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Aquarius Dark Sky Ranch is in the dark sky viewing zone -- it has wide open, generally clear skies and incredible stars. There are no human beings, houses or lights visible and there is no highway noise. 

This is an experience for the camper who wants the rare experience of total silence, total solitude, and a wilderness experience that is extremely rare in the modern

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Aquarius Dark Sky Ranch is in the dark sky viewing zone -- it has wide open, generally clear skies and incredible stars. There are no human beings, houses or lights visible and there is no highway noise. 

This is an experience for the camper who wants the rare experience of total silence, total solitude, and a wilderness experience that is extremely rare in the modern world. This is not glamping and there are no services. It is remote -- for a self reliant "boondocker" or self reliant backpacker who wants to check out of civilization.

Log off, do a digital detox, leave your electronics behind and tune into a higher frequency. 

Clear your head of the clutter of city life, and empty it out here. 

This is the opportunity to be in a true wilderness in absolute silence with no other human beings visible, no city lights, no traffic noise, and very often, no human footprints. 

Because of the total silence, it is a wonderful place for wildlife observation, birding, and practicing native survival skills such as tracking. Unlike most backpacking destinations these days, you will not have other humans around making noise and scaring the wildlife away -- making this wonderful for birdwatching.

It's also the opportunity to experience the rare gift of TOTAL SILENCE which is not just rare, but unbelievably rejeuvenating and restorative.  (You will hear birds, butterflies, dragonflies, the wind and crickets -- but no human-made noises.)

This is a very remote area -- you are unlikely to see another human being once you turn off the main highway. You will see cattle and wild burro on the road, and an occasional wild rabbit or roadrunner.  You will also see saguaro, ocatillo and beautiful rock formations and views of the mountains. DO NOT TRAVEL IN THE DARK. Plan your drive for daylight.

This site is accessible with a regular car, van, mid sized RV or two wheel drive vehicle -- but we do not recommend huge RVs or pull behind trailers. Once you turn off the highway, you are on gravel/dirt roads .

If you want to go deeper into the backcountry, you will need a backpack or day pack, and to hike 2 to 4 miles. on a jeep trail, and then along unmarked wilderness washes and animal trails. 

You can also cross the land with a jeep, horse or ATV. 

This is not for everyone -- it's off the grid wilderness camping for the experienced backcountry camper, boondocker or backpacker -- with no services or cell phone signal.  

You must be self sufficient with water, food and a full tank of gas. 

There are no trash cans -- you must pack out your trash and "leave no trace."

You need good map skills, GPS and orienteering skills to navigate this land. We recommend an app called ONX.  

The ranch is roughly halfway between Las Vegas and Phoenix, (2 1/2 hours North of Phoenix) and 3 hours from Prescott. Nearest town with services, gas and restaurants is Wikieup, 7 miles to the north.   There are also excellent restaurants and a grocery store in Wickenburg, about 50 minutes South. 

The property is about 3 miles off of busy highway 93, but far enough that you can see the stars and galaxies, far enough for total silence away from the busy traffic noise. 

Surrender to the silence. So quiet you can hear your heartbeat. Incredible stargazing in the dark sky viewing region.

The land is up high above the heat at 3,900 - 4,900 foot elevation, 300 days of sunshine every year -- similar climate to Prescott. Daytime is mild and sunny 60-70 in January, but nights can dip down to 40s. Spring is like a summer, in the 70s and 80s, with cool nights in the 50s.  

There are no mosquitoes in Winter/Fall but there are bugs in Spring/Summer. Be prepared.

Up to two small vans or cars or smaller RVs can easily fit here and pull through. 

NEARBY HOT SPRINGS AND SWIMMING HOLES

Need a hot bath? Kaiser Hot Springs is 7 miles West, and delightfully primitive. Coffer Hot Spring is 8.5 miles North East. Sycamore Creek is just up the road. Burro Creek is on the other side of Highway 93, 9 miles. All wild, uncrowded and free.

WILDLIFE TRACKING

This is primal desert ecosystem, virtually uninhabited for decades. Wildlife abounds including 100 varieties of birds -- quail, blue jays, hawks, roadrunners, raven, owl, blue jays and wild turkey, even black hawks and bald eagles.

Animal footprints far outnumber those of humans on our sandy trails.

You might see desert cottontails, ring-tailed cats, badgers, raccoon, skunks (spotted, striped, and hognose), gray foxes, javelinas, bobcats, mountain lions, coyote, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep. If you are silent and observant, you may see wild horses or wild burros. (Bring binoculars!)  There are plenty of lizards, snakes, bees, and butterflies. 

PETROGLYPHS AND CAVES

Follow the animal trails in soft sandy washes.

Discover petroglyphs,  prehistoric sites, ancient lava fields, volcanic formations and caves, and feel like you are truly the last human (or the first) alive on Earth. 

