Gemini Bridges | Wild Camping

United States

Details

Verified:
13 days ago
Altitude:
4669.0 masl
Website:
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Contributor:
ykphil

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

Grand spot! This established free BLM campground has 5 sites clustered together at the bottom of a really beautiful red rock canyon, but there is a lot of privacy and you can't really see the other campers, beside most of the time there is nobody around. The campsites are flat with a rock fire ring. No facilities, pack your trash out and have portable toilet The trail from HWY 191 is not for the faint of heart and will require a high clearance vehicle and good off-road experience. A guy ahead of us in a Jeep Patriot had to turn around, which was quite harrowing considering the narrow trail and how steep the canyon is...My wife cursed at me throughout the entire ascent, our cat was terrified, I kept my calm but I must admit I had sweaty palms. Eventually the trail becomes manageable at the bottom of the canyon. It is quite an experience. Gemini Bridges are a few miles away and well worth the drive along relatively good dirt roads that would still require 4x4. We found out once we reached Gemini Bridges that you can get to the site via HWY 313, and the trail is much more civilized but not as "fun".

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Very cool place! Seriously! If you are willing to do the 5km of of road to get there, it’s a fantastic place. I made it easily with my adventure motorcycle, but I understand it can be challenging for some people since there is also a part on the cliff of the mountain.
Enjoy!

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I tried to get there from the 191 but had to make a u-turn because the trail was super icy 😑

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Absolutely need high clearance, 4x4, and off roading skills to get here. Was spooky getting in at times but it was worth the beautiful spot. Was a bit busy on the weekend but still quiet at camp.

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We came here in a Ford E-150, 2WD with just above average tires. We came from 191 and figured we’d give it a shot. First thing we learned — once you start, there’s no turning back. It’s a steep mountain edge path with no turnarounds. SO cool but also mildly terrifying since we weren’t sure if we could make it in our van. But the only way out was through!

It IS doable, but only recommend if you’ve got loads of stress relieving eucalyptus, perhaps some CBD, and a good portable toilet for the stress poops you’re gonna have by the time you’re off the mountain.

Once that harrowing 3 mile part is over with, the road turns to packed sand. Some areas are softer than others but we had no issues.

We got to the sites and pulled into the first one available (site 1). We were the only people there, and it was incredible having this whole entire canyon to ourselves. We lovvvved it here. It’s very echoey though so I can definitely see how having neighbors would be a bit noisy. Saw some mountain lion tracks, but otherwise just birds around.

Based on our experience TO the spot, we thought we’d take the other, longer way out based on the ioverlander reviews (saying the path off 313 was a milder route). WELL, we got about 200 feet in that direction before being absolutely thwarted by a huge rocky impass (picture attached). We had to go back through the treacherous mountain climb instead. It was fine though and I only grew 50 new grey hairs on the way back.

Anyways. The reviews are right. Not for the faint of heart, and you can do it, but you need high clearance and a good driver who can navigate some challenging, rocky inclines. Or if you have 4WD and good tires it would be a breeze.

ABSOLUTELY no service whatsoever once we were about halfway to the spot. Complete dead zone (ATT).

It sure was beautiful though!

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Gorgeous spot. Thanks for the tip guys. We had fun camping here overnight.

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The scenery was gorgeous but I don't know how anyone would get a spot here other than pure luck. It was packed with people camping as well as traffic driving by, and this was a monday. I drove in without a problem in my extended 2WD van. Good tires are required because of the sand, but certainly not 4x4 or even that much clearance. Any van or SUV with a decent driver and a light foot should make it in fine. The drive was worth the views, despite turning around at the bottom and camping across the highway. Don't drive to the end of the cul-de-sac like I did, it's tight and hard to turn around. There are only 5 very large sites. I hope your not afraid of heights, but it's a manageable road.

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ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING SCENERY!! absolutely silence for most of the afternoon. beware you are in a canyon and sounds are amplified. our neighbors were not too noisy but you knew they were there. totally worth the drive. I think it may get a bit iffy for some if it was wet. must have a portable toilet. very little shade trees however once the sun goes behind the canyon very nice weather. amazing views of the rocks and the nights sky absolutely breathtaking. so glad we made it here! people pay big bucks for free views like this!!

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STUNNING CAMPSITE! Beautiful, quiet, surrounded by awesome! The drive is NOT nearly as difficult as previous users reported. The road is wide and any 4x4 should make it just fine. Pet goldfish was a little shaken, but nothing serious. Lost about 1/3rd if his water 🐠

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GPS coordinates had me turning about 1/4 mi early. Kept following road and it let right to sign for campground.

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Good camping spot. I travel in a jacked land cruiser 80 so entrance was easy but to get here you must travel a super steep canyon trail also it’s a CANYON so it echos.

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One of the most beautiful and perfect campsites I've ever stayed at! tucked into some trees with a fire ring in the wash.

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Great private camping with fire ring. Soft sand around campsite for tents.
Road was a difficult without 4x4 because of steep rock climb. A stock jeep or truck will be ok for clearance. Worth the drive.

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Grand spot! This established free BLM campground has 5 sites clustered together at the bottom of a really beautiful red rock canyon, but there is a lot of privacy and you can't really see the other campers, beside most of the time there is nobody around. The campsites are flat with a rock fire ring. No facilities, pack your trash out and have portable toilet The trail from HWY 191 is not for the faint of heart and will require a high clearance vehicle and good off-road experience. My wife cursed at me throughout the entire ascent, our cat was terrified, I kept my calm but I must admit I had sweaty palms. Eventually the trail becomes manageable at the bottom of the canyon. It is quite an experience. Gemini Bridges are a few miles away and is worth the drive along good 4x4 roads. We found out once we reached Gemini Bridges that there is a much easier dirt road that reaches HWY 313.

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