks are actually the remains of an extinct volcano. Millions of years ago this great mountain was shattered by an explosion similar to the one that devastated Washington's Mt. Saint Helens in 1980. Inside the now quiet caldera a lush alpine environment has blurred evidence of that cataclysmic event.

Lockett Meadow Campground is a small primitive campground with views of the San Francisco Peaks and camping opportunities in the cool aspen trees that surround Lockett Meadow. The Inner Basin trail that goes into the hart of the ancient volcano begins in beautiful Lockett Meadow. From this island of emerald ringed with aspen and high peaks it follows a primitive road into the mountain's now quiet Inner Basin. Extensive stands of aspens cover the steep slopes of the old caldera coloring them solid gold in early fall. In spring and summer, wildflowers add a sprinkling of blue, red and yellow. Avalanche tracks streak down the talus slopes and remnants of old lava flows bear witness to the mountain's cataclysmic heritage.

You may see porcupine and elk or the hennit thrush who sings his best here. Even Black bears have been known to stroll right through groups of picnickers without so much as a glance at their lunches.

Amenities

Basic Amenities
  • Vault Toilets
Special Features
  • Fire Rings
  • Picnic Tables
Additional Conveniences
  • Pets Allowed
Additional Notes

No Drinking Water

Amenity list above may not be complete.

Details

Season
Mid-May - Mid-October
Location
15 miles northeast of Flagstaff
Elevation
8600 feet
Basic Info
Total Sites:
17 Sites
More Site Details
RV Hookups:
None
Pet Policy
Pets must be restrained or on a leash.
Activities
Hiking,  Mountain Biking
Wildlife Watching
Fall Colors
Additional Details
Horses are not allowed in campground or Inner Basin.

Mountain Bikes are not permitted in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness

Motorbikes/ATVs may only be used for entering or leaving campsites and only if they are "street-legal"

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Drive northeast of Flagstaff on US Highway 89 for 12.5 miles to Forest Road 420 directly across from the Sunset Crater National Monument turnoff. Turn left (west) for about 1 mile to Forest Road 552. Turn right at the Lockett Meadow sign and continue to the campground.

The dirt road is closed in early spring and late fall due to snow. This road is not recommended for RVs/trailers due to the very steep, narrow (single lane), and rough road.


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