Hipcamp host Brett S.
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This raw land property, right at the edge of the Petrified Forest National Park, gives you amazing views of and walking access into the park (with an already purchased entrance pass) to the ancient Puerco Pueblo and the stunning views of Newspaper Rock.

Cell reception in the area is decent. I had access to TMobile data from the property the last time I was there thou
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This raw land property, right at the edge of the Petrified Forest National Park, gives you amazing views of and walking access into the park (with an already purchased entrance pass) to the ancient Puerco Pueblo and the stunning views of Newspaper Rock.

Cell reception in the area is decent. I had access to TMobile data from the property the last time I was there though not all areas of the park have the same luxury. City folk (like it seems I have sadly become these days) often forget what a beautiful starry night sky can look like. One clear night here and you'll see a sky full of stars, the milky way, planets and maybe a shooting star. As a International Dark Sky Park, the parks nightscape falls on the Bortel scale of 3 (1 being darkest and 9 being brightest). For more info go to www.nps.gov/pefo/learn/nature/darkskies Outside of the Petrified Forest National Park in Holbrook, we recommend visiting Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. and the Navajo County Historical Society Museum. Nearest gas can be found at the Painted Desert Visitor Center or west down I-40 toward Holbrook at the Hopi Travel Plaza. In Holbrook, groceries can be found at Safeway and local restaurants include Camaleon Cafe, Butterfield Stage Co. Steak House and Mandarin Beauty and host of other Mexican and American restaurants. Trucks do come down Adamana Rd to the storage facility during the week though you probably won't hear or see them much. The train can be a bit loud and obnoxious for some (or a something exciting for the kids) depending on how frequently it passes through so ear plugs at night may be advised. I'm usually pretty accessible and close to my phone so feel free to message me with any questions you may have, before during or after your trip!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Brett a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Dirt roads, and rocky and soft ground offer moderate terrain. Within the park, biking is permitted on paved roads only. Several...Read more

Hiking

Within a short walk of a couple miles from the property you can be at Puerco Pueblo, Newspaper Rock, or, for a slightly longer ...Read more

Horseback riding

Horses and other animals are welcome on my private property though please know the land is not fenced. Please message me for mo...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Off roading and dirt bikes are welcome.

Wildlife watching

Keep an eye out! We have seen large bucks, pronghorn, lizards, rabbits, hares, birds of prey and many insects and bugs.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Front Row Seat! Petrified Forest! in Arizona.

Desert
Prairie, meadow, ...

The vibe at Front Row Seat! Petrified Forest!

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Hipcamper Chuck

Stars a choo-choo

Chuck A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 11th, 2020

Well off the beaten path and secluded in a area that only the train conductors would see, Brett's property is great for star gazing and camping. A small car can access the property with a little attention to the path ahead and if you've lived near train tracks in a urban setting it should be easy to sleep through the dozen or so that pass by especially as most of them ran through before 10:30pm.

Hipcamper Brett
Response from Brett, the Host, on August 17th, 2020

Thanks for the positive response Chuck! All the best with your travels! Happy to have you again!

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Hipcamper Doran

Very secluded: off road vehicle

Doran Z.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 14th, 2020

We enjoyed our camping experience at this site, the stars were incredible l. You must have an off road capable vehicle! You will get stuck in the sand without as we did. Perfect proximity to the petrified forest national park!!

Hipcamper Brett
Response from Brett, the Host, on August 17th, 2020

Thanks for your review Doran. I'm sorry to hear you got stuck and I'm not sure where that would have been as the roads and vehicle tracks are fairly well marked, if only by previous tire marks themselves. Other guests have responded positively and say also that small vehicles are fine in the area.

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Hipcamper Kylie
Kylie T.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 21st, 2020

Brett was great. Incredibly helpful, checked in and made himself available if needed via phone. The site is very close to the Forest, but its not obviously visible from where we were camping.

Camping is remote and very much on raw land. You will want some clearance on your vehicle as the bushes are very healthy . Trains were pretty consistent until about 10-11pm and they started in the morning again around 7-8am. They have to blow their horn so definitely being ear plug if youre bithered by noise.

There are also many bugs here with all the greenery. Make sure your tent has bug netting and check yourself when coming in from outside!
The bugs love the light so do your stuff in the dark or you have lots of excited praying mantis' flying around. Very cool emrald beetles spotted.

Other than the trains, it was a cool place!

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Hipcamper Brett
Response from Brett, the Host, on August 24th, 2020

Thanks for the review Kylie! I'm glad you had a good stay!

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Hipcamper Jordan
Jordan R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 30th, 2020

Brett was so helpful and kind. He gave GPS coordinates to help find the land and was super responsive. The sunsets from the camp spot were beautiful and it was very peaceful.

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Hipcamper Lane
Lane A.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 7th, 2020

I am sad to say our stay at this site was far below our expectations. To begin, the road is barely maintained so it was difficult to be certain we weren’t trespassing on someone’s private land. We were using an SUV with four wheel drive and yet the brush was so thick, it started to burn under our car only a short distance in. We parked nearer to the service road and walked in to avoid the risk of fire. Second, there is almost no clearing for a tent or campfire. The brush is thick and the fear of a fire getting out of control was very high, so we relied on our isopropane tank only. For the adventurous, this might be a familiar situation but it felt ominous to us. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the site is literally right next to train track. This is clearly mentioned in the listing and I first thought it would be charming (i love trains!) but it became immediately clear to us that the traffic through the night was very high. We heard at least one train every 30 min, complete with horns and a giant traffic control flood light not far off from the campsite. After a short time at the site, we started to feel increasing unease and decided to pack up our gear and head to a cheap hotel. I’ve definitely done some back country camping but this is a different experience- only for the strongest, I suppose. I will add that my correspondence with the host was very nice. He seems to be attentive and open to questions. I think it could be an ok spot if there was a little more maintenance on the dirt path and greater transparency about the frequency of the train.

Hipcamper Mitra

Lots of space and privacy

Mitra W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 7th, 2020

I love to disperse camp and have expansive natural sights. This was perfect. Raw land with lots of room. Beautiful sunset. Description is accurate. There are trains. Didnt bother us at all but we expected it. Listing is as described. Highclearance 4x4 is easier to navigate for sure. Again not a problem for us. Im used to remote private leave no trace camping.

Hipcamper Mitra
Mitra W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 8th, 2020

Very open dispersed camping on private land.

Hipcamper Eileen

Wonderful night under the stars!

Eileen M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 16th, 2020

Brett was a great communicator - very quick to reply and answer questions. The site is incredibly secluded and the view of the stars and Milky Way was amazing. It is by a railroad track, so the sound of trains needs to be something you like. We love trains so it was a bonus.

Property
Brett S.’s Land
State
Arizona
Country
United States
$20/night
2 Sites
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