Hipcamp host Clifford A.,
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There is beauty and magic in nature! The Spark exists to help give campers positive experiences and memorable moments in a safe and natural environment. 

ENJOY! 40 acres of beautiful mountain / desert / prairie on this private homestead. Tents, vans, RVs, travel trailers and whatever else you might arrive in (any size!)... Whatever you're looking for, this "Primitive P


There is beauty and magic in nature! The Spark exists to help give campers positive experiences and memorable moments in a safe and natural environment. 

ENJOY! 40 acres of beautiful mountain / desert / prairie on this private homestead. Tents, vans, RVs, travel trailers and whatever else you might arrive in (any size!)... Whatever you're looking for, this "Primitive Plus" camping experience is sure to be a unique experience for making some great memories! There are only a handful of available sites to ensure you have a huge section of the property to yourself - wherever you choose to set up in this diverse environment. Great for large group retreats or the single camper needing a meditative experience in nature. The focus here is private, raw, beautiful nature. :) 

LAYOUT! The property is divided into two very large areas. You'll drive around and choose your ideal spot to set up your camp in the spacious and scenic camping area. Many past campers already have created lots of spots with campfire rings you can adopt or feel free to create your own spot in a place no one has camped before! And if you like, there is a gigantic area of the property off-limits to vehicles which is ideal for hiking and exploring. You can wander out there day or night, take some beautiful photos, even have a campfire or set up a tent and spend a night or three out in the wandering area. This gigantic area of the property offers some very interesting spots like a small dry pond and an old road that used to cut through the property as well as the guarantee of having no vehicles to watch for as you photograph, meditate, or whatever you're up to. It's completely up to you - it's YOUR stay! If your camping needs dictate that you need *total* privacy just message ahead of time so I can have a spot like that saved for you.  

STARS! The Spark is known for mind-blowing stargazing as there is near-zero light pollution. It's PERFECT for viewing the Milky Way and meteor showers, shooting stars and drifting satellites, as well as spoting the SpaceX Starlink Train. If you're wanting the perfect place for watching any special night-sky event then we have you covered with some of the most clear and dazzling views of the universe!

WILDLIFE! Although we are just a short drive off of the freeway (about a mile), we are so remote that there is always the possibility of interesting wildlife interaction. Most common are the lullabies of cricket music and coyote song. It's not out of the question to maybe spot the following animals in the area: cows, antelope, deer, javalina pigs and elk. Various snakes including bull snakes are possible as well as the slight potential for rattlesnakes. There are also adorable prairie dogs here and there along with ravens, jackrabbits, regular rabbits, squirrels, field mice ad maybe tarantulas. Of course you always want to keep an eye out for things like scorpions, fire ants, snakes, and cacti anywhere in Arizona. :) DON'T LET THIS LIST SCARE YOU! Many of these animal sightings can be rare and most all of these animals will go out of their way to avoid us. :) Just keep an eye out and be responsible with your food and garbage, and make sure your children and pets are under your supervision and control...

RESTROOM! Bring a flashlight for those nighttime trips to the restroom. It's a Porta John style restroom and it's much nicer than you'd expect. :) It also has the official Guest Book where you can share your experience in the area with other campers! There are solar lights inside but you'll want to bring a backup light for those times when it doesn't charge very well. With no electricity or lights throughout the property, walking around in the dead of night is like stumbling through inky blackness. So bring some reliable lighting with you! 

WEATHER! Always check the weather at zip code 86320 before coming. We are open all year during any weather (excepting emergencies) so you are responsible for making sure the weather forecast is compatible with your camping expectations! Weather considerations: during windy days prepare to pay special attention to using extra long stakes for anchoring things like tents, tables, and shade canopies. When rain is in the forecast it can get VERY muddy out here very fast. So if you see that rain is a possibility, be prepared for that. :) 

FUN AND GAMES! The Spark includes a modest "community fairgrounds" style area separate from the camping sites which includes a Horseshoe Pit and Cornhole Toss! Stay tuned for future outdoor weekend movie nights! (coming soon)

HOST! The campground host lives on the property on a small homestead. This is where you will check-in and where you can purchase gallons of water and firewood bundles. Free firewood is also available in the form of any dead wood that has fallen on the property! And don't be afraid to ask for help if you forgot something you need... Did you forget your propane water boiler? Have you just realized you need extra long tent stakes that you didn't plan for? Did you suddenly realize you forgot to pack your flashlight? If you realize you're lacking some kind of essential then ask the host! There is a possibility he has something you can borrow while you're visiting! 

PACK IN/PACK OUT! Please be aware that there is NO TRASH PICKUP at this time for the campground so be prepared to pack out what you bring in. :) Any dumpsters you may see on your way in are privately owned by other people and are NOT for our use. :) ** Also The Spark is a private homestead - there are no hookups for RVs. This is a boondocking experience. :) However there are full services only 5 miles east on the 40 where you can dump your trash, empty waste tanks, and for refilling your water and fuel! (The Belen and Star station).

