Forest Road 689, Oak Creek, AZ

Coconino National Forest

Free Camping near Oak Creek, AZ

Tucked away near Oak Creek, AZ, along the east side of I-17, Forest Road 689 offers boondockers with relative proximity to the tourist trap towns of Jerome and Sedona. Located within the embrace of Coconino National Forest, this popular dispersed camping area caters to a variety of campers, accommodating different vehicle types and providing an expansive landscape for visitors.

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Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District

Red Rock Ranger District:
Tel: (928) 203-2900


GPS: 34.75842, -111.65385
Reservations: none
Camping Fee: none
Maximum Stay: 14 days in any 30 day period
Amenities: none


Forest Order 03-04-06-23-03, That bans camping near Sedona, AZ, January 24, 2023
Red Rock Ranger District Recreation Guide, Published by USFS, March 2020

Forest Road 689, Oak Creek, AZ

Crowd Density: Forest Road 689, starting from Exit 298 at the south end to Exit 306 at the north end is often crowded due to Coconino NF officials having shut down all dispersed camping in and around Sedona and Oak Creek. Arriving in the evening may leave you without any camp sites along Forest Road 689.

Noise Levels: Noise can be bothersome in some areas, particularly where campsites are close together. Otherwise, in most cases, it remains fairly calm.

Cellular Signal Strength: Connectivity from Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T remains average to good along much of the road.

Road Conditions: Hard packed gravel for much of the stretch allows for easy travel for most vehicles. 4WD is not required.

Camping Amenities: none

Cleanliness and Trash Management: Most sites tend to remain fairly clean and well cared for.

Insect Presence: Gnats can be present at times, but mosquitoes are not really a problem.

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