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Hot spring campsites in Arizona

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Hot spring campsites in Arizona

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Moonlight on the mountain Ranch
3 units ¡ Motorhomes, Tents2 acres ¡ Tonopah, AZOn our Moonlit Mountain ranch you can self sooth spending time with nature viewing Saddle mountain&wild Bird watching as well night stargazing, with gorgeous sky views.Wake up to a self serve Breakfast Bar brought to you by our cottage kitchen.Then meet us at the chicken coop for bird feeding, horse feeding &TLC (ANY EGGS COLLECTED YOU KEEP!) Spend the day doing Bow&Arrow practice with kid safe equipment. Hop on the rock hunt tour - on &off There are also bike check outs (both motored and peddle) A trampoline, kiddie splash area&fire pit for marshmallow roasting with bbq for grilling. You can find 420 friendly hang out tables around the property. You can also schedule an evening Oracle reading !!! Your camp space comes with, an outhouse/outdoor wash room, a/c / Fans and a shade tent, electrical hook up. 50v for RV and 110 style tent accommodate
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Distillery ~Tours ~Tastings ~4 RVs
4 units ¡ Tents2 acres ¡ Kingman, AZListed in the top 5 Things to do in the area! Tours! *March 2023 limited on Friday, Saturday & Sundays. Tastings of Rums, Whiskeys, and top-tier spirits! Cocktails! Cheese boards and charcuterie boards for noshing! We have space for 11 RVs for dry camping! Improving every year! Now option for Airbnb stays: https://airbnb.com/h/caboose-999-series-soaking-tub-distillery-az CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Located 4 miles from the I-40 and Highway 66 (Andy Devine Blvd) interchange, we are not too far off the beaten path. Tasting of EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) and Vinegars is FREE. Find our distillery-made Vanilla Extract in the tasting/retail room! The retail room has logo'd t-shirts, hats, olive oils, jams, jellies, all-natural mixers, and more!   Please call ahead for cheese plate availability. We are located in the Airport Industrial complex.  A short 1/2-mile hike will take you to the Airport Cafe, which is by the old WWII communications tower.    Check out our notebook of WWII photos and stories (inside the distillery).  Our location for the distillery is in the same spot as the Club for the old WWII base.  Another short hike of about 1/2-mile will take you over to the Import Corner, a family-owned and operated business that is like Pier One, only five times better! There is plenty of places to explore here at the Airport, we have many planes being stored here, and if you hang out at the Cafe, you will see we are busy with smaller planes landing and taking off on a regular basis.   Twenty minutes away is the Hualapai mountains, and they have a wonderful Park up there with more camping opportunities.  There is a Lodge that serves breakfast lunch and dinner.   Hiking trails abound up on the mountain.  Beautiful Vistas and outlooks.  A 3-mile hiking loop circles the top. Eight miles away is the downtown Kingman area.  Main street and Beale street downtown are full of mom-and-pop restaurants and small businesses of various sorts that are perfect for browsing.  If the standard fare is your thing, the main exits of I-40 abound with the normal fast food fair, google is your friend here! More hiking and biking opportunities can be found around Kingman and on the unpaved road to the old Beale fort, the first fort to be founded in this area. ***Please arrive at least 2 hours before the distillery closes so you have time for your tours and tasting.  The distillery closes at 5 pm, and on 6 pm on Friday and Saturday.  We welcome you to the oldest distillery in AZ!  ***Please be aware during the WINTER months, the time to get here from California or Nevada will result in a LOSS of one hour due to the time change, so take that into account please.
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22 Vikings Camp and Cabin(soon)
4 units ¡ Motorhomes, Tents2 acres ¡ Dolan Springs, AZFor the weary traveler needing a spot to sleep, to the curious explorerers seeking adventure in nature, and families/couples looking for a quick getaway, this spot is for you!!! Open air car/tent and RV camper spaces available March 2022, or this August stay in your own cozy tiny cabin or dome. Your choice!!!  Situated in the rustic town of Dolan Springs AZ, just off iconic Route 66!!! So much to see and do at nearby Lake Mead and Joshua Tree National Parks, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, and of course the 24 hour town that is Las Vegas !!!
