Finding a camping home for a few days near Sedona area was fairly easy; I’m not sure if that’s the case all the time or was due to the time of year or just the current weather. There’s definitely room to spread around here. In the forest there are several roads with numerous areas to camp.

Coconino National Forest NF-525 campsite

We initially made a stop in the visitor center to get input on road conditions, hard copy maps and any weather warnings we should know about. Then proceeded another 20 minutes out to NF-525 off of the 89A.

NF-525 area between Sedona and Cottonwood proved to be extremely convenient. The spot we located as 5 miles from the highway and an 11 minute jeep drive.

First afternoon at camp

We arrived mid afternoon and just had to enjoy what we could see from camp. Through the week, we enjoyed a couple cool afternoons admiring the view from camp before it got too dark and cold.

Days 1 & 2 we spent on jeep and hiking trails. Rain was forecasted by our 3rd night. We planned to use a rainy day for more town centric site seeing and of course we needed to lounge around a couple of mornings waiting for the drizzle to slow down. Watch for additional Sedona area posts next.

The Deets:

  • GPS: (34.876043 , -111.904854) Google Map LINK
  • Easy to locate: Yes. There are many spots before you get down the road 5 miles however most had many campers in them so we just kept going further down.
  • Public Land: Yes
  • Cell: Verizon – 3 bars, T-Mobile – 3 bars, GoogleFi – 2 bars
  • Crowded: not at all but I suspect that’s due to the time of year
  • Clean: mostly clean; we found a broken windshield near where we setup camp and a broken chair. Both we hauled out the following day when we set out to hike
  • Would we stay here again: Yes. Another plus was there were no bugs

Not so level ground

The area we pulled into had a few level spots however this location gave us the best view from the dining table window and the solar panels could be positioned correctly. On a downhill slope, no problem. Just find big rocks .

Rain clearing on 2nd day reveals one of my favorite camp views