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A Spark in the Dark Campground

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· Arizona
40 acres
15 sites
13 RV/Tent
2 RV
The Spark is a 40 acre "Primitive Plus" camping experience in a mountain/prairie/desert hybrid environment. Only a few sites to ensure you have a huge section of the property to yourself - wherever you choose to set up! Great for large groups or the single camper needing a natural retreat. There are several listing types to suit your camping needs - come camping at The Spark!
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Arizona, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Clifford A.Joined in October 2016
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312 ratings · 268 reviews
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Ian M.recommends
December 4, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
A beautiful GEM
We sent the kids to family to have a kid free escape. This is exactly what we achieved here at A Spark In The Dark. We stayed in his easy breezy shelter which was super comfortable. Our doggos loved it and we made memories we will never forget. Even got some awesome walking sticks. Nothing like a nice J watching the clouds roll by. Can’t wait to come back !
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Jaclyn B.recommends
November 30, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
Everything about our visit was perfect. The place was magical and Clifford was an amazing host who was very helpful and generous. I would absolutely stay here again.
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Averi B.recommends
November 18, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Beautiful and peaceful
This was such a stellar hipcamp. Despite being not very far off the freeway it was almost dead silent and we saw the best stars of our trip here. Clifford was so kind and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time.
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Tanya T.recommends
November 14, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
The view is beautiful and the sunsets were spectacular. The place is quiet and peaceful with lots of room to walk around and take the dogs for a walk. The host is very nice and accommodating. We enjoyed our time immensely and we will be going back.
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Samantha C.recommends
November 9, 2022
HIKE to your site! Scenic! Private!
Great little find, safe, and quiet. The water and firewood were great, easy to get to location. I had the place to myself and my dog and I had a blast!
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Natasha O.recommends
November 9, 2022
HIKE to your site! Scenic! Private!
This place is amazing. I recommend it to anyone! The host makes you feel safe and taken care of and the land is very well kept and magical. He has lots of cute little details that make the place feel super special. It is a beautiful place to camp and experience sunrise and sunset!
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Susan G.recommends
November 7, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
I’ve visited 18 HipCamps this year and this is likely my favorite 😍. The quiet was definitely special as was the walking trail on the property and the carved out niches for the campsites. Of course the sunset and sunrise steals the show. Caring host puts it over the top. This will be a planned stop in the future.
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Allyson S.recommends
November 4, 2022
"Park & Snooze" for Sleepy Drivers
Great spot to sleep on a long drive
Clifford’s place was great. We parked in a flat spot by the juniper tree and got a great night’s sleep. The port o potty was indeed nicer than expected. And Clifford was a great communicator. Thanks for everything!
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Virginia P.recommends
November 1, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to pitch a tent, or park a camper van, Spark in the Dark is a great spot. Upon our arrival to Spark in the Dark, our kind host, Clifford, warmly welcomed my husband and I to his Hipcamp. He generously took the time to orient us and highlight all the available amenities/ facilities at this Hipcamp. During our stay at Spark in the Dark, my husband and I set up our tent on one of the many designated camping sites offered at this Hipcamp. The plot was clean and open with great views of the surrounding mountain range. The site came equipped with a fire-ring and quick access to a simple, outdoor toilet. Nearby, there was also a little self-serve market that Clifford thoughtfully set up on the property. If you need some odds and ends while camping, or are looking to procure a hand-crafted souvenir, check it out. Firewood was also available for a nominal fee. Along with the campsite, we had access to walk the entire property-- which yielded some interesting finds; there was an abundance of rocks and minerals found on along the well-marked walking path. Horseshoes and cornhole boards were also available. Of course, if you you just want to take it easy, read a book or meditate, several seating areas are set-up throughout the property. Thank you for your good vibes and genuine hospitality, Clifford. It was a sincere pleasure meeting you. My husband and I greatly enjoyed our time at your Hipcamp.
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Sarah H.recommends
October 31, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Had a wonderful stay, very chill and beautiful, definitely off the beaten path.
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Kathy L.recommends
October 28, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
This place was better than I expected in many way, from the warm welcoming of the Host to the shelter that I reserved. The starts are so bright and the view of the mountains are amazing. Thanks for everything I will come back to this place -The Latina traveler
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Amanda C.recommends
October 25, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Gorgeous place! Private camp, secluded property, roomy, and beautiful! Cliff was very chill and nice dude! We will camp here again if we're ever in the area :)
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Sarah L.recommends
October 20, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
I loved the camping site. It had a wonderful feel-good energy! Clifford is as awesome as the stars!
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Chip B.recommends
October 18, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
Clifford is a most thoughtful and wonderful host. Though the nights are chilly it is the perfect temperature during the days!!
