Question about Painted Canyon

HGalle asked on 1/31/2021

Is there actually RV camping on Painted canyon, like a campsite? If not, can you simply pull off anywhere along painted cyn rd? I do not wish to drive to the start of the trail head since i don't have 4wd, but i do want to get within a few miles. I have a 23ft trailer pulled by a tundra.

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Plstype
Chesapeake, VA
39' Winnebago Journey
23 reviews

Answered on 2/2/2021:

Hope you gave it a shot and enjoyed your time there. It was one of our favorite dry camping spots even with a washboard road into the area and were driving a motorhome. Don't miss the hike into the slot canyon at the end of the road. ♥️
Petrolia
Hermosa Beach, CA
21' Toyota Odyssey
3 reviews

Answered on 2/2/2021:

It's all boondock camping. As I mention in my review, if you don't have 4WD, you probably just want to pull into a roadside campsite before you enter the canyon. However, there are limited places to pull off due to the sand berm along the edge of the road, plus you will get a lot of dusty traffic along the road. We knocked the berm down a bit before driving my RV over it. This was in December 2020.
1 review

Answered on 2/1/2021:

Hello I went in with a 30’ motor home, road was very wash board so it was slow going, camping is out in the open bring your own firewood as there isn’t any trees anywhere, all rock. You will see lots of places to pull off and camp, extremely dark and quiet at night, maybe a few other campers but not close usually. Really nice place!!! Total Boondocking Hikers drive up in the early morning. I went to the trail head then turned back, drove about 5 minutes saw washrooms on the right side and from there I found a great site, fire pit.
Brunz
Placentia, CA
Subaru Outback
2 reviews

Answered on 2/1/2021:

It’s dispersed camping. No official/designated campsites. Yes, you can pull off just about anywhere. In general, the sand is pretty soft where not on the road. My first recommendation would be if you can do a reconnaissance trip one day, do that. If you can’t, but you have extensive experience driving in sand/desert basin terrain, you should be good to find something you’re comfortable with.