With Snowbird season nearing its end, and the weather still frigid back home in Canada or the northern states, fulltime Rvers turn their attention to the good, springtime places to camp. Higher in elevation, but not so high to still be cold, here are a few scenic suggestions, along the major Snowbird routes, going north, from southern Arizona.
Nestled among stunning red rock canyons and rock formations, the Sedona area offers several RV resorts, as well as state parks and BLM land for boondocking. The Sedona area is well known among New Agers, for it’s alleged “energy vortexes”, and is also reputed to be a good place to spot a UFO. Some of the free boondocking areas around Sedona include Nolan Tank, Loy Butte Rd, Forest Road 9549 and Angel Valley Rd. All of these areas are between Cottonwood and Sedona, along Hwy 89A.
The Grand Canyon:
While there is not free camping close to the canyon, the Mather Campground is within the park boundary, and only $10 a night, as of the spring of 2018. There is free boondocking several miles from both the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon. Popular free spots are along Hwy. 180, including Forest Road 302, Forest Road 688, and Forest Road 306. Also along Hwy. 64, the Coconino Rim Rd, and Lockett Lake are free. Finally, the Desert View campground is only $12 per night as of the fall of 2018.
Lake Powell Arizona:
The contrast between the turquoise waters of the lake, and the surrounding red rocks makes this is a stunning location. Lake Powell straddles the Arizona/Utah border. While there is no free camping right along the lake, Lone Rock Beach, on the Utah border, is just $15 a night. But be cautious, driving too close to the lake, there is soft sand. For free boondocking, go south of Lake Powell, and try Badger Creek Campground, along Hwy 89A. Also, off Hwy 89, there is Red Dirt Road, and Glen Canyon Corral, north/NW of the town of Page.
All of southern Utah is lovely in the springtime. The Moab area is a favorite with full-time RVers, with many free camping opportunities. There are also free camping areas around Kanab, and Mount Carmel, Utah. And while not free, southern Utah is home to some of the most stunning state and National parks, such as Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, and Canyon Lands National Parks. There are also plenty more camping opportunities as you head further north through Utah.
If you are heading through California, to Canada or the Pacific Northwest, there are few options for free or low cost spring weather camping, but Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California is worth a visit. Northwest of the San Diego area. You can approach from the Coachella Valley side from County Route S22 and State Route 78. You can also approach from the west on California County Routes S79 or S67. This route will also bring you by the high altitude forests of the Laguna Mountains, and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. These highways climb from the coast to 2,400′ above sea level, then descend 2,000′ into the Borrego Valley. Free camping opportunities include Peg Leg Rd., Rockhouse Canyon, the Clark Dry Lake Bed, Yaqui Wells Rd. Yaqui Pass Camp, Coachwhip Canyon, Quarry Road, and Arroyo Salado. Remember, always be careful when going into any boondocking area. Check the roads first, before driving your RV in.