Welcome to FrankenTrailer Ranch! We have about a quarter acre property on a clifftop overlooking the beautiful Verde Valley, only 17 miles from the Red Rocks of Sedona. On our property, we have our single wide mobile home, our 31' RV, a guest park trailer, 3 cars, and a nice big workshop for all our storage and building needs. The property is pretty rustic and wild, with lots of creosote bushes, cacti, and sharp rocks covering the cliff.
We are constantly doing renovations to our property, so the condition of debris or building materials lying around change all the time.
You can have access to the front porch overlooking the valley, and feel free to put your chairs out on the cliff and enjoy the view. The porch is nicely shaded, which is nice because parking area doesn't have any, unfortunately. It is also the best place to get a WIFI signal as it may be hard to get in your RV if you don't have a booster.
We have water and electric hookups (20/30/50amp), and there is a free RV dump in town if you need one. We ask for a small donation of $5 a day for electric if you run a heater or air conditioner.
Pets are welcome, but because of local wildlife, it's not a good idea to let them roam free. Hawks and coyotes tend to get the smaller animals. There is a hiking trail onto state land across the street from our road that is a great place to take the kids or pets for a walk. We are in a pretty quiet neighborhood, the loudest noises might be from animals down in the valley where the sound might echo up. A nice, relaxing spot to park for a few days while enjoying the surrounding natural attractions.
We love meeting new people, and our kids are very social. If our schedules allow, we would love to share a drink and a meal with you while you're here, but will also respect your privacy and space if you prefer it.
Our schedules can be all over the place, as we both are self employed and our kids have activities going on. On the weekends, Paul can often get home very late from work as a gigging musician, so he can be driving into the parking area up until 2am or so, depending on the evening.
- Maximum 3 night stay.
- No generators out of consideration for our neighbors.
- Children are most welcome, but keep an eye on them!! The cliff is dangerous, there can be sharp tools lying around, and there is always the possibility of venomous creatures (black widows, scorpions, rattlesnakes - we have only ever had one rattler on the property, but plenty of the first two.)
- Quiet time is from about 11pm - 9am.
- If you bring a pet, please clean up after them.
OK, here's the thing. We have room for you to park your RV, it's the getting in that's a little tricky. You HAVE to be really experienced at backing in long distances. The turn into our road is a little tight and bumpy, as you go from a paved road to a gravel road. It's at a blind curve as you go up a little incline on the road. There is room to turn around once you are on the dirt road, by turning into the driveway of another house (totally fine), and then backing in the rest of the way, about 120 yards or so. There is one curve to navigate before reaching the parking space (a large gravel area), again, easy for experienced drivers. We have come and gone on our property with our 31' trailer, and before that with a 35' 5th wheel, for years. It just takes a little time and good communication between driver and guide to get in without backing into bushes. Will do our best to let the pictures help you decide if it's worth the effort. It would be very easy for smaller rigs, and small camper buses can just pull straight in and back out later.
There is room to park your tow vehicle either in front of or next to your RV.
We tend to travel in the summer, so might not be available in the summer months. But it's really too hot then anyways to park in AZ without shade. ;P
We won't be taking Boondockers after the beginning of May. We are moving to Norway for 2 years, leaving in June and we need the time and space to move around and get ready for our journey.
Obviously, the Red Rocks of Sedona are the biggest attraction, with millions of people around the world coming to see the sights every year. There are countless hiking trails among all the Red Rocks, as well as Oak Creek Canyon just past Sedona as you head up to Flagstaff. There is river access all over the place, if you should want to go rafting, or do paddle board yoga. We have a few National Monuments nearby, including Tutzigoot, Montezuma's Castle and Montezuma's Well, not to mention a State Park or two within easy distance.
If local culture is more up your alley, the Verde Valley is a booming wine region with countless tasting rooms in Old Town Cottonwood, Page Springs, Camp Verde and Jerome. Speaking of Jerome, it is a tourist favorite as well. An old mining town nestled into the side of the mountain, it is full of old brothels turned shops, tasting rooms, colorful locals, ghost stories, an old hospital and insane asylum turned restaurant/hotel, mining relics, and breathtaking views that can go all the way to San Francisco Peak in Flagstaff on a clear day. Old Town Cottonwood also has some of the best restaurants in the Verde Valley, as well as antique shops, curio shops, art galleries and co-ops, and wonderful cafes. We are always happy to share our favorites. For nightlife, there are a couple of great bars, that either serve local craft beers, or that have wonderful live music on the weekends. If you have kids, the local Rec Center has an amazing indoor pool with a lazy river, waterslides, and a platform of buckets and water cannons to keep them happy for hours.
There's always something to do, whether your scene is local culture, wine tasting, seeing sights, or exploring nature!
We had such a relaxing time here. Super sweet family and great area. Love to see them again!
Thank you for accomodating the four of us on our stay with you. Best wishes to you onyour jorney to Norway.
They go out of there way to accommodate you. He helped us with our dolly, he’s a great musician we went to hear him at a brewery and it was great. They had a cancellation so they let us stay a couple more nights. The whole family was very helpful. Loved staying here.
Our spot was perfect for a quiet nights sleep and a great view out the back of our van. Very friendly folks.
Hosts were gracious and accommodated our needs. The view of Cottonwood was amazing, would
definitely stay there again.
The view was wonderful! Erin was friendly, gracious and helpful getting us set up, providing all we needed for hookups. The kiddos are outgoing, fun, funny and awesomely precocious!! I wish we could have stayed longer!!
The world they've created and are creating at the top of the hill is unique and environmentally thoughtful. Sadly we didn't get in on dad's music and didn't even get to meet him.
Thank you for letting us use your spot and for the great experience!!
We had a very nice and too short stay with then. We had a wonderful night at a vineyard where Paul was playing that night. We were lucky to get the chance to hear him play music, he's very talented.
Thanks again and best luck for your future projects. xxx
We had a lovely evening with the hosts who overdid themselves making us comfortable even though they had friends on the lot as well and were getting ready to head off themselves.
They invited us in for some wine and toddler playing and ended up giving our baby some pumpkin purée and sharing their leftovers with us. We had a very interesting evening talking to them and they made sure we were comfortable for the night. We are enjoying the hosts music on the road now!
Hope to get a chance to meet again, best of luck with all your exciting plans!
These hosts went out of their way to help us feel comfortable and welcome! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with this warm, kind family! They even invited us in for dinner one night!
We would recommend these hosts to anyone looking for a friendly place to stay in the desert!
Hope to see you all on future adventures!
We had a great time staying with this lovely family. It was a blessing that our daughters connected and had lots to talk about. As adults we were able to share awesome adventure stories and life stories. We were able to connect to electricity, water and our Verizon wifi worked so that we could work from the RV. Because of our circumstances, they were kind enough to invite us to spend an extra night which ended up being a fun night of potluck food magic! Truly a delightful family a beautiful mountain view and not too far from many things to keep you busy but also a great place to relax.
We had an amazing stay with Erin and her family. Super friendly and hospitable, and amazing cooks, too!! We couldn’t be more grateful for their generosity and kindness while getting to know the area and finding a more permanent place to stay. Thank you guys so much for everything!!
Highly recommend this stay!!
We had a fantastic and safe stay with these open-minded, warm welcoming family! Great conversations and great wine ;)