Forest Road 553

Coconino National Forest

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FR-553 Flagstaff, AZ 86001 928-526-0866 928-527-3600 Official Website

GPS: 35.3555, -111.5897

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Overview of Forest Road 553

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Pad Type dirt

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 7,709 ft / 2,349 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 3G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 4/11/2018
Thumb fpoole greenmtnor 128
Seattle, WA 24' Arctic Fox Truck Camper 990 2016 RAM Flatbed HD 5500 Diesel
20 reviews
“Very nice, further back up the road”

Reviewed 4/11/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: ??
Overall Rating

I was surprised on this one. Last year, and this, I was looking at the Sunset Volcano camping but not opened yet, so defaulted to this. Washboarded road is a little slow and dusty, most traffic and there is a lot drives like there's a fire causing the dust. Windy at times too.
Up the main road, various Rd numbers, it's a little limited and uneven among the trees which is nice. Bigger sites as you go further in, mile or so? to a "T". Left turn goes down a bit and then narrows. Right turn to the next "T" is probably the best area that I could see.
Recommend staying OFF the main road as far as possible, a lot of traffic, aka dust. Big trailered truck running up and down, did I mention dust?
At the 2nd "T" you can turn further west to another turn off or south, which I chose, and there are some big site up against the hill there. Also, very little traffic. There's apparently something going on along the NW routes as it's heavily trafficked. Shoot range or random ranges can be heard off in the distance and apparently the site I'm in used the hill for target practice.
I plan on staying here again when in this area.

Dump N Fills (drinking water) located in town, KOA $10+$5), Conoco etc. for a cost I'm sure.
These sites are better than the ORV Free BLM closer to town, apx 3 mi south of here, unless, of course, you have a buggy, heheh, fun...
Verizon Is spotty, from 1x throttled Jetpack to 3x 3G. Seems to go off/on, like in the morning 0700 hrs it's either none or 1x.. then a hour later pops to 3G 3x.. LIke an on/off switch..
Wind can be really blowing so check weather for a better feel for it.

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Verizon 3G

fpoole would stay here again

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