Camp For Free In Arizona


Arizona covers a lot of territory and there are plenty of places to camp for free. (Not just at the very popular but crowded Long Term Visitor Areas.)

The secret is finding them! And I've done that for you!

Here are just a few of the many locations where you could camp for free in Arizona this winter

We have a great view of Sedona's famous red rocks from the free campsite pictured below:

Free camping at Sedona

How about this private, peaceful location? - Your personal patio on a red slick-rock creek-bed:

Free creekside patio camping

Or perhaps you prefer the company of other RVers. The guide tells you where to find this and other lesser-known Arizona boondocking areas where you can camp for free.

Free camping RV community

When you can camp for free with this million dollar view, would you ever want to move on?

Free camping location in  Arizona

The Frugal Shunpiker's Guide titled "RV Boondocking In Arizona" provides precise, easy-to-follow directions to 120 frugal (usually free) camping options that we've discovered near the most popular (and lesser-known but waiting for you to discover them) destinations in Arizona.

RV Boondocking In Arizona

"RV Boondocking In Arizona - A Frugal Shunpiker's Guide"

Many other guidebooks and websites will tell you about campgrounds but not the free ones.

Through more than eighteen years of shunpiking (driving the back roads) we've discovered many scenic boondocking options where we camp for free. Most are right on route to Arizona's major attractions.

Millions of RVers who prefer boondocking in the desert flock to RV communities in Southern Arizona and California called Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVAs). They're great especially if all you want is to live cheaply in good weather but so many RVers have discovered these so they're certainly not a secret.

If you prefer to camp for free in the most scenic locations, prefer traveling around rather than staying in one place, and are looking for affordable adventures and variety in your RV travels, you need this guide.

It takes you on a most affordable and adventurous trip including parts of Arizona that many typical Snowbirds never visit.

Attention Tent Users!

This guide is not just for RVers. All but 13 of the 120 suggested frugal and "camp for free" areas listed in this guide are suitable for tents as well as RVs. A complete camping accessibility index will tell you whether a tent can be set up at each campsite. The same index tells you what size of RV can most easily access the sites.

What You'll Get In This Book

This 194-page printable eBook contains:

  • Detailed directions to every suggested attraction and campsite.
  • GPS coordinates (with google map links) for remote free camping suggestions.
  • A route map provides a visual image of the suggested routes and shows where to camp for free along each one. It will help you plan the best route for the time of year you're traveling.
  • Easy Referencing: The book is divided into color-coded sections corresponding to the 4 different geographical areas shown on the map. A full index is also provided at the back of the book.
  • A detailed 6-week itinerary covers the most popular Arizona destinations. Follow it and spend less than $180.00 in camping fees for the entire month and a half.
  • Tips on what to see, where to camp for free or cheap, where to shop, where to eat, where to find free water, free RV dump stations, propane, showers, Internet service and more.
  • Hiking suggestions: We love to hike, so we've listed some of our favorite Arizona hikes.
  • Camping Accessibility: Footnotes for all 120 suggested camping areas listed in the guide show whether a tent can be set up and what size of RV can easily access each site.

All for less than one night in an average campground.
$7.00 (limited time discount)

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Here's what others are saying about "RV Boondocking In Arizona":

Thank you for the Arizona update and all your booklets. Last year we spent about 3 months in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. We rapidly discovered that your booklets will be our main guides!

Instead of being squeezed with our little Airstream every night between two giant RVs in campgrounds, you made us discover fantastic open locations with marvelous views far away from the traffic, where we were alone, and for free! Even at locations receiving millions of visitors we enjoyed your lonely places, like the splendid pine forest (where we were alone) a few miles away from the Grand Canyon next to the official federal campground, crowded, expensive and hardly beautiful!

Thanks to your booklets, our mean cost of overnight camping was 5 dollars! We are looking forward to go to California and use your 2 other booklets!

Louise and Jean-Jacques Hechler,
L'Ascension, Qu├ębec.

Your book is very useful for us. We follow your advice all the time. We are on our trip since November 15, 2012 and, following your guide, have visited the Grand Canyon, Page ( Lone Rock), Lee's Ferry, Sedona, Prescott, and now are in Lake Havasu City. Once again, thank you for your book.

Alex Larionov
Guelph, Ontario

Thanks Marianne! There is no other book like yours. We use it a lot! We just came from Sedona and the Grand Canyon and your recommendations were right on! Thanks again!

Oscar Reyes,
Queens Creek, AZ

Just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed your Arizona and Utah books. I'm going to read through the California book next and save the New Mexico book for last. Your approach to travel, hiking, and camping closely aligns with ours so your books are especially valuable.

John R. Schroeder,
Mesa, Arizona

Well, on my 6th day here in Arizona and your e book information has been invaluble - haven't paid for a camp site yet!!!!

I love all the info on the sights and hikes complaint though, the boondocking you describe at the Grand Canyon south rim, in the forest - I stayed there last night and there were NO elk in my campsite, I demand a refund!!!!!!!! Just kidding.

I am in Utah today for three weeks. Any chance you could send me a rough draft of the Utah e-book? Thanks again.

Les Pearson
Nanaimo, British Coloumbia

I don't know how you did it. I really thought we had found most of the free and cheap camping in our neighbor state. But your guide lists about 40 places we hadn't discovered. The funny thing is, we've probably passed very close by to them on several trips and paid dearly for camping instead.

The guide is definitely going with us on our next trip which, with this new information, should be a lot cheaper so may be sooner than we had hoped.

Andrea Burchas
Victorville, California

I just finished enjoying the Guide to Arizona, and I must say that I am very impressed.

While I was reading the guide, it felt like you were literally holding our hands, and leading the way for us. This has totally eliminated the anxiety that we would sometimes feel about our future plans.

It was bittersweet to finish the guide, because I was enjoying it so much. I must have looked kind of funny, with my huge map of Arizona, a marker, and of course, a hot cup of coffee. Everywhere I read about, I found on the map, and imagined how great it will be, when I am using my guide for real!!

Trent Shipley,
Regina, Saskatchewan

I was trying to get enough information for a fall trip to the Grand Canyon and points beyond but it's hard to know what to expect.

Now that I bought your guide it answered many of my questions. I can hardly believe there's places to camp for free so close to the parks. My VW bus and I will certainly follow the route you suggest.

S. Thompson
Portland, Oregan

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