We are headed for Cottonwood, AZ to spend the next month or so. Located about 15 miles east of Sedona, it has all the hiking and jeeping opportunities we are looking for. Combine that with perfect warm weather and breathtaking scenery and you will see why we return here every year.
The best part about this new path is we really have no time constraints whatsoever. We are comfortable with the "boon-docking" philosophy of travel. With plenty of water and power we can stay quite comfortably for 14-20 days without having to move. Hopefully BLM or Forest Service land is in our path, but some nights will find us in large vacant lots, and even the occasional Wall-Mart parking lot, especially back east where public land is few and far between.
Last nights stop in a large area outside Beatty NV was quiet and comfortable. We made it through Las Vegas during the early morning hours and then over the Hoover Dam bridge and down HWY 95 till we met up with Interstate 40 in Kingman. Quick stop for some fuel, and then it was east for about 20 miles till we met up with HWY 93S, which runs between Wickieup and Wickenburg AZ. We thought we might make it all the way to Cottonwood that day, but when we came across Burro Creek, a BLM Recreation site/Campground we decided it looked so peaceful that we would pull in and check it out. With the Sonoran desert in the background filled with tall saguaro cacti, and the beautiful blue waters of Burro Creek in front of us, it had all the makings for a beautiful relaxing stay. One night turned into 4, as we explored the backcountry, hiked the desert and settled into the groove of being back on the road.
*Golden Age pass honored, brings price from 14.00 to 7.00 per night/ water and dump station
*Fits big rigs and tents
*There are NO STORES worth mentioning for anything other than ice in Wickieup, so make sure you have all supplies with you. Wickenburg is another 60 miles south.