Arizona is known for being a haven of outdoor recreation, and among the online community of full-time travelers, it’s also earned a special reputation for abundant, beautiful, and free boondocking opportunities. We’re happy to say that Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area in Bowie, AZ definitely contributes to this state’s well earned reputation for awesome camping spots.
Originally intended just as a convenient overnight stop off of I-10, we were so impressed with this place that we decided to stay for an extra night in order to enjoy the scenery. What’s so special about this spot? Aside from providing uninterrupted, clear views of the night sky, this place also offers amazing hiking and rock-scrambling opportunities. (If rock-scrambling isn’t yet recognized as an official outdoor pastime, it should be!) And the best part of all? Camping here is completely free! (Yet another reason to appreciate the BLM.)
The road to the recreation area isn’t paved, which did make for a bit of a bumpy ride, but it was well worth the effort. We snagged a pull-off spot close to the entrance that already had a fire-pit dug-out and ready to use – leaving us no excuse not to cook dinner over the campfire. If you’re passing through Arizona, we definitely recommend stopping at this spot for a night or two of great camping!