100 Mile Views | Wild Camping

United States

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Verified:
5 months ago
Altitude:
2304.0 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
texasking

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Numerous dispersed national forest campsites along the Mogollon Rim with fantastic 100-mile views of the valley and mountain ranges beyond. Requires semi-dry conditions, not accessible during winter. (We were there in late March and it’s 2WD with normal passenger vehicle clearance, Class B/C RV accessible.)

Take Young Highway south from Highway 260, then take the 3rd dirt road right. There is a sign for FR campsites - the area is undeveloped camping. The first hundred feet have some larger puddles if there has been any rain, but the ground is firm and rocky underneath, any passenger vehicle, trailer, or Class B/C RV can get through unless the whole road is muddy. Dirt road beyond the initial large dispersed camping area is mostly smooth but hazardous when muddy.

Go past the very large area for dispersed camping surrounded by forest - this is your last resort if other sites are taken. The first option with views will be on your left about 1/4 mile down; look for the large pile of rocks for the fire ring. This spot has merely ‘terrific’ views and is accessible to 2WD in semidry conditions. We stopped here in our 24’ Class C due to the mud puddles beyond.

The sites with 100-mile views start about 1/8 mile further, on the left past the 3 large mud puddles (if there has been any rain). I saw at least 4 sites. The first is a left turn 4WD road for the last 50 feet. The 2nd-4th are more easily seen because of the rock-pile fire rings. Some are accessible to 2WD if it’s dry. I’d take my 24’ Class C down that road if dry, but you will need pickup truck clearance for the later sites. Longer Class C might bottom out if you go too far. The road appears to continue down the escarpment - but we didn’t go that far.

Nice place to hike.

Good Verizon signal. Zero AT&T. 1-3 bars T-mobile LTE

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it was pretty windy near the valley when we stayed but very few people and great views. sites are pretty spaced out and generally flat.

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Flooded, couldn’t camp here. Should’ve known better.

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Tried to get to this spot (in late March) and there was too much mud for our 2WD Promaster that we almost got stuck just trying to turn around. There was some snow here too, but all melting which made the ground extra squishy. Probably an amazing spot, but only when it's dry or if you have 4WD.

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Great spot- lots of spots really. I arrived very late, in the dark, so just grabbed one for a quick overnight. It would be a great place to hang for a bit and hike, explore. Morning coffee at the edge is amazing.

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Amazing spot, found a great site accessible by high clearance 2wd. Lots of fire rings spaced out enough for privacy. Here in November and it’s 26-55F. 1-3 bars T-Mobile LTE depending on the campsite.

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Great location and amazing views. The area was very busy over the holiday weekend (to be expected) but still plenty of spots if you get there early.

I posted a few pictures, but it's hard to do this place justice. We spent the majority of the weekend hanging out a few feet from the rim and couldn't get enough of the breath taking scenery. We usually camp in more remote areas but this is a new favorite.

Pro tip: If you have a capable vehicle (higher than stock clearance, larger tires, no trailer), I recommend taking the bypass trail that cuts through from Youngs HWY to the FR. This will save you 15+ mins of driving on the main dirt road.

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Busy on a Friday night but a lot of spots to choose from- rough road, dusty

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I didn't stay at this exact spot- maybe a quarter mile down the road. There are probably 10-15 spots along this road, some w really good rim views. The road was a little rough but nothing you would need 4x4 for. Good location for a night or two, I'd definitely stay here again.

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Numerous dispersed national forest campsites along the Mogollon Rim with fantastic 100-mile views of the valley and mountain ranges beyond. Requires semi-dry conditions, not accessible during winter. (We were there in late March and it’s 2WD with normal passenger vehicle clearance, Class B/C RV accessible.)

Take Young Highway south from Highway 260, then take the 3rd dirt road right. There is a sign for FR campsites - the area is undeveloped camping. The first hundred feet have some larger puddles if there has been any rain, but the ground is firm and rocky underneath, any passenger vehicle, trailer, or Class B/C RV can get through unless the whole road is muddy. Dirt road beyond the initial large dispersed camping area is mostly smooth but hazardous when muddy.

Go past the very large area for dispersed camping surrounded by forest - this is your last resort if other sites are taken. The first option with views will be on your left about 1/4 mile down; look for the large pile of rocks for the fire ring. This spot has merely ‘terrific’ views and is accessible to 2WD in semidry conditions. We stopped here in our 24’ Class C due to the mud puddles beyond.

The sites with 100-mile views start about 1/8 mile further, on the left past the 3 large mud puddles (if there has been any rain). I saw at least 4 sites. The first is a left turn 4WD road for the last 50 feet. The 2nd-4th are more easily seen because of the rock-pile fire rings. Some are accessible to 2WD if it’s dry. I’d take my 24’ Class C down that road if dry, but you will need pickup truck clearance for the later sites. Longer Class C might bottom out if you go too far. The road appears to continue down the escarpment - but we didn’t go that far.

Nice place to hike.

Good Verizon signal. Zero AT&T.

Open during COVID-19 closures. (All developed camping areas in the forest are closed, as is Old Rim Rd south of 260.)

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