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Camping Recommendation

Postby skybear4 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:46 am

We are going to be in the Phoenix area the first part of Nov. and are looking for suggestions for camping sites not too far
from the metro area. Have looked at Lost Dutchman SP but would like to maybe find someplace a bit closer to Scottsdale,
etc.
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Re: Camping Recommendation

Postby greygoos » Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:32 pm

I learned about this site from another member on this forum. It has been invaluable for me in planning trips. http://www.uscampgrounds.info/
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Re: Camping Recommendation

Postby mkitchen » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:59 am

Usery Park would be quite a bit closer but still southeast of Scottsdale. There is also 7 Springs camp just above Cave Creek.
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Re: Camping Recommendation

Postby Sandman333 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:48 pm

I like Coon Bluff a lot! It is just Northeast of Mesa, open for camping October through April (day use only in summer), great for birdwatching, fishing, and seeing wild horses!
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Re: Camping Recommendation

Postby mkitchen » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:38 am

Coon Bluff would be great but it seems to be open for camping only prior to holidays.
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Re: Camping Recommendation

Postby Sandman333 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:55 pm

mkitchen wrote:Coon Bluff would be great but it seems to be open for camping only prior to holidays.
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You're right Mikey! They appear to have changed the rules this year. Last year it was open any night of the week between October 15 and April 15. When they changed the rules, I think that they worded it very poorly on the Forest Service website:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/nu ... 9&actid=43
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea/?recid=35399&actid=43 wrote:Day use only. Overnight use is allowed on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday nights before the following holidays: Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday (observed), and Presidents Day (observed). Overnight use will also be allowed on Thanksgiving Day through Saturday night.


I believe that they mean (interpreted from Exemption #5 in this order: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 520991.pdf )

Overnight use is allowed on Friday and Saturday nights between October 1 and March 31. In addition, Sunday nights are allowed before the following holidays: ....... Overnight use will also be allowed on Thanksgiving.
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