Ten-X Campground, Grand Canyon National Park
One of the best times to visit the Grand Canyon is September through November, when the weather is cooler and the crowds thin out. Just four miles south of the South Rim entrance, this 70-site campground tends to be more peaceful than other camping areas in and around the park. A short nature trail meanders through the pine forest, and campsites come with fire rings and picnic tables. Nine sites are first come, first served, while the rest can be booked in advance ($28 per night).
Cave Springs Campground, Sedona
Any campground around Sedona is a hot bed for tourists, but Cave Springs is a little more off the beaten path. Visitation slows down in the fall, and there’s plenty of room to spread out among the 84 sites. Deciduous trees offer dense shade, red rock cliffs provide stunning scenery, and Oak Creek flows nearby in case you want to take a dip. Sites can be booked in advance for $22 per night. This campground closes on November 1, ahead of the snowy season.
Lake Havasu State Park Campground, Lake Havasu
Compared to the spring break mania, fall is noticeably quieter on this massive blue reservoir situated between Arizona and California. The campground is in the heart of the fun, with year-round access to all kinds of watersports and outdoor activities. Snag a prime beachfront site for $40, just $5 more than a regular site. Take note of the minimum stay requirements—two nights for weekend camping through Sept. 30 and three nights during Labor Day and Indigenous Peoples Day weekends.