Billed as the largest gay campground in the world, Cactus Canyon can often seem like it too. Nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains of Southeastern Missouri, it seems an unlikely place for gay campers.

This is a big place and the entire property is clothing optional. In addition to the campground strung along the creek, the hillsides and valleys are accessible by foot trail and some roads. Along the trails you can encounter treed forests, streams, waterfalls and above all that is the prairie that the Cactus Canyon creek cuts through.

Tenting is allowed most everywhere from communal sites near all the activity to remote primitive sites scattered through the forest. RV sites, cabins, and many tents sites as well, are located along the creek. Dorm rooms are set back along the road. RV sites are full hookup and many are 50amp.

The swimming pool is huge, and the creek is also a good spot for a natural swim. Separate from the pool is a big hot tub, dry sauna and community campfire. Hiking, volleyball and a long list of local off site activities are available to wile away your time at the canyon.

After your membership fee is paid, everyone camping or with a day pass pays a fee per day. In addition, there is a fee for your type of accommodation. It is an interesting, even equitable, structure. Because of pricing structures in many other gay campgrounds, tent campers often end up paying more for their site than those in million dollar RV’s.

Chaz and Jim have owned Cactus Canyon for eighteen years and operate it; they are onsite most of the time and available for whatever makes your stay more enjoyable. The culture in gay campgrounds is generally a mix of the owners and seasonal campers and here is no different. You will find a genial group insistent on your having a good experience.

RR 5, Ava, MO 65608