Last Updated on 05/07/2024 by Glynn Willard

Coordinates For Marshall Lake Dispersed Camping
35°05’52.8″N 111°32’24.5″W
We chose this site because Cinder Hills OHV was closed due to the tunnel fires.

It was a great choice!

Forest Road 128 is a beautiful secluded location with beautiful views.

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Marshall Lake AZ Dispersed Camping

The Boondocking Details

  1. Time Of Year Visited Forest Road 128
    Late April.

  3. Permit Required To Camp?

  5. Government Agency
    US Forest Service

  7. Presence Of Law Enforcement Near Marshall Lake
    We only stayed three nights and did not notice any law enforcement or forest rangers.

  9. Road Conditions In And Out Forest Road 128
    The main road is passable by any type of vehicle without issues.

    The hairpin turn circled in the photo is really tight, but it’s widened enough that any size vehicle can make the turn.

    The roads off the main road into the dispersed site are pretty rough and limited to smaller rigs with high ground clearance.

    If you stay close to Forest Road 128, you should be fine.
    Marshall Lake AZ Dispersed Camping

  11. Is Forest Road 128 Big Rig Friendly?
    After exploring, we only noticed three or four spots viable for really big rigs toward the front of FR 128.

    The closer you get to the “dried up” Marshall Lake, the more spots you’ll see that can accommodate large rigs right off the road.

    If you have a big rig, I would consider making this location a “plan B or C” for you since all of the spots were taken for the entire duration of our stay.

    The road offers plenty of options to turn around if you don’t find a spot. It also forms a loop if you feel like driving all the way around.

  13. Cell Strength & Carriers Around Marshall Lake
    All carriers are well represented in this area. We had fast and strong data from T-Mobile the whole stay.

    The Open Signal app showed a strong signal from all carriers in this area.

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  15. Starlink Friendly Sky View?
    Almost all the spots are surrounded by trees, so you will not have a clear view of the horizon.

    I would not count on Starlink as an option. But since the cellular coverage is so strong, you should be fine with a hot spot or similar system.
    Marshall Lake AZ Dispersed Camping

  17. Crowds Around Forest Road 128
    It was busy. It seemed like a popular destination for van life individuals.

    In fact, a good van with high clearance will have a ton of options to choose from.

    There’s a lot of traffic coming and going to the “dried up” Marshall’s Lake, but no one bothered us.

    Everyone we encountered, was super friendly.
    Marshall Lake AZ Dispersed Camping

  19. Did We Feel Safe Boondocking Near Marshall Lake, AZ?
    We felt safe for the duration of our stay.

    We always leave our rig to explore and go into towns and we never experienced any problems.


  21. Wildlife And Insects Around Forest Road 128
    There were no pesky insects to disrupt our time outdoors.

    We did not encounter any wildlife in this spot.

  23. Dump Station And Potable Water Nearby Flagstaff, Arizona?

    Speedway in Flagstaff with free dump station.

    There’s a free dump station at the Speedway on Rt 180 near the Sportsman’s Warehouse.

    Do the right thing and purchase fuel if you use their dump station.

    Here are the coordinates:

    35.20268894342235, -111.61574394751858

    Every time we’re in Flagstaff, we purchase our water from Kit Carson RV Park.

    It’s inexpensive, safe and tastes good.

    Here are the coordinates:

    35.18746078971196, -111.67975350878034

  25. Interpretation And Review Of Dispersed Camping Off FR 128
    We really liked this location. It’s one of the more peaceful and tranquil locations in our arsenal of Arizona boondocking locations.

    Flagstaff is a favorite destination for us and this location offers a pleasant drive through NAU’s campus.

    Whether you just soak in the tranquility of this area or use it to explore Flagstaff, you’ll find it very accommodating to your needs.

    We would return here again and again!
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