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|
Saturday 12/15 0%
High 52° / Low 22°
Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the low 20s.
Sunday 12/16 0%
High 50° / Low 23°
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High around 50F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 12/17 10%
High 46° / Low 19°
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 46F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 12/18 10%
High 48° / Low 23°
Mainly sunny. High 48F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 12/19 0%
High 54° / Low 23°
Sunny. High 54F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 12/20 0%
High 58° / Low 23°
Mainly sunny. High 58F. Winds light and variable.
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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.