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Badger Canyon
4.2 (18 reviews)
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Primitive Campsite overlooking Badger Creek Rapids on the Colorado River. Free, unmaintained. The road in has a section that could need 4x4 and 3 miles from a paved road. There are 6-15 campsites at this location. The two sites at the end are amazing.

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36.7765, -111.6594
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Weather
Averages
Forecast
jan
0.43"
50.2°
28°
feb
0.61"
57.1°
32.2°
mar
0.53"
67.4°
39.6°
apr
0.38"
76.6°
47.6°
may
0.38"
88.4°
57.2°
jun
0.12"
99.8°
66.6°
jul
0.87"
103.9°
72.9°
aug
1.1"
100°
70.2°
sep
0.8"
91.2°
61.4°
oct
0.98"
77°
48.5°
nov
0.47"
60.8°
36.9°
dec
0.36"
49.4°
28.5°
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Crowdedness
You can see others, but they're 50+ feet away
Fullness
Half of spots are available
Noise
Rare man-made noise (trains, cars, etc...)
Shade
Zero shade
Cleanliness
Pristine, no trash at all
Safety
Feels pretty safe
Road difficulty
Mostly accessible, some spots can be hard to get to
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rooit
3
Oct 2021
Pretty cool spot for the night

I stayed here for one night on my way from utah to Sedona. It was a great place to park for the night. The gate was hard to navigate with a 36’ bus but there is a good center lane to park in and run across to open it. Unfortunately there are some crazy bumps at the beginning and I wasn’t brave enough to take the bus down but if you are the rest of the road is smooth and easy to navigate. Highly recommend walking down to see the canyons before you go!

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craftlr
7
Aug 2021
Amazing view

If you can find the gate and make it past the first quarter mile it is amazingly beautiful and peaceful. The beginning section of the road is narrow, rutted, and sandy. Managed to travel it in a dually with truck camper without 4x4, but can see why 4x4 would be helpful or at least off road tires.

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theshorts
2
Aug 2021
Directions are terrible

The directions took us up past the turn off, looped back around off the main road right back to where the turn off is ON the main road. It was gated off completely. We were only staying here a few hours to sleep and make it to horseshoe bend for sunrise. If that's your plan too, I would stay right down the road from the parking lot. It was 15 degrees cooler there. I'm so bummed because I was really psyched for this spot .

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thaichi03
3
Jul 2021
Canyon view, vermillion cliffs, CO river

This spot was awesome. I was literally the only one there that night. Mid July so it was warm, but the breeze helped. You can hear the CO river from the last few spots. I stayed at the very end. There aren’t too many spots, but again, I was the only one there. I think it’s because GPS directions could be confusing to some people. GPS tried to make me turn off on the opposite site of where the entrance gate actually is located. Remember to close the gate behind you!

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maranathaortothevan
4
Jun 2021
Vermillion Cliffs are amazing

Such a stunning spot, there’s a gate you need to open and then close behind you to keep the ranchers happy. Highly recommend unreal view of vermillion cliffs for sunset and sunrise. The last spot is about 2 miles in where you can see and hear the Colorado River (really relaxing to fall asleep to) can hike a bit into the canyon as well. If you’re looking for more solitude, would recommend the 2nd or 3rd to last spot as many people drive down and turn around in the last spot or even (in our case) stay there for the night. Still have views of the Colorado River at spot 2 and 3. We left one afternoon to do the River Trial near Lee’s Ferry in Glen Canyon ($30 for 7-day park pass, no 1 day passes), highly recommend this trail along the Colorado River, relatively mild but there is rocky parts further into the trail. Don’t have to do the whole trail but definitely worth the $30. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/colorado-river-via-lees-ferry?p=31976072 When we came back from Glen Canyon we decided to only go down the badger canyon road about 0.5 mile. It was also a great spot closer to the cliffs and a great option if you don’t want to drive the 2 miles in

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makingitcount
4
Nov 2020
Great views.

Secluded. Maybe 6-8 spots. Road in has some dips, so you might want to have some clearance on your rv / tow vehicle. Stayed 3 nights, 1-2 neighbors each night. Remember to close the barb wire gate to keep the ranchers happy.