WILDFLOWERS

In the Spring, you will see fields of red, orange, gold, and purple wildflowers, including flowering barrel cactus, saguro, agave, and prickly pear, Ocotillo, fields of poppies, datura, and blooming purple sage. 

ROCKS AND MINERALS

A rock hound's fantasy, with pink granite, red rock, volcanic rock, white quartz and gray granite, agate and sightings of rare earth minerals. (Gold prospectors, and rock collectors, please go to neighboring BLM lands, we do not have mineral rights.) 

BIKING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, OHVs

Fat tire Mountain Biker's paradise with miles of winding roads and many washes to explore.  We can help you rent a horse or pack animal, llama, or get an off road vehicle tour from a local outfitter.

HIKING AND CLIMBING

Hike four miles of trails and many more miles of animal trails and dry stream washes, through shady low creek side canyons of aspen trees or high ridges of pink and red granite. If you are a rock climber, there are granite, sandstone and lava cliffs to climb and boulders to scramble. 

NEARBY SERVICES

Nearby services in Wikieup, 11 miles North, include gas, RV dumping, great classic American road trip food (even great Chicago pizza and steak sandwiches at Dazzo's) and homemade pie at Luchia's, and a Trading Post with fabulous Native American jewelry and art. The ghost town of Nothing, to the south has... almost nothing. Signal is another ghost town nearby.

Explore the magic of Aquarius Ranch and let us know what you discover

 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Showers available
No potable water
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
RV details
Pull-through site, max length 50ft, max width 20ft
Ask about generators
Surface type unknown, levelness unknown
No hookups
Have a question? Send Bisson a message!
  • Check in: After 6AM
  • Check out: Before 7PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 40% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain bikes only! And you are free to ride on the AWD trails or off road in the washes.

Hiking

The ranch is 3 square miles of pristine private land, surrounded by thousands of acres of BLM government land. It is pristine a...Read more

Horseback riding

You are free to ride your horse on the land. Contact Arizona Horse Company in Wickenburg for horse and pack animal rentals; ...Read more

OHV

OHV quads are absolutely necessary to navigate the farthest, higher altitude side of the ranch. There are clearly marked roads ...Read more

Climbing

This is a fantastic location for bouldering and short climbs. Bring your own climbing gear and climb at your own risk. Lots of ...Read more

Wildlife watching

This is a paradise for wildlife watching including wild horses, wild burros, antelope, black bear, buffalo, desert bighorn shee...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Dark sky stargazing, total silence. in Arizona.

Cave

Many small caves around the property. Please bring your map, compass, GPS if you go off trail.

Desert

This is high desert, which means there are deciduous trees and other plants you don't usually see in a low desert, and it is co...Read more

Forest

We have a small forest of Gingko trees and Aspens, Sycamores and other deciduous trees along the creek. In spring and summer it...Read more

Hot spring

Nearby Kaiser Hot Springs is free down the road, on opposite side of highway 93, 7 miles away. Coffer Hot Spring is 22 minutes ...Read more

Lake

In the state park, 30 miles away.

Mesa or canyon

Negro Butte rises up above, and there are many steep red rock canyons that echo the terrain of the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

Mountainous

Breathtaking views of the purple hued Aquarius Mountains and the many pink granite and red rock boulders and cliffs. The high ...Read more

River, stream or creek

Seasonal Sycamore Canyon Creek runs through the property, when it is dry the river flows underground, which is why this is an o...Read more

Swimming hole

Nearby 99 degree warm springs at Kaiser Hot Springs or Coffer Spring, or cold swimming on Burro Creek or Upper Burro Creek Wild...Read more

Ranch

You may see an occasional cow as you are hiking, they are wandering in from a neighbor's ranch. Ask in town if you can buy loca...Read more

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Hipcamper Charles

Open skies made my night

Charles C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 11th, 2019

Open skies and plenty if stars! I'd camp here again just for the stars, but the view is great when the sun is up too!

Hipcamper Kristena

Love love love

Kristena Y.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
October 22nd, 2019

This site was so beautiful!
Me and my husband went for our Anniversary and we couldn’t be more over joyed. This camp is completely secluded, very clean, had a fire pit and a stack of fire wood already available. This site name follows through the STARS are incredible, truly out of this world. Numerous shooting stars! Also weather wasn’t bad for October slightly chilly but totally bearable.
All I would recommend is DO NOT FOLLOW THE PIN DROP ON GOOGLE. The host gives precise directions that I myself failed to follow. The pin drop leads elsewhere.

Other than that we will be doing a yearly visit.
Thanks again.
Truly had a beautiful time.

Dark sky stargazing, total silence.Dark sky stargazing, total silence.Dark sky stargazing, total silence.Dark sky stargazing, total silence.
Property
Aquarius Stargazing Ranch
State
Arizona
$20/night
4 Sites