High Desert Dispersed Camping Near Arivaca

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Located in Coronado National Forest, this site is just off of a primitive track, across a dry wash. It is in a canyon with some traces of historic mining activity, under a large tree. The terrain is very flat and even, making it suitable for tenting. Some hay is present from equestrians. Accessible by any stock four-wheel drive vehicle, this site offers great shelter and protection from the elements.

One thing to keep in mind is that privacy may be moderate due to the likely popularity of this site. However, if this spot is not available, there are multiple idyllic sites located along this stretch of forest road. In fact, even though I had a neighbor overlander in mid-February on a weekday, I was still able to find a great spot to camp.

While there's no cell service in the area, you should still be able to get some view of the sky for satellite connectivity. Overall, this is a lovely, quiet National Forest parcel located near the Mexico border that is perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all and enjoy peace and solitude in an often overlooked part of Arizona, with numerous backroads and forest roads to explore.

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.

Status – OPEN

We’ve been here in-person, but it might have been a while. To our knowledge, this spot is currently open and accessible, but that can easily change, so always have a back-up plan!

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