RV Camping In Arizona
Arizona has an abundance of great RV camping sites, many located close to some of the most spectacular areas anywhere. Winter is a great time to visit Arizona, and the Snowbird migration and their thousands of RVs certainly help prove it. Spring, summer, and fall on the other hand, are the best times to see much of the incredible scenery of Arizona. The area around Grand Canyon National Park has free RV camping areas on the north and south rim, and sights that should be seen by everyone.
Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in Arizona.
Free RV camping is available throughout Arizona on public lands administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), and the USFS (US Forest Service). State parks, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service and more allow free RV camping as well. The following list is just a sample of free RV camping possibilities. Free RV camping locations are primitive which means there are no RV hookups.
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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge - Free RV camping information about the Refuge, remote access, and necessary permits . Very isolated! There is also BLM public land surrounding AJO available for free RV camping. The Yuma BLM Field Office administers this area.
South of Ash Fork along highway 89 are numerous USFS (US Forest Service) access roads. Close the gate behind you. There are many lovely free RV boondocking sites in this area. The Prescott National Forest manages public lands in this area.
Surrounded by BLM administered lands, Bouse has virtually unlimited places for free RV camping. The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Lake Havasu Field Office manages RV camping in this area. The town has RV camping facilities including RV dump, fuel, groceries, water, trash restaurants, museum and post office. Patton's troops of WWII trained in this area.
North of town on old Route 66 about 3 miles is an extensive BLM (Bureau of Land Management) ATV and off road vehicle area. Suitable for any size RV. There are also several good pull out areas off old Route 66 heading north towards Oatman. BLM's Kingman Field Office administers this area.
South Rim RV camping information from the NPS (National Park Service) Official Web Site...we couldn't say it better ourselves...
Dispersed Camping - Camping "at-large" is permitted in the national forest outside the park. Camping must be at least 0.25mile/0.4 km away from Highway 64. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest, P.O. Box 3088, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 or call (928) 638-2443 for information.
King of Arizona National Wildlife Refuge. Free RV camping is available with a 14 day per year maximum limit. This area is located northeast of Yuma and southeast of Quartzsite. Remote dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is also available on most BLM lands around the Refuge boundary.
Surrounded by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) administered land, you will have no trouble finding dispersed RV camping (boondocking) locations. RV camping locations are located both north and south of town. The BLM's Lake Havasu Field Office manages this area and offers extensive information for the RV camping enthusiast.
Free RV parking is available at the truck stop. Scenic free RV camping is available on BLM administered lands north of the KOFA NWR (National Wildlife Refuge), as well as on the Refuge itself. Large open RV camping areas are available in a remote desert setting.
East of Parker are large areas of BLM administered land with good access for free RV camping. Shea Road is asphalt heading east for nearly 15 miles before turning into good gravel. There are numerous free RV camping sites along both sides of this road.
Arizona State Land Trust has numerous parcels available for free RV camping surrounding Phoenix. Click Here for information on obtaining required permit and Land Trust location maps.
Designated dispersed camping (boondocking) sites are available in the Prescott Basin. This area is managed by the USDA Prescott National Forest, and offers organized campgrounds too. This is a popular area for RVers trying to escape the desert heat.
Free RV camping is available at 5 BLM designated 14 day camping areas surrounding Quartzsite. Free camping is permitted in designated areas only. Click Here for more information about BLM camping and LTVA's (Long Term Visitor Area) in the Quartzsite area. The La Posa LTVA is very popular with Winter visitors. Over 1 million RVers show up during the Winter months, and there is a lot of information written about this interesting RV camping area.
Free RV camping is available north of Sentinel on the road to the Oatman Massacre site not too far from Painted Rock Dam. Go north on asphalt road approximately 1 mile to first gravel road and turn right. Large area suitable for any size RV is located about 1 mile down the gravel road. More sites available further up road, but we recommend smaller RV's for these camping locations.
This historic ghost town offers free RV camping facilities. There are several free campsites suitable for smaller RV's and tents. Bureau of Land Management is spending a considerable amount of time and money on this area. Improved RV camping sites, and building restoration projects make this an interesting RV destination.
State Land Trust parcels are available for RV camping south of Wickenburg with a required permit, as well as BLM administered lands. There are free RV camping sites along Vulture Peak Road, and Vulture Mine Road. The Vulture mine offers $ dry RV camping, and has self guided tours of the historic mine. Wickenburg offers a full range of RV camping supplies, RV dump, fuel, food and more.
USDA Kaibab National Forest offers free dispersed camping (boondocking) at many locations. A good free overnight camping area is located west of Williams just off Interstate 40.
There are free RV camping sites (must have $20 State issued permit) just East of Yuma on parcels of the Arizona State Land Trust. There is also BLM administered Public Lands with LTVA's west of Yuma on the California side of the Colorado River. Check our BLM Section for more LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) information and rules.
Our Public Lands and Boondocking Section have more information about finding remote free RV camping locations, and our Free RV Camping Section has ideas about free camping and parking places you may not have thought about.
RV camping in Arizona is perfect for the Snowbirds of Winter. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Arizona State Parks offer RV camping on a first come first serve basis only, and the same is true for most County and Community parks. Most parks have no length of camping stay limit. USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups. This is only a partial listing of RV camping opportunities at public campgrounds in Arizona.
The Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area offers RV camping. This BLM area has 75 developed camping sites are available with pit toilets, fire rings, and trash. There are pull thru sites as well for large RVs.
We have been to both Windy Point and Packsaddle campgrounds with a 36' motorhome. We don't recommend taking a large vehicle to these campgrounds, but it can be done if you are determined.
Located north of Phoenix near Cottonwood, Dead Horse Ranch State Park offers RV camping sites with electric and water, as well as dry camping.
Well dispersed campsites are available at the Petroglyph/Painted Rock BLM Campground.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park is a site everyone should experience if they can. RV camping is allowed within the park at designated campgrounds. This is a very popular camping location, and we recommend reservations at the National Park Service (NPS) campgrounds. Pictures can never fully capture this unique landscape.
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BLM and La Paz County offer camping opportunities in the Parker area.
Phoenix Area Campgrounds
USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer RV camping in the area.
For more USFS campgrounds in the Prescott National Forest, Click Here.
South of Quartzsite are the large and very popular La Poza LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area). Hundreds of thousands of Snowbirds descend on Quartzsite with their RVs every Winter. Much has been written about this interesting RV camping destination. Our BLM RV Camping Section has more information about LTVA's and their rules.
Dry RV camping sites are available at Centennial County Park. The campground has RV dump and water available.
The National Park Service Campgrounds located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area has 153 camping sites and is located on Lake Mead north of Kingman.
RV camping and other activities are available at Alamo Lake State Park 38 miles north of Wenden. The campgrounds have electric and water sites, and RV dump station
RV camping is available at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument campgrounds.
Community park located 2 miles NE of town across from the Rodeo grounds on Constellation Road has RV camping. Has trash but no water or dump. Restricted length of stay.
The Community Center has RV camping facilities for RV club rally and group events. Reservations required. Wickenburg Community Center. Office Hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Please call 928-684-7656
South of Wikieup is the Burro Creek Recreation Area. This large recreation area has flush toilets, large RV camping sites, RV dump station and drinking water.
North of Yuma on the California side of the Colorado River is...
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Arizona. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Arizona. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.