Punkin Center Dispersed

Tonto National Forest

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Nf-71
Punkin Center, AZ 85541
602-225-5395
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GPS: 33.8846, -111.2578

Last Price Paid: $0
Elevation: 2698 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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SAIL4FREE

33 Coachmen Maxxum
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

SAIL4FREE would stay here again

“Remote & Beautiful -- Quiet Except on the Weekends”

Reviewed May 21, 2018

Overall Rating

"A little north of mile marker 262, we turned east off of Hwy 188 onto Old SR188 and idled down through the little town known as Punkin Center. 0.3 miles later, one veers to the left on FS71 just past the Punkin Center Bar to go 3.7 miles to this spot on the right side of the dirt road. The view from here across the Roosevelt Lake valley is amazing -- super quiet location -- hardly any traffic going past at all except on the weekend. We couldn't even see another RV from this location the week we were there. The pavement stops and starts a couple of times but the dirt road was in great condition for us.

With 4WD and diesel power, we actually towed our 33' fifth wheel about 4-1/2 miles deeper into the outback the next day where we overnighted our 2nd night and then we returned to this location again for night #3 after returning to civilization for water. South of Punkin Center on Hwy 188 (1.6 miles) is a grocery store on the west side. It has a kiosk out front with filtered drinking water for 35 cents a gallon; bring your own jugs. About 5.6 miles further south on Hwy 188 and on the west side of the highway -- directly across from the entrance to Cholla Recreation Site which is on the east side of the highway is an unmarked loop (from either direction!) on the west side of the highway which contains two FREE dumping stations. The water hoses are always marked "non-potable" but that is only because people are typically using the water hoses to rinse out their sewer lines. One of them had a male hose thread so we simply connected to our own water hose to take on 100 gallons of "wash" water (50 in our fifth wheel and 50 in a plastic drum which lives in the back of our truck). The water was low pressure so this took a while. I picked up some trash (and latex gloves prior deplorables had left behind) alongside the road for something to do while the tanks were filling. We only use "wash" water for showers and washing dishes. We always use one-gallon jugs for our filtered drinking water, brushing teeth, rinsing veggies -- anything we might injest. For reason(s) I won't pretend to understand, the dump loop may or may not be closed (blocked by gates) on Mondays. If you ever figure out the WHY of this, please share the details.

This is a great and serene place to overnight. We hope to return to it again and again in the years to come. We have cats but there was plenty of room for them to run free while we, of course, watched them like hawks with leashes at the ready :) Our daily highs in this area were in the low 80s these first few days in April creeping up to 90F on the day we left. (We don't do air conditioning.) It can get a wee bit NUTS on the weekends here when the wreckreation crowd zooms up and down the nearby road at full speed with their toys but it was always very nice and perfectly quiet at night."

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Hookups:
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