|December 15th, 2020||Oak Tree Canyon||
Google maps was not useful once I hit the empire ranch. I was not able to make it to these coordinates due to a gutted section halfway up the dirt road going northwest. A high clearance vehicle might be able to make it. Instead, I found a turnoff earlier back on the dirt road and camped there
I passed a border patrol checkpoint on 83 only checking northbound traffic right before turning off.
|December 14th, 2020||Caga, the hill||
There is a little space for a van at an intersection here. For a dirt road there is a lot of traffic. Weak Verizon lte. I’m sure there are other spots nearby seeing that it’s blm.
|December 12th, 2020||Up on the hill||
Good Verizon signal. The ground is pretty uneven so it might take a long time to get level. There’s a nice animal trail along the ridge line. Nice and quiet. When I was there the wind was fierce, and I had to turn my vehicle toward the wind to prevent rocking.
|December 12th, 2020||i-25 parking rest stop. going South and North||
Ok for a night. No overhead lights (unlike regular rest stops). Ok Verizon cell reception. Trucks idle in the night but one can park farther off to the right to avoid some of the noise. Trash in the shrubbery.
|December 11th, 2020||Thaxton rest erea||
Great ask far as rest areas go. Semi trucks idle during all hours of the night. The flood lights illuminate the dark hours.
|May 23rd, 2020||Recapture Pocket||
Was very quiet, apparently no one knows of this spot because it was deserted on Labor Day weekend. There is a faint thumping in the distance which we think is an oil jack on an oil well nearby
|May 21st, 2020||Valley of the Gods||
The main road is somewhat busy and people will stop in your camp to take pictures of the valley if you stay in the pull off spots with a view. Try to find spots that are farther off of the road if you want quiet.
|May 20th, 2020||Between San Juan river and Mexican Hat||
Didn’t stay but checked it out. Larger vehicles (40ft) can’t make it here because of the steep grade and immediate sharp turn of on a small portion of the road going in. This portion of the road is also being eroded away from underneath if you look alongside the cliff.
|May 18th, 2020||Mexican Hat UT Fantastic 360 view||
Stayed here one night. Not isolated but out of sight of the highway and very beautiful.
My friend managed to drive a 40 ft bus down here, so if you have the clearance and are comfortable with backing up you can make it with larger vehicles.
|May 8th, 2020||Hilltop with a view off of fs 318||
This site is located 7 or so miles up a nice windy dirt road from Jerome. I made it here with a 2wd van without experiencing any washboard. Note that it is right off the road so you will see traffic somewhat often. The view however is gorgeous.
There is a tiny lip at the entrance of this site and there are two entrances.
It looks like the fire pit has been filled in with stones and beware of the fire ants hills nearby.
|April 29th, 2020||Senator road dispersed camping||
This is the second designated dispersed campsite along senator ‘highway’, a dirt road. There is some traffic so it can get noisey.
There is a metal camp pit but there are signs stating no fire all over.
Could fit 2 vehicles without leveling blocks, more with.
|April 2nd, 2020||Dry Riverbed Camp||
2wd accessible from Sweeney pass road if you know how to drive sandy terrain. Going north on Sweeney pass road, take a left on Mortero Canyon road.
Hills on both sides. Lots of rocks to look at, some terrain to explore.
There is some traffic from off-roaders or people taking a shortcut.
No signal at&t except on the hills
Wind farm nearby, can be seen on the hill.
Ground is a little soft for mountain biking.
Fires not allowed except off the ground.
|March 27th, 2020||rue lazaro cardenas||
Tried to park next to the school at the end of the lot, some guy tried to talk to me but I couldn’t understand him. He said something about school property and police will knock if I stayed - was very nice.
I parked in the opposite side of the street next to the vacant lot which I think is what he told me to do. Police came by at midnight and searched my vehicle even though I said I didn’t consent. They made a mess and were playing with me. I think they said I could spend the night. This is the second time municipal police randomly searched me so I don’t care as much anymore.
Anyway after that I slept pretty fine.
|March 27th, 2020||PEMEX||
Looks to be a chevron now, did not stay
|March 26th, 2020||Beach under the cliffs||
Note that the road to this place is outside the gates of the trailer park parallel to the road. Don’t go in the gates it is a waste of time and smelly.
