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Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping

10 Reviews

About This Campground

USDA Forest Service

Dispersed camping has increased throughout the Flagstaff wildland urban interface in the past several years. In many areas, this has caused resource impacts such as soil compaction and erosion, loss of vegetation, increased fire risk, displacement of wildlife, and accumulation of trash and human…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Dispersed
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Picnic Table
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites

Access

  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite
  • Boat In
    Boat to your campsite

Reviews

10 Reviews of Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping

Ratings Breakdown

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Jeanie P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2021

Despersed camping in designated spots

This place was great, quiet, lots of space for our kids and dog to explore. The camping is in designated spots only which are really spaced out. All are close to the road, but its not a main drag so other than people coming and going from campsites and mountain bikers not a lot of traffic. We…

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Site3
Month of VisitMay
R
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2021

Close to town and still lots of distance between sites

Just stayed there over the weekend and yes, there are a lot of trees being cut in the area, so there are some sections that are not very pretty. However, the sites are very far apart and each site is tucked away from the road. 

Town is close enough that if you need any additional supplies, or…

Prayash T.
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2020

Close to Flagstaff, decent camping.

Roads weren’t as bad as mentioned here or on Google Reviews. We scanned the entire place on my Honda Accord sedan just fine. Just go slow and be mindful of the terrain for rocks and bumps. The spot itself is ok, try to find a site that moves away from the dirt road. You can hear the highway outside…

Location

Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping is located in Arizona

Directions

From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 for about 7 miles to FR 516 (Snowbowl Road). Drive approximately 2.25 miles on this paved road to a dirt road, FR 522, and turn right. The Dispersed Camping area begins about a quarter mile from Snowbowl Road. Location: Off Snowbowl Road on the southern flank of the San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff, AZ. Access: From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 for about 7 miles to FR 516 (Snowbowl Road). Drive approximately 2.25 miles on this paved road to a dirt road, FR 522, and turn right. The Dispersed Camping area begins about a quarter mile from Snowbowl Road.

Coordinates

35.29375261037561 N
111.702949766747 W

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About This Campground

Dispersed camping has increased throughout the Flagstaff wildland urban interface in the past several years. In many areas, this has caused resource impacts such as soil compaction and erosion, loss of vegetation, increased fire risk, displacement of wildlife, and accumulation of trash and human waste.

To help prevent unacceptable resource damage, disturbance to wildlife and reduce fire risk from dispersed camping, the Forest Service has designated 14 campsites along the Freidlein Prairie road for dispersed camping.

Camping and campfires are allowed only at designated sites along Freidlein Prairie Road. There is a map in the area showing site locations.

All designated campsites along Freidlein Prairie (FR 522) are located on the south side of the road, with the exception of campsite #1 and #3. Signs have been placed along the road when entering and leaving the designated camping area.

The designated campsites are marked with a brown vertical fiberglass post with a site number and a "Designated Campsite" decal.

Each designated dispersed campsite has a place to park, fire ring, a place for a tent and no fees.

Once you have found a designated site you will find another fiberglass sign that reads "Camp within 50 feet of this post to reduce impact to forest vegetation. Please take all of your trash with you and leave only one fire ring."

The east end of Freidlein Prairie Road (approximately 1.5 miles) has a seasonal camping closure for campsites 10 through 14. This seasonal camping closure means campsites 10 through14 will be closed to camping from March 1 to August 31 to reduce disturbance to Mexican spotted owls during the breeding season. This area has traditionally been used by Mexican spotted owls for nesting and a pair of owls are being impacted by increased recreational use and are failing to reproduce.

Most sites cannot accommodate RV. Seasonal closures or fire restrictions/closures may be in place. During both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, campfires are prohibited at this site. Gas operated devices with an on/off switch are allowed.

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