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Friday, March 14, 2008 - Clear Creek Campground east of Camp Verde AZ

Camped at Site 9, Clear Creek Campground, Clear Creek AZ, March 14, 2008
Camped at Site 9, Clear Creek Campground, Clear Creek AZ, March 14, 2008

Map showing the location of Clear Creek Campground within the Coconino National Forest

I borrowed a link to this map as an easy way to show where I am within Coconino National Forest. Also there's a pin on my Google Map of this trip - labeled March 14, 2008.

Dispersed camping guidelines

Here is a quote from the Dispersed Camping guidelines for Coconino National Forest. Go read the whole page.

Camping-on-your-own Guidelines

THE FOREST BELONGS TO EVERYONE... however, there are some firm guidelines we must all follow out of respect for everyone who owns the Forest, human and animal. You may camp most anywhere on the Coconino National Forest (unless otherwise posted) according to the following guidelines:

  1. Generally, there is a 14-DAY PER MONTH STAY LIMIT (14 days in a 30-day period) on the Coconino National Forest. Please note that there are some exceptions where the limit is less than fourteen days. Establishing residency is against federal regulation.
  2. No camping or campfires on the forest within city limits.
  3. Do not camp on private property unless you have the owner's permission.
  4. No camping within one-fourth mile of a wildlife watering tank/hole. (State Law)
  5. Camp at least one mile from a pay (designated) campground or established (developed) recreation area, or as posted.
  6. Please do not camp in or drive through open meadowland due to the scarring effect it causes.
  7. Down and dead firewood may be gathered around your camping area for use at your campsite but it is illegal to load wood in a vehicle to take out of the Forest without a special permit. (You may not cut standing trees nor can you cut limbs off of standing trees.)
  8. Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry.
    • Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
    • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
    • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
    • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  9. Camp 200 feet from the main roadway, 20 feet from forest road, behind the county or state right-of-way fence.
  10. Always use the pack-in/pack-out method for the disposal of litter to keep your Forest clean.
  11. Please use a digging tool to bury all human and pet waste at least 6 to 7 inches deep.
  12. Pets are welcome in most areas but must be kept leashed at all times.
  13. Always practice "Leave No Trace" Outdoor Ethics.

Night camp

Site 9 - Clear Creek Campground east of Camp Verde AZ

Karl Blossfeldt Plant Studies

Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German instructor of sculpture who used his remarkable photographs of plant studies to educate his students about design in nature. Self-taught in photography, he devoted himself to the study of nature, photographing nothing but plants for thirty-five years.