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Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping

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USDA Forest Service

Coconino National Forest Recreation

Looking for a camping spot in the woods with easy access to some of the Flagstaff area's fantastic trails and recreation opportunities along US 180? The Wing Mountain area southwest of the San Francisco Peaks offers fantastic dispersed camping along Forest Roads (FRs) 222__and 171, suitable for tents, campers, and recreational vehicles.Wing Mountain is a prominent cinder cone volcano located approximately six miles southwest of the San Francisco Peaks, rising to an elevation of 8,560 feet. The mountain is surrounded by ponderosa pine forest on fairly level terrain at approximately__7,600 feet.__FR__222__and FR 171: Easy to navigate, with fairly smooth, wide dirt roads offering areas where you may pull your vehicle and rig up to 300 feet off the road (refered to as "camping corridors" on the Motor Vehicle Use Map).Western end__of FR 222A (between FR 171 and FR 519): Easy to navigate and offers areas suitable for everything from tents to recreational vehicles.Northern end of FR 222A (near FR 222) and western end of FR 9001P (near FR 171): These roads are narrower and rougher, and more suited to tent or small trailer camping.__Nearby Attractions and ActivitiesDistances and estimated driving times from the junction of US 180 and Forest Road 222:Arizona Snowbowl: 8 miles, 16 minutesHumphreys, Aspen Loop, and Kachina trailheads (at the Snowbowl): 8 miles, 16 minutesKendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail: 11.5 miles, 13 minutesBismarck Lake Trail: 13.5 miles, 22 minutesArizona Nordic Village: 7.8 miles, 10 minutesRed Mountain Trail: 23 miles, 27 minutesSlate Mountain Trail: 24 miles, 40 minutesLava River Cave: 10.5 miles, 20 (via FR 245)__to 30 minutes (via FR 222)__Hover mouse cursor over image to display slideshow controls.View album on Flicker__

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Location

Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping is located in Arizona

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Directions

Flagstaff to Forest Road 222 via US 180 (map):__Drive north on US 180 for 8.7 miles. Turn left on FR 222 (1.3 miles past Snowbowl Road). The dispersed camping area begins here and extends most of FR 222 (6.5 miles), and along FR 171 between FR 222 and FR 222A (to the south).Flagstaff to Forest Road 171 via I-40 (map): Drive east on I-40 for 10 miles from the I-17/I-40 interchange. Take exit 185 toward Belmont. Turn right onto Transwestern Road, then left on Brannigan Park Road. Drive for 0.8 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 171. Drive 1.1__mile to the southern end of the dispersed camping area at the junction of FR 171 and FR 222A. The dispersed camping area extends up FR 171 for two miles to FR 222, and most of the lenghth of FR 222.There are also additional dispersed camping corridors along FR 171 north of FR 222 in the Lava River Cave area.__Click on map thumbnail to open a larger view in a new window__[PDF, 4.2 MB]:__

Coordinates

35.269523 N
111.742766 W

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J
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2022

Beautiful but noisy

Turning up 180 from Fort Valley is FR222. Just about a mile north on 180 is 222B (Wing Mountain Road). That's where I am. The area is beautiful. Plenty of sites an space. The drawback for me the noise. I've been here 3 nights and constant gunfire. Nothing against guns, but like today 07/16/22, it has been constant since 10 a.m. It is now 6:45pm. Just hard to enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains. Update. It's now half past 7 a.m. Sunday morning and the gunfire starting up again

SiteHalf mile down 222B. Wing Mountain Road
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Jim , July 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Jim , July 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Jim , July 17, 2022
Monte W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 10, 2022

Great dispersed area

Stayed here for a couple nights in May 2022. Very windy and dry during my stay so fires were not permitted. I did use my propane fire ring though. I drove about 2 miles down FR222 from 180. Lots of sites to choose from. My spot was near the old Wing mountain recreational area. There were some dirt bikes and shooting during the day but nothing crazy. I also picked up a few bags of garbage from the surrounding area. Pack in and pack out! I will definitely be back in the area again

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Jef E.
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2021

Great area if you don't a little noise

Turning onto FS-222 is probably the worst part of the road that we experienced. Decent gravel with some slight washboard. There are practically infinite camping spots out here, big rigs included.

We had checked out two other sites in the Flagstaff area before landing here. We liked the selection of sites here the best and also have pretty good cell service. Great location to explore the area!

We were able to secure a super secluded spot for our 36 ft rig about a mile in with some tricky maneuvering. A little bit of garbage, but it wasn't trashed. I wouldn't bring anyone here that isn't comfortable with guns, as there is tons of noise coming from a nearby range. I would recommend camping near the beginning or take a right when the road forks and camp past there. The gun range is to the left and people shoot until around 11pm in our experience.

Also be careful of kids and pets bear the road, especially on weekends. Idiots were flying by going at least 60 mph on dirt bikes. Most riders were respectful though.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Jef E., June 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Jef E., June 7, 2021
Elisabeth Q.
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2021

FR164B

The rest of the roads were closed due to the snow, but this was open and beautiful! A little muddy, but there are hiking trails on location that lead to a beautiful meadow view! With the 4WD we were comfortable going further up the road, in case we encountered mud, but a few small cars and large RVs were parked at the area right past the gate. In the warmer months the road looks like it would be absolutely fine for cars and RVs. Sign says no fires, but stoves OK. The road is a few gates before the marked location. Exact location was 35.2537, -111.6877.

  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Elisabeth Q., March 19, 2021
  • Review photo of Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping by Elisabeth Q., March 19, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Wing Mountain Dispersed Camping?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is available.