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Fire Point Car Camp, AZ
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Fire Point Car Camp, AZ 
Fire Point Car Camp, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Jul 26 2015
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Camped for one night at Fire Point. Decided to take the rest of the day off from hiking after doing the quick 3.5 mile hike out to Timp Point early in the morning to find someone to jump start my car. This was day seven of my camping trip and a re-supply day so I drove out to De Motte Camp Ground on HW67 to refill one of my two 6-gallon water jugs and dump some garbage, then to the North Rim Country Store for beer, ice and gas (in order of priority). The roads to Fire Point were in good shape up to the Nat. Park Boundary but from there the last mile to FP is more of a 4x4 track and had a couple of mud holes that required high clearance and 4 wheel drive. Actually, the deepest mud hole had a convenient bypass. But I didn't see it on the way in and drove in to the innocent looking mud puddle to find it quite deep, probably slightly above axle depth on my 31 inch diam tires. The only evidence of the Nat. Park boundary is a fence and cattle guard - no signs. A camping permit is required for camping inside the Nat. Park but there is a convenient campsite on the Nat. Forest side of the fence only a short 1 mile level hike to Fire Point.

I arrived at Fire Point at 10:30am and found the prime campsite on the end of the point occupied but they were packing up to leave. I did some sight seeing on the south side of the point and then took over their campsite when they left. An incredible place to camp with great views of the canyon without stepping one foot from camp. Of course this would not be a safe place in a thunderstorm but none were forecast for the next few days. I relaxed in camp reading a book and checking email, HAZ posts,etc on my Smartphone since there was a weak but usable cell phone signal. Only one other vehicle showed up that afternoon, a young couple with two young boys in a full size 4x4 pickup with camper. They ended up camping overnight and were pleasant neighbors. In retrospect, I should have taken some time that afternoon to hike around the ridge top leading out to the point. It is fairly level, covered with a Ponderosa Pine forest and relatively open forest floor making it an inviting and picturesque place to explore.
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