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Old 01-19-2016, 01:08 AM   #1
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Mid to Late April camping suggestions for Arizona or Southern Cal

We will be at a state park near Cottonwood, AZ April 4-10, then at a campground in Prescott National Forest from the 10th to the 17th. We have about 10 days to fill before we head to Grand Canyon April 29.

Any suggestions on places to camp to fill that time where we 1) won't be so hot we need to run AC, 2) won't be so cold that we have to run the furnace a lot, and 3) won't have to drive more than 2 or 3 of hours from Prescott to get there?

We'd like to go somewhere with nice scenery (just about anywhere in AZ, right?!) and things to see and do. We're not big fans of commercial RV Parks ... sites just too close together for our comfort level. But, we might make an exception for 10 days.

I think Phoenix is out. Already going to be too hot by April 17.

Kate wonders about running over to Southern California for a week or so. I'd really rather not, because it's beyond the 2-3 hour drive from Prescott ... but I would consider it, for her sake. I'm reading up about the campground at Lake Jennings, east of San Diego. From there, it would be an easy day trip in the dinghy over to the beaches.

Any suggestions for filling the 10 day hole in our itinerary will be greatly appreciated!
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How about Page, AZ - Glen Canyon Nat'l Rec Area and do a tour of Antelope Canyon or the tour of the dam.

Zion Nat'l Park?

If you like critters, take the tour at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT - near Zion. It's an awesome place in beautiful surroundings. Pink Sands State Park near Kanab is neat to see, too.

What about Monument Valley? Take 89N out of Flagstaff to 160 at Tuba City to 163 at Kayenta. It's at the AZ/UT border.


Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument - take I-40 east to 191 north. You'd fit in the park's campground.

If you weren't planning anything in Flagstaff there are a few very nice ruins to check out. We always stay at Bonito campground in the national forest about 2 miles off 89N. It's a very pleasant campground, paved road & sites, flush toilets but no electric, water fill or dump stations. You could fill before coming and dump at the Grand Canyon.

Bonito is at the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano Nat'l Monument - a few hundred yards before the pay station booth of the Nat'l Monument. The Nat'l Monument has a couple very nice ruins to tour and a pleasant hiking trail around the volcano area.

From there you could get to Grand Canyon by continuing north on 89 to Cameron and taking 64 west into the park...a very nice drive.

Take the chairlift ride at Flagstaff's Snowbowl ski area. Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument is also at Flagstaff.

Hope this helps. All are favorites of ours.
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How about Page, AZ - Glen Canyon Nat'l Rec Area and do a tour of Antelope Canyon or the tour of the dam.

Zion Nat'l Park?

If you like critters, take the tour at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT - near Zion. It's an awesome place in beautiful surroundings. Pink Sands State Park near Kanab is neat to see, too.

What about Monument Valley? Take 89N out of Flagstaff to 160 at Tuba City to 163 at Kayenta. It's at the AZ/UT border.


Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument - take I-40 east to 191 north. You'd fit in the park's campground.

If you weren't planning anything in Flagstaff there are a few very nice ruins to check out. We always stay at Bonito campground in the national forest about 2 miles off 89N. It's a very pleasant campground, paved road & sites, flush toilets but no electric, water fill or dump stations. You could fill before coming and dump at the Grand Canyon.

Bonito is at the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano Nat'l Monument - a few hundred yards before the pay station booth of the Nat'l Monument. The Nat'l Monument has a couple very nice ruins to tour and a pleasant hiking trail around the volcano area.

From there you could get to Grand Canyon by continuing north on 89 to Cameron and taking 64 west into the park...a very nice drive.

Take the chairlift ride at Flagstaff's Snowbowl ski area. Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument is also at Flagstaff.

Hope this helps. All are favorites of ours.
Very helpful! I am getting out the atlas now .... and looking all these places up online. You've given us lots of wonderful options to consider. We love sites of historical as well as geological interest.

Thanks so much for the suggestions!
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How about Page, AZ - Glen Canyon Nat'l Rec Area and do a tour of Antelope Canyon or the tour of the dam.

Zion Nat'l Park?

If you like critters, take the tour at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT - near Zion. It's an awesome place in beautiful surroundings. Pink Sands State Park near Kanab is neat to see, too.

What about Monument Valley? Take 89N out of Flagstaff to 160 at Tuba City to 163 at Kayenta. It's at the AZ/UT border.


Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument - take I-40 east to 191 north. You'd fit in the park's campground.

If you weren't planning anything in Flagstaff there are a few very nice ruins to check out. We always stay at Bonito campground in the national forest about 2 miles off 89N. It's a very pleasant campground, paved road & sites, flush toilets but no electric, water fill or dump stations. You could fill before coming and dump at the Grand Canyon.

Bonito is at the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano Nat'l Monument - a few hundred yards before the pay station booth of the Nat'l Monument. The Nat'l Monument has a couple very nice ruins to tour and a pleasant hiking trail around the volcano area.

From there you could get to Grand Canyon by continuing north on 89 to Cameron and taking 64 west into the park...a very nice drive.

Take the chairlift ride at Flagstaff's Snowbowl ski area. Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument is also at Flagstaff.

Hope this helps. All are favorites of ours.
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