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Coon Bluff Campground - Gear Shakedown Camping Trip

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Coon Bluff

Coon Bluff · Ft. McDowell, AZ

How to find us

Look for Kris or Nancy who will be wearing hunter-orange baseball caps. Kris will show up early Friday to setup some gear and claim some space for us. He will be back by 2pm for the duration. We will also put up some orange construction tape.

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• What we'll do
You're invited to attend a camping trip to Coon Bluff Campground on the Lower Salt River in Mesa, Arizona. We usually camp near the parking lot and the bathrooms. Enter these GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked] into any smartphone and Google Maps will provide you with exact driving directions from your location.

The campground is located on the water and is the perfect location for a "Spring Shakedown Camp," which means to "shakeout any gear problems or missing items" from your camping equipment list while we're close to home.

This helps new campers make sure they will be fully equipped when we start camping along Mogollon Rim and other more distant places later in the summer. Nothing is worse than not bringing enough warm clothing and finding out that is gets cold in the Arizona mountains, even in the summertime when its 110+ degrees in the valley.

At a minimum, please try to bring a camping chair, an ice chest full of food and water, beer, soft drinks. To cook and eat, bring cookware, utensils, dishes/silverware, etc. And for a place to sleep, bring a tent, hammock or an RV. This place has plenty of room for RVs to park.

Even more important checklist items are two bundles of firewood and a Tonto Parking Pass, which can be purchased at most QuickTrips in Mesa and are on the way. A great campfire and no parking tickets will make this a perfect trip for beginning and experienced campers.

If you need to buy some camping equipment, Walmart, Big5 and Craigs List are my favorite spots to score camping gear at great discounts. If you need some starter equipment or would like to borrow something that is missing from your camping checklist, you're welcome to post a note. Most of us have a garage full of old camping gear that can be shared. I usually bring 12’x12’ pop-up awning along with a 2-burner Coleman stove and an 8’ foldable table that will all be available to the group.

Possible Activities to Enjoy:
· Nestled against a steep hill along the Salt River this stand of mesquite creates a lush, shaded environment that is a wildlife and bird watchers dream, even wild horses may thunder thru.
· Popular River Access Point for kayaking, tubing and fishing (Feb the water is usually very low)
· Kayaks for rent can be delivered if we order 10. Anyone interested contact me and I’ll collect the details.
· Rolls OHV, to the north of Saguaro Lake is nearby.
· There are also horses for rent nearby.

Some Important Campground Rules
Dogs, kids, and alcohol are allowed, But neither dogs nor children should bite or make incessant loud noises. If anyone becomes loud and obnoxious after drinking they will be gagged, duck taped to a tree and not invited to further camping trips. This is a rare problem in this group, but we want the policy to be clear for anyone that doesn't like duck tape.

• What to bring
Everything you need to be basically self-sufficient. Even though we are so close to town this weekend, the goal of a shakedown is to identify any problems with gear, menus, vehicles, packing lists, etc. At a minimum, please bring ice chest full of food and water/drinks, cookware, cooking utensils, dishes/silverware; a tent, hammock or an RV, this place has plenty of room to park.

• Important to know
You need a minimum of a Tonto Daily Pass for $8/day or Tonto Discovery Pass, which can be purchased at most QuickTrips in Mesa. There are no self-pay kiosks at this campground. Fines are stiff for those who don’t comply.

Here is the USFS link for info on where to buy them.
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