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Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area

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USDA Forest Service

Coconino National Forest Recreation

Pumphouse Wash (Forest Road 237) is__a popular dispersed camping area in the ponderosa pine forest__along SR 89A, midway between Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona. The area is__conveniently located near__Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Woody Mountain Road, Lake Mary, and a variety of recreation sites. It is a popular alternative to traditional campgrounds for visitors to Oak Creek Canyon and the Flagstaff area.There are four campsite loops, each containing__between__11 and__26 signed and numbered sites. The site offers__excellent camping opportunities for large groups as well as families and individuals.__Most sites offer partial to full shade beneath towering ponderosa pine trees, and are generally flat, making it easy to set up tents or campers. Each site has parking and a campfire ring. There is no trash service, so if you pack it in, pack it out. There are no restroom facilities. Portable toilets are highly recommended.FR 237 and the camping loop roads are well maintained and suitable for passenger cars.__Photo tour from this site [Flickr].

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Location

Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area is located in Arizona

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Directions

Location: Pumphouse Wash area 11 miles south of Flagstaff, 5 miles north of Oak Creek Canyon, and 18 miles north of Sedona.Access:From Flagstaff: Take I-17 south to the SR 89A turnoff to Sedona. Head south (left) through the round-about. Drive approximately 8 miles to FR 237__on the left.From Sedona: Take SR 89A north approximately 18 miles to FR 237 on the right.GPS (Map): 35__03'15.5"N 111__43'35.1"WMapsForest Service Topo Map (FSTopo Geo-enable PDF):Mountainaire (350011137)More Maps:USDA FSGeodata Clearinghouse: Arizona FSTopo Maps available for download in Geo-enabled PDF and GeoTIFF formats. Note: USGS 7.5 Minute (1:24K) Topo Maps and FSTopo Maps use the same title.USFS Store: Map Locator & Downloader purchase or download USGS topographic maps. Note: USGS 7.5 Minute (1:24K) Topo Maps and 1:24K FSTopo Maps use the same title.__FR 237 Dispersed Camping Map and Guide (PDF, 910 kB)

Coordinates

35.054259 N
111.726436 W

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48 Reviews

M
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2024

Closed

Came up 3/29/2024 and the gate to enter was closed. Online it says status was open. But alas it was not. Will try again later

Month of VisitApril
Sine N.
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2024

Closed

The camp ground was closed. Seems like a popular spot, we met two other cars that had also hoped to spend the night there.

Month of VisitApril
Sarah M.
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2023

Perfect spot!

More than enough spaces. Accessible to 89a. In between FLG and SED.

Month of VisitDecember
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2023

Great first car camping experience

This was my first solo car camping trip with my dogs and I really enjoyed it. Not too busy, but still plenty of other people around. I felt really safe without being on top of anyone else. People ride ATVs at night (it was an amazing full moon), so don’t plan on quiet at all times. Temperature drops at night are huge so definitely prepare for that. I would definitely come back!

Sitenot sure, in the 300’s section
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Diana F., October 29, 2023
rThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2023

Nice camp grounds

plenty of spaces but not much privacy. nice and quite and peaceful.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by riley W., July 29, 2023
Tracey W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2023

A lot of sites

Nothing special, but a lot of options. Stayed on a Friday night, so very busy. There are plenty of spots on 3 loops. The further back you go the more privacy.

Month of VisitAugust
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2023

My first experience with dispersed camping as an adult

My kids and I absolutely loved our tent camping experience at site 405! The only issues really is if you are looking for space without other campers and the noises (babies, dogs, generators, loud music that may not be your ideal lol, etc) that block out the sound of the wilderness, then you may want to pick a more dispersed location. We didn’t mind the noises, and everyone pretty much kept to themselves other than the occasional hi when passing by camp, everyone was very people. *Biggest recommendation from me especially if you have kids and you are tent camping, BRING YOUR OWN PORTAPOTTY and something to provide privacy! Also the temperature drop from daytime to night, is huge… BRING EXTRA BLANKETS! *yes the cows 100% are free range, they don’t interact with people and they also keep to themselves (instead of in anyone’s camping supplies), but the do adorably migrate through camps 🫶. *we were able to have a fire for warmth and for cooking, and it did sprinkle multiple times but the rain didn’t last long, was beautiful compared to the heat my kids and I came from. *I am a 41 year old single mother, this was my first camping trip using this app and without another adult, absolutely couldn’t be happier with my and my teenage children’s and our 2 puppies almost 4 day experience! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK THE TIME TO CREATE THIS APP AND ALL THE INFORMATION PROVIDED, VERY IMPRESSED?

