Nolan Designated Camping Area, Sedona, AZ

Coconino National Forest

Free Camping near Sedona, AZ

Nolan Designated Camping Area is one of the eight (8) official campgrounds created by Coconino National Forest for campers who want to stay close to Sedona. All camping close to the town of Sedona is restricted to one of these eight designated dispersed camping areas as a result of Forest Order 03-04-06-22-25. These eight designated camping areas are small, accommodating anywhere from 4 to 12 campsites. There are no reservations, it’s first come, first serve.

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Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District

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


GPS: 34.88300, -111.90904
Reservations: none
Camping Fee: none
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Amenities: none


Forest Order 03-04-06-22-25, Establishes the eight (8) designated camping areas near Sedona, January 24, 2023
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

Nolan Designated Camping Area, Sedona, AZ

Crowdedness: Opinions on crowd levels differ. Some campers find Nolan less congested, with a dozen or so campers allowing them to find decent sites with views. However, others express concerns about increased crowding, describing it as crowded and lacking privacy, particularly for larger RVs.

Noise Levels: The general consensus is that Nolan maintains a surprisingly quiet atmosphere. While some describe the area as quiet for the most part, others express concerns about the potential for noise disturbances due to the lack of enforceable rules. A camper mentions the option to run a generator close to others without repercussions.

Cellular Phone Signal: Verizon and T-Mobile come in average to good, while AT&T remains weak.

Road Conditions: The road leading to Nolan is described as rocky, requiring careful navigation, particularly for those towing trailers. Despite the bumpy 15-minute drive, campers seem willing to endure the road conditions for the rewards Nolan offers, such as spacious, clean sites with amazing views.

Campground Cleanliness: Overall, the consensus is positive regarding cleanliness. Campers appreciate flat, clean sites with great views. One camper notes the challenge of pounding tent stakes into the red rock but doesn’t mention any issues with trash or untidiness in the campground itself.

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