• Mary Lifeunderway
    5
    Hi Everybody,

    We're going to be in the Flagstaff, AZ area in August and are looking for suggestions for good boondocking locations. We have a 32-foot fifth wheel and are looking for places we can stay for one to two weeks at a pop.

    Location is not super important - we just want to be where it's not 100 degrees, and we'll be in Flagstaff getting solar and lithium installed. After that we'll be looking to boondock, and it doesn't need to be close to town. (We can't be completely without Verizon signal, however.)

    I've started drilling down on Campendium and it sounds like we should expect off-road vehicles just about everywhere... are there any quiet places left or is that a thing of the past?

    Thanks for any recommendations!

    Mary
  • OTRGrumpyman
    29
    Hi Mary
    There is many places to camp in the Flagstaff area. I am currently at Cinder Hills OHV Area.
    I think you can check out possible sites on Campendium and narrow down your choice.
    There is places like Walnut Canyon, A-1 Mountain Road and other forest roads.
    If you choose a forest road site keep in mind that we are getting Monsoon rain up here now.
    The forest roads are clay sticky mud once off the main road. The Cinder Hills site is not bad on week days. Only on Fri, Sat & Sun is it a little loud. The Museum Fire is 82% Contained last time I checked.
    Hope this helps you.
    James
  • VW's-Travels
    87
    Not sure if you know about this but Coconino NF Road Use maps are available digitally and are also georefed.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/landmanagement/projects/?cid=stelprdb5356224

    I spent a bit over a year in the area based out of the Verde Valley. There are a lot, A LOT of boondocking areas to the SE of Flag along Highway 3 and up on the Mogollon Rim. You just need to be willing to be at least a half-hour away from Starbucks is all.
  • Mary Lifeunderway
    5
    HAHAHA yeah, I can be that far from Starbucks and be just fine :rofl: Thanks!
  • Greg F
    164
    Looking on freecampsites this one looks like something I would try.
    https://freecampsites.net/#!32392&query=sitedetails
  • Lorraine
    34
    I’m not sure of length of stay allowed, but there is free RV parking at the casino on I-40 just east of Flagstaff.
  • Willie
    11
    Taking VW-travels suggestion to the next step, USFS Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available for free on Avenza. A MVUM is a Forest Service created off-road vehicle trail map. Each National Forest must have MVUM if they have vehicle trails. If you have a GPS enabled device (phone, ipad) you can download the Avenza app for free, register, then download free USFS MVUMs of your choosing. When you are in a specific national forest, you simply open the app, then open the MVUM you’ve saved for that area, then your device will put a little blue dot where you are on the map and you can track your location in real time. Also, camp sites are shown on the map as a little black dot. Very, very useful!! And did I mention they’re free? Using Avenza takes some getting used to, but once you’ve mastered it you’ll be berry berry happy.
  • Skutor01
    4
    I have lived in Arizona for many years. Here is a great place to go that has lots of space for boondocking. It's about 20 miles outside of town, it's up about 8,500 ft so it's cool. Plenty of firewood around if there are no burn bans. Easy access for any size rig. I will put the GPS coordinates but when you had North out of Flagstaff on Highway 180 it's almost exactly one mile past the Nordic Center turn left.
    35.380447,-111.791032
  • VW's-Travels
    87
    Thumps Up! Great Post.
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