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The best family camping spots in the Southwest U.S.

4. Lynx Lake Recreation Area

Lynx Lake Recreation Area
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If your family loves to fish, camping at Lynx Lake Recreation Area in Arizona’s Prescott National Forest is a fantastic summer vacation idea. The area features a 55-acre lake stocked with trout and a cool ponderosa pine forest. The campsites offer picnic tables, toilets and drinking water, but no hookups are available. You’ll also enjoy boating, hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching and the archaeological sites in the area.

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5. Elephant Rock Campground

Elephant Rock Campground
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Named for a nearby rock formation, Elephant Rock Campground is one of the campsites along the Red River. Here, your family will enjoy fishing in the well-stocked river or nearby Eagle Rock Lake. In the summer, this secluded New Mexico campground can get very crowded on the weekends, so try to come during the week (or save your vacation for late summer/early fall).

Southwest camping guide
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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 5/12/16

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