Winn Campground – Lee Valley Recreation Area – White Mountains

Winn Campground


Winn Campground is located in the Lee Valley Recreation Area about 10 miles west of Big Lake. Lee Valley Reservoir is just 2.2 miles away and offers wonderful fly and lure fishing (no bait allowed). The reservoir is stocked with Apache trout and Arctic Grayling in late spring and is one of the few places in the world where you can fish for them. The West Fork of the Little Colorado River is within walking distance through the forest to the west. Sheep’s Crossing on the Little Colorado River is also nearby.

Winn Campground basically has everything you might need minus a local store, which is 10 miles back at Big Lake. There are 2 group campsites that can each hold 50 people and up to 14 vehicles. The camp host attests that this is the best campground in the white mountains. I might agree, especially if you like a nice quiet campground. Campsite are spread out with plenty of distance to your next door neighbor.  The surrounding area is pristine. Expect to see Elk in the meadow to the east of the campground late in the evening.

If you have forgotten to reserve a campsite for one of the major summer holidays, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day, this is a prime campground that should have openings when everything else is full.

Stargazers will love this campground as it is in one of the darkest areas of the state.


Directions from Springerville: Take State Highway 261 west for two miles until you reach the intersection on State Highway 261. Follow this south for ten miles. Turn off on to State Road 273 on the right. You’ll find the campground on Forest Road 554, just off State Road 273, between Sheeps Crossing and the Phelps Trailhead.

General Notes

  • Elevation: 9304′
  • Season: May to October
  • Stay Limit: 14 Days
  • Campsites: 63
  • Trailer Limit: 45′
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Restrooms: Vault
  • Showers: Available at Big Lake
  • Nearest Store: Big Lake
  • Fire Rings: Yes
  • Campsite Tables: Yes
  • Garbage collection
  • Pets must always be restrained or on a leash.
  • No utility hookups are available.
  • Be prepared for rain, often heavy, through July and August.
  • Expect cool to cold nighttime temperatures.
  • Information: 928-333-6200