Phoenix, AZ – Finding the best free camping spots is sometimes a challenge. One of the perks that make this spot great is the excellent cell phone reception. Another is the unparalleled views of the superstition mountains, plus, you’re at the gateway to the Tonto National Forest. with plenty of goods and services available in the nearby town of Apache junction, your at the edge of the Phoenix metro area, and only 45 minutes from Gracie’s Tax Bar downtown.
here’s a little description of this beautiful site near phoenix, az. As you enter hackamore road, the paved road quickly ends and turns to dirt. It’s at this point you’ve entered bureau of land management turf. technically, anywhere beyond this point is open game. Theres a power substation to your left, and even though you could just pull over anywhere, i urge you to go the extra mile.
however, be warned it gets a little bumpy on this last mile. So, cautiously veer around any depressions in the road slowly as you proceed. After a slightly unremarkable stretch, it starts to open up to reveal a variety of pretty nice campsites. The area is incredibly stocked with very photogenic saguaro and prickly cholla cactus. And from this vantage point, you are constantly rewarded with an İncredible backdrop of the impressive Superstition mountains! the sunsets are absolutely breathtaking as so and so mountain glows in golden hour light towering above Lost Dutchman State park.
Now, for balance and reality, a few potential disadvantages of the site. It’s close to town and on route to a popular ATV off-road area. As with many of the best free sites, you’ll get a few rowdy locals and some boomers rough riding through on their american flag draped all-terrain golf carts. After all, you’re still in the United States. There’s some associated noise, but I’ve found the area to be very clean at the time of my visits. Secondly, the aforementioned bumpy dirt road. I’ve seen every type of vehicle navigate through here, so it’s possible, just go real slow and pay attention! There are no bathrooms or trash cans. Plan accordingly to leave a clean and sanitary site for the next campers!
Once here you’re still in close proximity to Apache Junction, the Lost Dutchman trailhead, Canyon Lake, and the Salt River canyon just a little further. You’ll be about 4 miles to the nearest cluster of gas stations, if you need ice or an unhealthy food selection. If you need any other supplies, civilization and all it’s products lie beyond this point.
I spent about three weeks here over the course of two visits. While i was here, i also visited the canyon lake area. On the way there, i found a pretty spot and took a set of photos of the immediate area with the lake off in the distance. and also shot a set of jewelry photos. I’ll post a gallery below. to get to the hackamore road BLM camping site click here for directions.