This is a dispersed camping area designated by the U.S. Forest Service. Please see the following guidelines on how to camp at Pumphouse Wash
a bunch of campsites on this road, and everyone was already full so we choose Pumphouse.
not a bad place to stay, lots of shade, places to park & explore.
but recommend getting a reservation at a camp ground along the road with bathrooms and trails.
relatively close to Sedona.
got really strange vibes from someone driving through in a grey Prius. stay safe :)
This spot was close to Sedona and a great place to stay on our way out of town. It was a bit crowded, but still plenty of camping sites left and they were spaced out nicely. Our space was very flat and convenient.
We tried all the other campsites but they were full, so we got there at about sundown and there were a decent number of spots. You're pretty close to the other campers but if they're good neighbors it's not an issue. Kinda hard to find a flat place to pitch the tent, our fire pit had trash in it (take it out before making a fire).
The forest service closed most of this area to dispersed camping except for the designated camping spots closest to 89A, So expect company on the weekends. Lots and lots of crowds, lots of big groups and parties. They have numbered sites but given the popularity, people will squeeze in and set up camp wherever they can. During the week it's mostly empty. But oh those weekends...... But it is still excellent place to set up base camp while exploring Sedona or Flagstaff. Lots of biking and hiking trails nearby. Just don't expect a lot of privacy on the weekends.
A great free camping spot outside of Sedona if you don't want to brave the crowds and fees of the amenity campgrounds. Easy drive into the various parks for camping, etc, and not as many people as the ones in Oak Creek, but still quite a few folks. Good campsite, but mistreated by its users. Make sure you pick up your trash when you leave!!
Gate closed due to snow
Very quiet and peaceful! We took our 31 foot Class A it was pretty Rocky and there are some potholes. Other than that it was great. We did find a nice spot fairly quickly. Very clean.
Lots of open space in a pine forest! Spaces are marked unlike other dispersed camping & people seemed to respect it. Stayed in the first loop & road was somewhat rocky but manageable to get through with a rig. Loved the trails by the canyon! No facilities, but we did have 2 bars of verizon
There are a lot of camping spots, so you can drive through four areas that each have 26 sites each. To help you out, you can take pics of the rules and maps when you enter. Just south of Flagstaff, totally dispersed camping...pack in, pack out. Walking trails, cool weather (6,000+ feet in elevation. Only saw birds for wildlife. Great pluses: Free, and 14-day max stay.
Pictures of 2 different times same designated area different spot
Been here 2 times First time it was a weekend before fathers day.. And At first it was not crowded then by friday night it was soo full and everyone had loud music then when we woke up someone with a camper set up like 10 feet behind us with a bunch of kids running through your space. And they have designated camp sites.. But it gets so full people start settint up where ever they see space... 2nd time was this past 4th of july weekend we got there thursday afternoon and was a lot of space... Nice and quite.. But it all changed coming friday and Saturday this time it was so full.. Someone invaded our space again when we went to the store amd came back to them set up right next to us in our designated area. Besides all that we still had a good time hiking and relaxing drinking beer while listening to and enjoying nature..
Really nice spot with designated campsites. We need to take better care of it, not leaving trash and observing fire restrictions.
This is a great spot that’s in between Flagstaff and Sedona. It’s cooler because it’s up at Flagstaff elevation. Lots of trees. What I love about this place is that in your backyard you have a 3 mile trail that you can walk whenever call the Kelly pocket. There’s also a creek down there and maybe water in it depending the time of year and swimming holes. During COVID-19 this guy very crowded on weekends with people coming up from Phoenix and riding aroundOn ATVs etc. I expect that once campgrounds open up it will be less crowded.
From I-17 take 89A. Turn on Forest Road 237. There are 4 separate camping areas to camp in. There is a creek that runs along the east side of the forest.
Up the mountain and off the road a bit, this site is primitive- stone made fire pits and no toilets or fresh water, but plenty of sites. Great for a big group or a private getaway. We visited in late October 2019 and loved it. There was rain, hail, lightning and ice, but if you can stay warm it's lovely. There was some trash left over (toilet paper and a homemade toilet) but not the worst we've seen. The campsite is pack in pack out, so be prepared. You can gather dead trees for campfires, and there is a 14 day stay limit. Overall, a great place we'll be returning to.
Sites are numerous and roomy, many arent level but some are. Great site for free just off the highway!
Title says it all! Not far off of the main road-- you'll have to drive a little bit past where google maps says it is but it's on the right just after with plenty of signs to direct you. There was a large family group there who generated some noise but I still slept fine. No restrooms or garbage disposal around so plan around that. I'd stay here again if I were back in the area!
Great place among the tall trees with the occasional jet flying over from the nearby Flagstaff airport, sites are a little difficult to get level so bring leveling blocks.