ykphil Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
November 24th, 2016 Ajo (blm)

Awesome camp spots among cacti of many sorts.

November 23rd, 2016 Joshua Tree North BLM

ancient dried lake bed, flat spots, no shade, can be quite windy at night. good spit to spend the night. quuet, only a few campers far away around the lake. Looks like the area is used by some as a dumping ground. Pack in/pack out and keep it clean, a local guy said BLM is talking about forbidding camping due to that.

November 22nd, 2016 Joshua Tree NP Entrance (water management agency lands)

A few sites near the beginning of the dirt road. Most with fire rings. Highway is a few miles across so a bit noisy but it dies down between sunset and sunrise.

November 19th, 2016 Death Valley NP Cottonwood Canyon

Good spots with great vista of the valley on the trail to cottonwood canyon about 15 minutes from the canyon entrance. Quiet and secluded. Dispersed camping is only allowed after 8 miles past the start of the trail.

November 19th, 2016 Death Valley on Cottonwood Canyon

Awesome camp site on Trail Canyon. We were the only campers around for miles of emptiness. Free dispersed camping in NP if you pay the entrance fee or have an annual pass. See map for allowed dispersed camping, available at Visitor centre.

November 16th, 2016 Near Williams off I40

A few camp spots, this one has a large fire rings. Quiet and secluded in a pine forest a few miles off I40. A bit noisy due to nearby interstate.

November 15th, 2016 Kaibab Forest Dispersed Camping

Several good spots with fire rings. Close to Tusayan so expect some traffic and aircraft noise but the setting in this tall pine forest is peaceful. Sad that people leave so much garbage behind. Some people had also recently cut healthy pines and tried, unsuccessfully, to burn them. Came out with two shopping bags full of garbage from past users. If we all do that, we can enhance the experience of nature of the next campers.

November 14th, 2016 Free Camping close to Gran Canyon (Kaibab forest)

Good spot, quiet. A few people were camping along the road but far enough to have full privacy.

November 13th, 2016 Wupatki and Sunset Crater Loop Road

Just perfect, like a Japanese zen garden. Please pack your garbage and pick whatever junk others have left so we can all keep this place as it should be. Sacred Aboriginal lands.

November 12th, 2016 Naval Observatory Coconino National Forest

Nice forest, not many people camping here, good secluded sites but the noise from nearby I-40 is constant even at night. A few sites seem to be occupied by long term campers and looked a little dirty.

November 10th, 2016 Coconino National Forest

Lots of dispersed camp sites. Rough road, a bit of traffic during the day as this area is on the area where Jeep tours take tourists from Sedona but it gets quiet after 17:00. Sedona is only 8 miles away so get there early to find a quiet spot away from the dirt road. Breathtaking views of the sierras all around. Free. Take Time to visit the Two nearby ruins, it's worth it.

November 9th, 2016 Mogollon Rim lookout site

Didn't see a road accessible site at the said location but found several pullout sites further down at 0.3 mile. Secluded, levelled, nice, nobody around except a couple of hunters camped about a mile away.

November 9th, 2016 Mogollon National Forest

Exact coordinates of the site reviewed previously

November 8th, 2016 On Roosevelt Lake

Free beach camping, soft sand in some areas of the trail so 4x4 is recommended. Open sites, no shade, some fire rings, very quiet despite HWY 188 above.

November 6th, 2016 Black Jack CG

Nice campground in a tall pine forest. Not as quiet and secluded as dispersed camping but nice enough especially for the price: free. Most sites have tables and some have bbq but there is not much wood around. Very clean and quiet. We were the only campers there on November 5.

November 4th, 2016 Grapevine Campground, free

Nice BLM campground with fire rings, some with metal grill. Private and secluded in winter but probably not in high season. Some dispersed and more secluded sites exist a few miles further up the road in turnouts but it was raining and cold so we opted for this one lower down the canyon.

November 3rd, 2016 The Box Canyon

Great sites in the Box Canyon National Forest, access via HEY 60 west, take left at the sign. Our site was on a flat spot with fire rings, near the end of the dirt road where the trailhead to the canyon starts. More sites further but the trail is very rough and require high clearance 4WD and preferably with a second vehicle.