Site405
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Amanda H., June 6, 2023
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Amanda H., June 6, 2023
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Devin H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2023

Quiet little camping area

Quiet little camping area not too far off the main road. We got there late but still found a few spots. Pretty hilly terrain, some fire pits built up. Seemed more like a place for people to crash for the night rather than set up camp for a few days

Month of VisitJune
K
Reviewed May. 26, 2023

Organized Dispersed

Road wasn’t bad coming in. I have a mazda and i had to go slow and swerve around the large rocks and holes. Sites are marked, and there was plenty of room. For the most part people were respectful and quiet. It started getting full around 7pm. I would stay here again.

Site109
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Katherine J., May 26, 2023
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Katherine J., May 26, 2023
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Katherine J., May 26, 2023
k
Reviewed May. 14, 2023

Rough roads

The entrance is very rough. The kind you hold your breath and do your best. I did see one car get stuck today so be mindful of the angles you drive in. Very shaded and beautiful. Nearby Sedona and flagstaff. Most sides are very slanted, a way to level your tent/car/rv is needed.

Month of VisitJune
CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 13, 2023

Suprised

Looks weird at first but keep going. Wow

Month of VisitJune
J
Reviewed May. 10, 2023

Pumphouse wash was a wash

It was supposed to be a fairly hard to get to spot. Navigation takes you the long way traversing a rocky dirt rd with a small stream crossing and a dry river bed. The Rd went on for about 3 miles when the dispersed camp sites came into view. The signs stated no campfires but there was plenty of evidence of fires. We picked our spot, looking for the most level area. None of the campsites were full but everyplace you were in plain view of others. There was a lot of traffic on the dirt rd which a previous review I read said no low clearance vehicles. It turned out that the other end of the Rd came out onto intestate 89a about a mile from where we were and any vehicle could make it to the campsites. Overall we enjoyed our 2 days there but would've preferred the quite some other reviews had suggested it was.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Jarrod F., May 10, 2023
T
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2022

Solitude from the mob

We were in Sedona Thanksgiving weekend.. either not the brightest idea or Sedona is nearly a tourist trap at this point, despite it being a magical place of beautiful landscape and kind people. After being swarmed by campers at Coconino Forest Dispersed Camping Area, this place is a breath of fresh air. Located in a forest of pine trees. We are pretty much the only people here. We’re allowed a fire. It’s quiet. It’s free. It was only 2 minutes instead of 20 minutes down a rocky dirt road. Thumbs up.

Site3
Month of VisitDecember
M
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2022

Great spot in the pines

We showed up late afternoon on a Thursday and there were plenty of spots. In fact, there were only 5 other spots taken on our loop.

The ground was level, there was shade, and we had a great night. I can imagine it gets warm in the summer, but it was perfect weather. There were some mosquitoes, as it had recently rained a lot.

The road is a little rough but there were trailers and motor homes. There also were more little pieces of trash (cut zip ties, bottle caps, etc.) on the ground than I’m used to in dispersed spots.

We would definitely camp here again.

Site3rd loop
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Melisa N., October 2, 2022
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Melisa N., October 2, 2022
R
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2022

Great first trip with the kids.

Had a great time, dispersed camping, free spot, lots of spots, clean. Just a short drive to some great watering holes. Took a star off because there was no water within walking distance, and not much of a view from our spot. I also took a star off because it was busy and loud.

Site101-124
Month of VisitAugust
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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2022

Private and calm

This camping spot is so calm. It was easy to find. Lots of spots open. Lots of space between camping spots. It can be a little noisy but that is kinda nice to me. There are a lot of cows roaming around and they did wake us up kinda early but I didn’t mind.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Sara , June 13, 2022
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Sara , June 13, 2022
EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2022

Fun Spot

Lots of campsites available and a good location between Sedona and Flagstaff. It tends to fill up quick, at least in the summer months. Privacy can be an issue, especially when you have to use the bathroom. Cows walk through the site though!

Site119
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Evan D., June 1, 2022
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Evan D., June 1, 2022
S
Reviewed May. 11, 2022

Pumphouse Wash

Stayed one night car camping at Pumphouse Wash. It was incredibly serene. Marked/numbered sites have fire pits. No bathroom facilities are available. More traffic in and out than I expected, but it was still a great, free stay.

