After we left Tucson, our next destination was the Palm Springs KOA. We had 3 days to get there, so we decided to try and find a couple of free places to stay along the way.
After a little searching, we found a free BLM camping area just south of the town of Tonopah, AZ.
The GPS coordinates for the exact spot that we stayed are 33.451637, -113.049625. Click here to open in Google Maps.
Courthouse road is paved, but as soon as you turn off of it, you will be on a rocky dirt road. This spot is pretty far down that not so good road, with a few low spots and some questionable curves along the way.
Looking back, we probably shouldn’t have driven down this far with our travel trailer in tow, but it ended up being so worth it! The spot we found was quiet and secluded, with amazing views of Saddle Mountain.
It was very simple to get to. It is only 10 miles from Interstate 10, and was easy to find using Google Maps. This is a very large free camping area, with several possible roads to turn down and camp.
We liked this free campsite because it was right next to the beautiful Saddle Mountain. There were several other campers there when we stayed, but it was very quiet and we got several friendly waves as we drove past those fellow campers.
An added bonus for this spot is that while you have amazing mountain views, you can also see the interstate off in the distance. This provided the cool experience of being able to see all of the vehicles headlights at night while driving by, which looked pretty neat!
While the road in was pretty bumpy and rocky, we’re glad we picked the spot that we did! We enjoyed an absolutely beautiful sunset, as well as warm 65 degree weather in mid December.
If and when we are ever in this area again, we will be sure to stay at this free campsite!