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Old 03-13-2016, 09:35 AM   #1
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Winter camping in the Phoenix area

Weíre thinking we would like to spend some time in the Phoenix area next winter and Iím looking for campgrounds but am overwhelmed by the selection. My normal go-to RV Park Reviews will require hours of reading so Iím looking for a way to narrow my searching. The couple of places Iíve talked with so far are only booking for three months at this time. So I thought Iíd come here in hopes that some of you can give me the benefit of you Phoenix experience. Here are some of our criteria for needs: Decent WiFi, FHUís, gravel area at a minimum (vs. just sand), pet friendly, decent spacing between sites, more of a campground than park models with a just few RV spaces, plenty of room to drive around and park the rig. We donít make much use of on-site activities or amenities such as laundry and showers. While we have a large class A, we are not tied to high end RV Resorts and the high cost they demand. I would appreciate your recommendations based upon places you have stayed or would stay in the future. Also if you have any other filters you suggest I try such as Big Rigs RV.

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Old 03-13-2016, 09:52 AM   #2
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I really can't speak to any parks in Phoenix but I will comment about your post. I don't think all of the things you are looking for are available in 1 park. You have to be willing to give up something to find something that will fit. If you use Google earth you will see that most of the parks have sites close to each other, it's the way they make money. More sites per acre = more profit. Good luck in your search.

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Old 03-13-2016, 10:23 AM   #3
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We all want big sites with space between them.
Other than state parks, with a 2 week max, or a high end resort that cost more, I have doubts one will find something like you speak of.
If you do will you please let us know?
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:41 AM   #4
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We have stayed at Leaf Verde in Buckeye (west of Phoenix) several times. It is 99% rv's, has a small pool and clubhouse, laundry. A nice location, still close to shopping, but quiet. Easy access with gravel. Phoenix can be very busy with traffic. Mesa is just as bad. Surprise has a lot of over 55 parks but have a lot of park models.
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Thanks Missourijan, just the kind of info I'm hoping for.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:27 PM   #6
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Check out Eagle View RV at Ft. McDowell, AZ on the far east of Scottsdale. I think it will cover all your criteria.

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If you've never been to the greater Phoenix area you'll find that the RV parks do not have sand. They'll be either paved or stones. You'll find very little 'sand' in this desert. It's a lot of gravel/rock.

If you don't mind moving every two weeks I'd highly recommend Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction - absolutely beautiful and it also has full hookups at some sites.


The Maricopa County parks have a handful of wonderful campgrounds with huge sites and awesome surroundings. Two week limit though but you could move from park to park and test out different areas.


Those public parks are always our first choice. Good luck!

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