Hipcamp host Rory G.,
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Beautiful dispersed camping on 18 acres of raw land overlooking the Painted Desert. Quiet, peaceful, secluded. Cars basically never come down this road, you're likely to see more cows than people :) The site is in a great central location. 11 miles to the Petrified Forest entrance off the I-40 and 15 miles to Holbrook for supplies, great eateries and just a good old Route 6
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Beautiful dispersed camping on 18 acres of raw land overlooking the Painted Desert. Quiet, peaceful, secluded. Cars basically never come down this road, you're likely to see more cows than people :) The site is in a great central location. 11 miles to the Petrified Forest entrance off the I-40 and 15 miles to Holbrook for supplies, great eateries and just a good old Route 66 town vibe! The nearest neighbor a half mile away, so you'll have plenty of privacy. Awesome sunsets over the painted desert & brilliant star gazing by night. Free range cows and jack rabbits roaming around. Its peaceful and calm, you're in the middle of nowhere yet right by everything. You can set up your tent or whatever you're sleeping in anywhere on the property you like. The space is 1.5 miles off the Interstate 40. Easy to get to, however the last 1/2 mile is a little bumpy and sandy in spots so be prepared for that. I'd recommend something with high clearance but any normal car should be fine.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
10 sites
Up to 16 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Rory a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

Besides the national park, there's a trail that runs right through the middle of the property. The local cows have created a wh...Read more

Wildlife watching

Cows often stop by and sometimes you'll see jackrabbits running around.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Big Spin Ranch Petrified Forest in Arizona.

Desert

Even on a cool day the sun is strong and there's no shade trees so come prepared for that.

Places to see near Big Spin Ranch

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Hipcamper Adam

Cows like to say hi!

Adam H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 14th, 2021

Exactly as described! A flat plot of a land with cows! If you read the hosts instructions you won't have problems finding the site, don't rely on Google Maps to get you there. AWD and 4x4 definitely helped, if it rains I feel like you would need one of those to get to the site.

Hipcamper Carol

Star gazing at it’s finest

Carol P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 9th, 2021

We were pleasantly surprised at the camp site. It’s down a bumpy dirt road and in the middle of what felt like nowhere. We were tent camping out of a pickup truck so we had no problem getting to the site. The stars where amazing and you could hear the trains off in the distance. It was a quick drive to Petrified Forest National Park. I would come back again just to see the stars.

Hipcamper Kaila
Kaila W.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 6th, 2021

After we finally found the location, it was beautiful. Unfortunately, the host did not respond to our messages when trying to locate the space. Their phone was disconnected and did ring. We never did find the sign that indicates we were on the correct property. Our saving grace was a neighbor who drove by on a four wheeler to let us know we were in the right place. It was a bit worrisome because the closest neighbor to the property has a sign that reads, "Trespassers WILL be shot!"

Hipcamper Lesley

Nice camping area

Lesley M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 28th, 2021

Wide open space just as advertised. Was able to get my 2WD Toyota rav 4 to the location. Had a few different pull outs and some had rocks already set up for fires. It was windy so we didn’t set up a campfire ourselves. Very Pretty sunset and moon was full, so the desert stayed lit up even after the sun was gone.

Hipcamper Shad
Shad F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 14th, 2021

Incredible! Solitary, peaceful, beautiful spot!

Wonderful solitude and quiet, such a beautiful spot!
Hipcamper Shad
Shad F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 13th, 2021

It’s perfectly quiet and solitary, wonderful!

Wonderful solitude and quiet, such a beautiful spot!
Hipcamper Josh

Westbound & down

Josh H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 1st, 2021

Nice quiet spot off the interstate! Still not sure I was in the correct spot, My GPS coordinates did not match theirs but I followed their written instructions and I believe I found the right spot. There was another group just up the way from us as well. The stars were beautiful! The train over the ridge ran all night long but that was not upsetting to me. Overall I wish there was more places like this off the highways!

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Hipcamper Katrina

Lovely quiet and peaceful

Katrina B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 19th, 2021

This is the place if you truly want to stay off the beaten path. Rory was great to work with.

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Hipcamper Augustine
Augustine W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 7th, 2021

Great place; close to Petrified Forest; I’d recommend arriving before sunset.

Property
Big Spin Ranch
State
Arizona
Country
United States
$20/night
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