Looking for Flagstaff camping options? Skip the campgrounds and head into the Coconino National Forest. Flagstaff, Arizona offers many free campsites among the ponderosa pines where tent campers and RVers can unwind. We have camped in the national forest three years in a row and these are our favorite options.
There are two free camping options around Flagstaff. One option is near Walnut Canyon National Monument off Cosnino Road on the east side of town. The second option is off A-1 Mountain Road on the west side of town. Keep in mind there are no facilities, it’s boondocking. There are places to dump for free in Flagstaff, which can be located through the Allstays Camp & RV App.
Flagstaff Camping – Walnut Canyon
GPS coordinates 35.179492,-111.489035. Cosnino Road is a dirt road with some rough washboards. There is a sign at the entrance stating camping is allowed for up to 14 days. There are established campsites in the area, many of them close are to the entrance. Some sites are private with trees surrounding the entire campsite. Others are out in the open.
Most of the campsites were accessible by the camper van. Large ruts or narrow entrances may prohibit larger RVs access to some of the campsites. Watch the video below to learn more about dispersed camping in this area. This was filmed when we had the Class A motorhome towing a Jeep Wrangler.
Flagstaff Camping – A-1 Mountain Road
GPS coordinates: 35.210253, -111.733172. A-1 Mountain Road turns into a dirt road with some washboards. This area seems to be more popular than Walnut Canyon, it could be that it’s closer to town. Established sites are easy to spot as they are right along the road as you drive in.
To get an idea of A-1 Mountain Road conditions and camping options, watch the video below.
Both camping options are close enough to town to get supplies, dump, fill up on fresh water. It makes for a good basecamp to explore the city and nearby attractions. We put our National Park pass to good use and visited Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater and Petrified Forest.
Dog friendly – Just be aware that there are coyotes and cougars in the area.
3g to LTE Verizon cell service. We were able to get faster LTE service using the weBoost signal booster.
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