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Hawks Hideaway Camping, LLC

17 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres · Cottonwood, AZ
We offer various camping accommodations, as well as a teepee. See our different listings for info on each. A few choice examples of local activities to do on or very near to our campsite include: Bird watching, hiking, river rafting or tubing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, stargazing, and even rockhounding. This area conforms to the Arizona Dark Sky initiative, and while we are not dark-sky certified, we've had several guests compliment us on our location. When it comes to rockhounding, or amateur geology, this is a fantastic area for exploration and study.  The cliff walls of the Verde River offer clear and distinct sedimentary layers, and the frequent flooding of the massive sandy riverbed reveals countless undiscovered treasures.We gladly welcome pets, including horses, as long as the guests inform us of their presence, and takes care of all their needs, including cleaning up any mess. There is a professional horse-boarding field and stables adjacent to our property, and a long pleasant trail allows horseback riders to follow the Verde Greenway into Old Town Cottonwood if they so desire. Please remember that this is a natural and secluded spot located directly adjacent to the state-maintained Verde Ripparian Greenway and the Verde River. This means you may encounter wildlife and pests associated with being in such close connection to nature. Be prepared to tuck your food away and bring ample protection from the insects.
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Verde River Vortex

4 sites · Lodging2 acres · Clarkdale, AZ
Learn 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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Beaver Creek Oasis

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents21 acres · Rimrock, AZ
Located on Beaver Creek on 21 acres you may choose your site tucked in the mesquite bosque or among the sycamores. The 1 1/2 mile dirt road is rough but worth the effort. Close to Sedona, Page Springs wineries, hiking and relaxing. See the stars at night and let nature rejuvenate. The alpacas will be pleased to eat some grain from your palm and the rooster will wake you at dawn ready for the start the morning. Arrival before dark required for check-in unless approved by host in advance. Pitch your tent or park your van in a designated site of your choosing on 21 acres either tucked in the mesquite bosque, near the creek (hike-in) or among the sycamores (drive-in). The 1 1/2 mile dirt road is rough but worth the effort. Close to Sedona, Page Springs wineries, hiking and just relaxing. See the stars at night!  Arriving before dark on your check-in day is required.
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Sacred Springs

