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What better way to get away than camping beneath magnificent old-growth  Sycamore and cottonwood trees, next to a lush riparian area filled with an abundance of nature, fresh air and beautiful skies

🌲Welcome to Tuzigoot Vista Riparian Retreat.

Seven lush acres of privately owned land offering campers (sorry, no RVs, travel trailers or vehicle


What better way to get away than camping beneath magnificent old-growth  Sycamore and cottonwood trees, next to a lush riparian area filled with an abundance of nature, fresh air and beautiful skies

🌲Welcome to Tuzigoot Vista Riparian Retreat.

Seven lush acres of privately owned land offering campers (sorry, no RVs, travel trailers or vehicles over 14') an exciting combination of abundant wildlife, lush vegetation, clean air and amazing Arizona skies. 

Adjacent to the Verde River Greenway, a State Natural Area that is devoted to protecting and preserving the River's riparian corridor across the River from Dead Horse State Park, nestled next to a picturesque horse pasture; in the shadow of Tuzigoot Indian Ruin National Monument: This property will take your breath away!

Birdwatchers Wonderland:  As the crow files, less than a mile from Tavasct Marsh, and even closer to Tuzigoot, we are an integral part of the Tuzigoot Important Bird Area.  Whether it’s the joyous singing of countless birds at sunrise, or the eerie call of hoot owls at midnight, you will find this area is host to almost 200 bird species, some of them threatened or endangered.  From the Great Blue Heron hunting gophers in a nearby field, or the Red-tail hawk gliding silently by high up in the sky, to the Cardinals, Orioles, Blue Jays, flashing their brilliant colors, and the waves of small black starlings filling the skies with their dance before descending into nearby trees to begin chirping and chattering all at once.  This place truly is a birdwatcher’s wonderland.  How many birds will you be able count on your visit. 

Hiker’s Delight.  Whether it’s a lightly travelled paths like the ones to the beaver dam and Old Town Cottonwood, or well-established, easy to hike trails like the one to the Diversion Dam and across the River to Tavasci Marsh, our property provides a hub to walk the beaten paths or gently explore the iver bank on your own (leaving no trace, of course.)  Many trails of these trails are suitable for mountain biking, or horseback riding. 

Verde River Camping.  Our campground is as close as possible to the Verde Greenway without being in the Greenway, where overnight camping and campfires are strictly prohibited.  The Verde River is a very short walk from the campground, however, lush vegetation, including many cattails can make the river hard to access in places, until the occasional flood comes and changes it all up.  We offer year-round and unfettered access to the free-flowing Verde River with endless opportunity to explore along its bank.  Access to the river, a place to launch rafts, tubes, or kayaks, and a means of crossing it, are at most an easy 10-minute hike from your campsite.  


The campground offers fresh, delicious well water located next to a shared portapotty which is cleaned and maintained weekly).  Each campsite is clean and trimmed, and well-spaced for privacy. Our family has hand-picked each camp location to offer a unique feel, and each site is chosen to provide plenty of room to park and set up your camping space.  There is a large picnic table and a burn pit in each campsite.  And, there is an abundance of firewood if you don’t mind gathering it. 


Our property is across the river from hundreds of miles of state- and nationally- owned land, making it an excellent place for hikers and adventurers.  As with any riparian area, wildlife abounds, including some threatened or endangered species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish of all kinds roam the property.   Most of it can be wondrous to behold, such as beaver, deer and Blue Heron.  But some of it can be annoying, such as mosquitos, skunks and javelina, and some can even be downright dangerous such as cougars and rattlesnakes (extremely rare). If you are not prepared to respectfully deal with any or all of it, then this isn’t the right place for you. That being said, our family has lived on this property over 40 years and have never had a dangerous animal encounter.  


The property is centrally located between Cottonwood and Clarkdale.  Old Town Cottonwood can be reached on foot in 20-25 minutes via an easy hiking trail.  Likewise, Tavasci Marsh in the opposite direction.  By vehicle, Cottonwood is 2 miles away, Clarkdale 3, Jerome 6, Camp Verde 17 and the I-17 freeway is 17, Sedona is 20, Prescott 30, Flagstaff  40 and Phoenix is 90 miles.   All of these miles are paved, EXCEPT for the last ¼ mile, which is a private dirt road that dead ends at my property.   Although we do keep it cleared, the dirt road does have some low hanging branches and encroaching mesquite bushes.  If you’re concerned about getting some slight scratches on your vehicle, this might not be the place for you. Small cars can avoid minor scratches, but with low clearance you might trade off for minor bumps and dings under the car. 