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Sedona charm sanctuary
1 unit ¡ Glamping1 acre ¡ Sedona, AZSedona charm sanctuary close to hiking trail head biking located on a cul-de-sac outdoor kitchen centrally located yet out of the way of the congestion of uptown Sugarloaf and thunder Mountain red rock views fully appointed high-quality mattress linens towels fully appointed shower All amenities for a short or long stay shampoos so towels toilet paper anything that you would need
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The Broken Arrow Camper
1 unit ¡ Glamping2 acres ¡ AZMy wife and I moved out to the Arizona Desert in December 2020 from New York City after owning a vintage shop in NYC and working in the event and entertainment industry for 20 years, with the dream of opening up a cool desert retreat and here we are! The Camper is fully restored and equipped and protected in a fenced in acre off our main property. You'll have privacy and the lot to yourselves to watch the incredible starry nights under our Joshua Trees! Learn more about this land:This isn't your grandparents camper!! Our vintage restored camper is located in Dolan Springs Az, The Gateway to The Grand Canyon West Rim and Skywalk. It is situated on our property and gated off and private. You'll only see us if you need us. The camper is Fully Restored and Fully Equipped, nestled between Joshua Trees,  it has 2 private outdoor seating areas, a covered deck and what we call the Sofa Tree. The bathroom has plenty of towels, a first aid kit, and everything else except shampoo.  The kitchen has pots and pans, oils and spices, butter, coffee, tea. A toaster, a coffee pot. Microwave, full Fridge and Stove. The bed is super comfortable memory foam and has down alternative comforters and pillows.  This area is great for hiking! It has the densest Joshua Tree Forest in the world! We are 1 hour from McCarren airport In Las Vegas. 5 hours from Los Angeles and 3 hours from Phoenix and 3 hours to Grand Canyon National Park.Check out our instagram for more photos. The Broken Arrow Camper! 
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Verde River Vortex
2 units ¡ Glamping2 acres ¡ AZLearn more about this land: Greetings fellow adventure lovers! Welcome to Verde River Vortex where we have Comfy Cabin Camping with access to tons of outdoor activities just out the back door. The Cabins are nestled around a patch of Bamboo and other high desert vegetation as well as a very rich cultural history with many Ruins and Other Native American Sights in the surrounding areas. The Verde River is one of Arizona's only two Wild and Scenic Rivers, yet it remains relatively undiscovered as a recreational resource is within walking distance and offers endless exploration and water fun in the Spring and Summer Months! The road to reach us is breathtaking in itself with ancient Sinaguan Ruins and strangely beautifully sculpted landscapes along the River drive. Enjoy miles of forests, rivers, lakes, swimming, hiking, mtb, all near by and all while being comfy and cozy for a nights recharge to do it all again after a hot shower or Jacuzzi or our Absolutely AWESOME wood fired Sauna with Cold water dipping pool under the stars. Each Cabin is fully equipt (hot water/appliances/kitchen/bathroom/dishes) as an Adventure base during your stay providing a comfortable, cozy and unique location for couples or small groups/families to enjoy while adventuring and creating memories in the area. We provide various suggestions on local activities for our guests to enjoy as well as helpful tips to get the most out of their stay. TWO CABINS AVAILABLE: Crystal Cabin Loft With Outdoor Jacuzzi - 1-4 ppl Great For Couples Juniper Cabin 1-4+ ppl Better for families or larger groups needing more space. More details on the spaces can be viewed in the individual cabin pictures/description. approx times to various points of interest from VRV: The Grand Canyon - 2.5hrs Cottonwood - 10-20 Sedona - 30-45 min Flagstaff - 1hr Prescott - 1hr Bryce Canyon - 6hrs Zion Nat Park - 5hrs Mexico - 6-7hrs **It should be noted that this is a Rural Area in which case you might hear Farm Animals, Dogs, Critters like Cayotes ! We are located on a Dirt Road, 4x4 is not needed unless we are having very stormy weather** Safe Adventuring to all and feel free to reach out with any questions.
