Stayed here while helping a friend with archery bull elk hunt in Unit 11M. Several of us had problems with pack rats getting into our RV sub floors during our stay here. Previous travelers had fed chipmunks and bluejays with peanuts and other food and probably helped create rodent problem. One RV couple had $1600 worth of damage by pack rat chewing on wires in their RV. Base commander and camp host did implement policy to stop feeding wildlife once these issues were brought to their attention. Due to the excessive rain received here during prolonged monsoon season the mosquitoes were also an issue until the weather got cooler. Spaces are more open than Ft. Tuthill RV campground just down the road. Some feral cats may help this campground get things back in order. Good luck!
This campground is within Camp Navajo, 12 miles west of downtown Flagstaff with easy access off Interstate 40. It is located at the edge of a ponderosa pine forest about a mile from the main gate. This would ordinarily be a quiet setting but the nearby train tracks have a heavy volume of traffic. Even with a fan on for white noise, you can hear and feel the rumble of the locomotive engines. No train whistles. The sites and interior roads are gravel. The sites are spaced far apart, providing a degree of privacy. The bath house appears brand new. Each site has water, and 50, 30, and 20 amp electric connections. No sewer hookup. The dump station is located at the campground exit but the outbound lane is blocked by parked army vehicles. There is no commissary on this base and the nearest thing to an exchange is a trailer equipped with a small selection of items. This is a National Guard training base is often empty except for a small admin staff and security personnel. You need a permit from the fire department for a campfire. This permit requires you to “clear the ground down to mineral soil for a distance of 15 feet around the campfire.” You are also required to have a shovel but they waived that for me since I promised to use garden hose to extinguish my campfire. If you are satisfied with a remote location with little or no amenities and no sewer hookups, this campground is adequate. In my opinion, it is nicer than the campground at Fort Tuthill which we visited while we were here.
Nice campground located in the picturesque mountains near Flagstaff. There are about 26 sites, all with W/E. The dump station is located up the hill on the road to/from the campground. The bath/laundry facility fairly sparkled, it was so clean. The base has very little (basically none) amenities, but there is a truck stop across the freeway from the base entrance that has basic food. When we arrived, the gate guard was very adamant about our calling the camp hosts on the same day we arrived and within a couple hours of arrival to assure the camp host was expecting us. Not sure why, but would suggest calling as you're heading to the campground. The camp host was very helpful and friendly.
The rating depends on what you are looking for. If you want a PX, commissary, etc, then it is a 2. On the other hand, if you want quiet camping with electric and water, then it's a strong 5. We did not camp here, but were at Ft Tuthill, so came to check it out. Unfortunately, the camp host was gone, so information was limited to what we could see. Fire rings were at every camp site and some fire rings had stacks of wood next to them, so we assume fires are permited when conditions warrant. The roads and rv pads are well-graveled, but watch for a couple of semi-close tree limbs on the way in (no big problem, just be careful if entering at night). I would disagree with the other reviewer who said it would be either dusty or muddy. All sites are easy back-in's. Half the sites are in an open area with no trees (good for sat reception) and the other half are among the trees, so you have a choice. The shower and bathroom facility is brand new and easy access from all sites. We did not check for laundry facilities, but the bath house is certainly large enough to accomodate one. The base offers virtually nothing at the present and is 10 miles from Flagstaff, but the gate guard said the Army had plans to build the camp back up to it's previous condition complete with PX and housing. However, there is a Pilot truck plaza on the north side of exit 185, so simple, quickie-mart things are readily available. Not sure if the truck plaza has wifi. It's mid-Oct as of this writing and with the camp at 7,400' it's getting chilly at night, so I doubt we will stay here this year, but it will be on our list for the future. It's a gem in the rough.
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