It figures, the stagecoach followed the Pony Express route.  Cowboy re-enactors ran it again for a few years recently.

Camp amongst the best and most beautiful scenery the high desert of Arizona has to offer. True peaceful desert tranquility next to hike-able mountains with 100 mile majestic views. 25 miles to Alamo Lake, the quiet more private side, for swimming. Lots

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It figures, the stagecoach followed the Pony Express route.  Cowboy re-enactors ran it again for a few years recently.

Camp amongst the best and most beautiful scenery the high desert of Arizona has to offer. True peaceful desert tranquility next to hike-able mountains with 100 mile majestic views. 25 miles to Alamo Lake, the quiet more private side, for swimming. Lots of fish too, said to be the best bass lake in the state. We are almost surrounded by hundreds of miles of Federal land with lots of ATV and Jeep off-roading. 

 Look for gold and silver where the miners of yesterday looked, right here, just short distances around your campsite area. Bring your miners pick, the evidence of their work is everywhere. Your metal detector might also find 50 caliber bullets, shells and belt links left over from B17 door gunner training that went on overhead back in the day—WWII. We've got a collection of them to show you! 

 Arizona is open land cattle grazing country and our ranch abutts what was a major watering hole complete with 100 year old ranch fencing where they gathered cattle up for shipping off to the stockyards. This is the real 'cowboy-up' out west still going on. The cows do come by here now and then looking for a drink. The rancher likes this safer area now for cows to birth their babies. Another rare photo op. 

When you come, ask to see our maps to nearby old mines and trails to see totally unique scenic rock formations, petroglyphs, and many other wonderful photo opportunities. Some may require vehicle travel. Here you will find the widest variety of desert flora and fauna anywhere in our American southwest Sonoran desert (two rainy seasons a year). Yes we have lots of those tall Saguaro cactus. 

We are completely off-grid. Propane and solar electricity provide all of our needs like pumping refreshingly clean well water. We are far from the noisy rat-race with an unblemished night sky. We have four levels of camping available. Level one: raw ground, a fire ring, one armload of firewood, a solar lantern and a composting toilet. Level two: all previous level items plus your tent on a 10'x16' deck.  Level three (this Pony Express level): adds our, 10'x10'x7' at peak tent, as shown, on a deck. An outside table and two chairs. Level four (glamping): All previously mentioned items plus a stand-up charcoal BBQ with some cooking tools, a ridgid 6” foam mattress on a wooden base, bedding, end tables, suspended closet pole and fully carpeted deck. 

We provide a centrally located drinking water and electrical charging, station. Full bathroom facilities are also available on the property. A private access key is provided during limited hours morning and evening.  Camp store nearby. Gas and restaurants are 17 miles east from us at U.S. Route 93 over a County maintained dirt road, Chicken Springs Rd. to Wikieup. Pets allowed. You may check out or rent out a number of useful tools or desired items etc. 

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

All roads here are dirt. 95% are graded twice a year by a professional grader. Still, after major rains, there will be sandy a...Read more

Boating

Boating is year around at (state maintained) Alamo Lake, 25 miles away over a sometimes difficult road. Alamo Road, to the la...Read more

Fishing

Said to be the best Bass lake in the state. Alamo Lake has all kinds of fish with lots of nooks and crannies to fish into.

Hiking

We have identified ten different hikes on a large, very detailed, color map just for the very curious. Many require some two wh...Read more

Horseback riding

You must let us know before you arrive for us to set this ride up for you.

Paddling

Canoeing etc. is year around at (state maintained) Alamo Lake, 25 miles away over a sometimes difficult road. Alamo Road, to ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

This is a haven for off-roading. Be sure to abide by federal BLM rules.

Climbing

All our mountains are (older, 'softer') easily climbable for the physically fit. Some are 8,000 feet with enormous pine and oa...Read more

Swimming

Swimming is year around at Alamo Lake, 25 miles away over sometimes difficult roads. Alamo Road, to the lake, is county grader...Read more

Wildlife watching

We have identified ten different hikes on a large, very detailed, color map just for the very curious. Many require some two wh...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Pony Express Bunkhouse at Wits End in Arizona.

Desert

This is a high, Sonoran (two rainy seasons) desert. We are as lush as deserts get full of wildlife and such interesting desert...Read more

Lake

Alamo Lake (state run), is 25 miles away over two wheel but sometimes difficult roads. Alamo Road, to the lake, is county grad...Read more

Mesa or canyon

Mesas and canyons are all around us.

Mountainous

All our mountains are (older, 'softer') easily climbable for the physically fit. Some are 8,000 feet with enormous pine and oa...Read more

Ranch

Our Wits End Ranch is40 acres of view. We are next door to an active cattle collecting and branding site that goes back 100 ye...Read more

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Hipcamper Alex
Alex S.
recommends this listing.
April 6th, 2020

This was exactly what we were looking for! Chuck and Joann were the perfect hosts attentive but gave us plenty of space to feel the seclusion of nature. Joann was already headed out the door to greet us before we had a chance to get out of the car. She walked me about a qtr mile to the campsite while my girlfriend followed with the car. As we walked she gave me a lay of the land including a welcome letter with loads of information. She also showed me where the water and charging station were located. Many thoughtful extras were included to make us more comfortable, including a home bathroom with a shower included with the site, during select hours each day. The site itself was awesome. I am an avid camper but my girlfriend is not and it was our first time bringing our 1 year old son camping. This site fit all of our individual needs. I was able to forage for wood and explore right from the site, while my girlfriend was able to relax on the queen mattress or lounge on the Adirondack chairs. When we wanted to go hiking, I text joann, for some quick directions to local sites, expecting a quick text response. I was pleasantly surprised that Chuck came down with his map and gave me the lay of the land, including plenty of options for hiking. You could literally spend years exploring all of the unique boulders and plant life out there. A couple tips for future campers, I would definitely bring some form of shade during warmer months if you want to hang out in the campsite, as it is in fairly direct sun. (you can find shade by moving slightly away from the campsite into the trees) Also, if you plan on hiking with your dog, bring hiking booties for the dog, there was a particular type of cactus that shed burrs everywhere and was hard on the dogs feet. (they have done a great job clear those cactus away from their land just a pro tip if you plan of going off the beaten track). I would like to thank Chuck and Joann for their hospitality, and look forward to returning here regularly each spring and fall.

Property
Wits End Ranch
State
Arizona
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site
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