Winter Camp at East Pocket (Edge of the World)

East Pocket Camping

We used our favorite car camping spot to test our Winter gear, to enjoy a few warm drinks with friends, and enjoy the snowy Red Rocks of Sedona. Some know it as "East Pocket" while others use the nickname "Edge of the World" or "that one overlook 20 miles down Woody Mountain Road". Either way, the views are breathtaking!

We love coming to this site in the Summer and Fall, but wanted to "test" our cold-weather gear before backpacking this Winter. So we went to our tried and true spot, with the comfort of our cars, so we could work out our layering and sleep system. Have a few cups of warm spiked cider and enjoy!

To get there, take Woody Mountain Road toward the Arboretum (~4 miles), and then stay on FR 231 for ~22 miles (all dirt - relatively well maintained in spots, but it can get a little rocky in others, so 4 wheel/high clearance is recommended). You'll see some signage for Turkey Butte/Fernow Tank, but keep on 231 up the hill to the left. Pass by First Tank and you're only a few minutes out from a slew of camp sites! We like the first pull off on the right (somewhat hidden), as I believe it has the best views of the Sedona Red-Rock Secret Wilderness.

Check out the map here. Our spot is where NF 231 goes into Yavapai County, but there are camping spots all along 231 towards East Pocket Lookout.

Just remember that these campsites are not maintained, so please utilize Leave No Trace practices and be sure to completely douse any fires. Enjoy a few drinks (warm spiked cider was awesome!), check out some nearby sights (when the snow breaks) and play snowball catch with your pups and friends!

NOTE: This road can become impassable depending on the amount of snow that falls. We got about 3-4 inches overnight and the roads were traveled by a few others cars while we were there. Please be cognizant that reception can be spotty, and you'll want to feel confident in your winter driving skills so plan ahead, or wait to go until there's no snow!

Pack List

  • Car-camping supplies
  • Trowel for digging cat holes (no bathrooms)
  • Water for cooking, drinking, and dousing camp fires
  • Warm clothing, layers, and lower-rated sleep systems for chilly nights (summer nights ~40 degrees, winter nights ~20 degrees)
  • Tent, camp chairs, sleeping pad
  • Cookware (choose your weapon: cast iron on the fire, lightweight stoves, portable grills, etc)
  • Food, trash bags, drinks
  • Snow boots if you're just lounging around and there's snow
  • Snow shovel and/or chains, just in case
  • Gloves, hats, balaclavas, etc. to keep warm
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Winter
Features
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Beautiful Views

We came up to the east pocket for thanksgiving 2017. We had the whole place to ourselves! The views are breathtaking and we found a spot that over looks it all! The first night was very windy and cold but the next two were calm and comfortable. We were surrounded by wildlife (most heard and not seen) through the night we heard a chorus of turkey, deer, bats and a large pack of coyote close by. The only downfall was that there is not a whole lot to explore. Next time we will bring more games to occupy the time when we are not relaxing. BRING A HAMMOCK and a camera :)

Best Sedona View Ever!

This spot isn't quick to get to but it's more than worth it. I camped here in the fall and the temps were perfect, no snow but cool enough for a fire. If you're up for some risky scrambling the outcropping in the first photo is incredible spot for taking photos.


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