VERDE VALLEY, Ariz. — “It’s funny how solutions can quickly turn into problems. Here in the Verde Valley, an abundance of Forest Service land and somewhat lax regulation created an opportunistic solution to folks challenged by the supply-and-demand realities of the local housing market,” wrote Dan Engler, editor of The Verde Independent.
“In our 2016 report on the problem, many of these “boondockers” said they would gladly park at established RV sites but supply far outpaces demand.
“The solution that saw these ‘boondockers’ take to the great outdoors ultimately became a problem. This past week, the Prescott National Forest said dispersed camping along Arizona 260 and Salt Mine Road has become a major safety issue because of overuse, overstay violations, abandoned property, trash, and illegal activities. As a result, beginning next month, PNF will enact a two-year temporary closure that will ban camping along these highway corridors.”
The full editorial can be read at The Verde Independent.