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I am looking to spend a few days camping and riding next week in Sedona. I rode there day after thanksgiving and liked some of the trails (broken arrow specfically). But from what I gather, there aren't any areas you can free camp and be near a trailhead?

I have a fully self contained truck camper and will have the girl friend with me. She doesn't shy away from tech too much, but all day epics are not an option with her, but if there are some neat hikes she has given me the green light to do my own ride.

So, are there any areas with trails that you can free camp nearby? Yes, I know it will be cold...I spent the week before Christmas last year near Denver in the camper and was fine (got to -12 some nights there).

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try west of sedona, off of dry creek road. i've seen campers on the road going towards the honanki ruins. it offers an awsome view of bear mountain, doe mesa and a little bit of loy canyon. it isn't far from access to all of the west end trails (deadman loop, cockscomb loop, girdner). its friggin' cold and wet here. prepare for a sluggish muddy ride, but at least there won't be too many people out which is a bonus.
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sam-eye-am said:
I am looking to spend a few days camping and riding next week in Sedona. I rode there day after thanksgiving and liked some of the trails (broken arrow specfically). But from what I gather, there aren't any areas you can free camp and be near a trailhead?

I have a fully self contained truck camper and will have the girl friend with me. She doesn't shy away from tech too much, but all day epics are not an option with her, but if there are some neat hikes she has given me the green light to do my own ride.

So, are there any areas with trails that you can free camp nearby? Yes, I know it will be cold...I spent the week before Christmas last year near Denver in the camper and was fine (got to -12 some nights there).

Thanks,
Sam
Sam:

Does self-contained mean you have a toilet? I know a place for you to stay that you could park safely overnite, but you have to move in the morning.

I spent 8 years boondocking so I know the drill. I spent a lot of nights at Wal-Mart, Rest Areas, City Market, Motel Parking Lots, Airport Parking Lots, Home Depot, Ski Area Parking Lots, Logging Roads, Sams Club, Between Two Private Residences, Bike Shops, etc. The place I have in mind is better than all those. How long is your rig?

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Sam:

Does self-contained mean you have a toilet? I know a place for you to stay that you could park safely overnite, but you have to move in the morning.

I spent 8 years boondocking so I know the drill. I spent a lot of nights at Wal-Mart, Rest Areas, City Market, Motel Parking Lots, Airport Parking Lots, Home Depot, Ski Area Parking Lots, Logging Roads, Sams Club, Between Two Private Residences, Bike Shops, etc. The place I have in mind is better than all those. How long is your rig?

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Doc,

Yes, I have a wet bath in the camper. I have a 1 ton short bed, single rear wheel truck with a camper in the bed that stick out about 18" past the rear bumper. So, pretty much anywhere an extended length van can fit, I can fit as well. However, since it is a pop up truck camper...it is quite obvious that I am staying the night...whereas if I had a conventional camper...you can't tell if the rig is parked there or if someone is staying in it.

Is this spot scenic? If I am going to have to move in the morning (as in I can't wake up, have breakfast, go for a ride, etc. before moving the truck), I'd prefer to be out away from folks and in a scenic area. My ideal spot so far is camping at the trail head for Goosbery Mesa near St. George. I had the mesa all to myself for 2 days last winter.

If I am having to drop the top and drive to a trailhead, the dry creek road area that billiondollar maybe suggested sounds like it would work.

And, while I am at it...trail conditions...will things be better by Saturday/Sunday?

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sam-eye-am said:
Doc,

Yes, I have a wet bath in the camper. I have a 1 ton short bed, single rear wheel truck with a camper in the bed that stick out about 18" past the rear bumper. So, pretty much anywhere an extended length van can fit, I can fit as well. However, since it is a pop up truck camper...it is quite obvious that I am staying the night...whereas if I had a conventional camper...you can't tell if the rig is parked there or if someone is staying in it.

Is this spot scenic? If I am going to have to move in the morning (as in I can't wake up, have breakfast, go for a ride, etc. before moving the truck), I'd prefer to be out away from folks and in a scenic area. My ideal spot so far is camping at the trail head for Goosbery Mesa near St. George. I had the mesa all to myself for 2 days last winter.

If I am having to drop the top and drive to a trailhead, the dry creek road area that billiondollar maybe suggested sounds like it would work.

And, while I am at it...trail conditions...will things be better by Saturday/Sunday?

-Sam
Sam:

The spot I am talking about isn't as scenic as Gooseberry Mesa that's for sure. It is close to Dry Creek road though, so if you don't like it you can drive out there in about ten minutes. Looks like the best day might be Sunday, but Saturday could also work.

You don't have to leave right away in the morning. Since I have the trail beta for the whole area you may have hit the jackpot.
 

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Sam:

The spot I am talking about isn't as scenic as Gooseberry Mesa that's for sure. It is close to Dry Creek road though, so if you don't like it you can drive out there in about ten minutes. Looks like the best day might be Sunday, but Saturday could also work.

You don't have to leave right away in the morning. Since I have the trail beta for the whole area you may have hit the jackpot.
Thanks. That sounds good. PM?

BTW, I saw where you replied in a thread on the Norcal Board...I am coming from Monterey....some of those pics look familiar that you posted on that thread...I ran into what seemed like a bunch of folks from the bay area and San Diego when I was riding out there the day after thanksgiving. I was on a black Ventana X-5...
 

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sam-eye-am said:
Thanks. That sounds good. PM?

BTW, I saw where you replied in a thread on the Norcal Board...I am coming from Monterey....some of those pics look familiar that you posted on that thread...I ran into what seemed like a bunch of folks from the bay area and San Diego when I was riding out there the day after thanksgiving. I was on a black Ventana X-5...
Sam:

I wasn't out there riding that day but my friends from the Bay Area and San Diego were. Not sure if was them that you ran across, they were in the Red Rock Crossing/Village of Oak Creek area riding: Under the Radar, Rams Head, Tempelton, Made in the Shade and Slim Shady

What I remember about that day was the huge hail storm and big time lightening.

PM me your cell number.

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