If you're looking for a primitive dispersed campsite near Sedona, this hidden gem might just be what you're looking for. Accessible only by a demanding forest road that requires high clearance four-wheel drive and may scratch your vehicle's paint, this secluded campsite sits atop a red rock slab on the side of a mountain. The views from this spot are breathtaking, with a panoramic view of the valley to the south and the red rock formations to the southeast. There's also a rock face to the north, providing some shelter from the elements.
Keep in mind that this campsite is not accessible to vans and larger campers. However, there is enough room for one or two small vehicles. The junipers and mountainous terrain provide some additional shelter from the elements. While there is some ATV activity in the area, the site is generally private and secluded. However, cell service is poor, so don't count on being able to stay connected during your stay.
The site itself features a primitive stone fire ring with makeshift benches, as well as some rusty nails and glass scattered around. As always, exercise caution and care when using the fire ring, and be sure to leave the area cleaner than you found it. While this campsite is well off the beaten path and deep in the Coconino National Forest, it's still important to minimize your impact and leave no trace during your stay. Overall, this is a secluded gem in an otherwise high traffic area, perfect for those looking for a true backcountry experience not too far from Sedona's attractions.
Always tread lightly, leave no trace, respect the wishes of landowners, and leave campsites cleaner than you found them. Be the very best steward of our public spaces that you can possibly be so that they remain public.