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Richard Wizardy's Cynosure Project
4 units ¡ Motorhomes, Tents4 acres ¡ Camp Verde, AZLooking for a one-of-a-kind camping experience that combines art, nature, and outdoor adventure? Look no further than Richard Wizardry's Hipcamp listing! Tucked away in a picturesque mesquite Bosque on the banks of the year-round Verde River, this enchanting retreat offers guests the perfect home base for exploring the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area. But what really sets Richard Wizardry's Hipcamp site apart is the incredible art that awaits you here. From flame effect robots that light up the night sky to stunning sculptures inspired by sacred geometry and whimsical creations made from recycled materials, there's something here for every art lover. And the best part? You'll have a chance to interact with the art and even create your own pieces during your stay! When you're ready to venture beyond the campsite, the year-round Verde River offers endless opportunities for hiking, fishing, and exploring the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area. Kayak down Clear Creek to Beasley Flats or hike to explore cliff dwellings across the river from Beasley Flats. And when you're ready to unwind and recharge, Richard Wizardry's Hipcamp site offers the perfect oasis. While there's no kitchen on-site, you'll find a cozy fire ring where you can cook up delicious meals over an open flame and enjoy the company of friends and family under the stars. And if you're lucky enough to be here on the right day, you can even learn the art of cheese-making from Richard himself! So if you're looking for a truly unforgettable camping experience that combines natural beauty, artistic creativity, and a touch of whimsy, book your stay at Richard Wizardry's Hipcamp site today and get ready to explore the magic of the high desert!
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The stargazing is great any time of year, but especially good in winter when the leaves are off the trees.
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The Otterlimits
1 unit ¡ Motorhome, Tent1 acre ¡ Camp Verde, AZThe area is part of the National Wild and Scenic preserve on the Verde River.  The river is one of the only few free flowing rivers left. Otters, Beaver, Blue Heron and a vast amount of migratory birds call it home. Once an inland water way to the Sea of Cortez, the river was part of the trade route during ancient times. Many Indian Ruins and archeological sites to visit in the area.  Scenic boating, hiking and ATV trails right from your campsite.  Learn more about this land:Pitch a tent or a small camp trailer in a 1/2 acre Mesquite grove. Five minute stroll to the Verde River. Horse Back Tours and Boat rentals available locally within walking distance. National Forest recreation area (Beasley Flat) close by. Many Indian ruins, entertainment, wineries and mountain trail to explore in the area. Great wildlife viewing in the scenic Verde Valley of Arizona.
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Silver Sunsets
2 units ¡ Motorhomes, Tents2 acres ¡ White Hills, AZOff-Grid eco friendly 2.2 acre property with 1 RV site with 12v solar charging station and 1 campsite with fire rings. Outhouse with TP on property. Firewood available as extra. Generator available as extra. Learn more about this land: Pitch your tent in the Mohave desert adjacent to the historic Silver mining district of White Hills or park your RV at our designated RV campsite.  End each day with amazing sunset views. We have Joshua trees, Mesquite trees, yucca and barrel cactus on the property. Just 4 miles off of Interstate Highway 93 and the new I-11. Close to Willow Beach, Temple Bar / Lake Mead and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Actual photo of Milky Way Galaxy taken from Aquarius Base Camp June 2020.
