Dispersed camping has increased throughout the Flagstaff wildland urban interface in the past several years. In many areas, this has caused resource impacts such as soil compaction and erosion, loss of vegetation, increased fire risk, displacement of wildlife, and accumulation of trash and human waste.
To help prevent unacceptable resource damage, disturbance to wildlife and reduce fire risk from dispersed camping, the Forest Service has designated 14 campsites along the Freidlein Prairie road for dispersed camping.
Camping and campfires are allowed only at designated sites along Freidlein Prairie Road. There is a map in the area showing site locations.
All designated campsites along Freidlein Prairie (FR 522) are located on the south side of the road, with the exception of campsite #1 and #3. Signs have been placed along the road when entering and leaving the designated camping area.
The designated campsites are marked with a brown vertical fiberglass post with a site number and a "Designated Campsite" decal.
Each designated dispersed campsite has a place to park, fire ring, a place for a tent and no fees.
Once you have found a designated site you will find another fiberglass sign that reads "Camp within 50 feet of this post to reduce impact to forest vegetation. Please take all of your trash with you and leave only one fire ring."
The east end of Freidlein Prairie Road (approximately 1.5 miles) has a seasonal camping closure for campsites 10 through 14. This seasonal camping closure means campsites 10 through14 will be closed to camping from March 1 to August 31 to reduce disturbance to Mexican spotted owls during the breeding season. This area has traditionally been used by Mexican spotted owls for nesting and a pair of owls are being impacted by increased recreational use and are failing to reproduce.
See Dispersed Camping Guidelines for information and tips for dispersed camping.
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At a Glance
||Year-round when roads are open
||Seasonal closures or fire restrictions/closures may be in place. During both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, campfires are prohibited at this site. Gas operated devices with an on/off switch are allowed.
Location: Off Snowbowl Road on the southern flank of the San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff, AZ.
GPS (Map): 35°17'36.8"N 111°42'10.6"W
Access: From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 for about 7 miles to FR 516 (Snowbowl Road). Drive approximately 2.25 miles on this paved road to a dirt road, FR 522, and turn right. The Dispersed Camping area begins about a quarter mile from Snowbowl Road.
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- Most sites cannot accommodate an RV
- Most sites have room for no more than two vehicles.
- Please remain on areas previously impacted, stay as close to the middle of the site as possible. Compacting of the soil by vehicles and unnecessary human activity will cause trees to die and failure of annual grasses to grow from lack of water passing through the soil.
- Remember to bring a shovel and an extra 10-15 gals of water to extinguish your fire. Do not burn trash, toilet paper or human waste.
- Please do not remove limbs from trees surrounding the sites. Select downed branches at least a 100 yds from existing sites.
- Be considerate and take all trash and personal items with you and do not discard food.
- Camping in designated dispersed campsites is allowed for 14 days within a 30-day period.
- Campfires are allowed only in fire rings provided in designated dispersed campsites.
- Use only dead and down wood for campfires.
- Make sure your campfire is dead out.
- Pack out all trash.
- Respect and enjoy your national forest.
Leave No Trace: Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing these Leave No Trace principles:
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Minimize campfire impacts.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.