Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead

Coronado National Forest

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S Lake Road Elgin, AZ 85611 520-378-0311 520-388-8300 Official Website

GPS: 31.4197, -110.4419

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 5673 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Verizon 4G/LTE
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AZ Land Rover
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

morey000 would stay here again

“Free alternative to the Lakeview Campground”

Reviewed May 22, 2019

Overall Rating

It's just a dispersed camping area right off Lake Rd where the AZ Trail crosses the 2wd dirt road. There is a defined car parking area for the trailhead, and then three other large areas that can handle pull-through, larger RVs, tents, a handful of them at least.

The pro's here are

  1. it's free
  2. nice view of the lake
  3. flat area for camping
  4. easy to drive into- really not much further from the Parker Canyon Lake boat dock and store than the defined 'for fee' campground.
  5. Verizon cell phone coverage in this spot! whereas there isn't at the campground.
  6. It's right on the AZTrail (hiking, backpacking, trail running). The AZTrail is really well maintained and marked. Hard to get lost.
  7. There are a few trees around. Scrub oaks and Juniper methinks. So, you might find a little shade or wind-block so that it doesn't feel too barren.

The negatives:

  1. Dirt road (but easy 2WD)
  2. No water
  3. No toilets.

So- a fine boondocking spot.

You'll often find a few others camping in this spot.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

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  • pull thru
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