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ARIZONA BOONDOCKING SITES

ARIZONA BOONDOCKING SITES

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Free Camping in Arizona and Rules on Long Term Camping


ALPINE:

(Jan, 98) Hulsey Lake. Go 6 miles north out of Alpine and take FS Road 56 for 2 miles. Fishing and Rockhounding. There is room for several small rigs (30 ft. max.)

APACHE JUNCTION:

(Jan, 98) Follow US-60 for 16 miles to intersection w/US-89. Stay on US-60 for 2 miles. Turn left (before crossing RR tracks) onto Queen Valley Rd. Turn right on Hewett Station Rd. or FR-357 (dirt road that will be muddy after rain). Once across tracks and cattle guard, it is NF land with lots of distributed sites. Unlimited size. 14-day limit.

BURRO CREEK:

(Jan, 98) 60 miles NW of Wickenburg on HWY-93. 21-day limit, Golden Age accepted. The overflow area by Twin Towers is free in this BLM campground. dump station, water, picnic tables, fire pits with grates and a group area with covered pavillion.

CAMP VERDE:

(Jan, 98) From I-17, take exit 287. Exxon station on east side of I-17, open 24 hours, gas, dump station, McDonalds, and more. Room for all sizes at back.

CASA GRANDE:

(Jan, 98) Take I-8 west 23 miles from Montgomery Rd. Exits 144 & 140 both go south onto BLM open camping areas. 14-day limit.

CHINLE:

(Jan, 98) Adjacent to Canyon de Chelly NM, is the NPS Cottonwood Campground. There are 95 level sites, many paved, mostly small-to-medium in size. Toilets, water faucets scattered throughout, dump station, trash barrels, phone. Free. 5-day limit.

CHINLE:

(Jan, 98) There's a free site in Chinle right next to Canyon de Chelly National Monument, to which entrance is also free since it lies on Navajo land. Cottonwood Campground is pleasant enough and has adequate facilities. There were a few stray dogs there when I last visited but they all seemed well-behaved and quite docile.

CORDESS JUNCTION:

(Jan, 98) 3 miles South on I-17, take exit 259 (45 miles N. of Phoenix). Several sites going West. One is 1.5 miles from exit; turn left, at bottom of hill park on one of the dead-end roads. Another one is 3.3 miles west, turn left, at 4.5 miles from exit, and turn left onto 3 separate, large sites on top of mountain with a great sweeping view. Excellent dirt road. Unlimited size. 14 day limit.

COTTONWOOD:

(Jan, 98) North of Phoenix, on I-17,take Hwy-260 at Camp Verde/Cottonwood exit. Go approx 8 miles NW toward Cottonwood. Turn right at entrance to TT. Go approx. 1/4 mile and turn left into National Forest area. Room for several rigs. Excellent views.

EAGAR:

(Jan, 98) 17 miles west. of Eagar on US-260, turn north onto FR-117, go 1 mile and choose a site on either side of road (9,500 ft elev.). Unlimited size. 14-day limit.

EHRENBURG-PARKER:

(Jan, 98) Exit From I-10 Just below the Flying J Plaza/Motel/Wendy's It's BLM land across the Colorado from the campground.

FLAGSTAFF:

(Jan, 98) From I-40, take exit 195B to Lake Mary Road. Go 5.5 miles on L.M. Road towards Morman Lake and Payson to 2nd cattle guard. Camp is 50 ft. on left past cattle guard. Limit 14 days, BUT you can move back and forth across road every 14 days. Will take all size of rigs. Water is 3.5 miles back toward town at water treatment plant on E. side of the road. Dump station is located in Flagstaff at Giant gas station on Hwy-89 N.

FLAGSTAFF:

(Jan, 98) Go south on US-89A (0.5 mile S. of Wal-Mart). Going north on I-17, take exit 339, turn SE onto Lake Mary Rd, go about 9.5 miles. You'll pass a water facility with hose for fresh water. Turn left at sign for Marshall Lake. In 1.2 miles go left at Y, follow to lake, turn left or right and park across from lake with snow-covered mountains in background, or stop at many sites along the way. Will handle all sizes of rigs. 14 day limit. There is a dump station at Little America Truck Stopon I-40, exit 198, Butler Ave & another at Giant Gas, 1205 S. Milton.

