Page Lake Powell Campground

By |June 25th, 2015|

Page, AZ Website: http://pagecampground.com/ Overview: This is a campground located in the city of Page. It is a great location for exploring all the wonderful geology/history in this section of Arizona and southern Utah. Campsites: Full (30/50 amp, water, sewer, cable) and partial hook-ups (30 amp, water) are available. Each site is a fairly level gravel pad and has a picnic table. There is a good amount of spacing between each site (our neighbor has a 40+ foot class A diesel, diesel extended cab truck, and a large boat/yacht on his spot). Each spot does have some shade trees. Tent sites are leveled sand and very nice. Amenities: Indoor pool, bathroom facilities, laundry room, fitness center, arcade, small nature trail, playground, dump station, small convenience store, and propane filling station. Pet friendly: Yes, but they must remain on leash. Internet:  Yes, free Wi Fi. Great cellular signals. Price:  $24-31/night Rating: 3/5

Cattail Cove State Park

By |May 1st, 2015|

Lake Havasu City, AZ Website: http://azstateparks.com/Parks/CACO/ Overview: This a great state park 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City. It is nestled in the mountains on the lake. The park is rather small for a state park, but you have lake access, a beach, and several miles of hiking trails. We really enjoyed our time here! Campsites: Fairly level paved and gravel sites with partial hookups (30 amp and water). Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Amenities: Nice bathhouses, boat dock, boat ramp, sand beach with swimming area and shaded picnic tables, amphitheater, cactus garden, ranger led programs, book exchange, hiking trails, and fish cleaning station. Pet friendly: Yes. Dogs are not allowed on the sand beach, but there is a separate dog beach where they can swim! Internet:  No public Wi-Fi, but fantastic cellular signals. Price:  $28/night Rating: 4/5

Yuma Lakes

By |April 20th, 2015|

Yuma, Arizona Website: http://www3.resortparks.com/xap/nwb/MR010?resort=596 Overview: This is a Resort Parks International (RPI) member park. It is located 10 minutes outside of downtown Yuma. Being outside the city the park is surrounding by farmland, lots of lettuce fields, and feels remote. There is also nice size lake on the property. This is a favorite winter destination for many Canadians and North westerners. It is also a great spot to stay if you want to go to Los Algodones, Mexico for dental health care. Campsites: Fairly level gravel pads with full hookups (30 amp, water, and sewer). Each site has a picnic table. The sites are closely spaced therefore there is not much privacy. However, about half of the sites have nice mature shade trees. Amenities: Plentiful activities! Heated pool and hot tub, horseshoe pits, bocce ball, fishing, shuffleboard, corn hole tournaments, billiards room, miniature golf, adult center, propane refill station, and lake access. Pet friendly: Yes, fenced in dog run with agility equipment! Internet:  No public Wi-Fi, but good cellular signals. Price:  This is a member only park.

Grand Canyon Trailer Village

By |June 16th, 2014|

Grand Canyon, AZ (South Rim) Website:  http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/trailer-village/ Overview:  This is a fantastic campground in the Grand Canyon Village with full RV hookups!  Where else can you walk to the rim of the Grand Canyon in 5 minutes and have elk grazing in your front yard?! Campsites:  Level, paved sites (pull through and back-in) with 50 AMP, water, cable, and sewer.  Picnic table and charcoal grill at each site.  Sites are fairly closely spaced, but trees are abundant. Amenities:  Bathhouses, bus stop for free Grand Canyon shuttles, bike paths, and all the Grand Canyon Village amenities nearby. Pet friendly:  Yes Internet:  No public Wi-Fi in campground.  Free pubic Wi-Fi is available at the Market Plaza, which is about 1 mile away. Price:  $35/night Rating: 4.5/5

Verde Valley RV and Camping Resort

By |May 15th, 2014|

Cottonwood, AZ Website:  http://www.ttverdevalley.com/ Overview: This is a Thousand Trail park outside of Sedona.  It is about a 30-minute drive to downtown Sedona.  It is located in Cottonwood, which has its own historic downtown and is in the center of the Verde Valley.  Lots of excursions/attractions are a short drive away.  The park is very large with 4 separate RV site sections.  The RV sites are adequate but have minimal privacy.  The amenities are very nice and well kept up.  It is located on the Verde River and although the river is not visible from the park, it is just a short walk/hike away. There are beautiful views of the Verde Valley. Campsites: Gravel, level sites with 30 Amp, water, and sewer.  There are a few 50 Amp sites available.  There is a picnic table at each site.  There is minimal privacy with 2/3 of sites sharing hookup side with a neighbor.  However, there are plenty of shaded sites and some with a grass patio area. Amenities: Swimming pool and spa, tennis court, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, game room, activity center, country store, laundry facility, restaurant, shuffleboard court, miniature golf, hiking trails with some river assess, gated entrance, and a fenced off leash pet area.  Cabin rental is also available. Pet friendly: Yes.  Fenced in dog run available.  Internet:  Free Wi-Fi only available at family center and activity center (not at campsites) Price:  Non-member $37/night (additional $5/night for 50 amp) Thousand Trail Member extended use fee $20-25/night Discounted monthly and seasonal rates are available Rating:   3/5