Site107
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Sam .., May 11, 2022
K
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Right below flagstaff

Great spots in between flagstaff and Sedona. Literally 10 minutes from flagstaff. Campfire pits. If you’re coming from flagstaff, there’s a left turn lane to take you into the area

Month of VisitDecember
TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2021

FR 237 Arizona

Nice open sites overlooking a valley. Quiet.

Site108
Month of VisitDecember
g
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2021

Nice

Loved it was relaxing and we had a lot of places to choose on Friday-Saturday

Sitepump house SR 535
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by geino A., October 4, 2021
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by geino A., October 4, 2021
Cassie S.
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2021

Good last minute camping

After deciding to tent camp last minute, this was the only place we could find. It was the first cooler weekend of the season & was a Saturday night. It was pretty packed, but we managed to find a spot further back past the first cluster of sites. The road is pretty bumpy but it was nice & dry so I was able to get my Ford Mustang back there with no issues - just had to go really slow. So any car should be able to navigate back if I was able to lol. We had no issues with noise, a couple camp sites over someone was playing music but the campground was pretty silent by approx 11pm ish. Camp sites are large, and offer a lot of privacy. You can hear your neighbors at night if someone gets out of a tent to go to the bathroom or something but that could be me being a light sleeper. I’m a solo female camper & didn’t feel unsafe or anything. There definitely could be better camping if you have time to plan your trip, but overall a really solid last minute spot.

Month of VisitOctober
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Reviewed Sep. 24, 2021

Beautiful Dispersed Camping

Take FR 237 off of hwy 88A south of Flagstaff. Many relatively level spots. The access road is quite rough but fairly short. I found a beautiful spot in the 400 loop for my 38' class A. Unfortunately I saw one spot that was totally trashed with piles of garbage and a few spots that had been overused.

Site412
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Alan , September 24, 2021
Alex S.
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2021

Eh, there are better

About the same as camping on the west side of the hwy. There’s a ton of traffic, no respect from other campers who blast music, trash the forest, fire off guns at all hours, and overall not a great vibe.

Camped here over 2 days and the land, trees and forest are beautiful all around so IF you can find a secluded area you’ll be ok.

NO CELL service so take that into consideration when dispersed camping

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Alex S., June 24, 2021
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Alex S., June 24, 2021
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Alex S., June 24, 2021
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R
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2021

No Privacy. Creepers.

The best spots were hidden. I found this to be a strange spot as a woman. Very little prvacy. Several men walked by our site staring at our rig acting strange. When we pulled in we saw three men just sitting at their site staring at women. The road in was too bumpy with many rocks. Some of the trucks fly down the road with little respect for campers. Ok for one night or passing through on your way to Grand Canyon. No cell signal at all.

SiteIn the Back. Last section.
Month of VisitJuly
erin T.
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2021

super awesome

spaced out, definitely seems to fill up towards the end of the night. easy access, dirt roads, super forestry so it’s shady in the morning and evening. definitely will come back.

Site121
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by erin T., June 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by erin T., June 6, 2021
Josiah C.
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2021

Space was wide open

Wasn’t my favorite place. There wasn’t a lot of trees to separate camping spots. But it was still good. Quiet and beautiful. Just watch out for the cows that are open range and graze near the tents!

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Josiah C., June 3, 2021
Luke W.
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

Dispersed Camping Near Flagstaff

This was dispersed primitive camping off 89A. Right in between oak creek canyon and Flagstaff. All the spots were designated which was nice. Plenty of trees if you wanted to set up a hammock. I saw others mention trash but I didn’t really see much. Some here and there. There’s no bathrooms or water. If you’re looking to fill up water the closest place we found was Sterling Spring which was south on the 89A just after you get down the mountain. If you need a bathroom there’s a Swift gas station maybe 15 minutes away toward flagstaff

West fork trail and slide rock state park are well worth it and pretty close!

Eloisa C.
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2021

A pleasant surprise

There were plenty of spots when I pulled in at 11 pm. Not too far off the road, designated sites, but I don't remember toilets being available. I was only there 1 night and could gave missed them entirely? Will go back again.

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Pumphouse Wash (FR 237) Dispersed Camping Area by Eloisa C., April 21, 2021
Mark O.
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2021

Pack it out folks!

This place is great for folks who are looking for a trailer or easy drive in, but not for tenters in my opinion. It’s not a bad spot in a pinch, but if you’re looking to get away from folks, you’ll be disappointed by the amount of campsites right next to each other with very little foliage in between. Lastly, the trash.. there is a lot of it, and it is quite sad. Clearly this is a spot for a lot of lazy campers who don’t know how to pack it out.

SiteDispersed
Month of VisitMay

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