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Relatively easy access from main road for most any vehicle, just take it slow and watch for ruts, especially after a rain.
There are many cool places to pull off and camp, but stay on established open spaces, we saw little baby things trying to grow all over the place so don’t squash them. We arrived on a Wednesday, and it was peaceful and quiet and serene until that Friday, when a group of guffawing dude-bros took up camp across the road from us. Voices carry here, especially this type of voice. The ranger drove down Pipeline Rd in a truck to check on things several times, something I always appreciate.
You can hear road noise the closer you are to the main road (W Avra Valley Rd), especially trucks driving to and from the quarry, which can sound like thunder. Beautiful landscape, saguaros everywhere, beautiful sunrise and sunset, very peaceful despite the truck noise. If we had a rig that could make it in further we would have camped further away from the road to minimize the noise. Pretty regular traffic going in and out on Pipeline Rd, campers and ATVers.
Free range cattle also in the area.
Good verizon and AT&T service.
Great dispersed camping 🏕. The farther from the highway, the better it gets.
This is a very nice place for FREE camping on BLM land. Lots of room and it does go farther back from the highway. Just be careful of some areas may wash out when it rains. A little difficult to find, but look at your odometer when leaving Aho, it will be 13 miles on your right going south. A few miles further you will be at the Organ Pipe National Park. Some very nice scenic drives there.
This was a wonderfully refreshing stay in Early December. Reservations not required at this time, but are starting season on January 1st at recreation.gov. All sites were pull through and paved. This is a dry camp site, but there is access to get fresh water and there is a dump station that also has access to fill your fresh water tank.
For those interested in cellular access, I had T-Mobile LTE coming off Mexico tower. My plan includes Free Unlimited data in Mexico
This campground is huge! The sites are well landscaped (hard to say about so many campgrounds in the desert). There is great hiking and exploring throughout and the Junior Ranger program offered badges, patches and certificates for the kids. During Covid they only had half the bathrooms open but rotated which ones from day to day. The showers were closed, however. The dump station has 2 lanes and the potable water fill and dump areas are separate allowing 4 RVs to be dumping/filling at the same time. Keep your vehicle hood up to avoid attracting pack rats. It's suggested to make reservations Dec-Mar but in November we had our choice of sites. They have an amazing map of the sites showing size which clearly outlines rv spaces and tent. The tent sites don't allow generators. No hookups for RVs but the sites allow for good solar exposure and there are water spigots all over
While I have no complaints about this campground, it was nothing special either. As a tent camper, I was happy to have a few sites to pick from. There is a bit of cover between sites that almost gives the illusion of privacy, but ultimately I'd rather be somewhere much more secluded. Bathrooms were clean for how busy the campground was and the campground itself was kept up well. Picnic table, grill, and 'tent pad' at each site. Seem like it would be a good place for RV camping rather than tent camping.
This campground is a nice place to stay if you are wanting to hike and explore the park. The sunset we saw was magnificent, so definitely set aside time to find a place and marvel at the days end. Stargazing was also a fantastic activity here!
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is such a unique place. It was nice to be able to camp near enough to amongst the interesting cactus and larger than life rocks. Definitely a park that it is fun to camp in, but I would suggest trying to get a more primitive, site in the Alamo campground if possible.
Pinal county park and has no amenities so be prepared to dry camp. Price is $10/ day - day use is free. All but 1 or 2 site are pull thru with shade Ramada’s and picnic tables. County does a great job at keeping the gravels roads in the park well maintained, however during the rainy season be prepared for some washouts.
Sites are quite far apart from each other giving the feel of open space. There are some short hiking trails. Entire park is wedged between AZ 84 and I-8 but yet highway noise is very minimal. Approximately 15 min drive to Stanfield and 30 min to Maricopa or Casa Grande. I- 8 ramp is 1 mile west onAZ 84.
We stayed here one night over Veteran’s Day weekend and enjoyed the beautiful views, sunsets and the surprisingly cool 21-mile Ajo Mountain Drive.
- Great bathrooms, very clean!
- At off-season, it was nearly deserted. Very nice and quiet
- Nice Visitor’s Center
- Nice tent pad sites
- This campground is close to highway 85 and the traffic is ALWAYS audible
- No campfire rings; apparently you can have an off-ground fire pit but I saw nowhere online that that was an option
- Most campsites have zero shade. In the desert, this is a big deal for making it through the hot parts of the day, even in the fall/winter months
- In the off-season, many bathrooms were closed