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|
Monday 10/15 20%
High 42° / Low 33°
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.
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%.
Thursday 10/18 20%
High 47° / Low 30°
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.
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.