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queerpioneer11
15
Oct 2020
Dreamy spot overlooking the Colorado River

I tent camped for a couple nights at this gorgeous spot. I was able to squeeze in between two other tent campers down at the end (which is the best view). At night, I could hear the river rushing below- very soothing. The second night was pretty windy, and I tried to sleep in my car for a while. Lots of folks coming and going, but I had the place to myself in the afternoons. I would’ve stayed longer, but I needed supplies, and my poor little car did not do well on the dirt road getting in there, so I knew I only wanted to drive it one more time on the way out. 4x4s and other taller vehicles should be just fine. The worst patch of the road is close to the highway. After the sandy part, it gets a lot easier. Close the gate behind you. Leave no trace!

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thebleaken
6
Oct 2020
Great view but lots of late night arrives.

There are a couple spots on the road to the 3 main spots. The last spot is the best but it will have a couple other groups / ppl on it at once. Don't be that person and come after dark. If you arrive after dark stay to the spots on th road leading to the main area. As well as keep you light pollution to minimum so everyone can enjoy the bight stars. If you bring a dog keep it on your lead the WHOLE TIME! My dog was tied to my hip literally the whole time!

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dollars-n-cents
7
Oct 2020
Road’s End

Such a wonderful site! We happened to get there before 11a on a Friday Oct 2, 2020), and no-one else was anywhere in sight or along the road in.

We pulled our 25’ Airstream all the way to the very end (a large turn-around), and camped on the edge. Spectacular views and super, super quiet. We could hear a dull roar/rush from the rapids of the Colorado River below, and that was super soothing.

Around noon, another camping couple arrived and offered to fly their drone around our site (they could NOT believe someone would pull an Airstream out there).

Here is a link to his video; https://flic.kr/p/2jNUw88

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jmecklin01
10
Aug 2020
Sounds like it exists, hard to find

Reading reviews it seems like some people found this fine, I couldn't. The roads that I did see looked pretty washed out and it was hot as hell so keep that in mind if you choose the spot

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naturenick
8
Jul 2020
Does exist

Be very careful dark. The gps will have turn west onto some private property but the entrance is on the other side. It’s a long rocky road with a great payoff and some beautiful canyon vistas. Also it’s hot af so bring water

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naturenick
8
Jul 2020
Does exist

Be very careful dark. The gps will have turn west onto some private property but the entrance is on the other side. It’s a long rocky road with a great payoff and some beautiful canyon vistas. Also it’s hot af so bring water

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toledokid8
6
Jun 2020
Stunning

Wow, if you want to be in the middle of nowhere, this is the place! All the camping areas are above the river and it takes quite a hike down (and then back up) to get to it. They could fill car commercials here. It’s all public BLM land, just close the gate behind you.

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cwule
7
Mar 2020
Beautiful views

The campground is still accessible, you just have to get through the gate. The road is a bit tricky with a 25ft RV, so we didn't dare to drive all the way to the back. If you make it to the end, you are rewarded with the most beautiful spot right next to the canyon though (if this spot is ever open, it was occupied when we were there).

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breehulan
0
Jan 2020
It’s a private road

I just went here and followed the directions past the gate; however, it’s no longer public. There are signs everywhere saying “no parking no camping” We instead stayed at one of the many large and dark shoulders. There were other cars and RVs parked on the shoulders, and it felt really safe for two girls in the winter. If you’re desperate, that completely works for one night. We woke up to the most beautiful view!

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dean90
5
Oct 2019
Nice and quiet spot.

Google maps will make you turn west off of the main road into a private property. Turn west and disregard google maps which will basically cause you to turn around. Open the fence and close it after yourself. The road to the campground is mostly easy but there are few spots where the road is washed out. There is a large clearning at the end of the trail for 5 to 6 camps. Prior to that there are 2 to 3 spots for camping.

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freecampingguy
1
Aug 2019
Incredible

Most scenic campsite of my life, next to the Colorado River and the vermillion cliffs. Sketchy clearance in a Prius but still doable

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jeep1204
3
Aug 2019
Amazing campsite Badger Canyon on Colorado River

Amazing site at the end of the road. We were there in July with only one other vehicle which pulled up late and left early the next morning. There is a gate at the main road which should be closed upon entering the BLM property.

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