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    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance
    Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance

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    Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance

    25 Reviews
    58 Photos
    474 Saves
    Fort Mcdowell, Arizona

    FREE permit required from the Mesa Ranger District office at 5140 E. Ingram St, Mesa, AZ 85205; 480-610-3300. Permits can be requested online or by email. The permit will be emailed to you within 48 hours (except weekends and holidays).

    This space is very large so it may be best to divide it by the access points. The point I'll be using is Access #3- Forest Road (FR) 10, south entrance: This access point is reached from Apache Junction. From Mesa: Travel 15 miles east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to the Idaho Street exit. Follow Idaho Street north 4½ miles to McKellips. Turn right on McKellips and travel ½ mile to the Wolverine Pass Road and turn left. Follow it for 7/8 mile and turn right on Tonto Road. Travel north on Tonto Road for ¼ mile to Cactus and turn left. Follow Cactus to McDowell Road and follow it to FR 10 gate.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping

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    Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping

    13 Reviews
    37 Photos
    146 Saves
    Gold Canyon, Arizona

    Peralta Canyon, located near Gold Canyon, AZ, offers a prime spot for dispersed camping with stunning views of the Superstition Mountains. This area is perfect for those who enjoy a more rugged, off-the-grid experience. You won't find amenities like water, toilets, or electric hookups here, so come prepared. However, the natural beauty and tranquility more than make up for the lack of facilities.

    Visitors have praised the well-maintained spots and the peaceful atmosphere. The views are spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset, making it a great place for photography or simply soaking in the scenery. The area is big rig friendly, but be mindful of the road conditions; a vehicle with decent clearance is recommended.

    Pets are welcome, and fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Just remember to bring your own firewood and ensure your fire is completely out before you leave. The proximity to Peralta Regional Park offers additional perks like hiking trails and picnic areas, though you'll need to pay a small day-use fee.

    Cell service is spotty, with some visitors getting occasional T-Mobile or Verizon signals. For supplies, there's a Water & Ice shop in Apache Junction, and while the local Basha's can be pricey, it's convenient for last-minute needs.

    Overall, Peralta Canyon is a fantastic spot for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse themselves in nature. Just be considerate of other campers and the local wildlife, and you'll have a memorable stay.

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    • ADA Access
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    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Hackamore Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Hackamore Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Hackamore Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Hackamore Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Hackamore Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Hackamore Road Dispersed

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    Hackamore Road Dispersed

    10 Reviews
    8 Photos
    67 Saves
    Apache Junction, 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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    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Road Dispersed Camping
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    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Dispersed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site Near Tonto National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site Near Tonto National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site Near Tonto National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Site Near Tonto National Forest
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      Box Bar Road Dispersed

      3 Reviews
      23 Saves
      Rio Verde, Arizona

      Box Bar is a River Access Point to the Verde River, close to Bartlett Lake in the Cave Creek Ranger District. This small site offers beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains along with a fast moving river – making it a fun spot for kids of all ages. The shore line is a rocky/pebble beach with several shady trees. Wildlife can be seen during the early summer months, and late winter. The road access in to the site is compacted dirt.

      There are no designated campsites however the shaded areas along the west side of the parking area are popular spots to set up camp trailers and tents.

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      • ADA Access
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      Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - West Entrance
      Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - West Entrance
      Camper-submitted photo from Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - West Entrance
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      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountain AZ state trust dispersed
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountain AZ state trust dispersed
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountain AZ state trust dispersed
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountain AZ state trust dispersed
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      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
      Camper-submitted photo from Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
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