Cedar Pocket Road, Virgin River Gorge, Arizona

Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness Area

Cedar Pocket Road is a tight gravel path that starts in the Virgin River Gorge of Arizona and runs north into the Beaver Dam Mountains and then heads west to Route 91 just north of Littlefield, AZ. Here and there you’ll find turnouts large enough for RV camping, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get a spot where you can enjoy some spectacular views of the Virgin River Gorge. Overall, it’s a pretty place for boondocking that keeps you close to Mesquite, NV and St. George, UT.

Cedar Pocket Road, Arizona

Cedar Pocket Road cuts through the middle of Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness Area, providing a vehicular thoroughfare connecting I-15 at the Virgin River Gorge and County Rd 91 just north of Littlefield, AZ. The road itself is technically not a part of the Wilderness Area, and thus is permissible to drive vehicles.

Cedar Pocket Road is accessible from I-15 at Exit 18. Right at the junction lies Virgin River Canyon Campground, a BLM operated campground and trail head. But if you head the other direction, the road takes you into the Beaver Dam Mountains. Just before you ascend into the mountains, there are several wide, flat areas where you can park your RV and set up camp.

If your vehicle is set up for high clearance, four-wheel drive, you can keep going up Cedar Pocket Road, and you’ll find even more campsites offering far more privacy and peace.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Beautiful views of Virgin River Gorge, free to camp, excellent Verizon cell signal, 30 minutes from Mesquite, NV, very quiet at night, enough room for large RVs.

Cons: Uneven campsites requiring leveling blocks, some bumps and dips close to where the pavement turn into gravel road, cattle frequently visits here

Amenities

Cedar Pocket Road offers no amenities for campers. Virgin River Canyon Campground, right where Cedar Pocket Rd intersects with I-15, offers trash bins and pit toilets. They also offer water for paying campers.

The town of Mesquite is located 20 miles to the west along I-15, and offers full modern amenities.

Cellphone Signal Strength

Verizon 4G comes in excellent here. We routinely enjoyed 5/5 bars.

Insects, Pests, & Wildlife

There are a fair amount of gnats and mosquitoes here. You can still go out for hikes and not be bothered by them. If you were to sit in a chair by your RV, you’ll eventually notice a few mosquitoes, but you can easily control them with any mosquito repellent.

Cattle frequently graze here.

Noise

Cedar Pocket Road is a favorite among of OHV riders and 4×4 enthusiasts. You will definitely see them go by. But, it’s not that terribly frequent. For the most part, you’ll enjoy quite a bit of peace.

Safe or Sketchy?

Camping here seems very safe. We never noticed any sketchy people. We camped here for six nights, and went into town a couple of times, leaving our trailer unattended without a problem.

How Crowded Is It?

It’s not crowded at all. We camped there in April of 2019, and we would only see one other RV come in. However, because of OHV riders and other hikers passing by, it’s not quite secluded camping. But, still very peaceful.

Authority

Bureau of Land Management
Arizona Strip Field Office

Arizona Strip Field Office:
Tel: (435) 688-3200
E-mail: ASFOWEB_AZ@blm.gov

Location

GPS: 36.9580, -113.8028

Nearest Town: Mesquite, NV

Details

Price: Free

Max Stay: 14 days

Amenities: None

Access: hard packed gravel road, suitable for large RVs, 2WD, low clearance vehicles, but will require high clearance 4WD when ascending mountains.

Verizon Coverage: Excellent, 5/5 bars

Crowded: No, lots of spaces open during peak season

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