EQUIPMENT RENTALS! Available for rent RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP are 6 foot folding utility tables, and 10 x 10 feet shade canopies. Everything comes with extra long heavy duty ground stakes. Styles and availability are limited and vary from hour-to-hour throughout each day.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE! After checking in, the host will point out a few things you'll want to know such as the restroom, wandering area, and camping sites. From there you will simply enjoy a search of the property to find your perfect spot and enjoy the sun and the stars! No matter where you choose to camp, please keep in mind that the entire property is yours to explore or take photos or test gear or hike or meditate or WHATEVER YOU LIKE! Think of The Spark as a "Choose Your Own Adventure" experience. And wherever you find yourself, day or night, you are welcome to be. :)

CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT! Times are NOT strict. But out of respect for other campers enjoying the evening stars we encourage you to arrive BEFORE sunset. It would also be very difficult for you to choose a location and set up in the total blackness of night out here. If you know that you will be arriving after sunset just let me know ahead of time and I can make your arrival much easier!)

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS! I will maintain proper distancing from you as I give you a quick run-down of the property. I can also provide a contact-free check-in if you like, simply give me a heads up before you arrive and I'll explain the campground by text. I also provide hand sanitizer in the restroom :)

"THANK YOU!" from the bottom of my heart for your interest in A Spark in the Dark private campground - my passion. :) I will send you a welcome message on the day of your check-in with critical notes on directions to get here, current weather and the like. And I look forward to sharing my property with you!



Grand Canyon Village South Rim - 86 miles

Sedona - 86 miles

Downtown Williams - 27 miles

Flagstaff Airport - 62 miles

Snow Bowl Ski Resort - 74 miles

Phoenix -Sky Harbor Airport - 156 miles

Outdoor Supply Store - 27 miles in Williams

Lakes for fishing and recreation - Dogtown Lake, Cataract Lake, Kaibab Lake, White Horse Lake (all in nearby Williams) - between 27 and 45 miles depending on the lake

Essentials like grocery, gas, post office, souvenirs, service station, and a couple of small town restaurants - only 5 miles away in local Ash Fork


** MJ friendly. Enjoy openly on this very private property!

** pet and child friendly (under supervision) 

** please observe the included camp rules and quiet times 

** emergency services available nearby

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
6 sites
Up to 19 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Clifford a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Lots of great fishing lakes in nearby Williams - about a half hour's drive away!

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Scenic and Dispersed Camping!! in Arizona.


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Hipcamper Yessenia
Yessenia C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 6th, 2022

Absolutely had a blast camping here with my husband and our two dogs!! Cliff is an amazing host that goes above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need to relax and enjoy the scenery. And oh the stars!! So beautiful and so many! Definitely will be back again!

Hipcamper Melanie
Melanie B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 4th, 2022

Clifford was the hostess of the mostest! Let me tell you this guy does not skip a beat in making sure you are comfortable, aware, and he was always available! Now the site…. Amazing!!! Gorgeous!!! Quiet!!! Can pull right up to your camp site, and we were in a low profile car! We had a fire pit ready to go! There’s a town not to far if you forget something but far enough you are in middle of no where! The stars and quiet was stunningly amazing! Never seen stars so big and bright!! Outside of camp we saw a lot of free range animals and got lots of pictures!! Will defo go again! Thank you Clifford for EVERYTHING YOU DO!!!

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Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 23rd, 2021

A beautiful spot. So quiet and peaceful. Great and thoughtful host! We'll definitely be back!

Hipcamper Nadine

Quiet, semi dispersed, great host!

Nadine H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 1st, 2021

Clifford was an amazing host! Provided weather updates before arrival and gave me heads up of upcoming storm during my stay. Nice little set up. Theres the play ground which is some acreage thats fenced in for you to explore (quite a bit as well). Saw a few coyotes. Walked some paths. Fire wood was a huge plus!

He also has a few spots reserved for any late comers so thag they do not drove around looking for a spot and disturb you which i thought was really nice. Theres a porta potty but i never used it.

Mostly dispersed, if this place was to be fully booked i could see how some of the spot may be too close to be consoderred dispersed (at least to me. I like more privacy). But given the time i was alone anf it was really nice out there. Also has a social cabin you can reserve. Looks pretty cool nothing super fancy but still nice.

Overall, as a single woman traveling with her dog i felt very safe and enjoyed my time with no disturbances, most definitely coming back!

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Hipcamper Jonny

Really dope.

Jonny C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 24th, 2021

This is a fantastic place to camp. Host is cool. Fire pits are sick. Stars are awesome.

Hipcamper Tara

Short one night in mid-october

Tara M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2021

This was an amazing site - so dark and quiet at night - the perfect place to kick back and star gaze!! Hope to come back when it's a tad warmer and possibly bring our kids as well!!

Hipcamper Haleigh
Haleigh L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 17th, 2021

Helped me get a refund, quick responding, very helpful and nice!

Hipcamper june
June S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 27th, 2021

Wonderful space

Hipcamper Mantis

All around wonderful experience!

Mantis T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 19th, 2021

Absolutely wonderful place. The host is happy to help and makes you feel at home. The land is beautiful, and the star gazing alone is reason to stop and stay the night here. The drive into the spot isn’t bad at all, and can be done with any vehicle. This was my favorite camping experience yet.


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