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AZ Camping Question

Discussion in 'Arizona' started by AZ TXPRO, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Aug 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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    AZ TXPRO

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    Guys,

    I want to do a little get away this weekend and do some camping!

    Criteria:

    no official campground/pay for a site type stuff
    2WD friendly trails or sand
    site on or near the water
    as close to scottsdale/PHX as possible (less than 3 hr drive pref.)


    Bonus:
    able to do some target shooting


    Can you please provide me info/directions/tips/tricks on where to go do this???
     
  2. Aug 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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    Lake pleasant is my best one for you. Idk about target shooting though. Ill let the more experienced AZ guys around here give you better suggestions.
     
  3. Aug 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    i know a spot that i go target shooting thats literally right next to lake pleasant.
     
  4. Aug 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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    Lake Pleasant would be miserable for camping with the heat. You need to get up north! Here are 2 favorite destinations of mine when I need to get away:

    Mogollon Rim - 1/2 hour east of Payson. There are 3 or 4 lakes you can camp nearby (Woods Canyon, Bear Canyon, Knoll Lake, etc.) Most of the camp areas around those lakes have no fees (Woods Canyon's Spillway campground does charge you though)

    Crown King - Horsethief Basin lake can be reached with 2wd very easily. Small lake you can fish in, but fees apply if you camp in their campground. Plenty of camping places in the entire Crown King area. This spot is only 1 hour north of Phoenix off of the I-17
     
  5. Aug 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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    As far as I know you can't shoot at Lake Pleasant. My wife did a calendar shoot for 'girls with guns' and they wouldn't allow her to shoot out there.. We had to drive a few miles away, then got to blow shit up.
     
  7. Aug 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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    You can't shoot in the Lake Pleasant Regional Park, which extends just a short perimeter out from the lake. Basically, if you're near the water, you can't shoot. If you're a mile away (especially to the North) or more, you can shoot/hunt/blow stuff up.
     
  8. Aug 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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    Thanks for clearing that up!
     
  9. Aug 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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    And of course you have to observe the eagle nesting area over on the n/e side by the Agua Fria for 6 months out of the year. I went to go quail hunting back there and had to turn around.
     
  10. Aug 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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    Sedona is a great spot as well. Closest would be Crown King, but If your looking for 'off the grid' type camping.. sedona would be better and farther north would be even better :D
     
  11. Aug 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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    thanks guys,

    I did a recon of Saguaro Lake area today after work....

    I didn't feel like airing down and/or potentially getting stuck this evening so didnt go too far in after that gate....curious where that sandy road goes back by the culdesac!

    Also, signs say gates close at sunset...LAME!

    Whats that all about.....
     
  12. Aug 30, 2012 at 7:34 AM
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    That's sandy cut off past the cattle guard is what takes you to butcher jones OHV. That was a great area until they bulldozed it all and anyone with a civic can go back there now. You can access the numerous coves at saguaro lake, play in the sandy wash, or.. well thats it now. :(
     
  13. Aug 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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    Fixed. Welcome to New Mexico II
     
  14. Aug 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM
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    Lol. So true unfortunately :(
     
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