Lost Dutchman State Park

By |May 5th, 2014|

Apache Junction, Arizona Website:  http://azstateparks.com/Parks/loDU/index.html Overview:  A great campground less than an hour from downtown Phoenix.  It is surrounded by federal public land so it is very quiet and dark.  The lights of greater Phoenix are visible at night but they do not hamper the night sky!  This park sits beside the majestic Superstition Mountain and thus offers wonderful views and great hiking.  The campsites are spacious and well maintained.  We really enjoyed our stay here. Campsites:  Level paved sites with 30/50 amp and water. Spacious sites with good views, picnic table, grill, and fire pit. Amenities: Camp store; dump station, bathhouses, hiking/biking trails, and weekly ranger lead activities Pet friendly: Yes, allowed on all hiking trails. Internet:  No public Wi-Fi available, but great cellular signals. Price:  $25/night ($5 reservation fee) Rating: 4.5/5 Panoramic view of our second site

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Mesa Spirit RV Resort

By |May 5th, 2014|

Mesa, Arizona Website:  http://mesaspirit.com/ Overview:  This is a mega resort in downtown Mesa (just outside of Phoenix).  This area is full of this type of housing (geared toward Snow-birds) and we were curious about them.  So we stayed here for one night.  And that was long enough.  The amenities are amazing!  It is definitely an active community, which is wonderful, but the RV spots are a little to close for our comfort.   They’re over 1800 spaces in this park!  Everyone was very friendly and all amenities were clean and well kept up.  It is a nice place if you want very close neighbors and community, however we prefer to have privacy and nature views. Campsites:  Fairly level gravel-parking pad with concrete patio and driveway for tow vehicle.  The patio area is quite large but the neighbors are VERY close!  30/50 Amp, sewer, water, and cable at each site.  About 1/3 -1/2 of the park is permanent homes (park models, built up trailers, etc.). Amenities: Three separate activity areas that include pools, spas, halls, fitness rooms, shuffleboard courts, and arts/crafts rooms (quilting room, woodworking, stained glass, silversmith, etc.).  Guard at gate.  The pools and spas are very well maintained and nice.  Lots of daily activities are available. Pet friendly: Yes, several fenced-in pet relief areas.  However, some fences are only 2 feet tall.  In addition, not all campsites are pet-friendly and there are specific roads that are pet friendly walking areas and some streets are restricted.  Internet:  Fast free Wi-Fi available. Price:  $49-61/night (monthly, annual rates available) Rating:  2/5

Catalina State Park

By |April 28th, 2014|

Tucson, Arizona Website:  http://azstateparks.com/Parks/CATA/ Overview:  This is a gem of a state park just outside Tucson.  The views of the Santa Catalina Mountains are amazing.  It is just outside the city, but feels like you are in the middle of nature!  They have super nice restrooms and very friendly staff.  The campsites are very spacious and private.  It is a must see in the Tucson area! Campsites:  Level, paved, spacious sites with great views!  30/50 AMP with water (no sewer hook-ups).  Gravel patio area with picnic table at each site. Amenities: The cleanest, freshest bathhouse (showers, toilets) we have seen!  Dump station at campground and a second one available at entrance to park. Wonderful hiking/biking/equestrian trails, camp store, pavilions for groups, daily or weekly ranger lead activities, and picnic areas. Pet friendly: Yes.  Some trail restrictions due to recent Bighorn sheep re-introduction. Internet:  No public Wi-Fi available.  Great cellular signals. Price: $25/night ($5 reservation fee) Rating:  4.5/5

Valley Vista RV Resort

By |April 27th, 2014|

Benson, Arizona http://www.rvonthego.com/arizona/valley-vista-rv-resort/ Overview:  This is a very nice resort in Benson, Arizona.  It is ~45 minutes drive to Tombstone or Tucson.  It is a quiet, friendly community with a very nice pool and hot tub.  The sites are pretty open as it is in a desert area, but there are several garden areas. Campsites: Level, gravel sites with 30/50 amp, water, and sewer.  Picnic tables are present at each site.  Sites are fairly close with some trees/shrubs.  Our site was next to an empty garden site! Amenities: Clubhouse, pool, hot tub, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and laundry facility.  Weekly activities organized by management.  There was a Saturday morning group breakfast and Saturday night bonfire with smores while we were there.  Pet friendly:  Yes Internet:  Wi-Fi available with fees Price:  $28/night Rating: 3.5/5