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Free Buck Butte Camping Trip in Coconino National Forest

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It's been a while, but Spring is here and its time to head up to the mountains to check out the wildflowers, which should be blooming.

This area is awesome for taking pictures so bring a camera. Deer, Elk and Turkey are very common in this area. There are plenty of dirt roads for hiking and riding ATVs. Nearby is Lake Mary, which is awesome for kayaking. Up the road is Mormon Lake Lodge or down the road is Happy Jack Lodge, both have horse back riding.

This area is perfect for car camping and has plenty of room for RVs to park. There is an abundance of firewood and the moon should be almost full. If you've never seen a full moon rise over the pine trees, then you should attend this trip

We will be camping near a spot called Buck Butte, which is located on the north east corner of the intersection at FR 229 and FR 83A. For people with a GPS or a smart phone, enter[masked], [masked] ( and then request driving directions.

If not, take highway 87 north to Payson, continue through Pine and Strawberry until you get to Clint's Well and take a left going NW on Lake Mary Road also known as Hwy 3. Drive to mile marker 313 and turn left on FR 229, which is located at GPS coordinate[masked], [masked] (,+-111.381238?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9pYuk0aTTAhVFMyYKHZEWAVMQ8gEIIzAA), which about 13.4 miles past Happy Jack Lodge. If you see the Ranger Station on the left, you went too far.

Hint: Click on the GPS coordinates and print maps before you leave. Not all cell phones will work in the mountains. It will suck if you drive this far and can't find us because you didn't print out the driving directions before you left.

Once you get to the intersection of 229 and 83a, look for a silver Nissan Frontier Extra Cab. Kris Moa will be our greeter and host for this trip.

This is dispersed camping in the national forest. There are no bathrooms or running water. You'll need a tent, warm sleeping bags, and an ice chest full of food, water, and your favorite cold beverages.

You'll also need stuff to cook with over a camp fire, including a cooking mit so you don't burn your hands when putting food in and out of the coals. If you're not used to camping out, cook all of your meals at home and put them into several layers of tin foil. This makes it easy to toss them into the fire and heat them up just like a microwave. A shovel makes an awesome tool for putting food into and out of the coals.

It will be cool at night, so bring a Jacket and warm clothes.

All well-behaved kids, pets and adults are welcomed to attend. Any unruly campers will be duct-taped to a tree and dowsed with water. he he he. In other words, be nice, courteous and very considerate of your fellow campers.

The dirt roads are graded, very smooth and can be driven on by all vehicles.

There will be three different groups attending, Arizona Camping, Arizona Kayaking and Arizona ATVing, all of which are my groups and should be considered as one single group.

Hopefully, I have addressed all questions. If not, please send me an email with any questions on details I have forgotten to include.

We look forward to seeing everyone!