FLAGSTAFF:

(Jan, 98) Coconino NF. 10 miles North of Flagstaff on US-89, turn east on Forest Road 545 toward Sunset Crater Nat'l Mon. Go 2 miles to visitor center. Continue another 4.3 miles and turn south on Forest Road 776 just past east boundary of National Monument. Go about 0.25 mile. No facilities. Free. (Stay on prepared surfaces as volcanic ash is soft!)

FOREST LAKES:

(Jan, 98) 5 miles east on Hwy-260, Forest Rd 26. Numerous places to stay!

GILA BEND:

(Jan, 98)There is a lot behind the Cosmo Ranch 12.5 miles north of Gila Bend on SH-85

GILA BEND:

(Jan,98) I-80, take Exit 115. McDonalds offers a free RV dump station and o/n parking for several rigs.

GILA BEND:

(Jan, 98) Painted Rocks BLM campground. On I-80, exit 102, go north about 12 miles to campground. Pit toilets, picnic benches, no water.

GILA BEND:

(Jan, 98) Overnight parking and free dump station at Texaco Truck Stop. Going West from Gila Bend on I-8, 119 turnoff (1st one). Next to Super 8 Motel.

GILA BEND:

(Jan, 98) Subway Restaurant in town advertises on the billboard,"Free RV dump and RV parking"

GLOBE/MIAMI/SUPERIOR/FLORENCE JCT:

(Jan, 98) US-89 is a scenic route with some rest areas and turnouts for overnight boondocking. Any size. There is a 7% grade up going east from Superior.

GLOBE/SHOW LOW:

(Jan, 98) Salt River Canyon, about 40 miles north of Globe on HWY-60 (AZ-77) shortly past Seneca Lake. Many rest areas from MM-290 through 297. Red rock formations similar to Grand Canyon, with Salt River flowing through. Store, and gas about 1/4 mile north of metal bridge.

GLOBE/SAFFORD/NM BORDER:

(Jan, 98) US-70 is a high desert scenic route with rest areas & turnouts suitable for overnight boondocking. Any size. There are few services so check your fuel gauge.

GLOBE:

(Jan, 98) Apache Gold Casino, 7.5 miles east of Globe on HWY-70 at MM 258. Unlimited size. overnight boondocking only. There is water and a dump station at Globe visitor center.

GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM:

(Jan,98)From Jacob Lake, south on AZ 67 to Kaibab Lodge on right. Continue past lodge and see Demotte Campground on right. Just past campground, turn onto a gravel road on left, immediately cross over a bridge and follow signs to "East Rim View". Good gravel road with sites on either side. About 6 miles turn right, go 2oo yds. to beautiful view of canyon. For all sizes of rigs. Toilets, no other services. 14-day limit, free. Water and dump station available at the North Rim Campground.

GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM:

(Jan, 98) Unlimited primitive parking at FS overflow area 5 miles south of south entrance (Hwy-180) between mile markers 232 & 233 (just south of Ten-X campground), on Road-688 on east side of hwy, and Road-686 on west side of Hwy. There are dirt roads, and only small signs identify them as you turn onto them.

HEBER:

(Jan, 98) Mogollan Rim, SW of Heber. Take FR-300 W; 2 miles west of Forest Lakes, take dirt road left about 1 mile. Dispersed camping on the rim.

KEAMS CANYON, HOPI RESERVATION:

(Jan, 98) Take AZ 264 east past MM 403 on south side of road, directly across from service station/stores. Free 2 night limit.

KINGMAN:

(Jan, 98) BLM Burro Creek CG off SH-93 between Kingman & Wickenburg. Rate $2. Good water, dump. Spots large enough for any RV. Paved 2 lane road 1.5 miles from hwy to campground. Not free, but close to it.

