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A recent extended Boondock west of Sedona was a great experience. Explored many Jeep trails including Schnebly Hill and Broken Arrow. A day trip to Jerome is always a fun time. Explored Scenic Oak Creek Canyon one day. Tuzigoot, Montezuma's Castle, Cottonwood, and Dead Horse Ranch State Park are all nearby. The Sedona Library is a wonderful place for Internet access.


As others have indicated, Forest Road 525 west of Sedona offers many turn offs for RV dispersed camping. The road can be rough and many chose places close to the Hwy 89 turnoff. I chose a more remote area closer to the Palatki Indian Ruins. The scenery, trails and weather were incredible.


If you are interested in the Jeep trails, the folks at Barlow Jeep were very helpful. They provided me with free detailed maps of the trails. They can rent you a well equipped Jeep for a day. My 30 year old CJ-7 easily tackled the trails.


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2005 Itasca Cambria 26'

1985 Jeep CJ-7

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Do you need to purchase the Red Rock Pass for that area?

According to the Forest Service Website: "Any America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age, and Golden Access are accepted and honored in lieu of the Red Rock Pass for Forest recreation in Red Rock Country. This also includes admission to the very popular Red Rock Country Heritage Sites: Palatki Ruins and Rock Art site, Honanki Ruins site and V-Bar-V Heritage site." You can get a Red Rock or America the Beautiful hang tag to display your pass.


In recent years, the Coconino National Forest has experienced significant problems with dispersed camping, and particularly those over staying the camping time limit and essentially squatting/homesteading on the Forest's lands. Here is a link to the dispersed camping information. Here is a link to the map of the Red Rock Pass Area: " Dispersed camping is prohibited in the "pinkish-salmon" colored boundary". Forest Road 525 is not in the shaded area. The dispersed camping regulations get more specific for car/RV camping: "When car camping on the National Forest, do not drive your vehicle more than 30-feet from the side of designated roads to camp, except in designated camping corridors shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (free at Forest Service locations). In designated camping corridors, one can drive up to 300 feet from the road to car camp. These rules only affect motor vehicle use. Forest visitors can always hike to campsites at farther distances from the roads." The Motor Vehicle Use Map is available for free. There are also some downloads available for various devices. Take note that the MVUM is revised annually so that the rules where you were last year or two years ago may not be the same now.

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Coming from Sedona, if you turn left onto FR89B (directly across from FR525) there's Deer Pass Trailhead only about 1/2 mile from Hwy 89, it has a vault toile, plenty of space for big rigs and even some shade, if you're lucky! If you're small to medium size, keep going past that and there are some smaller sites with incredible red rock views, and much less traffic and dust than the sites on FR525. If you stay fairly close to Hwy 89, there are good Verizon and ATT signals. These are about 1/2 way between Sedona and Cottonwood, and a great central location for sightseeing and shopping. FYI Cottonwood has Wal-Mart & Home Depot; Sedona does not.


Janis www.littlebittyliving.com

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