Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping Area is a primitive site at the base of the San Francisco Peaks just north of Flagstaff, Arizona. This campsite has no amenities but does offer amazing views of the surrounding peaks and camping among tall ponderosa pines.

Wildlife is abundant at Freidlein Prarie. You will likely see deer and elk in the prairie, racoons, and other small animals. The east end of the campground is also a nesting spot for the Mexican Spotted Owl, which is a federally protected animal. From March through August campsites 10 through 14 are closed for the owl’s nesting season.

Freidlein Prairie has 14 designated campsites, all of which are marked with a post that you need to camp within 50 feet of. Each campsite has a fire ring. The campground is open all year, but access can be restricted during snow and heavy rain. Bring your own drinking water and bury waste 200 feet away from campsites and water.


Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping Area Features

Campground Type: Dispersed
Number of Campsites: 14
Cost: No Fee
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Defined
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round depending on terrain and weather conditions.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates:
35.293425, -111.703026
Nearest City/Town: Flagstaff, Arizona
Elevation: 8035 Feet
Location: Coconino County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 12 Miles – Flagstaff, Arizona
From Flagstaff: Drive for about 7 miles on US-180/Fort Valley Road and take the right turn for Arizona Snowbowl. Drive for about 2.5 miles on Snowbowl Road and turn right on Freidlein Prairie Road/FR 522. Drive for about another quarter mile until you see the first campsite. The rest of the campsites are located along the road as you drive east.



Phone:  (928) 527-3600
Web: Coconino National Forest
Reservations: First-come, first-served
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Be Sure to Bring

What To Do

Hiking – There are abundant opportunities for hiking at Freidlein Prairie. At the east end of Freidlein Prairie Road is a trailhead that connects up with a couple other trails – Weatherford Trail and Kachina Trail. If you continue driving up the mountain to Snowbowl in the summertime you can access Humphrey’s Trail and the upper end of Kachina Trail.

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