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, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
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 Tessa

Hard to find, peaceful night

Tessa L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 16th, 2020

The site was pretty hard to find. I would suggest sticking with the google maps coordinates and literally pointing your car at the arrow, because towards the end google maps doesn’t have all the dirt roads mapped out. We aren’t exactly sure if we stayed directly on her property. Once we got settled it was really nice. The sunset was incredible, we dug a fire pit for some dinner, and star gazed all night. It did get chilly at night so highly recommend layers! We drove a Subaru Impreza in there with no difficulty- just a little bumpy, so go slow. Over all it was a fine site for a one night trip! Just a little difficult to find since there are no landmarks on the actual property to look for.

Hipcamper Fern
Fern B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 7th, 2020

beautiful open space. convenient access from i-40 and to petrified natl forest. sites arent clearly marked but theres tons of land and you can camp wherever you want.

Hipcamper Jack
Jack M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 14th, 2020

Rory was helpful and the directions were clear. However, the site was less of a “site” than I expected. The area was not marked in any way, there was no real clearing (e.g., I could imagine someone clearing the somewhat significant weeds/brush), and no spots for fire. It was fine but definitely do not expect more than a piece of land. I supposed I should have expected that but many Hipcamps have a bit more area cleared, marker to let you know you’re there, spot for a fire, etc. even if they are pretty off the grid.

Hipcamper Jacob
Jacob S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 19th, 2020

Great experience. Directions were super easy to follow. Would definitely stay here again!

Hipcamper Dana

Perfect spot to spend the night

Dana T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2020

A beautiful camp site! 2 humans, 2 dogs, driving in a Honda Civic across the country. We booked with Rory last minute and she was responsive And friendly. Her directions to get to the site are thorough, just take your time reading them through and getting there. We were worried about the sandy bumpy road in, but it hadn’t rained significantly so we were fine. We passed one of the neighbors on the way in and she was very friendly. A beautiful and geologically rich setting to spend the night! We didn’t mind a little highway noise or trains in the distance. Quick access to Petrified Nat Forest the next morning.

Hipcamper Miguette

Pretty fkn great once i got there

Miguette C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 1st, 2020

I had a Really difficult time unpicking the directions, and the gps coordinates didn’t match, tried 3 different apps. Who knows. But I got there in the end. I think I did anyway, I parked up and had a magical time watching the sunset and moonrise . It was wonderful.

I think you need car with good clearance and awd/4x4.

I slept in my truck, I think it would be a bit prickly in tent. Nothing is cleared or marked, so think “overlanding” more than “glamping”.

I parked where I saw some tire prints- it would lessen our impact if we were able to park in each other’s tracks. Pack-in, pack-out. Not a speck of garbage to be seen on site- it was absolutely pristine.

I would definitely go back now that Ive got the knack.

Sunset lasts hours! Incredible sunset
Property
Big Spin Ranch
State
Arizona
Country
United States
$20/night
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