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Top Dispersed Camping near Phoenix, AZ

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Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Phoenix, AZ (52)

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

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    Bulldog Canyon Dispersed Camping - North Entrance

    25 Reviews
    58 Photos
    470 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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    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Old Airstrip Camping & Staging Area
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping off hwy 74

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    Dispersed Camping off hwy 74

    4 Reviews
    15 Photos
    57 Saves
    Peoria, Arizona
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Maddock Road Dispersed - AZ State Trust Land

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    Maddock Road Dispersed - AZ State Trust Land

    3 Reviews
    10 Photos
    49 Saves
    Peoria, Arizona

    Annual permit needed to recreate an AZ State Trust Lands.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Anthem Dispersed Campsite

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    Anthem Dispersed Campsite

    1 Review
    2 Saves
    Anthem, Arizona
    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
  6. 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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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Peralta Canyon / Gold Canyon Dispersed Camping
  8. Camper-submitted photo from Bartlett Reservoir

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    Bartlett Reservoir

    4 Reviews
    23 Photos
    163 Saves
    Rio Verde, Arizona

    The Bartlett Reservoir area is noted for the spectacular vistas of the Desert Mountains and the Sonoran plant life. A fair portion of the west side of the reservoir is devoted to camping and picnicking. Bartlett has been a favorite with anglers since Bartlett Dam was constructed in 1939. Several state-record fish have been caught there. The 1977 Small-mouth Bass state record tipped the scales at seven pounds. The carp state record still stands at 37 lbs. 5 oz. Flathead Catfish lurk in the depths. “Fish City” near Bartlett Flat is a fish-habitat improvement project.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Dispersed
    • Market
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Bloody Basin Rd / Agua Fria NM Dispersed Camping
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Box Bar Road Dispersed

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    Box Bar Road Dispersed

    1 Review
    19 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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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Trash

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