5 sites · Lodging, Tents8 acres · Lake Montezuma, AZ
Sacred Springs A phenomenal, sacred, riparian corridor. Sacred Springs offers a retreat for seekers of nature’s serenity and spiritual renewal. Just up the creek from the iconic Montezuma Castle National Monument and down from the enchanting Montezuma Well. Your journey will begin long before you arrive, as you enter into the sacred river valley and embark on the primitive road that leads to our desert oasis. From our campsites, you'll have the remarkable opportunity to witness the echoes of the past and the pulse of the present, as a active view of the nearby I-17 highway traces the path of this ancient route. As travelers journey along this prehistoric corridor, their footsteps echo those of countless generations who traversed these lands long before us. Driving atop the mesa, you'll feel the powerful energy of the desert enveloping you and by the time you reach Sacred Springs you’ll sense, the immense potential for transformation and connection that awaits you. Our campsites have breathtaking, panoramic sunrise and sunset views and overlooks a powerful confluence of Wet Beaver Creek and Dry Beaver Creek. While Sacred Springs offers a breathtaking retreat amidst the beauty of nature, it's important to note the inherent dangers of our unique landscape. Perched on a cliff 60 feet above the creek, our property boasts stunning views and serene surroundings—but it also requires vigilance and care. The terrain here is steep and unforgiving, reminding us to slow down and savor each moment mindfully. (Please, remain on trails at all times.) With every step, it's crucial to remain fully present, ensuring proper footing and safe navigation at all times. As you explore the wonders of Sacred Springs, let this be an opportunity to hone your senses and cultivate a deeper connection with the earth beneath your feet. Embrace the challenge of traversing the rugged terrain, knowing that every cautious step brings you closer to the heart of this sacred sanctuary. This land holds the echoes of a prehistoric ancient community that thrived right here, utilizing irrigation for farming and dwelling in cliffside abodes. Picture yourself immersed in the rich history of the Verde valley, sitting in a cave dwelling pondering about the daily lives of the Hisat'sinom, the ancient cliff dwellers. You'll have the opportunity to reconnect with yourself, and to heal. Relax fully immersed in a natural riparian corridor as you hike along the creek, find your peace in one of our hammock swings next to the creek, or witness the breathtaking sunrise and sunset, from the best seat in Arizona. —With mindfulness and respect for the land, may your visit be one of discovery, growth, and profound reverence for the natural world. Sacred Springs. 🌞🏜️ Driving from Sacred Springs— •Fossil Creek: Distance: Approximately 35 miles Driving time: Around 1 hour and 30 minutes •BullPen: Distance: Approximately 21 miles Driving time: Around 1 hour •Snowbowl/ Humphrey’s Peak trailhead (Flagstaff): Distance: Approximately 65 miles Driving time: Around 1 hour and 20 minutes •Sedona/ Village of Oak Creek: Distance: Approximately 17 miles Driving time: Around 25 minutes •Montezuma Castle National Monument: Distance: Approximately 7 miles Driving time: Around 15 minutes •Tuzigoot Monument: Distance: Approximately 20 miles Driving time: Around 40 minutes •Cornville: Distance: Approximately 10 miles Driving time: Around 20 minutes •Camp Verde: Distance: Approximately 9 miles Driving time: Around 20 minutes •Cottonwood: Distance: Approximately 17 miles Driving time: Around 33 minutes •Jerome: Distance: Approximately 25 miles Driving time: Around 50 minutes •Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Lodge: Distance: Approximately 130 miles Driving time: Around 2 hours and 20 minutes •Prescott Downtown: Distance: Approximately 35 miles Driving time: Around 55 minutes •Phoenix Sky Harbor Distance: Approximately 100 miles Driving time: Around 1 hour and 40 minutes •Flagstaff: Distance: Approximately 50 miles Driving time: Around 1 hour •Four Corners: Distance: Approximately 276 miles Driving time: Around 4 hours 15 minutes
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Cardinal’s Grove

1 site · RV1 acre · Cornville, AZ
This property is surrounded by Mesquite trees boasting beautiful country views located in a picturesque green belt of Arizona. The graveled site includes a paver patio, table and chairs, a chiminea for fires and roasting marshmallows, and bird feeders with many active birds 🦅. It is situated on a one acre property which includes our home. Take a stroll around the country neighborhood, explore trails, grab a hamburger at the local burger place! A 10 minute drive to gorgeous wine country of Page Springs where you can enjoy a glass of wine and take in Oak Creek. Wonderful restaurants and shopping to enjoy in nearby Cottonwood and Jerome.
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Verde Ranch RV Resort

260 sites · Lodging, RVs45 acres · Camp Verde, AZ
Planned with relaxation in mind and built with impeccable attention to detail, Verde Ranch works hard every day to create memorable vacation experiences that our guests will cherish forever. We believe that whether at home or on vacation, beautiful surroundings contribute to a sense of happiness, well-being, and comfort. With big-rig-friendly RV sites, we are redefining what it means to be a campground. We’re conveniently located right off of the highway and near many great local attractions and businesses. Work from anywhere with our high-speed WiFi. Relax and unwind by our pool, let the kids play in the splash pad, or the dogs run in our spacious dog park! Looking for adventure? Take advantage of our river access, hike the nearby trails, kayak the river or take a day trip to Sedona, Prescott, or Cottonwood from our RV Resort, to experience everything Arizona has to offer.
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Luxury Eco Glamping Near Sedona

