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Lockett Meadow Camping, AZ
mini location map2015-06-19
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Lockett Meadow Camping, AZ 
Lockett Meadow Camping, AZ
 
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Went on a camping trip to Lockett Meadow with my daughter and her family for Father's Day weekend. It was a busy place with all 17 campsites occupied by Thursday afternoon shortly after I had secured one of the sites. My daughter and husband with the three grandkids showed up late Friday afternoon. The weather was beautiful and a real relief from the 115 deg heat in the Phoenix area. We took short family hikes to explore the nearby meadows, Aspen groves and pine forests. At night we sat around the camp fire while the kids roasted hot dogs and marsh mellows. Sunday morning we packed up and made a quick visit to the Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments before heading back to Phoenix.

The campground is generally well kept and free firewood was available due to the Forest Service cutting up some deadfall but it would be a good idea to bring a splitting maul for the larger pieces. There is heavy traffic at times on the campground loop road with people going to the trailhead or just looking for a campsite. If possible it's best to get a campsite as far from the road as possible to avoid dust raised by the cars. Campsite #1 and a couple on the outbound end of the loop are best in this regard. The road up to Lockett meadow was just graded on June 19 but it is a steep narrow road which narrows down to one lane in some areas. I saw BMWs, Mustang convertibles, Honda Accords (notable for its low clearance, I have one) and soccer mom mini-vans cruising through the campground.
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