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Top Dispersed Camping near Catalina, AZ

143 Reviews

Planning a dispersed camping trip near Catalina? Dispersed camping is an excellent way to get away from it all and to disconnect. From secluded to easily reachable, we offer dispersed campsites near Catalina just for you.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Catalina, AZ (21)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Cactus Forest Dispersed

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    Cactus Forest Dispersed

    26 Reviews
    76 Photos
    224 Saves
    Marana, Arizona

    Location is near Park Link Drive - S. Cattle Tanks Road BLM

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    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area

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    Snyder Hill BLM Camping Area

    26 Reviews
    53 Photos
    194 Saves
    Cortaro, Arizona

    Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as dispersed camping. Most of the remainder of public lands are open to dispersed camping, as long as it does not conflict with other authorized uses or in areas posted "closed to camping," or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.

    Dispersed camping is allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period. The 28 day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period. After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation. The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas. In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days (12 months in Alaska).

    Campsite Selection Dispersed camp sites are located along most secondary roads and may not be marked. Popular locations can be recognized by the telltale flat disturbed area that has been used as a camp site before. Not all flat spots are sites. If possible, please use existing sites to avoid creating new disturbances. To further protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or in any manner pollute the surrounding area.

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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Redington Pass - Dispersed Camping
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Cactus Forest Dispersed Site
  5. Camper-submitted photo from BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Pipeline Rd Dispersed camping
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Ironwood Forest BLM National Monument Pump Station Dispersed

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    Ironwood Forest BLM National Monument Pump Station Dispersed

    8 Reviews
    39 Photos
    42 Saves
    Marana, Arizona

    This Ironwood Forest National Monument is made up of 129,000 acres and contains a significant system of cultural and historical sites covering a 5,000-year period. Possessing one of the richest stands of ironwood in the Sonoran Desert, the monument also encompasses several desert mountain ranges including the Silver Bell, Waterman, and Sawtooth, with desert valleys in between.

    Elevation ranges from 1,800 to 4,261 feet. Three areas within the monument, the Los Robles Archeological District, the Mission of Santa Ana del Chiquiburitac and the Cocoraque Butte Archeological District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The monument is a travel corridor for illegal immigrants traveling from Mexico. All suspected illegal activities should be reported to BLM or local law enforcement authorities. Stay safe by avoiding contact with persons exhibiting suspicious behavior or engaged in dangerous activities. Drive with caution and look for fast-moving vehicles and pedestrians on back roads. Some roads are rugged: high clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended in those areas.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
  7. Camper-submitted photo from BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Reservation Road Dispersed Camping

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    BLM Ironwood Forest National Monument - Reservation Road Dispersed Camping

    7 Reviews
    29 Photos
    54 Saves
    Marana, Arizona

    This Ironwood Forest National Monument (map: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/docs/2020-12/AZ_IronwoodForestNM-508.pdf) is made up of 129,000 acres and contains a significant system of cultural and historical sites covering a 5,000-year period. Possessing one of the richest stands of ironwood in the Sonoran Desert, the monument also encompasses several desert mountain ranges including the Silver Bell, Waterman, and Sawtooth, with desert valleys in between.

    Elevation ranges from 1,800 to 4,261 feet. Three areas within the monument, the Los Robles Archeological District, the Mission of Santa Ana del Chiquiburitac and the Cocoraque Butte Archeological District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The monument is a travel corridor for illegal immigrants traveling from Mexico. All suspected illegal activities should be reported to BLM or local law enforcement authorities. Stay safe by avoiding contact with persons exhibiting suspicious behavior or engaged in dangerous activities. Drive with caution and look for fast-moving vehicles and pedestrians on back roads. Some roads are rugged: high clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended in those areas.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  8. Camper-submitted photo from Cactus Forest Dispersed - High Clearance
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Mount Bigelow Dispersed

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    Mount Bigelow Dispersed

    1 Review
    3 Photos
    83 Saves
    Willow Canyon, Arizona

    You may camp outside of developed areas across most of the Coronado National Forest at no charge. We recommend that you stop in to one of our five ranger stations to pick up a free travel management map so that you are aware where vehicles are and are not permitted.

    Potable water, restrooms, and other amenities are not available at dispersed sites. If you choose to camp outside developed areas, be sure to bring adequate water or be prepared to purify any water source before drinking. No permits are required to camp in wilderness areas.

    The Coronado National Forest has a 14-day stay limit on all camping. Areas designated as “Day Use Only” are limited to posted hours, no overnight use.

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    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Charouleau Gap Trailhead Camp

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