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Aquarius Stargazing Ranch
8 units ¡ Motorhomes, Tents640 acres ¡ AZAquarius is a rarity in our busy, modern world--it is a primal experience. So silent you can hear your heartbeat. This remote and peaceful campsite gives you a backcountry wilderness experience you can reach in a regular car. It is popular for stargazing and viewing the Milky Way Galaxy with your bare eyes. Guests also enjoy the abundant wildlife, birdwatching, hiking and taking drives to a hot springs and swimming holes with waterfalls in the region. The area is also great for 4x4 exploration in your short wheelbase 4x4 or ATV. No visible city lights, or signs of civilization. No traffic noise whatsoever. You can see the Milky Way galaxy with your bare eyes here. We are in the second darkest "Dark Sky" zone in the world, and stars are unforgettable. (The darkest in USA is the Grand Canyon, 200 miles East.) Winter daytime weather in the 70s, sunny most of the time, 3000-5000 ft elevation and above the heat. REMOTE FEELING BUT FREEWAY CLOSE Our base camp site is a long, but scenic drive off of Highway 93, between Las Vegas and Phoenix, (2 1/2 hours either way) We are about 3 hours from the Grand Canyon and 45 miles from Prescott. We have a few campsites with fire rings you can safely drive to in a regular 2 wheel drive car, minivan, camper van or smaller (not monstrous) RV. Pull behind trailers are ok if you have a truck. You can pull through the site. The rest of the ranch is 4x4, hike in camping only. Roads beyond the Base Camp and in surrounding wilderness are rugged and a great adventure for those with a Subaru, Jeep or ATV -- miles and miles of dirt roads in this adjacent 27,000 acre wilderness. BETWEEN PHOENIX AND VEGAS Aquarius Stargazing Ranch is in the Aquarius Mountains, 3 hours and 200 miles West of the Grand Canyon near the ghost town of Nothing, Arizona. We are 6 hours from Los Angeles or San Diego. We are halfway between Phoenix and Las Vegas, (2 1/2 hours between either city). WEATHER It is usually 10 - 20 degrees cooler than Wikieup or Phoenix. It rains more up here and there are trees and thick brush. Never snows, sunny year round. Summer brings spectacular Monsoon thunderstorms. ECOSYSTEM You will notice the landscape starkly changes as you drive from the Highway up into these steep and remote mountains. The ecosystem is a blend of Saguro Cactus, prickly pear, and cholla cactus, desert sagebrush, Southwestern hardwoods like mesquite and manzanita and deciduous leafy trees like Aspen, Gingko, Cottonwood, and Sycamore. Wildflowers are prolific in Spring and after rains. WILDLIFE Wildlife is abundant including endangered species like Bighorn Sheep, Wild Burro, Wild Horses, Pronghorn Antelope, Bald Eagle, Falcon, Great Horned Owl -- 150 species of birds. Bees, dragonflies and butterflies thrive here as no pesticide or herbicide has ever touched this land. This is a primal experience. No human habitation. SWIMMING HOLES NEARBY Surrounded on all sides by 27,000 acres of the very remote Upper Burro Creek wilderness through which a creek flows uninterrupted for 13 miles, year round, enabling wildlife to flourish and creating amazing swimming holes and waterfalls. There are also hot springs in this area. HIKING Hiking is easy and gentle on miles of roads and sandy washes, lovely trails made by wild deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, wild burros, and the occasional stray cow. ATV ADVENTURE There is also very challenging and rugged, steep, uphill off trail hiking for the adventurous explorer. PRISTINE, SACRED LAND We consider ourselves guardians of this sacred land. Our intention is to preserve this absolutely pristine, untouched and virtually uninhabited land as a wildlife corridor for future generations, and develop it only according to ecological Permaculture principles. We also intend to protect the wild horses and wild animals that roam freely here. As you walk the road that heads into the higher mountain region of the land where volcanic peaks reach above 5,000 feet, you will notice that it is an natural bowl that protects a seasonal stream and canyon. HISTORY Native tribes lived here because it was a defensible and safe haven, it is truly a natural fortress of red rock and granite. Before that, dinosaurs roamed this region of Arizona and fossilized remains are evident, as well as petroglyphs. Nearby Wikieup was once the settlement of the Hualapai Indians, also known as Walapais. The Native Americans used to cultivate corn and other food crops aided by the rich, river-nourished soil of the valley. They had fierce rivals in the tribe of the Tonto