Surprise Designated Camping Area, Sedona, AZ

Red Rock Ranger District

Coconino National Forest

Free Camping near Sedona, AZ

Surprise 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.

Authority

Red Rock Ranger District

Coconino National Forest

Red Rock RD Office:

Tel: (928) 203-2900

Particulars

GPS: 34.8233, -111.9055

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days in any 30-day period

Amenities: None

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Surprise Designated Camping Area, Sedona, AZ

Crowdedness: It’s generally crowded during weekends, and lighter during the week, however, Surprise is often crowded regardless of the day of teh week. The camping area could comfortably fit around 8 to 10 large RVs, or 20 or so cars and vans.

Noise Level: Because Surprise can handle a larger volume of campers than the other designated camping areas, it will get more noisy, often from campers, the running of generators, and kids playing nearby.

Cellular Phone Signal: Cell signal tends to be weak to fair through here, and gets better when push further north towards the other designated camping areas.

Road Conditions: The road conditions to the campground are hard packed dirt, suitable for any 2WD vehicle. During the rains, however, it can get muddy here.

Campground Cleanliness: Again, because Surprise is a larger campround than the other designated camping areas near Sedona, there tends to be more trash laying around.

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