Apache Maid Mountain and
Stoneman Lake, Camping
in Arizona Picture Tour

Apache Maid Mountain and Stoneman Lake are in a beautiful corner of the Coconino National Forest about 15 miles southeast of Sedona. Up here at around 6,500 feet you’ll find tall ponderosa pine forest, several natural springs, and lush forest meadows. It feels like heaven, especially after escaping the heat at lower elevations.

Keep an ear open for the no-see-ums though (or juniper gnats as the locals call them) - these pesky little gnats will form swarms and bite you, leaving itchy red welts on the skin. They are so tiny you won’t normally see them; hence the name, but you can sure hear their ear piercing buzz. If you keep moving, even at a walking pace, you're fine. And a good breeze will usually keep them at bay.

It’s amazing how much things change when going up a few thousand feet in elevation. It’s obvious that that with the rain and snow there is much more moisture up here…and it shows with the variety of plant life and tall pines.

At 7,301 feet, Apache Maid Mountain is the perfect place to knock off a few more degrees on the old thermometer. There is a road to the top and a fire lookout tower (no longer in use) on the summit. The views from here are excellent so bring along the camera. It’s best to visit Apache Maid Mountain on a breezy day, as the no-see-ums can get pretty bad up here when it’s calm.

Stoneman Lake is one of Arizona’s natural lakes and is thought to have been created by a deep, collapsed sinkhole. This medium-sized lake has a boat ramp, parking lot, and picnic area. Wildlife viewing, bird watching, and photography are popular activities at Stoneman Lake.

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Picture of Apache Maid Mountain from the east near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of RV Camping East of Apache Maid Mountain near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of a Lone Pine Tree in a Meadow next to Apache Maid Mountain in Arizona Picture of Claret Cup Cactus Flowers  (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) in Arizona
Picture of Apache Maid Mountain near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of Mountain Meadow Flowers near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of Stoneman Lake, a Natural Lake in Arizona Southeast of Sedona Picture of Campbell Spring and a research station near Stoneman Lake, Arizona
Picture of RV boondocking near Apache Maid Mountain in Arizona Picture of a mountain meadow near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of a Rocky Meadow near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of a Yellow Wildflower at Campbell Spring near Stoneman Lake, Arizona
Picture of The Ponderosa Pine Forest near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of the Apache Maid Mountain Meadow near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of a Forest Sunset near Apache Maid Mountain and Stoneman Lake, AZ Picture of the Apache Maid Meadow near Stoneman Lake, Arizona
Picture of Apache Maid Mountain Biking near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of a Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis) Wildflower in Arizona Picture of the Apache Maid Mountain Road near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of the view from Apache Maid Mountain near Stoneman Lake, Arizona
Picture of an Arizona Forest from atop Apache Maid Mountain near Stoneman Lake Picture of the Coconino National Forest from the top of Apache Maid Mountain, AZ Picture of the Sedona area from atop Apache Maid Mountain, Arizona Picture of the Sedona Area from Apache Maid Mountain near Stoneman Lake, Arizona
Picture of The Apache Maid Mountain Road That Leads to The Summit, Arizona Picture of New Mexico Thistle Flower (Cirsium neomexicanum) aka, Utah Thistle Picture of a Pine Meadow next to Apache Maid Mountain in Arizona Picture of The T-Bar Ranch next to The Apache Maid Mountain Meadow in Arizona
Picture of a Stoneman Lake Camping Site in the Coconino National Forest, Arizona Picture of The T-Bar Ranch near Apache Maid Mountain and Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of T-Bar Ranch near Apache Maid Mountain South of Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of a Stoneman Lake Campsite in the Coconino National Forest, Arizona
Picture of Apache Maid Mountain near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of RV Camping near Stoneman Lake, Arizona Picture of The T-Bar Ranch Historic Site at Apache Maid Mountain, Arizona Picture of an Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana) tree in Arizona
Picture of The Water tank at The T-Bar Ranch Historic Homestead Site, Arizona Picture of Pronghorn Fawns (Antilocapra americana) in Arizona Forest Grassland Picture of Wet Beaver Creek Canyon near Its Origin South of Apache Maid Mtn, AZ Picture of Wet Beaver Wilderness and The Canyon Wall of Wet Beaver Creek , AZ
Picture of a Southwestern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus cowlesi) in Arizona Picture of Century Plant (Agave americana) Flower Stalk at Wet Beaver Creek, AZ Picture of a Century Plant Flower Cluster (Agave americana) in Arizona Picture of a White-Lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata) Caterpillar in Northern Arizona
Picture of a Sunset near Apache Maid Mountain, Coconino National Forest, Arizona      

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Apache Maid Mountain Camping: The Apache Maid Mountain and Stoneman Lake area is rather popular for camping. Thankfully, there are many great camping spots. No campgrounds here - this is boondocking territory! Just take I-17 exit 306 for Stoneman Lake Road (FR-213) and once you reach the T-intersection either go left, to Stoneman Lake, or right on FR-229 to Apache Maid Mountain. Whether you’re RV boondocking, tent camping, or car camping you should have no problem finding a little slice of heaven at 6,500 feet.

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For more information on Stoneman Lake visit the Coconino National Forest web page.

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