US Naval Observatory

Coconino National Forest

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Observatory Access Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-526-0866
928-527-3600
Official Website

GPS: 35.1886, -111.7349

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 7334 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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8 people have reviewed this location.

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3bars
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2bars
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1bars
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Louisa

20 Roadtrek Zion
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: N/a

Louisa would stay here again

“Cool and quiet ”

Reviewed Sep 08, 2018

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Drive one mile in past the first few pullouts until the road basically ends and you’re far from people and road noise. You can hear the train off in the distance but it’s not loud. The dirt road is rutted and rocky but our Class B did fine. Lots of trees and sun alike. Cell service with our We-Boost was great! Two-three bars on V... more

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3bars
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Pen3

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6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0

Pen3 would stay here again

“Better than Kit Carson”

Reviewed Jul 15, 2018

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For a big rig, only a few spots at the entry will work. Ok but not a preference. Not planning to stay.

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Crewsagain
AZ
17 Casita SD
2013 Chevy Silverado
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
“So far it’s quiet and nice!”

Reviewed May 18, 2018

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I followed what others said and went in past the beginning loop. There are many spaces back in with much room between for privacy. Just got here this am. Have had many cars without trailers come by all day . They go way past where I am and about 15 min later they come back out.... hmmm. Will update this when my stay is done.

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2bars
Sprint Voice Only

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
“Wooded, Private, Quiet”

Reviewed May 16, 2018

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Most campers seem to stay close to the paved access road. That's too crowded for Bandit & me. We went slowly down the dirt road to the right out into the forest. It is rutted but manageable in our 32 ft Class C. Camp spots are not defined but obvious. Great hiking through the Ponderosa Pines or along the roads. The trees provided just... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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walkerwalkabout
Coeur d'Alene, ID
39 Newmar Canyon Star
26 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: ns

walkerwalkabout would stay here again

“Checked it out, but didn't stay”

Reviewed Dec 28, 2017

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This is one of the locations I did a scouting trip on before dragging the big rig into. As others have said, I wouldn't try to go beyond the large camping area you'll see once you reach the US Naval Observatory sign. There was no one else here in late December and since the temps are 60 during the day and mid-20 at night, I opted to ... more

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8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Busy, bumpy but still free!”

Reviewed Nov 06, 2017

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Of course any free camping less than 10 miles from a major city with always be busy. Thankfully we still found a spot for the night. The roads leading to each campsite is pretty rough and tight. May be tough for big rigs. The biggest rig out her looked to be 32 ft 5th wheel, and even they stayed towards the entrance. Overall it was qui... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
1bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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Jim would stay here again

Reviewed May 24, 2017

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Once on Naval Observatory road go in about half a mile and you'll see folks camping ⛺️ on the left. We went pretty far (not that far) in to be alone. We are on day two of what we believe wii be a 14 day stay. Nice "Dispersed Camping area". Sites are mostly undefined but there are plenty to choose from. My guess is this a kind of tr... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Dlj

Toyota Sienna AWD
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Dlj would stay here again

“Decent + Good location”

Reviewed Apr 28, 2017

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This is a fine site if you're just looking for somewhere free to camp near Flagstaff. It's only about 10 minutes into town which is super nice.

The sites themselves are nothing exciting - you can see the other campers through the sparse trees, and it's right by the highway so a TON of road noise.

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