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
Partly Cloudy
Monday 10/15 20%
High 42° / Low 33°
Partly Cloudy
Windy with a mix of clouds and sun. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 42F. Winds NE at 20 to 30 mph.
Tuesday 10/16 80%
High 38° / Low 31°
Rain and snow in the morning changing to rain late. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%. Snowfall around one inch.
Chance of Rain
Wednesday 10/17 40%
High 43° / Low 29°
Chance of Rain
Showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 43F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 10/18 20%
High 47° / Low 30°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 47F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 10/19 10%
High 50° / Low 32°
Sunny skies. High around 50F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 10/20 50%
High 54° / Low 36°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms. High 54F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

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.

Image Credits: 

Previous articleMarshall Lake Dispersed Camping Area
Next articleCinder Hills OHV Area
Justin is an IT Professional, focused on cloud, mobile, and infrastructure management and security with his consulting business, as well as chief bottle washer for this website. In addition to, Justin also runs and writes for the technology infrastructure-focused blog, and the mobile device-focused blog


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here