Sinkhole Campground – Willow Springs Lake

Willow Springs Lake

Sinkhole Campground sits back about a mile from the 150 acre Willow Springs Lake. 13 campsites (sites 1 -13) are first come, first served  and there are 13 campsites available for advanced reservation. The campground is surrounded by Ponderosa pines and local wildlife can sometimes be seen. Hiking and Mountain biking trails are located nearby the campground and the General Crook Trail, which runs along the Mogollon Rim is about a mile away. In Spring and fall, expect cold nighttime temperatures.

Rainbow trout and the occasional large mouth bass are caught in Willow Springs Lake. There is a boat ramp for your convenience and there is an 8 h.p. limit to your motor. Willow Springs is easily fished from the shore and often you will need to walk a way along the shore to find a quiet area to fish alone.

The Rim Visitors Information Center is located at the junction of the S. R. 260 and Rim Road.

Showers are located at Canyon Point Campground 5 miles east of the visitors center on S. R. 260. The charge for using the showers is $6.00.


Accessible campsites and drinking water within facility.  Accessible boat dock, boat ramp, and trails within 10 miles of facility.


From Payson travel east on S.R. 260 until you reach the top of the Mogollon Rim. Once you pass the visitor center at the top of the Mogollon Rim continue east on S.R.260 about 3/4 of a mile and turn left into the Willow Springs Recreation Area. The campground is on the left.


General Notes

  • Elevation: 7560′
  • Season: May – October
  • Stay Limit: 14 Days
  • Campsites: 26
  • Trailer Limit: 32′
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Waste Disposal: Woods Canyon Recreation Area
  • Restrooms: Vault
  • Showers: At Canyon Point Campground
  • Store: Woods Canyon Lake or Forest Lakes
  • Utility Hookups: No
  • Information: 928-535-7300