What do you think of when the state of Arizona comes up in a conversation? The Saguaro Cactus? The desert sands? It's proximity to Mexico?

Well, after this article, you’ll forever recall the plethora of backcountry camping in Arizona as well. And just to entertain your preconceptions a bit—most of these spots are located among desert sands. In this ever-so-red state, campers embrace the lure of cool desert lakes, majestic cacti, other plant life, and the glory of being out in a tent beneath the visible stars.

In this collection, we share with you our offerings of enticing Backcountry Sites. For the sake of not seeming too repetitive, however, we’ve included a Partner Site in the mix. Enjoy these, and see which one draws you in most!

Cowboy’s Starry Night

Up first we have Cowboy’s Starry Night. This camping in Arizona is located just east of Lake Havasu, a notorious destination for boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing—basically any water sport imaginable. In these parts, you’ll feel among the history of cowboys who used to roundup their cattle and ride off into the sunset (cinematic, we know). These are the high deserts of Arizona, where silver/gold mining is accessible and historical war artifacts are on heavy display.

Camp itself majestic—pure, desert tranquility! Set up your tent and go out hiking, biking, riding, or fishing for the day. Or, simply enjoy the peaceful desertscape.

Desert Sanctuary at Rincon Peak Campsite 2

South of Tucson, this site at Rincon Peak is really an oasis-like paradise (amazing sunsets and expansive starry skies included). This place is rich in history, for it contains the site of the Sri Ashram founded by famous Harvard Professor Timothy Leary. Within the restored buildings you’ll find a pottery studio and prayer house.

The camp itself, despite being a Backcountry Site, includes outdoor showers (hot and cold water), a game room (billiards and card table), fire pits, an Olympic pool, a hot tub, and an area for barbecuing. Aside from tent camping, cottage rentals are also on offer. This is an epic choice for camping in Arizona!

Stagecoach Stellar Glamping

Ready for the Tentrr Partner Site we promised? Here goes! While our backcountry sites usually come with very little amenities, our Partner Sites are privately owned glampsites that usually contain modern amenities located on the property. In the case of Stagecoach Stellar Glamping, you’ll have a canvas tent, comfy bed, ice chest, picnic bench, adirondack chairs, and some small coffee tables.

The site itself is located on the same land as Cowboy’s Starry Night. Thus, expect Havasu to be in easy reach with plenty of access to hiking, fishing, riding, and boating.

Heart of the Parks

Heart of the Parks earned its name for its unique location right between Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante, Horseshoe bend, and more! This Arizona camping offers privacy, sunset views, red bluffs, and good memories all around!

Your CampKeeper Colt is a family man who loves camping and can't wait to have you! Note that he offers these extra amenities for an extra fee: kayaks for two, firewood, and a tandem bike for riding around the local lake.

Zen Canyon Ranch

Our final Arizona camping offering is the Zen Canyon Ranch, located between Kingman and Flagstaff. Another place for high-desert dwelling, Zen Canyon doesn’t fall short of peace, privacy, wildlife, and evening stars. Another perk of this spot is being pretty off-grid while maintaining a close vicinity to resources and activities. Lake Havasu isn’t too far, and Laughlin is another choice to visit for some campers here.

Your site is among miles of trails, pinion pines, and ancient juniper forests. Your CampKeeper, Tim, offers extra amenities for a fee including RV space, glamping in a tiny home, and linens.