Nestled between Jerome and Sedona, this is an awesome starting point for either alpine or red rock adventures. There is an abundance of destinations to explore near Cottonwood, all of which are scenic and perfect for hiking or connecting with nature. Whether you want to gaze up at pine trees and enjoy some snow or explore Sedona's famed red rock formations, you can easily access either within an hour of Cottonwood. Spending the weekend in a Pin Drop Travel Trailer is the best way to experience the outdoors without roughing it too much.
Woodchute Wilderness: Near Jerome, these sites under the Ponderosa pines are at nearly 7,500 feet elevation. Be sure to look up the area ahead of time, it's easy to get lost in these winding forest roads. You're in for panoramic views and some amazing hiking in this area! Winter months see snow, so be sure to prepare for cold weather if you visit between November and February. Distance from Cottonwood: 45 minutes.
Powell Springs Campground: This space was originally built by the CCC and has a few amenities to make it closer to campground camping than boondocking. Vault toilets, picnic tables, and even fire rings are all available. Near a seasonal creek and surrounded by lush vegetation, this is a great spot for a tranquil getaway. Distance from Cottonwood: 45 minutes.
Bell Trail Overflow/FR689/FR618: Off the I-17 in the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness there's a cluster of campsites. The Bell Trail Overflow lot has access to vault toilets and direct access to Bell Trail, while the other sites offer a little more privacy. With gorgeous views and supremely easy accessibility, this is a great spot for dispersed camping beginners. Distance from Cottonwood: 30 minutes.
FR525: South of Sedona is a stretch of road with stunning views of the surrounding red rocks, but none of the crowds you'd normally find at a Sedona campground. This forest road is a bit bumpy, so you'll want to go slowly and carefully. This is a perfect place to stay if you want to wake up immersed in the beauty of Sedona. Distance from Cottonwood: 30 minutes.
Regardless of where you decide to check out, these areas are great spots for immersing yourself in nature and really exploring Arizona's wild side. Staying in a Pin Drop Travel Trailer gives you the comforts and convenience of a real bed, outlets, and cooking area without having to set up everything yourself. It's truly the best way to experience the outdoors without getting too rugged.