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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We really enjoyed our night at "A Spark in the Dark Campground." It was a gorgeous location and Clifford was soooooooo kind and welcoming. He has great energy and such positive vibes! He showed us where everything was right when we arrived and we bought some firewood. Our spot was perfect for enjoying the sunset and already had a great fire pit set up. We would definitely come back. It's only about an hour and a half drive to Sedona too!
This place was great! We were looking for a nice place to get away and this was it! To our surprise it was only a short 1.5hr drive to Sedona & the Grand Canyon. We spent our days adventuring and evenings making dinner, enjoying the campfire, watching the stars! This was a great “somewhat” primitive place to camp. I love the design your own site camp style. We choose to car camp and picked a spot on the far west side of the property which treated us with amazing sunsets!
Our stay at Spark in the Dark Campground was wonderful. Clifford was very helpful prior to arrival, and his directions made it really easy to find. The campground and toilet were well maintained, and we found a great site with a fire circle all set up, and lots of good kindling around. Gorgeous sunset, and the stargazing was incredible. Definitely recommend!
We only spent one night but could have easily done 2. The remote location is awesome. We were looking for a place for stargazing and The Spark delivered! With the near absence of light pollution, once it got dark my wife and I were in awe of the night sky! Shooting stars, countless number of satellites the beautiful Milky Way and billions of stars! If you spend time at your campsite we would recommend bringing some shade. We had some cover with us thankfully!
Vehicle camping at the spark was my first Hipcamp experience and im nervous that nobody could ever live up to Cliff. Getting there is a masterclass in detaching yourself from civilization. you go through gravel roads to bumpy dirt paths (that are completely safe for a sedan) until you finally get to the Spark in the Dark. If cityslickers are nervous about being out so far (read: i was) then Cliffords smile and generally laid back and welcoming attitude will put you at ease. When i met him he made sure to check if i was doing handshakes (corona) or if i wanted to greet in a different way. He gave us a run down and thanked us for bringing such a positive energy to his place (right back at ya bud). He showed us the new porta potty (bring a head lamp or a lantern its dark out there). Then we got to choose a camp site. there was enough room that 10 people could have been camping out there and you still wouldve felt completely private. We used the firewood he sold us $5 for a bunch that lasted all night and told us to feel free to use the deadwood on the property as kindling. The wood we used smelled so good i wish i couldve had a full fledged BBQ with it. The sunset was beautiful, the stars were incredible, the highway is slightly visable from the property to give you an anchor to civilization. and i can not stress enough how pleasant Cliff was. Like if they made a Jack Black teddy bear come to life. It was an incredible site and i will definitely be back again.
Clifford was a great host, and our stay at A Spark in the Dark Campground was awesome. This was our family's first attempt at camping, and it could not have been better. The site was very clean, we felt like we were the only ones out there, the stars were absolutely incredible, and Clifford was a very friendly and welcoming host. We all talked about how this was one of the greatest trips we've had. We will definitely be back.
This is an amazing place. We absolutely loved it. A very easy stop off 40, but felt worlds away. Clifford was warm and welcoming and offers a relaxed and beautiful environment. We had so much privacy and space, saw a gorgeous sunset, shooting stars, and the Milky Way. There are many small trees to provide shelter and shade. It felt wild and free. Just perfect.