Badger Springs trail head | Wild Camping

United States

Details

Verified:
6 months ago
Altitude:
930.7 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
tmoon278

Amenities

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

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Description

Nice camp area just east at the end of the trailhead. There are a few campsites with firepits and easy to get to. Some freeway noise but otherwise quiet and out of view of the trailhead parking lot. The short hike down to the Agua Fria river is nice and has some good swim holes. Some cellphone signal, but down in a valley so a booster helps.

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This was the best wild camping experience I've had. Before driving in, however, I parked at the entrance off the interstate ramp and walked in to check out the condition of the road based on other reviewers' comments.

I walked about a mile (then passed the pit toilets) went another quarter mile and determined the entire path to that point was in good enough condition to bring a 2 wheel drive class B campervan in, driving carefully of course.

The spot I found was so lovely and private with a firepit already supplied with wood, I hurried back to get my van lest someone else occupy it first. I need not have worried. Only one other campervan was on the property as far as I could see that night. That class B camper was parked in the parking lot for the trailhead.

I enjoyed a stunning sunset, a beautiful fire and a quiet, starry night. By going beyond the trailhead and making a left at the bend, I was far enough away from the highway to not hear any road noise.

The hike to Badger Springs was delightful. I saw a giant tarantula and some quail along the way. The birdwatching in the morning was sensational. I would have stayed for another day, but regretfully, I had to be in Tempe on Friday.

The pit toilets are well maintained. Other than that. This is a pack in/ pack I out campsite and a beautiful one at that.

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the place is beautiful BUT be aware
.. the road to get to the trailhead is beyond terrible. I made it in my 32ft motorhome but only because there was nowhere to turn around once I saw how bad the road was. PLEASE stop at the rest stop at the top and walk down to see the road before committing to going down. this really is a high clearance only road and I'm not looking forward to going back out.
that being said.. the trail is nice and easy to walk to the river. the river is Beautiful with multiple places to swim, wade, explore. the mountains are nice and a pretty easy climb and the petroglyphs are easy to find and not a long walk. a great place to stay for 14 days ... with a vehicle ruining road to get to it.

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The road in has HUGE potholes. I made it to the trailhead in a class C, but would not recommend it. I was seriously concerned about getting stuck or taking something off the underbelly of my moho. There is no place to turn around. I would highly recommend walking it first.

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Nice camp area just east at the end of the trailhead. There are a few campsites with firepits and easy to get to. Some freeway noise but otherwise quiet and out of view of the trailhead parking lot. The short hike down to the Agua Fria river is nice and has some good swim holes. Some cellphone signal, but down in a valley so a booster helps.

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