Apaches. Mostly, the two tribes did not seek disputes with each other but all that changed with the coming of the settlers, and later, the Gold Rush and miners. The settlement of the settlers pushed both tribes farther from their source of livelihood. This resulted in disputes between the white men, the Yavapai Apaches, and the Hualapais. The natural fortress like formation of the canyon on the ranch was an important refuge because it was easily defensible. We have found artifacts making it obvious that this was inhabited by aboriginal tribal humans before the Native Americans. Perhaps the land has not changed significantly since then. Dinosaurs roamed Northern Arizona before that, and this sandy region was once a sea. It does look like an ocean without water. Explore magical Aquarius and let us know what you discover. Learn more about this land: You aren't just here for camping.  You are here for transformation. "Hipcamp Finalist - Best in Arizona - 2019" * * * * * * * * * * * * Guests have described Aquarius Stargazing Ranch as: "A deeply powerful experience." "A spiritual experience." "A life-altering experience." "Silent, mystical and powerful land." Silence. Serenity. Dark, starry skies. Log off your devices, get way off the grid, and go deep into a remote wilderness that is easily accessible in your 2WD RV, van or car.   Stargazing and UFO sighting is extraordinary -- in the second darkest sky in the world with no passing traffic or electricity for miles. Surrender to the silence. So quiet you will hear your heartbeat.  Log off, do a digital detox, leave your electronics behind and tune into a higher frequency.  Clear your head of the clutter of city life, and empty it out here.  Primal -- yet not really that far away from the Interstate 93/11 (35 minutes), Los Angeles (6 1/2 hours), Las Vegas (2 1/2 hours), Metro Phoenix (2 hours), Prescott (1 hour,) the Grand Canyon or Sedona (3 hours.) Our reviews are mixed because Aquarius Ranch is not for everyone.  If you want electricity, pavement, trash cans, street lights, bug zappers, Netflix, hot showers, dumping stations and a liquor store -- please don't come here, you'll hate it! If you want to... take a bath alone with your sweetie in a primal geothermal hot spring, swim in a natural spring fed swimming hole, walk barefoot on white sand illuminated by moonlight, follow animal footprints instead of written signs, navigate by stars, hike to a spring or a well for fresh water, watch the flames dance and listen to the Cicadas....if you want a 5 BILLION STAR experience.... Aquarius is for you. Read on. This is a 2,000 acre, State Park-level beauty, Dark Sky wildlife sanctuary-- uninhabited for over 50 years and never developed.  There is nothing here and that's what you came for. (The nearest town is, indeed, Nothing, Arizona.) The only signs of humans are arrowheads, caves, petroglyphs. The only evidence of the 21st Century are satellites. (Airplanes are rare.) You will see dinosaur fossils embedded in sandstone.  It is literally a Jurassic Park. The land has a very high frequency as it is covered with pink quartz crystals. I want to make sure you "get" why you are coming here, and are prepared. Aquarius is a journey -- not a destination. Yes, it's hard to find and you can't just use your GPS. Sorry.  Put your iPhone away unless you're taking photos or using Satellite to navigate with maps you downloaded in advance.   There are no signs and the only trail markers are rock cairns. You're going to have to rediscover how to use a map and follow directions. As you hike, you will remember how to observe the stars and the sky and the shadows of sun.  This is part of your DNA, it is part of your soul as a human.  You'll remember Aquarius. Your soul has been here before.  Have you ever seen the Milky Way Galaxy?  We are in the Earth's second darkest "dark sky" region.  The photo of the sky here was taken by a guest! You can see the Milky Way here with your naked eyes.  *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* A VIRTUAL GUIDED EXPERIENCE I am a trained Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Responder and trained wilderness guide with Outdoors Unlimited, Desert Survivors and Sierra Club. My partner is a badass level 5-11 rock climber and full time Van Lifer.   We are here as your "virtual tour guides" to guide you and give you advice, directions and guidance during your journey.  We're in our 60s and we remember life before the GPS, iPhone and Internet. That said, we are old and still managed to climb and walk around here -- so I'm sure you can manage too. A minivan or car camping with a tent will be fine here, but this is not a State Park, or a "glampground."  