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
|Number of Campsites:||14|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round depending on terrain and weather conditions.|
|Nearest City/Town:||Flagstaff, Arizona|
|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.|
Maps & Brochures
Freidlein Prairie Dispersed Camping Area Map
|Web:||Coconino National Forest|
Friday 10/20 0%
High 63° / Low 32°
Sunny with gusty winds. High 63F. Winds SW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.
Saturday 10/21 0%
High 61° / Low 29°
A mainly sunny sky. High 61F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 10/22 0%
High 68° / Low 35°
Mainly sunny. High 68F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 10/23 0%
High 70° / Low 39°
Sunny skies. High near 70F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday 10/24 0%
High 69° / Low 37°
Sunny skies. High 69F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday 10/25 0%
High 73° / Low 37°
A mainly sunny sky. High 73F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
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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.