Best Cabins and Camping Around Flagstaff with Hipcamp
A few weeks ago I hit the road with some fellow photographers on a mission to scout some properties for Hipcamp!
If you’re unfamiliar with Hipcamp, it’s like airbnb for camping. You can list your land for people to come camp on, or your yurt/trailer/aframe/cabin, although its mostly camping. They have what’s called a “field scout program” where you can apply to be a photographer for the newly listed properties!
I took the journey with Caitlin Fullam of Caitlin Fullam Photo and Stevi McNeill of Stevi McNeill and Dust + Grit, and as someone who has never traveled extensively with other photographers, I was so excited to get to know these women and for our collective chats about the industry we all worked in!
We started off by heading straight to Flagstaff. Caitlin and Stevi booked it straight from Denver at 630, had to turn around at one point, and then made it another 238592 hours to Flagstaff. It was a long day of nothing but driving, but arriving outside of Flagstaff as the sun was setting was so beautiful and worth it! Unfortunately the GPS took us around Monument Valley which I had been looking forward to seeing again, so pro tip: plan your route before you leave.
Stayed tuned for the second half of this trip where I discuss the 3 other Hipcamps’ we visited in Southern California!
Flagstaff Cabins and Camping
Around Flagstaff, Az
The first property we stayed at was the Sleeper Hollow Cabin, up a national forest road in the Coconino National Forest, on the northwest side of Humphreys Peak. We ended up getting in after sunset so when we woke up in this tiny cabin underneath towering ponderosa pines, I so wished we could have spent another day exploring the property. We spent the morning sipping on coffee and wandering around the property that still had quite a bit of snow around, even in early April! Coming from Grand Junction where I haven’t seen snow in months, it was such a nice change of weather, even though it was still warm!
The host was also so kind with keeping me informed of the road condition because we had discussed whether there would be snow on the forest roads thereby making it nearly impossible to get my like Hyundai sedan up the road. I can’t tell you how relieving it was to get a message from her a few days before letting me know that the road was passable and we’d be able to stay!
Other things to do around Flagstaff
Around Williams, Az
The next Hipcamp we travelled too was called Temple Ranch Hunting Lodge. Located about an hour west of Flagstaff outside of Williams, Arizona, after arriving we met our hosts and explored the various cabins they have available to rent! They started a fire for us in the fire pit, we wandered up the national forest road that is right behind their property (hence why it is named a hunting lodge, because if you have AZ section 8 hunting license, you can just head right out!), and Stevi even got to hop up on a horse! I loved that this property had dogs running around, chickens, and horses, plenty of relaxing places to sit or read, or you could head out the back fence and recreate up in the forest! I’m not any good at mountain biking but I imagine a world where I come stay here and then go for a mountain bike ride up to the Bill Williams Lookout Tower for sunrise.
Other things to do around Williams
Around Golden Valley, Az
Next we headed through the high desert of Arizona, past the cholla cacti and the fields of wildflowers to the most dreamy garden called the Overlook Garden. I feel like their website explains it best when they say it is a “permaculture demonstration, art gallery, special events and learning center, with a focus on personal sustainability practices and involvement in regional economics for Mohave County”. We arrived pretty early in the afternoon so after a tour around the property, we spent a good number of hours wandering around the gardens, sitting on the porch swings, admiring the beauty that exists in the space. It was magical during the day, and just as magical at night when the sun set over the desert and the lights on the garden turned on. There are some moments as a photographer that are impossible to capture and I think the three of us sitting there under a dark night sky in this magical place was just that. Its truly something you have to experience for yourself.
Things to do around Golden Valley