1 site · Lodging6 acres · Cottonwood, AZ
Soak up the Arizona sun, shower under the stars, witness breathtaking sunsets, and enjoy a luxurious, eco-conscious "glamping" experience you'll remember forever! Relax and restore on our six-acre ranch right at the edge of civilization. Let your soul wander through open desert views, or jump on the highway and be hiking the Sedona red rocks in just 17 minutes. Chef up a meal in the outdoor kitchen or sip fine wine in old town Cottonwood, just five minutes away. Adventure awaits... The space Our Cliffrose canvas "glamping" tent provides a unique opportunity to enjoy camping in nature without sacrificing the comforts of home. Sip coffee under the covered gazebo, breathe fresh air blowing through the open door, and sleep with nature on comfy cots. The tent is furnished with two deluxe cots, cozy blankets, pillows, and a cowhide rug. The cots are outfitted with comfy memory foam padding, a sheet, a pillow, and warm sleeping bags. We provide a propane heater to take the chill off on cool nights. It's the easiest, most comfortable camping ever! Our eco-friendly experience is designed with the health-conscious guest in mind. Everything is natural and organic—from the shampoo to the salt to the coffee. We use only green, non-toxic cleaning products. A private gazebo with picnic table is situated steps from the tent, providing a respite from the sun and a place to hang out, relax, sip coffee, and enjoy meals. WHO IS THIS FOR? * A romantic couple getaway. * Adventurous folks who want to try something new. * Travelers who want to try camping but don't want to go without all the comforts * Nature-based folks who want to see stars, breathe fresh air, and see big views. * Hikers, bikers, and site seers who want to be very close to Sedona but don't want to stay right in the hustle and bustle and its associated high costs. WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE LAND: Our property borders 10K acres of the national forest, but the tent is not in the middle of nowhere. We are at the edge of a residential neighborhood, and Mingus Ave is 1/2 mile away. This provides a unique experience of living close to nature, yet it is conveniently only 17 minutes to Sedona and 5 minutes to Old Town Cottonwood. Expect to see a couple of other houses, hear some traffic noise, and possibly hear a few barking dogs. If you're a light sleeper, there is a sound machine and ear plugs available. OFF GRID: The tent itself is "off-grid". The space is lit by battery and solar-powered lights. The kitchen space has the power to charge your devices. There are no outlets in the tent. WIFI is unavailable in the space, as we encourage our guests to connect to nature. However, most providers offer good cell phone coverage. The tent is heated by a propane heater, but there is no air conditioning. It is very comfortable camping, but it is still camping! KITCHEN: ***The kitchen/bathhouse and porta-potty are shared spaces with one other tent. There is plenty of privacy at your tent if you desire or make friends with like-minded travelers.*** The outdoor kitchen is fully equipped with hot and cold running water, a gas grill, a cook stove, and all the necessary tools to prepare a delicious meal in the great outdoors. Organic coffee, herbal tea, organic olive oil, raw honey, Himalayan salt, and pepper are also provided. BATH / SHOWER: Enjoy an inspiring, heated outdoor shower in pure well water, complete with privacy walls that still let the sun and stars shine through. The spacious bathroom includes a hot/cold water sink and a spacious changing area. We have a regularly cleaned and sanitized porta-potty for the toilet arrangements. WEATHER & THE ELEMENTS: During the summer months, the tent gets quite hot inside. Most people are out exploring during this time, so it's not a big deal. We can share some lovely creekside swimming spots for cooling dips. The temps cool quickly at sundown, and the tent gets comfortable immediately. In the winter, temperatures can dip below freezing. Make sure to bring a heavy sleeping bag (or borrow ours) and warm clothes for hanging out by the fire or in the kitchen. PACKING LIST: * Flashlight or headlamp * Sleeping bag or bedding (or borrow ours at no cost) * Cooler and ice * Wood for fire pit (unless there is a fire ban in the summer) HIKE & BIKE OUT THE BACK DOOR: If you have a desire to explore, there is an epic hiking and mountain biking trail network that can be accessed right from the property. Contact us when you're here, and we can show you where to go. IS THIS A FAMILY ADVENTURE? If you bring kids or a third guest, we can provide you with a thick, comfortable sleeping pad or cot. You are also welcome to set up a separate tent for the kids.
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Old Town Garden Oasis

