I stopped for breakfast at a Cracker Barrel in Flagstaff, which is a real treat for me since their breakfasts are one of my favorite things, and eased into a boondocking area just outside of Cottonwood at about 11 o'clock this morning.
This boondocking area is a little more crowded than I normally like to be, but they're still plenty of space between all the RVs so I'm fine with staying here for a while.
There's three main areas where you're allowed to boondock here on 10,000 Trails Rd. and the first two areas I drove past were more crowded than I wanted to be. So I kept going to the farthest area and found it more to my liking. This goes along with what I've always felt about boondocking, which is most people like to stay close to the pavement. So the nicest, most uncrowded spots will usually be a little farther from the main road.
Normally I wouldn't go looking for a new boondocking spot while pulling the Arctic Fox because of all the things that could possibly go wrong once you turn off the paved road pulling a trailer. But in this case there was good, recent information about this area on the Internet and Google Earth gave me a very clear picture of what it was like. When searching for places to boondock Google Earth is your friend.
As with most public lands there's a two-week stay limit here which is fine with me because I'll probably want to ease on down the road about that time anyway.
Just down the road in Cottonwood there's plenty of shopping including the big-box stores like Walmart and Home Depot. Which means this will be an inexpensive place to stay. shopping will be reasonably priced, it won't take much diesel fuel to get to town, and camping is free. For the old boondork It just doesn't get any better than that.