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Everyone who has been to Long Valley Work Center knows what a great camping area this is. Located at a cool 6950 feet among the tall Ponderosa pines of the Coconino National Forest this group campground is a great way to beat the heat of the desert.

There is no drinking water and no garbage collection. There are vault toilets, tables, and a large group fire ring. There is also a basketball court and tree swing, with lots of opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and of course, fun and games for all. Please bring extra firewood for the council fire.

Contact Information:

Happy Jack Information Center, P. O. Box 19664, Happy Jack AZ 86024, (928) 477-2172, FAX 477-2173 or Mogollon Rim Ranger District, HC 31, Box 300, Happy Jack AZ 86024, (928) 477-2255 FAX 527-8282 or at

Take AZ 87 (Arizona/Country Club) North past Payson (~35miles). Turn right at milepost 289 onto FR 141 and drive 1/2 mile, turn right on FR 147A and go 1/2 mile more. The Group Camp will be on your left.
Look for Signs.

Map of Long Valley Work Center

On the way home

"Water Wheel Campground" is located on the way home from Long Valley just North of Payson. 2 miles North of SR260 on SR87 turn East onto Houston Mesa Rd. for 7.6 miles (right hand side of road). Park, put on shorts and footwear appropriate to get wet in and play in the number one swimming hole in Arizona. Actually, there are several swimming holes along with climbing over and around rocks and tromping through a flowing creek. You can spend 30 minutes or all afternoon if you choose. If you stop at this location I guarantee that you will come back again and again.

"Tonto Natural Bridge" is located on the way home from Long Valley about 10 miles North of Payson at NF583. Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. An amazing geologic wonder and wonderful hike through the canyon.