ENJOY! 40 acres of beautiful mountain desert prairie on this private homestead. Tents, vans, RVs, travel trailers and whatever else you might arrive in (any size!)... Whatever you're looking for, this "Primitive Plus" camping experience is sure to be a unique experience for making some great memories! There are only a handful of available sites to ensure you have a huge sect
ENJOY! 40 acres of beautiful mountain desert prairie on this private homestead. Tents, vans, RVs, travel trailers and whatever else you might arrive in (any size!)... Whatever you're looking for, this "Primitive Plus" camping experience is sure to be a unique experience for making some great memories! There are only a handful of available sites to ensure you have a huge section of the property to yourself - wherever you choose to set up in this diverse environment. Great for large group retreats or the single camper needing a meditative experience in nature.
LAYOUT! The property is divided into two very large areas. You'll drive around and choose your ideal spot to set up your camp in the spacious and scenic camping area. Many past campers already have created lots of spots with campfire rings you can adopt or feel free to create your own spot in a place no one has camped before! There are no "assigned" areas... And if you like, there is a gigantic area of the property off-limits to vehicles which is ideal for hiking and exploring. You can wander out there day or night, take some beautiful photos, even have a campfire or set up a tent and spend a night or three out in the wandering area. This gigantic area of the property offers some very interesting spots like a small dry pond and an old road that used to cut through the property as well as the guarantee of having no vehicles to watch for as you photograph, meditate, or whatever you're up to. It's completely up to you - it's YOUR stay!
STARS! The Spark is known for mind-blowing stargazing as there is near-zero light pollution. It's PERFECT for viewing the Milky Way and meteor showers filled with shooting stars as well as watching satellites drift across the sky. If you're wanting the perfect place for watching any upcoming night-sky event then we have you covered!
WILDLIFE! Although we are just a short drive off of the freeway (about a mile), we are so remote that there is always the possibility of interesting wildlife interaction. Most common are the lullabies of cricket music and coyote song. It's not out of the question to maybe spot the following animals in the area: cows, antelope, deer, javalina pigs and elk. Various snakes including bull snakes are possible as well as the slight potential for rattlesnakes. There are also adorable prairie dogs here and there along with ravens, jackrabbits, regular rabbits, squirrels, field mice ad maybe tarantulas. Of course you always want to keep an eye out for things like scorpions, fire ants, snakes, and cacti anywhere in Arizona. :) DON'T LET THIS LIST SCARE YOU! Many of these animal sightings can be rare and most all of these animals will go out of their way to avoid us. :) Just keep an eye out and be responsible with your food and garbage, and make sure your children and pets are under your supervision and control...
RESTROOM! Bring a flashlight for those nighttime trips to the restroom. It's a Porta John style restroom and it's much nicer than you'd expect. :) It also has the official Guest Book where you can share your experience in the area with other campers! There are solar lights inside but you'll want to bring a backup light for those times when it doesn't charge very well. With no electricity or lights throughout the property, walking around in the dead of night is like stumbling through inky blackness. So bring some reliable lighting with you!
WEATHER! Always check the weather at zip code 86320 before coming. We are open all year during any weather (excepting emergencies) so you are responsible for making sure the weather forecast is compatible with your camping expectations! Weather considerations: during windy days prepare to pay special attention to using extra long stakes for anchoring things like tents, tables, and shade canopies. When rain is in the forecast it can get VERY muddy out here very fast. So if you see that rain is a possibility, be prepared for that. :)
HOST! The campground host lives on the property on a small homestead. This is where you will check-in and where you can purchase gallons of water and firewood bundles. Free firewood is also available in the form of any dead wood that has fallen on the property! And don't be afraid to ask for help if you forgot something you need... Did you forget your propane water boiler? Have you just realized you need extra long tent stakes that you didn't plan for? Did you suddenly realize you forgot to pack your flashlight? If you realize you're lacking some kind of essential then ask the host! There is a possibility he has something you can borrow while you're visiting! **Please be aware that there is NO TRASH PICKUP at this time for the campground so be prepared to pack out what you bring in. :) Any dumpsters you may see on your way in are privately owned by other people and are not for our use. :) ** Also The Spark is a private homestead - there are no hookups for RVs. This is a boondocking experience. :)
EQUIPMENT RENTALS! Available for rent RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP are 3-person pop-up tents with tarp footprints, 6 foot folding utility tables, and 10 x 10 feet shade canopies. Everything comes with extra long heavy duty ground stakes. Styles and availability are limited and vary from hour-to-hour throughout each day.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE! After checking in, the host will point out a few things you'll want to know such as the restroom, wandering area, and camping sites. From there you will simply enjoy a search of the property to find your perfect spot and enjoy the sun and the stars! No matter where you choose to camp, please keep in mind that the entire property is yours to explore or take photos or test gear or hike or meditate or WHATEVER YOU LIKE! Think of The Spark as a "Choose Your Own Adventure" experience. :)
CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT! Times are NOT strict. But out of respect for other campers enjoying the evening stars we encourage you to arrive BEFORE sunset. It would also be very difficult for you to choose a location and set up in the total blackness of night out here. If you know that you will be arriving after sunset just let me know ahead of time and I can make your arrival much easier!)
COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS! I will maintain proper distancing from you as I give you a quick run-down of the property. I can also provide a contact-free check-in if you like, simply give me a heads up before you arrive and I'll explain the campground by text. Please exercise recommended CDC guidelines when you use common areas like the restroom if there are others in that area waiting for its use. I also provide hand sanitizer in the restroom :)
"THANK YOU!" from the bottom of my heart for your interest in A Spark in the Dark private campground - my passion. :) I will send you a welcome message on the day of your check-in with notes on directions to get here, current weather and the like. And I look forward to sharing this special place with you!
Grand Canyon Village South Rim - 86 miles
Sedona - 86 miles
Downtown Williams - 27 miles
Flagstaff Airport - 62 miles
Snow Bowl Ski Resort - 74 miles
Phoenix -Sky Harbor Airport - 156 miles
Outdoor Supply Store - 27 miles in Williams
Lakes for fishing and recreation - Dogtown Lake, Cataract Lake, Kaibab Lake, White Horse Lake (all in nearby Williams) - between 27 and 45 miles depending on the lake
Essentials like grocery, gas, post office, souvenirs, service station, and a couple of small town restaurants - only 5 miles away in local Ash Fork
** mmj friendly Enjoy openly on this very private property!
** pet and child friendly (under supervision)
** please observe the included camp rules and quiet times
** emergency services available nearby
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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Wow! I don't even know where to begin.
Clifford was a welcoming and helpful host. His directions were super easy to follow, and we found the place without issue. This place really made you feel that you were in the middle of nowhere, because you pretty much are! The property was beautiful and there was so much space to choose from when setting up our campsite. We had more gear than your standard backpacker (we normally do car camping) so we didn't want to wander too far out into the property, but even our semi close spot was extremely quiet and very private. There's plenty of space to choose your perfect spot, and lots of bushes and little trees for shade. Oh and Clifford upgraded the tent toilet to a trailer toilet, so nice!
Our first night there, we were welcomed by a pack of howling coyotes! They seemed pretty close, but didn't bother us at all, they just passed through. We didn't actually see any, only heard their howls as they went through. It was such a magical experience! There's also a family of ravens that live nearby, so we got to watch them play and fly and talk to each other. It was very entertaining! Our second night, lying in our tent, we smelled something distinctly skunky walk by. I don't know if it was a skunk, or someone that got sprayed, but either way we were glad to be in our tent! All that to say, definitely keep a clean and food-free camp because there is a lot of wildlife out there! So if you like wildlife viewing (or hearing, or smelling) opportunities, this is a great place to stay. Oh! And the stargazing! We had to wake up early after the full moon set to be able to truly enjoy it, but WOW what a sky! Millions upon millions of stars!
Anywho, long story short, we definitely recommend Clifford's property. We had so much fun, and even rekindled a little romance while we were there! It truly is a spark in the dark!
Peaceful, quiet & friendly!
It was incredibly private, untouched & peaceful. Zero light pollution made for amazing star gazing. It’s important to note that there isn’t running water so bring your own...but Clifford sells gallons of you forget. Clifford is a delight and very helpful & has a great energy. I plan to go back when it’s warmer. I picked a time of year that is a bit too cold for me. The toilet is really useable & it’s not a gross port-o-potty type toilet. Bring what you want to clean your hands too...no water. :)
Amazing host! wonderful location
This place was just what we needed after 3 days on the road not being able to find a single spot.
It's secluded and quiet! Plenty of shrubs/small trees to find shade under. The night sky can't be beat and the sunrises and sunsets are something to not be missed.
Clifford is a fabulous host! Attentive and helpful. Like someone else mentioned his VIBE is just so contagious! We are so grateful to him!
If your looking for a peaceful camping trip with an amazing view check out this place first !!! Clifford was amazing! I loved visiting his site! We will def be back!! We had a family emergency and unfortunately had to leave early but Clifford was super understanding about the whole thing ! Thank you Clifford! We can’t wait to be back soon!
First time using hipcamp 100% loved
Cliffs the man! If you're a free spirit and down to earth, you'll fit right in here! Great place to escape, have bon fire and stare up at the beautiful arizona sky. The camping experience included gathering your own wood for you go getters. He also has fire wood available for sale for you relaxers. Highly recommend this camping experience to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and absolute serenity.
A perfect space for transformation.
A perfect location: easy access yet remote. Beautiful nature, perfect site. Clifford was a most excellent host, warm, kind, informative and professional. When you've brought everything with you for primative camping, all one could ask for is a loo in a trailer! Highly recommend the site!
Peace and quiet, plenty of firewood around and an incredible star-gazing location. The dirt access road was flat and dry during our stay so our little 2wd car had no difficulties accessing the site.