November 3rd, 2016 Elephant Butte State Park

Not free but for $8 for a tent site with no service, you still have flush toilets, drinking water and warm showers a short walk from your tent. Wifi is good if you don't go too far away from the serviced campsites. This is not like Boondocking but the park is nice and you can camp right on the beach or wherever you find a secluded spot.

November 2nd, 2016 Cibola National Forest, Cedro peak

Not bad considering it is free and there is nothing better within 30 miles. The site is relatively secluded but is visited regularly by staff going up the hill to work at the tower. However, it is very noisy especially at night from some kind of heavy equipment or engine that runs constantly from the tower above.

November 1st, 2016 Aspen Basin Campground

Just a few sites near a big parking lot of a ski resort. Ok for tents but no privacy. Not suitable for overlanders with a rooftop tent.

October 31st, 2016 Santa Fe National Forest

Access via Hwy 126. Turnout is indicated as Girls Scout Campground. Follow the dirt road, then cross the bridge. Lots of beautiful and secluded sites on a little stream, with fire pits. Surrounded by tall pines. Perfect!

October 30th, 2016 Angel Peak (BLM)

Great vistas of the peaks and rock castes and good hiking trails nearby. About 6-7 campsites with tables and fire rings and dry toilets nearby. Unfortunately no dispersed camping is allowed. The beauty of the site is sadly spoiled by gas pipeline operations and the 24/7 noise from some kind of pump or lift station that can be heard from everywhere. Who is the moron who allowed this to happen on such a gem?

October 28th, 2016 Canyons of the Ancients off MC BB

Great site a few hundred metres from Anasazi ruins. Fire ring, flat spot, great view. Very quiet, a few visitors were at the ruins during the day but all left before 18:00. From Cortez, drive north on 491, turn left at MC BB (MC roads are named A B C D, etc. BB comes after Z, then AA). Drive 6 miles on BB, turn left on 10. Drive for 11.3 miles then turn left unto a high clearance dirt road for about a mile, then you get to a small parking area. The camp site is nearby. A few miles further is the Cutthroat ruins. Breathtaking! The road there is very rough and requires a high clearance 4x4.

October 26th, 2016 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Don't be fooled by the road to get there, it's a real maze so use google maps. Access is through private farm lands and you might think you will be camping with the cows. But soon you will reach the access road to this magnificent natural forest. Sites are few, but have fire rings. By far my favourite spot to camp. A real gem. Obviously, please thread lightly and pack up all your garbage before leaving so we can continue to enjoy sites like this for free.

October 26th, 2016 Mesa verde Nationalpark (outside In BLM)

From Hwy 160, get off at MC RD 34, then a few hundred metres, turn right at the first gravel road. Good secluded sites, a bit noisy from highway but it gets quiet after 9 pm. Some sites showed signs of overuse and garbage was left. One site looked like it had been used extensively by "travelers", with garbage bags left at the site. Lots of coyotes around. Note that showers and laundromat inside the NP are closed for the winter.

October 24th, 2016 Target Tree campground

Gate was closed for the season as of October 24 when we tried to access this site.

October 24th, 2016 San Juan National Forest off FR 316

Nice area full of good campsites with fire rings. Sites closer to the entrance had a few hunters so we continued up the road to the mountain to this nice and sheltered site. Road is good without 4x4 when dry.

October 23rd, 2016 Uncompaghre Forest

Levelled established campsite by the road in the Forest, with fire rings, surrounded by huge pines. A bit dusty and noisy during the day, this whole Forest being used by hunters during hunting season but traffic stops around 8 pm and starts again around 6 am. Free. Lots of other campsites along the road in the Forest, you have a lot of choices here.

October 23rd, 2016 Deep Creek

A few established free sites with fire rings. A couple un sheltered with beautiful mountain view, others nearby (100 m and +) are sheltered in a nice birch Forest. Access is via Hwy 145 from Naturita just before Telluride, turnout is marked Deep Creek. Road to BLM lands is good and goes through private lands.

October 22nd, 2016 Kokopelli trail

Three or four more campsite up the rough trail from where we camped. 4x4 needed, we made it with our stock xterra. Quiet, secluded, nobody seems to be using this off-road trail. flat sites with fire rings and one with stone "tables" to set your camp kitchen. That trail ends further down and is blocked by a wire fence but you can continue by foot for a nice hike.


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