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Old 12-01-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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We're headed from Colorado to SW Arizona in a few weeks. Haven't been through Jerome, AZ in a long time and never in an RV. We're traveling in a 38 foot DP with a Jeep toad and we'd like to go through Sedona, Prescott, and Jerome on our way to Quartzite. I remember several very tight turns in Jerome. Anyone gone through Jerome in a big rig w/ a toad?
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:26 PM   #2
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We enjoyed Jerome last March, but did so in the toad. We have a 39' Journey and would not want to take it into Jerome itself. We camped nearby. Camp Verde RV resort if I remember correctly. Very nice place across the highway from a casino and close to Montezuma's Castle SP which was a nice place to visit as well.

Enjoy Jerome.
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I would not recommend going 89A to Prescott, did it in a Jeep and that was bad enough. I would take 169 to 69. We took 89A to Prescott and 69 to `69 back and enjoyed the drive a lot more.
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Dwkerch,
I checked and the name of the RV park we enjoyed was Distant Drums RV Resort. It is on the west side of I-17 from the Cliff Castle Casino which also allows overnight parking. Keep in mind that the RV resort is west of the highway if you go there. Our GPS directed us into the casino parking lot when we arrived well after dark. Luckily it was big enough to maneuver and get turned back around.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:10 AM   #5
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DO NOT, even think about running through Jerome with your rig!! In fact, if we recall correctly, it's not even permitted ! Jerome is a wonderful place to visit and we'd highly recommend a lunch at the Haunted Hamburger Restaurant just around the hairpin turn above the Jerome Fire House. And....at least once you've GOTTA order a piece of their Chocolate Layer Cake......WOW!!!!

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Old 12-03-2011, 09:48 AM   #6
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Don't even think about it!

Drive up from Cottonwood/Clarkdale for a day trip, then go south on I-17 69A over to 69 and into Prescott. Cottonwood has Wal-mart that makes a good place to park you rig.

My rig is 33' and I have taken it every where, but will go around instead of going over mountain through Jerome. I could most likely make it, but, it would be a hair raising venture! It is a fun drive, steep and curvy, in the 4-wheel drive, though! I live 30 miles north of Prescott and have been over the hill many times. SO was delayed a few hours while a semi, whose driver ignored the warnings, was cleared from a too sharp curve!

Small ghost towns are not my thing, but, a lot of love it! For me, getting there is half, make that all, the fun!

Enjoy!
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I would not recommend bringing an RV into or through Jerome or over Mingus Mountain. Route 89A from Cottonwood up into Jerome and over Mingus Mountain down into the Prescott Valley is steep both ways with a few hairpin turns thrown is just for good measure.

We were there in October and stayed at the Turquoise Triangle RV Park in Cottonwood. It's a bit aged, but it's a great place to stay if you want peace and quiet and still be close to everything.

We drove the Jeep into Jerome twice and went over the mountain on 89A into Prescott once. It really is a great ride over the mountain but coming back after dark we chose Routes 69 & 169 to I-17 to 260 back into Cottonwood.
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Don't even think about it!

Drive up from Cottonwood/Clarkdale for a day trip, then go south on I-17 69A over to 69 and into Prescott. ...
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To quote Gov. Perry, "Oops"!

That's 169 over to 69 into Prescott!

So many 69's and 89's around here, I can't keep them straight!

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You might try asking or sending an email question to ADOT (Arizona dept of trans) to ask about highway restrictions, if any on highway 89A?
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There is a large sign on the route before leaving Sedona that says "no trucks". I was lucky enough to spot an apartment complex with a vacant parking lot to turn around in, a block past the sign.
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The best place is stay for touring both Sedona and Jerome is Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. It's a beauty with large sites and at night you'll be able to see the Jerome lights - very pretty. Definitely do not take your motorhome into Jerome!!! When leaving the area take I-17 south to Hwy 169 (Exit 278) into Prescott. From Prescott to Quartzsite, the best route is through Skull Valley to Kirkland Jct. then Hwy 89 into Congress then Hwy 71 to Aguila then west on Hwy 60 to I-10 to Quartzsite. Don't take Hwy 89 between Prescott and Kirkland Jct. - go through Skull Valley instead. We've done this whole route many times and it's easy with a big rig. Have a good trip!
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