Hipcamp host Rory G.
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Beautiful dispersed camping on 18 acres of raw land overlooking the Painted Desert. Quiet, peaceful, secluded. Cars basically never come down this road, you're likely to see more cows than people :) The site is in a great central location. 11 miles to the Petrified Forest entrance off the I-40 and 15 miles to Holbrook for supplies, great eateries and just a good old Route 6
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Beautiful dispersed camping on 18 acres of raw land overlooking the Painted Desert. Quiet, peaceful, secluded. Cars basically never come down this road, you're likely to see more cows than people :) The site is in a great central location. 11 miles to the Petrified Forest entrance off the I-40 and 15 miles to Holbrook for supplies, great eateries and just a good old Route 66 town vibe! The nearest neighbor a half mile away, so you'll have plenty of privacy. Awesome sunsets over the painted desert & brilliant star gazing by night. Free range cows and jack rabbits roaming around. Its peaceful and calm, you're in the middle of nowhere yet right by everything. You can set up your tent or whatever you're sleeping in anywhere on the property you like. The space is 1.5 miles off the Interstate 40. Easy to get to, however the last 1/2 mile is a little bumpy and sandy in spots so be prepared for that. I'd recommend something with high clearance but any normal car should be fine.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
10 sites
Up to 16 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Rory a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

Besides the national park, there's a trail that runs right through the middle of the property. The local cows have created a wh...Read more

Wildlife watching

Cows often stop by and sometimes you'll see jackrabbits running around.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Big Spin Ranch Petrified Forest in Arizona.

Desert

Even on a cool day the sun is strong and there's no shade trees so come prepared for that.

The vibe at Big Spin Ranch Petrified Forest

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Hipcamper Tracie
Tracie S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 30th, 2018

Kind of hard to find. There aren’t many places to camp nearby so it’s a good place, albeit a little expensive for a patch of dirt. We camped in a dry pond and there wasn’t a soul in sight. Very peaceful

Hipcamper Nina
Nina D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 29th, 2019

Rory was super friendly, helpful and responsive. Property easy to find with following directions and gps coordinates. Served our purpose to star watch during a new moon in an open field. Had a truck and would definitely recommend that since property is soft dirt with small bushes and shrubbery you will have to drive over to camp off of the narrow dirt road. Beautiful sunset and sunrise. However, there were more distant neighbors (barking dogs) than I'd originally imagined as well as sounds from a train track nearby. My daughter slept through it just fine, but I was wishing I had brought my ear plugs!

Hipcamper Shayna
Shayna F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 11th, 2019

We loved staying out at Big Spin Ranch! Rory describes it perfectly; it's unmarked land pretty much in the middle of nothing, and we loved it as a quiet solitary retreat. The land was perfectly clean and undisturbed, and we enjoyed hiking around seeing the desert shrubs and animals. It was great to let our four legged campers explore around off-leash without any worry, and they had a blast sniffing around! We were easily able to dig a pit for a great campfire and spent the evening cooking over the fire and enjoying the warmth. The freeway is close by, but we weren't disturbed by the noise at all. We would recommend exercising caution on the roads leading to the site, they are definitely a bit sandy and we had to watch the weather to make sure we didn't get stuck in the mud resulting from rain the following day.
We loved the closeness of this campsite to Petrified Forest National Park and it was great to have an affordable convenient camping spot right nearby.

Winter camping dinner of acorn squash with malt vinegar, rosemary, feta, jalapenosOur fur baby loved running off leash and sniffing all the great desert smellsNothing like a campfire on a chilly winter camp nightBig Spin Ranch Petrified Forest
Hipcamper Natalie P.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 8th, 2019
Hipcamper Yosuke U.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 24th, 2019
Hipcamper Mason K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 9th, 2018
Property
Big Spin Ranch
State
Arizona
Country
United States
$20/night
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