2 sites · Lodging1 acre · Cottonwood, AZ
Just 20 minutes from Sedona enjoy this private garden oasis walking distance from Old town Cottonwood (Not in the summer heat). Our green casita has a full kitchen, bath and 2 bedrooms making it ideal for families, 2 couples or couples that snore! Step out of the french doors into a shady garden patio. Seasonal veggies from the garden. The space Centrally located in the Verde Valley wine country, our home offers a completely private 2 bedroom apartment situated in beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Its a 3/4 mile from the center of old town, and only 20 minutes from both Sedona and Jerome making it the perfect location to explore the valley from. If you love hiking, swimming, horse back riding, ancient pueblos and cliff dwellings, or want to tour the wine country of northern Arizona, our place offers the ideal location. Guest access When you stay with us you will have access to a very private lushly landscaped acre. Its fully fenced making it the perfect place to bring young children and dog. But please note no cats and if you have more than one dog please contact us before booking. Your casita has its own entrance and is situated away from the main house so you can come and go as you please.
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Sun & Moon Geo Dome Retreat

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Dewey, AZ
It seems like nearly everyone who comes here says this is a peaceful place!  It's like being out in the country whilst still being close enough to so many things, halfway between Sedona and Prescott, in a neighborhood with dirt roads and farm animals in which horses have the right away. The mountains are hypnotic. The air is clean. The stars are breathtaking. You can see the Milky Way on a clear night. The sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous and we see a lot of double rainbows here. The dome is fully furnished for 4 people. Inside there's a queen bed, futon, clean linens, table w/chairs, portable a/c, electric heater; propane heater, lamps, microwave (for indoor cooking), ice maker, Keurig coffee maker, mini-fridge, USB & outlets for small devices (light electrical usage only), and WIFI is available. Plus a yoga mat, books, & a binder with food and sightseeing recommendations for the area. Outside there's a picnic table, propane grill with side burner, propane firepit with comfortable seating surrounding. The clear dome windows are showing signs of aging, so the best star and sunset/sunrise viewing is outside. The outhouse building is equipped with a camping toilet, pump sink, and a camping shower (now heated!). One towel per guest, grill utensils, cups, and plate ware provided. Bring disposables if you do not want to wash your own dishes. Most of the time guests are able to park next to the dome but sometimes, weather depending, it will be necessary to park and walk in about a hundred feet away from the dome. Also on the property you'll find a walking path carved out through the trees behind the dome with a medicine wheel and labyrinth. The property is located in a rural neighborhood so there are other houses around, but at a far distance, with still plenty of privacy.  There are lots of animals like cardinals, hawks, owls, blue jays, roadrunners, hummingbirds, jackrabbits, cottontails, coyotes, and mule deer.  Farm animals like donkeys make sounds in the distance which is pretty comical at times. There are occasional sightings of beer, wolves, and mountain lions. The location is central to so many incredible places to explore. Within an hour each direction, there is distinctly different natural terrain to discover. Our local Mortimer Farm is 7 miles away and has a bakery (breakfast/sandwiches/treats), seasonal activities including pick your own food, farm dancing, and monthly farm to table dinners. We also have a local winery, golf course, café, pizzeria, subway and BBQ restaurant.  Here are some of the sight seeing possibilities you could use this location to launch from, just to get your mind percolating: Grand Canyon (2.5 hours)Devil’s Bridge (Sedona) Cathedral rock (Sedona) Bell Rock (Sedona) Oak Creek Canyon (Sedona) Bumblebee Giant Saguaros (North Phoenix) Watson’s Lake (Prescott) Granite Dels (Prescott) Ghost Town Tour (Jerome) Lowell Observatory (Flagstaff) Wupatki National Monument (Flagstaff) Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (Flagstaff) Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff) Antelope Canyon (Page) Lake Powell (Page) Horseshoe Bend (Page) Petrified Forest National Park (2.75 hours) Meteor Crater National Landmark (2 hours) Walnut Canyon National Monument (Flagstaff) Montezuma Castle National Monument and Well (Camp Verde) Out of Africa Wildlife Park (Camp Verde) Desert Botanical Gardens (Phoenix) Wine Tasting (Page Springs) It's my intention that anyone who stays here, leaves more nourished in spirit, more firmly planted in their true selves and more deeply in alignment with nature's rhythm. Looking forward to your visit!
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Hidden Gem

