Best Place to Go Camping Without Leaving the Valley (2000)
Usery Mountain Recreation Area
3939 North Usery Pass Road, Mesa
Lesser known than the Lost Dutchman State Campground just to the east, Usery Pass is usually less populated. It offers advantages that come with being close to civilization, but all the amenities you enjoy while camping out: starry skies, scenic vistas, the smell of campfires and the howling of coyotes at night.