We accept pets, including horses, but you must provide for ALL of their needs and clean up after them when you leave.  There are a couple family-friendly cats and dogs that reside on the property, namely Buddy, a large Shepherd mix that is quite friendly toward people and other dogs, and often goes out to see who is visiting each morning. We welcome other pets and young family members, and have yet to have an incident with our animals.  As always you must be extremely diligent in watching very small children as there is both an irrigation ditch and the river quite close by.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
5 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 14.0 ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Vicky a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Hipcamper Mauricio
Mauricio B.
recommends this listing.
(Circle of Trees (Site #3))
December 29th, 2021

The site was a Fantastic setup for my van and Vicky was excellent with her communication and hospitality. Bonus points for getting a lovely visit from her dog on arrival.

Hipcamper Kathy

Awesome spot!

Kathy W.
recommends this listing.
(Grand Sycamore (Site #5))
November 27th, 2021

Quiet, spacious and clean! We will be back!

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Hipcamper JACQULYN

Gorgeous site

Jacqulyn L.
recommends this listing.
(Cluster of Trees (Site #4))
November 18th, 2021

Vicky was a wonderful host and was very helpful regarding the surrounding area. The camp spot was beautiful, right by the river under gorgeous Cottonwood trees. I will stay again when I am in the area.

Great picnic table and fire ring included...
Hipcamper Randi

Beautiful trees kind host

Randi T.
recommends this listing.
(Cluster of Trees (Site #4))
November 14th, 2021

Thank you so much Vicky for you and your son’s help with everything I really appreciated it and had a wonderful stay very beautiful


A creek, birds and free firewood 😄

Christoph R.
recommends this listing.
(Three Trees (Site #1))
November 9th, 2021

The place is in beautiful Cottonwood and I really liked the grounds. You feel pretty much in a nature environment ( and you have access to a portapotty and non potable water). Great for birdwatching. The place also helps to relieve pressure on dispersed camp sites at FS525. I would hands down stay there again. The host communicates very efficiently and every question was answered almost instantly

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Hipcamper Timothy
Timothy N.
recommends this listing.
(Circle of Trees (Site #3))
November 8th, 2021

Loved our stay here with our kids. We’ll be back! The fall colors all around were beautiful the first weekend of November. Weather during the day was perfect, just be prepared for temperatures to drop significantly at night. The trees, especially the giant sycamore, were amazing and we found some good spots to hang hammocks. Vicky was also very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Nicole

So good, here is my 3rd review...

Nicole K.
recommends this listing.
(Circle of Trees (Site #3))
November 5th, 2021

See my previous reviews, all great. Sites #5 and #6 are fairly private. Sites #3 and #4 are close together. Whatever site you get, the amenities are worth it. Clean sites with picnic table and fire ring (use changes based on fire bans) and a clean port a potty. Well water hose at the bathroom area for hand washing. As the trip page stated, you can forage for firewood on the grounds. We didn't try hard and still got a nights worth of wood. This must still be a hidden gem, because I can't believe it wasn't full. The property is large enough, you can do mini walks and discover something new at ever corner. I saw a review where a person complained about the dog, "Buddy." That was not our experience. He was great! He came by to say high a handful of times. Didn't aggressively beg or misbehave. He responds to all standard commands. He hung out with us in between our chairs and starred at the fire. It was fun to have a camp dog for bit. We never saw or heard nuasance wildlife. Probably thanks to Buddy's presence.

Just do yourself a favor and try this spot. Vicki is warm, informative and really knows the area if you need anything.

Hipcamper Nicole

Walk to cottonwood

Nicole K.
recommends this listing.
(Circle of Trees (Site #3))
November 5th, 2021

Took the walk/hike from the property into Old Town Cottonwood. It is a well marked trail that connects to a public trail called, "Cottonwood Jail Trail." Very easy walk/hike, a couple step overs and beautiful. There are cheap happy hours in Cottonwood. It took 30 min to walk to town and quicker on the way back. Again, decided to stay a 3rd day because of how great this local and campground were.

Hipcamper Nicole

Basecamp for the area

Nicole K.
recommends this listing.
(Circle of Trees (Site #3))
November 3rd, 2021

Great Basecamp for Sedona, Cottonwood and Jerome. Directions are well thought out and accurate, just follow them. Great hosts, friendly dog, people riding horses next door and great stargazing. Clean port a potty.
This is such a good spot, we booked another couple of nights.


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