The Guide we give you when you reserve your space will give you details on how to pack, prepare, survive heat and cold, and directions to hot springs, swimming holes and hikes.  READ THE GUIDE AND ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU DRIVE HERE. Aquarius is not really that hard to reach, but it's not convenient, either. "The journey is the destination," and the drive is more amazing than the campsite itself. This is not "glamping" or a developed campground with wifi and services -- it is a destination for those of us who crave the rare and hard to find experience of total silence, serenity, dark sky and potent powerful land.   It's not for tourist who wants electricity, a faucet, hot shower, and a chlorinated pool -- it's for human BEings who want to firelight, starlight, moonlight, drinking from a well or spring, bathing in a hot spring and a natural spring fed swimming hole.  Remember life, not that long ago, when humans could communicate with each other, plants and animals, without words or devices. Come here for a personal vision quest, a personal transformational journey, for deep inner healing and reflection. When you remove the stress of traffic noise, light pollution, EMF, devices, the Internet, signs, radio waves, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and all the interference of the modern world, you will remember, deep in your intercellular DNA -- what it means to be human.  You will discover how many stars, galaxies and solar systems are out there.  This alone could move you to tears. You will discover who you really are. Not alone in the Universe, and much more powerful than you have been told. THE SOUND OF SILENCE Have you ever been somewhere so quiet you can hear your heartbeat? It will happen here. This is not just one of the darkest places on Earth, it is one of the most silent. There is no electrical, noise or light interference -- an experience so rare in the modern world. Silence is unbelievably restorative.  Meditation and states of awareness, inspiration, soul purpose and a connection with Source happen spontaneously in this silence.  SOLITUDE You are unlikely to see another vehicle once you turn off the main Interstate.  Even if we are "busy" (4 or 5 campsites filled, but usually just one) you will find solitude easily if you just wander off a bit up the jeep trail or down one of the ravines.   SELF RELIANT CAMPSITES These are bare land, flat, drive in campsites and they are accessible with regular 2 wheel drive cars, camper vans or RVs -- or smaller pull behind trailers.   These pristine, bare wilderness campsites have large stone fire rings, and there is a shared, community wood pile.   The nearest gas/food is 7 miles away (at 80 mph) plus 14 miles at 20-40 mph. There is a well you can hike to, and there is drinkable water 1 mile down the road.  MOONLIGHT HIKING For a bright full moonlight hike to the hot spring or hiking the creek beds and canyons around the ranch in the cool of the night. You will not need a flashlight--the sand and canyon walls will reflect the moonlight and you can even see your moonshadow. It's fascinating to hike the desert in moonlight and see bats and other night creatures. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Accessible in a regular car These sites are 15 miles from the main Interstate freeway -- far enough to feel remote and totally silent with no light pollution and no traffic noise whatsoever.  This silence is worth the (spectacular) drive into the mountains.  Keep in mind it will take about 35 minutes to drive here off the freeway -- the journey is the destination. The drive is spectacular, Instagram worthy through the little traveled Aquarius Mountain range, and you will see wild animals so unaccustomed to human visitors that they stand in the road. DAY TRIP TO HOT SPRING There is a secret Hot Spring (no sulfur smell, 100 degrees clear water) and we will give you directions to drive to it in a regular 2WD car and hike in -- 1 mile, flat, easy walk on sand though a beautiful canyon.  NEARBY SWIMMING HOLES From our Base Camp, you can take day trips by a regular 2WD car to nearby swimming holes.  CAVES, PETROGLYPHS, CLIMBING  If you have a mountain bike, are a hiker, backpacker or have an ATV/4X4, (with short wheelbase and high clearance is best -- though Subaru Outbacks have done fine here) you can explore the surrounding vast and uncharted wilderness on miles of jeep trails.  The surrounding wilderness area has a deep creek that flows year round, waterfalls, deep blue pools and swimming holes.  There is much to explore here and very few people visit this area, so it is perfect for social distancing. