I did some Google Earth homework before we left, trying to find a boondock in or near Sedona's Red Rock country. Over the past twenty years the Forest Service has drawn a ever increasing "No Camping" circle around Sedona, forcing boondockers into tight and noisy pay campgrounds (that are always full on weekends!). The only alternative was to camp way out of town in desert scrub over toward Cottonwood. Using Google Earth's satellite view I found a little dirt road to the south, just outside the "No Camping" circle that is outlined below in Green. Here is a link to a larger map.
We drove right to the road and thought, tho narrow, it led to some very promising landscapes. We eagerly crossed the cattle guard and ventured forth... about a quarter mile before a wash-out stopped us. A series of steep, deep erosions had been carved by recent storms. I was tempted by the devil to put Petroleous Rex in four wheel drive low range, lock in the hubs and give it a go. But "Jesus" whispered my other ear, "Thoust fool, what glory shall come of this?" To my "big boy now" credit, I put Pet Rex in reverse and backed all the way out... unconvinced, but obedient.
Up the pavement a few hundred yards was a much better track, it wound us up a gradual ridge to a perfect view and some large trees for shade. It was even level. So now we are boondocked in purdy country and only about 15 minutes from Bobbies Watercolor Workshop location south of Sedona. This will be our boondock spot from now on, or at least until the Green Circle gets enlarged again. You notice that I'm not giving its location away to the world. Email a bribe to me if you are in need of a good boondock in this area... and I'll think about it :))
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