We’ve been slowly moving east through southern Arizona in search of the best free campsites – working on our tans while we escape the winter blues. Using a few search tools (Campendium, FreeCampsites, and AllStays) we discovered the charming town of Patagonia and a nearby boondocking site on Harshaw Road.
Check out this video tour of the boondocking site and read the details below!
Location: Patagonia, Arizona in the Coronado National Forest
GPS: 31.51492119, -110.70365824
Price: Free / 14 day maximum stay. However, no ranger ever acknowledge us during our stay.
Date/Temp: February 19-24, highs in the high 80s with a low of 40
Noise: Our campsite was tucked away from Harshaw Road within the barrier of a large hillside. It was extremely quiet, we only heard the occasional hum of our own generator.
Wifi/Cell: We chose our site because we received high speed AT&T cellular data there. The first two pull through sites were AT&T deadzones. Our T-Mobile hotspot received no service on Harsharw Road or in the town of Patagonia. We used the blazing fast wifi at Gathering Grounds coffee shop to download & upload large files (they have great food and coffee too).
Grocery/Errands: The town of Patagonia is 4 miles from the Coronado National Forest. There is an organic grocery store and a less expensive “mom & pop” grocer. The town also has one gas station, a post office, multiple restaurants, and gift shops.
Dog Friendly: River (our pup) loved the campsite. She played outside most of the day, and we hiked the dog-friendly Arizona Trail two times.
Scenery: The Patagonia section of the Coronado National Forest is beautiful mountain-desert. Our camp was surrounded by trees and shrubs. The route into Patagonia is a curvey, scenic drive.
Entertainment: Check out our video below to see our explorations of Patagonia.
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