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Old 01-13-2022, 11:35 AM   #1
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Boondocking Near Sedona/Cottonwood/Jerome, Az.

Due to the passing of Terry's sister we didn't plan camping after March 7. Her son and GF want to camp with us near Sedona/Cottonwood/Jerome, Arizona. Have you boondocked in that area? Where? Experience?

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Old 01-13-2022, 01:33 PM   #2
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Perry,
We were there a few years ago, and were going to boondock in the vicinity of Camp Verde (I-17 & AZ-260). When we got where we thought we could go, we encountered locked gates, and also, there are a variety of Tribal areas that we didn't know about.
So, we got a campsite at Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood) instead. Great place; we're glad we did! Sites have electricity (it had snowed right before we got there, but we had our electric heater along), The restrooms have showers, and the view (esp. the top loop) is magnif.! Across the valley, you can see Jerome and the copper mountain that it sits on.
Sedona is a short drive away.
By the way, Jerome is accessed by AZ-89, but it is all switchbacks to and in town, so make it a day trip, because towing is problematic if there is traffic (which you can probably count on: tourists abound).
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I have towed a 19 through Jerome and can verify them narrow winding streets will scare the be-Jesus out of anybody.
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I have towed a 19 through Jerome and can verify them narrow winding streets will scare the be-Jesus out of anybody.
I did it with a 21, Myron! It was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!
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The past three years we've stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Hiking south of Jerome and near Sedona is fantastic. Unfortunately this year we were too late to get reservations.

Last year we came into Jerome from the south on 89A. Going through Jerome with a 5.0 is easy since the 5.0 is only 17' behind our truck, but I can understand how scary it would be with a much larger camper.

We can't get reservations at Dead Horse (I tried too late), and have seen the RV resorts around Cottonwood. Most are new with basic spots, but charge too much for what they offer ($60-95).

We're looking at boondocking between Cottonwood and Sedona and was hoping some had experience in the Cottonwood/Sedona area.

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Due to the passing of Terry's sister we didn't plan camping after March 7. Her son and GF want to camp with us near Sedona/Cottonwood/Jerome, Arizona. Have you boondocked in that area? Where? Experience?

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We found a really nice boondocking site just off 89alt between Sedona and Cottonwood. It is on FR-761B in Arizona (34°49'15.6"N 111°54'34.2"W) or N34.82100 W111.90950


It's not uncommon to see hot air balloons in the area.
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:25 AM   #7
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We found a really nice boondocking site just off 89alt between Sedona and Cottonwood. It is on FR-761B in Arizona (34°49'15.6"N 111°54'34.2"W) or N34.82100 W111.90950

It's not uncommon to see hot air balloons in the area.
Hi Steve!

Did you fell comfortable leaving your camper during the day to hike or visit the area?

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The past three years we've stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Hiking south of Jerome and near Sedona is fantastic. Unfortunately this year we were too late to get reservations.
In 2018 we were able to book about 3 weekdays in a row and then just went and stayed in the overflow loop for a week as we had friends coming to join us. No full hookups but we do not need them, and there is still a nice washroom/shower building. It is cheaper too.

When we went in 2019 with my brother and SIL we again just stayed in the overflow as there were no sites available. We stayed there for a good week or so.

If the campsite is booked full with groups you can't get in. Both times we were there, there were a couple smaller groups came through, but it was nowhere near full.

We stayed in Prescott, east of Cottonwood, near a week the last time we were down, and really enjoyed it. Would go back again for sure.
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We found a really nice boondocking site just off 89alt between Sedona and Cottonwood. It is on FR-761B in Arizona (34°49'15.6"N 111°54'34.2"W) or N34.82100 W111.90950
We saw a few RVs in that area and wondered about staying there. Would do that in needed for sure. I will save these coordinates, thanks.

We have stayed at a few different BLM sites and enjoyed them.
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