Reviewed by carlzgr8 on September 16, 2011
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THE worst camping experience ever. We arrived to a wonderful idillic small end site with a river nearby, a swimming hole and a cliff to jump off. It was Sunday afternoon so the swim hole was full of tattooed teeth challenged machismo gents, but we figured by Monday we'd be good. When we arrived the gracious hosts gave us the rules and we thought... this is good.No radios, sounded like "no crap" but friendly. We went to Sedona for a late afternoon meal...arriving back to find the next site over having THE Largest tent I've ever seen half on our site, Of course they couldn't move it because of the other two tents on their own site. 18 - 25 people on a very small site (8 is maximum according to the large sign), young, old, men, women, babies, 3 dogs (at least). There are coolers EVERYWHERE, food is left out on tables and chairs all night. The picnic table was piled with food (hello bears, besideshaving to look at a crapfest) People sleeping in cars, burning smoky trees instead of fire wood. So the 3 dogs start pooping everywhere. One little chihuahua kept coming out the dog door in the large tent, right next to our tent, on our site and barking. This went on all night. Yap yap yap, followed by a leash being yanked. In the morning we found a mine field of poop. Finally rocks started appearing on top of the poo. I said to my wife "this is incredible, they are hiding it"... no it was my wife who was tired of stepping in it. We did complain and the hosts said "well what are you going to do?" ??? When I said we were leaving early, he asked if it was the weather? So they seem to not enforce rules (except parking and radios) but really have not a clue.
Before you think this is just a bad experience... this campground seems to be a magnet for poorer / larger families with dogs, with beer and etc. Its cheap and its near(est) Sedona AND the rules are not enforced (other than 1 car per site). There were a number of examples of people who showed up with a their truck, extended family, more beer than gear, old leaky tents, full sized home grills, and dogs. Just know you won't be alone
Just absolutely not what I want when going camping.
BTW...We drove past a campground further north towards Flagstaff that looked more spaceed out and less crowded and nice.
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