Nice place, pretty secluded. I reached this location in my 2wd low clearance van.
|March 24th, 2020||Supermercado & Carniceria||
Water was 15 pesos for filling the whole container and he washed it out, not sure if it was the clerks mistake it says 15 pesos for a “gaffon”
|March 24th, 2020||Lavandería Express||
50 pesos for each washer use, 50 pesos for each dryer use
|March 15th, 2020||Cactus Wonderland||
I stayed quite a while here. There are some rocks to climb and abundant wildlife. In addition to the wildlife already mentioned, I saw a salamander (under a rock) and a rattlesnake (it rattled at me). There is plenty of firewood if you walk far enough.
I’ve noticed that semis idle at night sometimes near here.
Something paced around my van one night. I went outside to check what it was after half an hour, and I couldn’t find the source of the noice. It came back and I ignored it.
|March 13th, 2020||Desert creek||
I could not find the road to this location
|March 12th, 2020||quiet camp not far from highway||
I stayed here two nights due to heavy rain which made me unable to reach the beach in my 2wd vehicle. During the day policia came by to check on me and to see if I needed help. The next day they came by again and searched my vehicle.
|March 11th, 2020||La Playa Los(t) Estonians||
Don’t attempt if there has been rain with 2wd. There are a lot of slick dips. Made it to the other pull off marker in the rain, decided to head back
|March 11th, 2020||Downtown San Ignacio||
A very beautiful, clean place to park. Met some nice dogs and one cutie kitten. Old gringo music kept me up till midnight but I’m not complaining. Woke up to the sweepers cleaning up leaves in the morning.
Lots of trash bins to use.
Someone parked here with the largest fifth wheel I have ever seen, so you can get away with a lot.
|March 9th, 2020||Bottom of Bahía Concepción||
I got here using the gate at the 74 km marker instead of the 76 km due clearance issues. Take the left road at the fork in the road at the house. Take a left again at a t intersection and then right. Follow the road along the bay to reach this marker. After the marker to the east the road is completely washed out.
Note your vehicle will likely be scratched by mesquite trees on this route.
|March 5th, 2020||Parking lot CLOSED!!||
Very quiet spot to park. I stayed here two separate nights. The entrance to the lot is a little rough.
There is a bike path right next to this location that leads all the way along to the beachfront, which I used.
I met a most likely homeless man hanging out behind the school. He seemed harmless.
I saw an improvised spear with a cloth grip in the building next to the school, so I parked closer to the hostel.
|March 3rd, 2020||Playa Tortugas||
The mansion owner behind the beach put up a false no camping sign. You do not have to move your vehicle to preserve their view of the beach. If you see a no camping sign talk with the turtle hatchery folks and maybe hide it.
Beaches are public lands in Mexico.
|February 21st, 2020||Free bathroom in Historia building||
There is a free bathroom in the historica building. It is through the central room, into the atrium, on your left.
There is no toilet paper or lights so come prepared.
|February 16th, 2020||Military Checkpoint||
Going eastbound the checkpoint person tried to plant drugs in my van after 10 or so minutes of looking through my stuff. He was out of my sight for a little bit because he asked me to open my rear bay doors when he was already inside.
After about 20-30 minutes of grilling me and trying to extort me, he let me go on my way.
Don’t let it out of your sight, don’t admit guilt to it, and don’t give it any money.
|January 15th, 2020||Olgiby Road BLM||
I stayed 10 nights here.
Not a lot of privacy (can see vehicles in every direction). Little in vegetation but a good place for rock hounding.
The mountains are fun to hike/bike. You can find abandoned mines and structures.
You will hear a train in the distance (which I like) from time to time.
On American girl mine rd there is an active mine and trucks come up and down it regularly. The road is sprayed regularly to keep dust down.
|January 4th, 2020||Boondocking in open flat land||
Nice place to camp overnight. Note that this is state land trust land and if you are caught without a (inexpensive) permit you can be charged with trespassing!
|December 28th, 2019||Saguaro Spot 2||
This is the last pull off before 4wd high clearance is required on the main road and can be used to turn around. There are other spots on this route (8007C) which are just as accessible.
2wd can make it here in good weather conditions however there are two small washes on the main road which may dip too much for big rigs.