Pitch a tent or bring your trailer or rv. Campsite located on a private beach with a dock and boat ramp for fishing boats. Located on old Colorado River. Some of the best catfishing and rock hounding you will ever find. Breath taking sunrises and sunsets. Great for four wheeling and critter watching. Across river from cibola wildlife refuge. Forty minutes from Glamis. Dry camping only right now (no toilets). Primitive cabins to come later (hopefully this year).
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Greenstick
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Leading from the main highway to the campsite is an unpaved road that has the familiar appearance of most dry desert camping locations. Yet when I arrived to my campsite I thought I found an oasis in the desert. The first thing I noticed was the slow current of a river which matched the laid back communal space located above the shore. It was a wide painted wooden shade shelter and under it had bar stools, a long rectangle table and BBQ (and a short board- try and find it!). Connecting the river and the shelter was a floating dock where you can sunbath or sit and enjoy the view. On the shore scattered about were kayaks, a small boat, hammock, lifeguard tower chair and fire pit. The beach vibe is so strong here that I forgot that I was in the same area that General Patton used to train WWII soldiers before going to fight in Africa. I even parked my truck under the shade of a palm tree.
Although there are cool elements that reminded me that I am in the desert. I went on a tour with Sami and Scott, owners and creators of this desert oasis, and they showed me ancient petroglyphs that were not marked on maps. On that tour we saw a wild donkey and many roadrunners. Their property is near the Cibola Wildlife Refuge so I expected to hear coyotes howling with owls at night along with crickets and other birds calls. There are plenty of domesticated animals at the main house too where Sami and Scott live. They have goats, chickens (you can hear the rooster in the morning all the way from your campsite), dogs and cats.
There aren’t designated camping spots like at a national or state park campground so if you’re there on the same night as other campers then there’s plenty of room to spread out and still have some privacy. I stayed the same night as a large family with two dogs and I felt welcomed to join them if I wanted to or have some quiet time at my own site. There’s one port-a-potty supplied with toilet paper and a couple trash cans that’s also shared but that’s it.
During my short stay I was also impressed with the hosts Sami and Scott. They helped tow out one of the campers who got their car stuck in the sand, they made themselves available by checking in with all the campers and they gave me extra ice to add to my Nalgene (all of mine melted in the afternoon heat). They were consistently generous and welcoming hosts who were also knowledgable about the area and could suggest many activities to do and see nearby. I would recommend staying here in this beach-meets-desert campsite to anyone but especially if you want to see the milky way and stars and night.
Sami and Scott made my time at Greenstick absolutely perfect. They checked in with me daily to make sure I had everything I needed. They were always kind and friendly and I invited them over to hang out on my last night. Although it was quite hot during the day, the river was always refreshing. The set up was great. They have a propane BBQ, a fire ring, plenty of seating, and kayaks for rent. My dog, Bear, was allowed off leash the entire time which was a blessing. We heard donkeys, birds, and coyotes. The sunsets and sunrises were breathtaking and we even saw a huge rainbow! The trip was just what I needed to rest and recover from the hustle of the city. I can't wait to go back!