4 sites · Tents4 acres · Cornville, AZ
4 acres of beautiful land, Located on serene oak creek river, perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy stunning views of the river and surrounding landscape. The land is adorned with lush greenery, mature trees, and natural rock formation, making it fun to Swim in the river and meditate on the sound of nature. Abundant wildlife, making it a haven for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Easy access to Cottonwood, Camp verde, Sedona, Jerome and Page springs road. outdoor shower with hot water for campsite. Access to WiFi in the property
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Secluded Property In Green Belt

2 sites · Lodging, RVs2 acres · Sedona, AZ
Nestled away off Red Rock Loop, amidst the majestic presence of Scheurman Mountain and Cathedral Rock, lies our tranquil Forest Garden. This serene haven boasts an irrigation ditch meandering through the property, nourishing a picturesque pond, while offering a refreshing dip in our crystal-clear, salt-balanced swimming pool. Our accommodations are elegantly simple yet modern, ensuring a clean and comfortable stay for two. Enjoy the convenience of heat and air conditioning, providing year-round comfort. For an immersive experience, opt for camping in our Earth Dome, where you can kindle a cozy fire under the starlit sky. Take leisurely strolls to the creek on our wooded property, basking in the rustic charm of nature. RV enthusiasts are welcome, with ample parking available. Access to water and electric hookups further enhances your stay, promising convenience amidst the wilderness. Embark on an unforgettable retreat at our Forest Garden, where nature's embrace awaits, and tranquility abounds.
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Munds Park RV Resort

49 sites · Lodging, RVs145 acres · Munds Park, AZ
Stay for a day or stay for the season. Embark on a journey of relaxation and adventure, where the charm of the outdoors meets the comfort of modern amenities. RVers can enjoy over 100+ miles of local ATV & UTV trails; Hiking trails, two dog parks, onsite pool, heated spa, live events, fully stocked general store and MORE! Authentic discoveries & unforgettable experiences only at Munds Park RV Resort.
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The best camping near Dead Horse Ranch State Park guide

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Once you look past the name (and the slightly creepy history) Dead Horse Ranch State Park is home to unbelievable views and a mountain of activities for outdoor lovers of all ages! Hitch a horse up for Horse Trail Adventures inside the park; with the cool equestrian trails available, you and your four-hoofed-friend can explore the desert together! Talk about bonding. Hang by the Verde River for some fishing, boating, and swimming or get to the forest for quality hiking and biking. Explore the day, extend the trip by camping out; there’s no wrong way to experience this park!

Notable campgrounds

  • Cottonwood Campground - Shaded sites near the river, ideal for tents and RVs alike.
  • Quail Loop Campground - Offers a quiet retreat with easy access to park trails.
  • Red-Tail Hawk Campground - Perfect for families, with spacious sites and nearby playgrounds.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, as sites fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Explore nearby camping options to ensure you have a backup plan.

When to go

The best time to visit Dead Horse Ranch State Park is during the spring and fall when temperatures are mild and the park's natural beauty is at its peak. Summer can be hot, and winter may bring cooler temperatures, so pack accordingly. Wildlife viewing is excellent year-round, but especially vibrant during the migratory seasons.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and exploring the trails.
  • Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat to stay hydrated and protected from the sun.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and practice safe viewing distances.
  • Facilities include restrooms, picnic areas, and a visitor center with informative displays.

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