Coconino National Forest Camping Near Sedona, Arizona off Forest Road 525
We are currently enjoying Coconino National Forest camping near Sedona, Arizona. It’s heavenly with its stunning red rock views that change as the light changes throughout the day.
My truck has been repaired and returned to me. I’m glad that’s over. Thursday morning I decided it was high time we got out of Hope, Arizona. It’s starting to get pretty hot around there. But, where to? I was looking for higher elevations, outstanding views, privacy, and peace, and quiet. Sedona seemed like the perfect place. There is a ton of boondocking around the Sedona area so I started reading about all of my options and decided on a plan A, B, and, C.
What I didn’t realize about the Coconino National Forest camping and boondocking locations I had selected was they were really just three connected forest service roads in the same area. What they call the Main Drag, Forest Road 525 was my first choice, Forest Road 525C (branches off 525) was my second, and Road 9549 (branches off 525C was my third.
Getting To Coconino National Forest Camping
The drive wasn’t particularly long and the further we traveled north, the more the terrain changed, and the prettier it got. We drove through the town of Cottonwood, southwest of Sedona into the Coconino National Forest. As we drove along I started to see A LOT of RVs out in the desert. It looked so crowded but I decided to check it out because I was planning to drive several miles off the main road.
Forest Service Road 9549 looked too questionable to tow the trailer on so I opted out and I’m glad I did because I checked it out today with just the truck and I needed 4WD to get out. I continued on and finally at about the 12-mile mark we found an empty, level, pull-through spot with fabulous views with our names on it. We parked and got level then walked and took some pictures. It’s a beautiful site with views of the red mesas in the distance.
Finding a Site
We turned off the paved road and onto a red dirt road. The road wasn’t too bad but there was some wash-boarding and it was very dry and dusty. We continued in and saw camper after camper tucked into tiny spots along the dusty main road. I could have set up in a communal site with several other rigs but I’m just not a communal kind of girl and I wanted my own little site with a view so we kept driving… and driving. I get a little nervous wondering if we’ll get stuck and not have a place to turn around. I always check these places out using google maps satellite images before I choose where to go.
This afternoon we unhitched and went scouting to see if there might be other sites off the main roads and away from the dust but it’s just too crowded and it’s Friday making the crowds even bigger. It also just occurred to me that it’s spring break. The triple whammy of camping crowds. We headed out exploring and ended up in Sedona. I don’t think there’s a place in Sedona that doesn’t have a spectacular view. Even the gas station where we filled up had a stunning view.
We drove Red Rock Loop which also has incredible views. There are a few places to pull over and a couple of hiking areas along the drive.
After we finished the drive we headed south to Cottonwood and picked up groceries, and propane. It’s about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday and that’s a relief. It was 90 degrees in the trailer after we arrived yesterday. It’s only 79 degrees right now and there is a nice breeze.
You can find more detailed information about my stay off Forest Road 525 in my post, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOONDOCKING NEAR SEDONA.
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