Last time I was near Sedona or Canyon de Chelly was in 1977. We don't want to stay in Camprgounds with full hook ups and 500 of your closest strangers. BLM pimitives or out of the way pullouts off in the hills prefered. We will be in my F350 4x4 crewcab with the Lance 1055. Starting June 9th My plan is to shoot down the central valley over the Tehachipis over to Winslow and down to Sedona, thats a 13 hour run so I may not make it so any suggestion from Havasu east may be useful.
from Sedona we plan to hit Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly and I have a feeling options are very limited in not staying at approved Camping areas in those areas.
From there we hit Durango and my friends wedding.
from Durango we head to Great Basin National park, then Tahoe then home by June 20th
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Twice, we have used Bonito campground. Not far from Flagstaff just off US 89, near Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and on the same looping hwy, Wupatki National Monument, a neat drive. From Flagstaff, take U.S 89 north for 12 miles (19km), turn right on the Sunset Crater - Wupatki Loop road and continue 2 miles (3km) to the visitor center. Area Map ~ I have never been to Walnut Canyon National Monument, it should be neat as well. Sunset Crater & Wupatki
Not truly Boondocking, but a dry camp, not too close together, but a campground, no hookups. Clean flush toilets, no showers. Remodeled not long ago. Water, but not to fill RVs, no dump station.
Canyon de Chelly used to have a free campground, but no more: Campground; been long time since we have been there.
Never been here: Off of I-40 by Winslow, Arizona, Homolovi Ruins State Park.
Navajo National Monument is located at the end of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160. We have not been to this one, but sounds very interesting. Two campgrounds, one open all year, somewhat isolated but no fees are charged. http://www.nps.gov/nava/index.htm
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great basin np. we were out couple years ago and was asking in visitor center about camping and man sent us about 2 miles from there and there is no way i can give you directions other than take a left and go until you see a house with a big barn then go around barn and into woods. See that's reason I can't give you directions so ask and see if they know. anyway had several spots some with picnic tables and fire rings and we were only ones there. it is part of national park and didn't cost anything. no sign at road to show the way.
Have fun regardless.
We really enjoyed Sunset View campground at Navajo National Monument when we went through in April of this year. Small campground and only one other camper in it. Navajo National Monument was kind of an after thought in our trip, so didn't know there was a campground out there. Also enjoyed the "easy" walk down to the viewpoint for the ruins there.
We didn't stay at the campground in Great Basin, but boondocked at the railroad museum in Ely. That's a fun steam engine train trip and great tour of the repair shop. They told us we could just stay in the parking lot, and we also have overnighted there on our way through another time.
Sedona area -- Cottonwood, Arizona -- south of Cottonwood is Thousand Trails Road. It's 23 miles from downtown Sedona on Hwy 260. Turn east on Thousand Trails Rd --on your left is BLM land.....you can camp there -- many do.....most awesome views of all!!!!! We were scheduled to be in the TT campground...it's down in the canyon, no view. We moved out and moved up to the BLM area.
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stop by welcome centers/ranger stations and they will direct you to to blm/dispersed camping in that particular area.we were in this area a couple of years back for about 40 days and stayed exclusively in blm type areas.you will not have any issues finding boondocking spots.hope this helps.
Kaibab Lake and Cataract Lake forest service campgrounds near Williams (not Winslow...that's much farther east of Flagstaff) just off I-40 if you don't make it all the way to Sedona on day one.
As you come south from Flagstaff on the way to Oak Creek Canyon (I-17 exit for "Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon" about 2 miles south of Flagstaff) there are several forest roads in the pines before you get to the switchbacks to descend into the canyon.
Great suggestion by amandasgramma for boondocking off the Thousand Trails road. Also about 5 miles west of Sedona along Hwy 89A, turn off at FR 525 or FR 89B (across the street from each other) for more boondocking areas. And I think you can boondock off Beaverhead Flat Rd south of Sedona (turn off Hwy 179). It will be hot boondocking out in the open around here though. There is a nice fairly new Ranger Station at the south end of Sedona on Hwy 179. They can give you more info.
The Cottonwood Campground at Canyon de Chelly is nice, in the trees, and spaced well. There is another rustic campground (maybe named Spider Rock?) along the south rim drive but I prefer Cottonwood.
At Monument Valley you can boondock right there looking out your window at the "Mittens". Search the forum...I think someone has posted a photo of this campsite.
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There is not much dry camping in the Sedona area due to its popularity and June 9th could get pretty hot in Sedona. It was 100* this week in Cottonwood. I would suggest Forest Rd 237 North of Sedona (about 20-25 miles) on the east side of 89A. Drive down this well graded rd a mile or two and you will find plenty of free camping. It is on the top of the rim so your nights will be cooler. BTW, forget about campfires. The fire danger is very high right now and I don't see it changing until we get our monsoon rains which is usually late June or early July.