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~* HIKE, BIKE OR AWD AND EXPLORE From here, if you want, you can continue into the ranch on a short wheelbase, high clearance 4x4 vehicle, (Subaru Outbacks have managed it), mountain bike,  or a horse. You can hike by foot with day pack or backpack for overnight camping on the three square miles of land of the ranch.   Please book "Isolation Point" if you plan to backpack overnight so we know you are out there. ~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* SUPERBLOOM WILDFLOWERS In the Spring, after rains, you will see fields of red, orange, gold, and purple wildflowers, including sweet scented white flowering agave, yellow flowered prickly pear, orange flowered cholla, red flowering Ocotillo, red Indian Paintbrush, fields of orange poppies, violet datura, and blooming purple sage.  Along the ride you will see blooming Joshua Trees, Barrel Cactus and endangered Saguaro and BLOOMING AGAVE FORESTS. Wow. They smell amazing. A BASE TO EXPLORE THE AREA We love using the ranch as a base to explore the Joshua Tree Highway, swimming in the creek, hot springs, Alamo Lake, going to the small towns in this lost and lonely part of America, abandoned mines and ghost towns, and wandering the dirt roads around here.  If you love the desert, like we do, you will find this a uncharted, wild, untouched, authentic and untouristy gem in the Southwest.  BE SELF RELIANT You must be self sufficient with water, food and a full tank of gas -- this is nothing in Nothing, Arizona. It is a very isolated area, even though it's only 3 miles "as the crow flies" from a busy Interstate and 7.5 miles from gas and food.  It's perfect for vans or small RVs and great for camping with a pop up shade structure or 10 x 10 with bug netting and a good cushy pad.   We reveal the specific maps you need, GPS coordinates, precise directions once you register. ABOVE THE HEAT, BUT MILD YEAR ROUND The ranch is up high above the heat at 3,900 - 5000 foot elevation, similar climate to Prescott at the higher parts of the ranch, weather like Wikieup in the lower elevations. Winter is clear and sunny with averages in 50s-60s daytime and lows of 30s-20s at night.   Daytime is mild and sunny 60-70 in January, but nights can dip down to 20s and if it's windy, it's brisk.  Spring is like a summer, in the 70s and 80s, with cool nights in the 50s.   Summer is blazing in the 100s down at the Highway -- but up here in the Aquarius Mountains, it is usually in the 90s, with nights in the 70s, more like Prescott. We get the most rain in the Summer, not the Winter. (Dramatic monsoon thunderstorms!) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: CAN I BRING A DOG? Yes, and your pet can go unleashed and run -- but bring tweezers in the event that they step on a burr or cactus thorn. (Best to stay on trail.) Leash your pet at night, or bring her into your vehicle in Winter for her warmth and safety. DO I NEED SHADE? We recommend bringing shade for your campsite in Summer.  We are "Burning Man" desert camping veterans and used to being self reliant in the heat of the desert sun. Some folks like a sheet, tapestry or tarp fastened to their car, SUV, Van or RV. In Summer, bring a pop up shade structure with bug netting. CAN I HAVE A CAMPFIRE? Yes, as long as there are no restrictions. ARE THERE ANY TREES? For hanging out during the day, there is a nice cottonwood, aspen and gingko forest a short walk from the Base Camp--it is leafy in Spring/Summer and bare in the Winter/Fall. You can hike around and find shade, as the Primal humans did -- rocks, caves, and mesquite trees. BIRDWATCHING/WILDLIFE Because of the silence, distance from major roads, lack of fences and natural "bowl" of mountains surrounding from which to observe the distance, the ranch is a sanctuary for Endangered Species, many found only here.  If you sit still and very silent, the animals and birds will appear.  They are shy and will not bother or beg from you.   Often they will just stare at you, fascinated but unconcerned, as human visitors are so rare for them.  This is primal desert ecosystem, virtually uninhabited for decades. Wildlife abounds including 100 varieties of birds -- quail, blue jays, hawks, roadrunners, raven, owl, blue jays and wild turkey, even black hawks and bald eagles.  If you are silent, you will see desert cottontails, raccoon, skunks (spotted, striped, and hognose), mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, wild Mustang horses. You will see wild burros along the roads. (Bring binoculars!)   