LAKE HAVASU CITY:

(Jan, 98) On HWY-95, go north 8 miles by airport. Craggy Wash is BLM, 14-day limit, no fee, no designated campsites, just pick a flat spot, acres of space.

MESA:

(Jan, 98) There are four boondock sites in the Tonto Nat'l Forest: Water Users Goldfield, Coon Bluff, and Phon D. Sutton. From US-60, go north on Ellsworth which becomes Usery Peak Rd in 8 or 10 miles. Continue on Usery Peak Rd approx 8 miles further to 4-way stop intersection with Bush Hwy. For Coon Bluff, turn left at 4-way stop onto Bush Hwy and go about 2 mi. Turn right and follow road. For Phon D. Sutton, turn left at 4-way stop onto Bush Hwy and go about 4 mi. Turn right and follow road for about 1 mile. For Water Users, turn right at 4-way stop onto Bush Hwy and go about 4 mi. Water Users is on the right. For Goldfield, go straight ahead at the 4-way stop for about 0.5 mile. Goldfield is on the left. Water & sewer avail at county park on Usery Mtn at day use cost of $1.

MESA:

(Jan, 98> La Tonto Nat'l Forest allows boondocking up to 14 days in any 30-day period from 1 Nov to 1 Apr. No facilities except pit toilets; no fees. The site is called "Water Users" and is 15 miles from Fountain Hills or Mesa.

NOGALES:

(Jan, 98) Pena Blanca Lake. 15 miles NW of town. 1 mile from the lake

PARKER:

(Jan, 98) 8 miles north on Parker Dam Rd. Crossroads BLM has 12 sites, vault toilets picnic tables, fire grills, no water, 14-day limit, Free.

PATAGONIA:

(Jan, 98) National Forest along excellent gravel road between Patagonia and Harshaw. Park anywhere.

PAYSON:

(Jan, 98) East Fork of Verde River. North of Payson about 3 miles to Houston Mesa Rd. Follow it 8 miles to 2nd crossing. Any size rig for 14 days. Fishing.

PAYSON:

(Jan, 98) East Verde River, approx 3 miles north of Payson on Hwy-87 (MM 258), turn West on East Verde Estates Rd. Take 1st right on gravel rd to open area (before crossing river). Easy & close access to hwy. No traffic noise at night, no facilities, open all year. Room for 4-6 rigs.

PETRIFIED FOREST NAT'L PARK:

(Jan, 98) 19 miles east of Holbrook, outside south entrance of park on both sides of road at Jct of SH-180 and park road. Clearly marked at private rock shop and museum, undesignated sites, water, free.

PICACHO PEAK:

(Jan, 98) On I-10 East of Casa Grande. According to clerk at Picacho Trading Post, a large parking lot adjacent to the Trading Post belonging to Nickerson Family Restaurant is available for overnight parking. Clerk said no one has been bothered staying there.

PRESCOTT:

(Jan, 98) Watson Lake Rec. Area rest stop along Rt. 89A, 5 miles north of Prescott, on right. Good for 1-2 nights. Rt. 89A proceeds north over Mingus Mtn. (7,700 ft.) to Jerome, Cottonwood and Sedona. You may want to return to I-17.

QUARTZSITE:

(Jan, 98) The 4 La Posa (BLM) long-term visitor areas require the $50/year permit. However, there is a free 14-day pre-area behind Cloud's Swap Meet. Sanitary dump at landfill just north of milepost 111 is free (no rinse water).

SAFFORD:

(Jan, 98) Culff Reservoir. Take Hwy-70 to Pima and turn left in about 4 miles.

SALOME:

(Jan, 98) Snowbird West RV Park. P.O. Box 633, Salome, AZ 85348. No phone. Halfway between Phoenix & Quartzsite on I-10, exit 69, 1.5 miles north on 75E.

SEDONA:

(Jan, 98) From intersection of HWY-89A & 179, take HWY-179 1/4 mile, cross bridge, left on Schnebly Hill Rd. 1 mile on paved then gravel road. Left on dirt road lined with rocks. NFS. 7-day limit. No lengthy rigs. Some real nice scenery.

