We exited off of “Badger Road” and headed East on an evening in July to spend the night at Agua Fria National Monument BLM land. Right off of the exit there is a HUGE gravel lot. It has a sign that says “Not a rest area,” which confused us a bit as there is also a large bulletin board that says “Camping Allowed up to 14 days.” See the attached image for those details. We did see one truck stop in the large lot late at night and they left early the next morning - so I’m assuming that spot is OK to stay in. NO water, electric, dump - completely dry - some come prepared. NO bathrooms. If you follow the road past the gravel lot and the camping sign, there are quite a few small dispersed camping sights around. We have a 35ft fifth wheel, and we drove down this road a bit, and found a large spot on the right side (we had to drive up quite a steep, dirt hill to get there). I wouldn’t recommend driving down this road with anything bigger than our rig - it’s very tight and hilly, and this is the only spot a rig our size would even fit in. There are quite a few other spots that a tent could easily fit throughout this road. Being July, it was HOT - we had our generator running all night - once the sun went down it wasn’t too bad.
The next morning we drove down the road without our rig, and took a little walk down “Badger Spring Trailhead,” which we were super surprised to find a small running creek. Our kids had a ton of fun playing in this spot, and quite a few other hikers passed us.
Overall, this is a nice spot to stop overnight - and we may even come back for a weekend visit to play more at this creek!! Pretty views and easy to access.
Posted Jul 13, 2020 by RVWhittUs from Tucson, AZ. This is the subjective opinion of a traveler and not of AllStays LLC.