It is rare to find an ecosystem untouched by pesticide or herbicide in which so many species thrive. There are lizards, snakes, bees, dragonflies and butterflies. You will hear a symphony of cicadas, crickets and birds.   There are predators here but they don't bother humans. They are wild.  PETROGLYPHS AND CAVES Discover petroglyphs,  prehistoric sites, ancient lava fields, volcanic formations and caves, and feel like you are truly the last human (or the first) alive on Earth.  BIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, AWD, OHV, QUADS Fat tire Mountain Biker's paradise with miles of winding dirt jeep roads to explore.   We can help you rent an off road vehicle tour from a local outfitter. GHOST TOWNS  The ghost town of Nothing, to the south has... almost nothing. Signal is another ghost town nearby.  HISTORIC SMALL TOWNS  Wikieup, about 10 miles North, has gas, RV dumping, great classic American road trip food (even great Chicago pizza and steak sandwiches at Dazzo's), homemade pie at Luchia's, and a Trading Post with Native American jewelry and art.   All the food around here is surprisingly good with eclectic decor and fun roadside attractions for the kids, like peacocks! Wickenburg, 50 miles south, has a great restaurant we love called Cowboy Cookin', and a big grocery store with block ice, water machine outside with filtered water.  Kingman, 60 miles north, is going hipster fast -- this town caters to tourists and truckers with all the services you need, like health food store, camping supplies and laundromat.  Bagdad is the nearest town as the crow flies if you are checking the weather.  Check out the Train Museum, historic downtown, Route 66, funky antique and secondhand clothing stores, flea markets, great tacos, two brew pubs, Black Ridge Brewery for live music. Desert Diamond Distillery for a tour of how Agave cactus is turned into Tequila.  Explore the magic of Aquarius Ranch and let us know what you discover
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Arizona is full of natural wonders, from the Grand Canyon to Saguaro National Park, with ample outdoor fun ranging from mountain biking to horseback riding. Much of the state is occupied by the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts, but start exploring and you'll quickly discover that Arizona is more than just jackrabbits and cacti—there are lakes, rivers, mountains, forests, and miles of hiking trails. It's also a great place for sleeping under the stars, and while parts of Arizona can get a bit too hot for comfort in summer, those same places offer pleasant camping weather throughout much of the year.

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​Northern Arizona

While northern Arizona's best-known attraction is the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, there’s plenty more to see and do, from visiting Lake Powell on the Colorado River to backcountry tent camping among the ponderosa pines in the Coconino National Forest, Prescott National Forest, and Kaibab National Forest. Sedona, just south of Flagstaff, also makes a great base for hiking among Arizona's Red Rocks or swimming in Oak Creek Canyon’s Slide Rock State Park.

Western Arizona

Dubbed Arizona's "West Coast," this part of the state offers all sorts of outdoor activities, much of which revolve around the Colorado River. The town of Yuma near the southern border is a popular spot, featuring an old Wild West prison and serving as a good base for visiting the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. Attractions further north include Lake Havasu State Park, where you can swim, camp, or even check out the 19th-century London Bridge. Further north, the massive Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers year-round camping and easy access to two lakes.

Central Arizona

While it's easy to associate central Arizona with Phoenix sprawl, this region offers a lot for outdoorsy types, all within a short drive of the city. Popular spots for outdoors lovers include the Superstition Mountains in the Tonto National Forest, Lost Dutchman State Park, and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. If you're interested in archaeology, the Montezuma Castle National Monument is also worth a visit.

Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona is full of Wild West spirit, with a mix of historic ghost towns and scenic desert landscapes, plus plenty of forests, particularly in the Chiricahua Mountains. Must-visit parks include Saguaro National Park and Catalina State Park—both just outside Tucson. If it gets too hot, make like a local and head to Patagonia Lake State Park, a prime spot to swim and cool off from the Arizona heat.

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