SEDONA:

(Jan, 98) From 179, go south on 89A to Dry Creek Rd. Turn right to Boynton Pass Rd. On right side is an open area for dispersed parking. All dirt no facilities, fishing on creek.

SEDONA:

(Jan, 98) On 89A south, heading from Sedona to Cottonwood, immediately before MM 364 and opposite a mailbox, turn sharply left onto dirt road and across cattle guard. There are several boondocking spots within the first 0.75 mile (don't go any further). Quiet and with great views and sunsets. Free dump station and dumpster in Cottonwood at the Giant gas station.

SEDONA:

(Jan, 98) West Sedona, Coconimo Nat'l Forest primitive area. From Rt. 89A, turn onto Dry Creek Rd., go 5 miles to Boynton Canyon, left on Boynton Pass Rd. 0.6 miles (dirt road). Area #9586 on left. Room for 5 to 10 motorhomes under 32ft. 14 day limit. Very nice area.

SELIGMAN:

(Jan, 98) Parking areas west of Seligman on I-40. Take exit 109 (Anvil Rock Rd.) For Ebound traffic, before stop sign is turnout on R. or continue to stop sign, turn right to another turnout on right side; or continue to stop sign at Anvil Rock Rd. and turn right to another turnout. All okay for large rigs. For westbound traffic, turn left at stop sign and continue over freeway and cattleguard to turnouts. Smaller areas on north side of freeway, good only for vans, smaller minis.

SHUNGOPAVI, HOPI RESERVATION, SECOND MESA:

(Jan, 98) Take AZ 264 east at MM 379 on north side of road between Hopi Arts and Crafts Silversmiths Cooperative Guild and Hopi Cultural Center. Wooded area with room for 12+ rigs. Suggest you park in open area in front, then find a suitable spot, as most are not marked. Some picnic tables, grills, level unpaved sites, no hookups, dumpster behind Cultural Center. Phone inside. Free, 2 night limit.

SONOITA:

(Jan, 98) Empire-Cienega Ranch is now BLM land. Enter off SR-82 about 6 miles east or SR-83 about 7 miles north. No length limit, no facilities. Wildlife abounds.

STRAWBERRY:

(Jan, 98) Local Road 300, General Crook Highway, east of SR-87 along Mogollon Rim. Great scenery in Coconino NF. High quality gravel road. Park anywhere. No length limit. No facilities.

TUCSON:

(Jan, 98) Visitors to the Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Rd are allowed to boondock in their large parking lot while visiting. The museum has over 185 vintage aircraft on display.

TUCSON:

(Jan, 98) I-10 Exit 255 Miracle Mile. Go east a couple blocks to a very large paved lot

(Nov. 09) There is a BLM site seven miles out of Tucson on state highway 86. You can stay 14 days. There is a small hill there called Snyder Hill. Start counting miles from the intersection of Kenney Rd and Ajo Way, which is also highway 86.

WELLTON:

(Jan, 98) M & M RV Village. P.O. Box 248, Wellton, AZ 85356. 520-785-4273. I-8 Exit 29. Turn north on Williams Rd. to 2nd Left after RR crossing (Arizona Ave). Proceed west on Arizona Ave. 1/4 mile to entrance.

WILCOX:

(Jan, 98) I-10 Exit 336. Rip Griffin's Truck Plaza. Restaurant. Separate fuel pumps. Designated RV parking space away from trucks. There is water and a dumping station.

WHY:

(Jan, 98) BLM land 1.5 miles south on SH-85 at MM 55. 14-day limit. Entrance across from roadside table, across cattleguard. Watch for very small sign.

WICKENBURG:

(Jan, 98) Offers hookups by appointment at city hall. There is free boondocking across from the rodeo grounds.

WILCOX:

(Jan, 98) From I-10 at Wilcox, take exit 340 S 2 blocks to Chevron Truck Stop. Restaurant. Open 24 hours. Showers for men.

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