Top 10 Campgrounds of 2015

Arizona, Colorado, California and New Mexico topped our charts this year with some fantastic camping.

10. Sunset Campground – Kings Canyon National Park

Sunset Campground was a great base of operations for visiting Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. There aren’t any hookups, so we were lucky to get a spot with full sun. Cost: $18/night

9. Walnut Canyon – Flagstaff, AZ

There are a variety of spots to choose from at Walnut Canyon. Our second was much more scenic than our first, and overall, it’s convenient to Flagstaff and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Cost: $0/night

8. Indian Bread Rocks – Bowie, AZ

We really enjoyed this spot between Tucson and Demming, NM. Our site was private and surrounded by boulders. Cost: $0

7. Valley of Fires Recreation Area – Carrizozo, NM

Valley of Fires Recreation Area is an immaculate BLM campground with sweeping views of lava fields. Cost: $18/night

6. Madden Peak Road – Hesperus, CO

We really enjoyed this private little boondocking spot between Durango and and Mancos. It’s also convenient to Mesa Verde National Park. Cost: $0

5. Williams Hill Recreation Area – Bradley, CA

Williams Hill was a surprise for us. It’s a tidy little campground with fantastic views, and we were alone for most of our stay. Cost: $0

4. Loy Butte Road – Sedona, AZ

Loy Butte Road was a really popular place to camp, and for good reason. Beautiful, boondocking near Sedona. Just try to avoid the rain. Cost: $0

3. Sultan Camping Area – Silverton, CO

There’s nothing like falling asleep to the sound of a roaring river. Cost: $0

2. Washington Gulch Road – Crested Butte, CO

We were here at the height of wildflower season in July. I couldn’t recommend it more. Cost: $0

1. Forest Road 611 East Rim – North Rim, AZ

We were blown away by our campsite at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Easy access, private sites, spectacular view. Cost: $0

2015 Cost of Camping:
157 night paid camping
206 nights free camping
363 days this year
Total spent: $3708.53
Daily average cost: $10.22

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  • Reply Tabitha Acosta December 31, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Spectacular – filing this post away for us someday . . . 🙂

  • Reply gumo December 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wow! I think you ought to add a couple more photos and make a large 2016 calendar to sell. I would buy one because each day of the year I would dream that I could be there. Beautiful! Thanks.

    • Reply Leigh December 31, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      That’s a fun idea! Thanks Gumo.

  • Reply Shannon December 31, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Bucket list! Can’t wait to go see these places.

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