Last month Eve and John Burton responded to my Happy New Years entry.
“Thanks for what you’re doing = traveling and telling! Would love to read more of: 1) Free/& almost free/Drycamping/Boondocking/BLM areas in Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona especially. 2) Unique and out of the way places to explore off the “freeway”!!! 3) Roads RV’s should not be on!! 4) More on how to use Google Earth to enhance our travels and trip planning! If you haven’t already, check out Rand McNally’s “Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas” and other trucker atlas’ = the information listed inside about restricted roads, bridge heights, etc is priceless!!! Take it from one who has “been there”!! Thanks, EvenJohn”
Let’s start with request #1: Boondocking, especially in Arizona.
For those of us traveling from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona there are two entry points we are likely to use. One is Hwy 93 around the west end of the Grand Canyon, the other is Hwy 89 around the east end of the Grand Canyon. When entering via Hwy 89 a great spot to boondock is Cinder Hills OHV Area, near Flagstaff. The high elevation provides a mild climate, which means you won’t need to run the generator for the air conditioner. Ample campsites are spread out through the Ponderosa forest and there is plenty to do and see in the area. Right next door is Strawberry Crater Volcanic National Monument
http://www.nps.gov/sucr/index.htm . On weekdays you are likely to have the whole area to yourself. There is no charge to camp or enjoy the OHV trails.
For more information on Cinder Hills, check out: http://www.atvsource.com/articles/articles/2009/100209-places-to-ride-cinder-hills-flagstaff-az.htm
Thank you Eve and John for writing, next week we will look at your second request.
Nice level campsites, graveled with volcanic cinders.
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