Last Updated on 05/11/2024 by Glynn Willard

Coordinates For FR 776 (Cinder Hills OHV)
35°19’42.3″N 111°31’26.1″W
The unique terrain and wide open spaces surrounded by beautiful pines makes this a very appealing spot to boondock.

This is also an OHV hot spot, so expect dust and sport riders/drivers.

When we returned in 2022, Cinder Hills OHV was closed because of the Tunnel Fires, but by the time you read this, it may have reopened.

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    Cinder Hills Dispersed Camping

    The Boondocking Details


  1. Time Of Year We Visited North Flagstaff
    Early May.

  3. Permit Required To Camp At Cinder Hills OHV?

  5. Which Government Agency
    US Forest Service

  7. Presence Of Law Enforcement On FR 776
    We stayed four nights and noticed forest rangers driving Forest Road 776 on two separate occasions.

    Because of the OHV popularity, I would expect to see law enforcement frequently in this area.

  9. Road Conditions In And Out Of Cinder Hills
    The main road is passable by any type of vehicle without issues.

    Be cautious when entering section with fine volcanic sand and stone.

    We assisted a small Class C who was stuck in the sand.

    The sand traps were more pervasive than one would expect. If you’re a skilled driver and running a solid 4×4, you should have no problem.

    This is part of what makes this a great OHV area!
    Forest Road 776 boondocking

  11. Is FR 776 Big Rig Friendly?
    Yes, this location is big rig friendly.

    Again, be cautious of the loose volcanic sand.

    The road offers endless options to turn around if you don’t find a spot. But you should have no trouble finding a spot to park your RV.

  13. Cell Strength & Carriers In This Area
    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. Does Cinder Hills OHV Have Starlink Friendly Sky View?
    This spot might be dodgy, since most spots are amongst the trees. But there is hope since several spots are wide open with a view of the horizon.

    It’s funny, our stay here coincided with the first satellite launch of Starlink.

    We had no idea what it was and thought the military was testing a new type of aircraft.

    It was fun to imagine until we looked it up realizing it was the satellites Starlink had just launched.

  17. Crowds Off Of FR 776
    It was busy, but there are so many spaces and sections, it did not feel busy.

    If you plan on boondocking here on the weekend, be prepared for a heavy volume of OHV’s.

    Many of them arrived very late in the evening on Friday, creating a lot of dust, traffic and noise.

    During the day, the OHV’s are fun to watch and we found everyone we encountered to be friendly and happy to show off their toys.
    Forest Road 776, AZ dispersed camping

  19. Did We Feel Safe Boondocking In Cinder Hills OHV?
    We felt safe for the most part.

    Late one night on the weekend, there was a lot of slow moving cars on forest road 776, which seemed suspicious.

    Several stopped with their headlights facing into our camper and remained stationary for awhile.

    It was alarming and I was “on alert.” They eventually pulled away and left us alone.
    Cinder Hills OHV

  21. Wildlife And Insects North Of Flagstaff
    There were no pesky insects to disrupt our time outdoors.

    We did not encounter any wildlife in this spot, most likely due to the high traffic.

  23. Dump Station And Potable Water Near Flagstaff, AZ?
    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 FR 776
    FR 776 dispersed camping.
    We really liked this location. There was a good group of people dispersed camping near us and the scenery was delightful.

    As long as you’re okay with the vast number of OHV’s, it’s a great place to camp.

    The proximity to Flagstaff doesn’t hurt. It’s one of our favorite towns to visit when we’re in the area.

    Make time to check out some of the local history, such as Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument.
    Find this spot on Boondocker’s Bible boondocking locations map here.

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