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Hiking In Sedona: What You Should Know

To get you prepped for your hike in Sedona, we’ve compiled advice into a detailed guide on what to expect when going for a hike in Sedona.

Snowshoeing in Durango: Our 7 Favorite Trails

Snowshoeing in Durango, Colorado this season? Here’s a few of our favorite snowshoeing trails for your next Microadventure in Durango!

Our 10 Favorite Places to Hike in Tucson, AZ

As you’re planning you Tucson, Arizona trip, here are our 10 favorite places to hike with trails around Tucson.

Snowshoeing in Boulder: Our 7 Favorite Trails

Snowshoeing in Boulder, CO this Winter? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite snowshoeing trails to explore in and around the Boulder area.

5 Best Portable Induction Cookers For RVs and Vans

To aid you in your next Microdventure, we have compiled a list of the 5 best portable Induction Cookers for your RV or van.

Our 10 Favorite Family-Friendly Hikes in the Grand Canyon

If you’re considering hiking with your family in the Grand Canyon, here are our 10 favorite family-friendly hiking trails.

What is Car Camping?

Trying to figure out what car camping is and why so many people are doing it? Here we define car camping for you in a simple way.

Car Camping Packing List for Your Microadventure

To aid in getting you set for your next car camping trip, here’s a list of essential and luxury things to pack.

Payson, AZ Free Dispersed Camping Areas

In order to help you narrow down where to camp, here’s a list of our favorite free, dispersed camping spots and areas around Payson, Arizona.

Flagstaff Free Dispersed Camping Map

To help make a decision on where to camp around Flagstaff, AZ, here’s a map of our favorite free, dispersed camping areas and spots.

Our 10 Favorite Hiking Trails in Flagstaff

Looking to go hiking in Flagstaff? Here’s a brief list of our favorite hikes and hiking trails in Flagstaff, Arizona.

A Guide to Camping in Sedona

The famous Red Rock Country city that is Sedona, Arizona. For those who haven’t visited, Sedona is a mecca for Microadventures. With miles of hiking and biking trails, climbing, and towering red sandstone views, you could spend a lifetime exploring Sedona and not see...

Sedona Free Dispersed Camping and Campgrounds Map

Trying to figure out where to camp around Sedona, AZ? We built a map of our favorite established campgrounds and dispersed camping areas.

Our 10 Favorite Hiking Trails in Sedona

With over 200 miles of trails, there’s a lot to choose from in Sedona, Arizona! Here’s a brief list of our favorite hikes in Sedona.

FAQS for Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

We’ve compiled a blog answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the Rim to Rim hike in the Grand Canyon.

Guide To Dispersed Camping In Arizona

Arizona might be one of the best states in the United States for dispersed or free camping. In several areas throughout Arizona, you can literally pull off the side of the road and pitch your tent for free. For those looking for a cheap way to travel throughout Arizona, dispersed camping is the way to go. While state parks and National Parks in Arizona are somewhat restricted with camping, National Forests, the BLM, and state forests offer more options for free dispersed camping.

Here’s a guide on Arizona dispersed camping:

Free dispersed tent camping at the Edge of the World in Flagstaff

Sitting on the Edge of the World. One of the best free dispersed camping spots in Arizona.




Our Favorite Places Dispersed Camping Spots

#1 Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest is home to dozens of dispersed camping areas. Coconino County (where the national forest is located) is actually the second-largest county in the United States with an area the size of both Vermont and New Hampshire combined! With that sheer size, you can imagine all of the places you can camp. Our favorites include:

  • Edge of the World (known officially as “East Pocket”) outside of Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Marshall Lake south of Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Lake Powell just outside of Page, Arizona
  • Wing Mountain just north of Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Pumphouse Wash just outside of Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona
  • Jack’s Canyon camping and climbing area near Winslow, Arizona
  • Cinder Hills OHV area just north of Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Camping Guide

 

Marshall Lake Camping Tent Hammock Flagstaff

Hammock camping near Marshall Lake just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.



 

#2 Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest located in the middle of Arizona, has topography and weather that is a blend of the northern Arizona ponderosa pines of Flagstaff, Red Rock Country of Sedona, and the desert valley of Phoenix and the surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a place to go fall or early winter camping, Prescott National Forest is the spot! Our favorite dispersed camping spots include:

 

Grand Canyon Free Dispersed Tent Camping

Nice and cozy spot off of Senator Highway outside of Prescott, Arizona.

 

#3 Tonto National Forest

Located near the hustle and bustle of Phoenix, Arizona and the Valley of the Sun, the Tonto National Forest is a very popular spot for people looking to escape the madness of city life. With several huge areas for free dispersed camping throughout central and eastern Arizona, Tonto National Forest is a great area for those looking for desert-style camping, warm nights, and beautiful sunrises.

Our favorite dispersed camping spots in Tonto include:

 

Camping Guide

 

Guidelines For Dispersed Camping In Arizona

Dispersed camping in Arizona is a blast. It’s free, easy to find dozens of campsites all throughout the state, and the camping areas are close to amazing recreation areas and hikes. Before you decide to go out and scout for a spot, here are some of the guidelines you should know about if you’re thinking of going dispersed camping in Arizona this season:




 

No reservations: you cannot make reservations for any type of dispersed camping. It is first-come-first-serve! Arrive early to the spot you want to camp and take advantage of weekdays whenever possible.

Bring your own water: most of the time, potable water is not provided or close to dispersed camping spots. Don’t plan on water being available. Bring your own or filter creek or lake water if available.

Pack it out: Arizona has a real problem with litter. Don’t add to the problem. If you pack it in, make sure you pack it out. This goes for all organic trash as well- don’t throw your apple cores in the forest!

Check out the spot before you drive your RV into it: some of the dispersed camping areas are very tight. If possible, check out an area you’re interested in with a smaller car or by foot before you drive your RV into it. U-turns are very difficult certain spots, especially in Coconino County.

Be smart with fires: don’t cause the next big Arizona forest fire! If fires are permitted, always dig a fire pit and put the fire completely out before heading to bed. Always check the local Forest Service’s website for fire restrictions. Don’t just assume you can have a fire at your campsite…that’s how huge forest fires start. And never leave a campfire unattended!

Don’t stay longer than 14 days: there is a 14-day limit for most dispersed camping spots- especially in National Forests and smaller Arizona state parks. Check the local area to see how long you can stay.

Don’t camp on private property: private homes and communities are often close to dispersed camping areas. Don’t camp on someone’s property unless you have permission from the owner.

Follow The Rules And Find Some Dispersed Camping!

Dispersed, free camping in Arizona is widespread. There are dozens of campsites in all corners of the state. We love Free Campsites for scouting out dispersed camping spots throughout the state. Do some research, find out the local fire restrictions, pack a bag and some water, and get out there!

Camping Resources

Nick The Rambling Man
Nick The Rambling Man

Nick is the owner and regular content writer for Southwest Microadventures. When he’s not writing, you can find him rock climbing, peak bagging, mountain biking, backpacking, or drinking strong coffee.

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