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Jaclyn S.recommends
October 16, 2022
"Park & Snooze" for Sleepy Drivers
Exactly what I needed! A place to park and sleep with a bathroom for the night. Had supplies available if you forgot something. And had a beautiful clear view of the stars at night!!
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Lucy S.recommends
October 8, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
It was a sweet little property with a yurt and few rv’s. We used one of the rv’s for the toilet. We got in late and left early but we’re welcomed both ends with sweet dogs and easily the sweetest kitten I’ve ever met. Great spot to stop and rest. A little outside of town but nice for quiet
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Bryan B.recommends
October 7, 2022
HIKE to your site! Scenic! Private!
Possibly the best campsite in AZ
Clifford has created something truly special here. The grounds were wonderful and well kept. The night was quiet and perfect for stargazing. I would totally stop here again if I pass through. I can't recommend it enough!!! All of my subsequent camping sites for the weekend paled in comparison. Clifford sets a high bar.
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Jacob B.recommends
October 2, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
Very clean camp site and Clifford was a very nice host. His 24/7 stand was very useful for water and fire wood.
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Roos M.recommends
October 1, 2022
HIKE to your site! Scenic! Private!
We had a wonderful night at Clifford's campground! It's very spacious and open and the starry sky was amazing. We left early in the morning because of rain and a long day travel, but we could definitely appreciate the work and thought Clifford put in this place. It is quite remote, with the instructions however it's very easy to get there! Just be aware of possible potholes.
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Michelle H.recommends
September 29, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Most amazing view of the stars
Let me start by saying Clifford is the nicest and most generous host. We got there a little later than expected and he personally took us to the best sight. We missed the sunset, but the sunrise was beautiful. If you forgot something he probably has it. We will be returning so we can explore his property and play horse shoes and cornhole. The stars at night are breathtaking. Our favorite place we have camped.
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Lorelyn H.recommends
September 27, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
A Spark in the Dark is a perfect place to stay the night when you’re driving I-40. It’s pretty, quiet, and clean. Clifford is super friendly and helpful. This is going to be our new go-to on our drives from southwest Colorado to southern California.
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Lorelyn H.recommends
September 25, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Love staying at Spark in the Dark. Very convenient to I-40, but very peaceful with amazing stars. Love the vibe of Clifford and his place.
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Austin B.recommends
September 25, 2022
HIKE to your site! Scenic! Private!
Best of both worlds.
The privacy and peacefulness of dispersed camping but with amenities like a restroom, firewood, etc. Great for star gazing! Come on a moonless night and you’ll be able to see the milky way with the naked eye!
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Gretchen H.recommends
September 25, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Highly recommended.
Communication was prompt and very helpful. Clifford is the perfect host and will go above and beyond to accommodate. His goal is to make your visit special and provide an environment that helps you creat your unique experience. The AZ sky here is amazing both day and night 💕 Thank you so much Clifford!
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Scott W.recommends
September 12, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
Nice space with plenty of room to spread out. Clifford was very friendly and helpful with information. Very relaxing and peaceful. Will definitely stay the next time we’re in the area!
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Beth S.recommends
September 7, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
The best of the best so far. Clifford is the best host with the most hospitable setting. The place is so clean, peaceful, and beautiful. We enjoyed our time. Great views, great privacy, great spots!!!
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Autumn H.recommends
July 26, 2022
HIKE to your site! Scenic! Private!
Great place! Was able to confidently leave everything there and explore, Clifford was a great host!
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Kori (Shoestring Martha) A.recommends
July 21, 2022
The "Easy Breezy" for GROUPS & SOLO
Commune with the junipers
Clifford's space was so relaxing and kinda funky, in the best of ways. It was all of the thoughtful little touches -- like the Council of Junipers relaxation spot, the solar fairy lights everywhere, the 24/7 self-serve "market", or even the guestbook in the bathroom. The site included a little shelter, with twinkle lights, a folding table, two folding chairs, a tiny desk, and little set of drawers. One could truly make it whatever they like. I made it into a very spacious kitchen. The views were spacious and serene, and with monsoon season, the skies were spectacularly streaked with a shapes and sizes of clouds, making for a pretty stunning sunset and sunrise. To top it all off, Clifford is a very gracious host, who communicated kindly, well, and just the right amount. He also greeted me upon arrival, and sent a safe travels text upon departure.
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Kevin S.recommends
July 18, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Clifford was communicative and flexible, a great host. The campsite was east to get to and sunrise was awesome!
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Corey L.recommends
July 3, 2022
DRIVE to your site! Scenic camping!
Perfect Getaway
Absolutely adored the short amount of time we had here. We are on a cross-country road trip, so we couldn’t stay too long. The grounds were well-kept, Clifford had a “market” of sorts that had all your needs for a night. The STARS! We are city slickers, so the brightest thing in the sky for us is usually the moon lol. What an amazing night we had here.
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