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Old 08-24-2018, 12:58 AM   #29
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What time of year? We spend 6 months there in the winter and they are very rare. But common in the summer.
December and April. Yes, they are rare but that corridor between Tucson and Phoenix is known from dust storms.

https://tucson.com/news/science/envi...40411a1c2.html

This was the worst one we've been in. It came so fast. You don't know what to do because you can't see anything. They say now to pull off the highway but not being able to see you don't know what's on the side. We crept along like 10mph and held our breath.

https://tucson.com/news/local/i--re-...b2e6d4ea7.html

Our daughter lives in the Phoenix area and we travel that route often.

https://tucson.com/news/local/arizon...6f5bb1eb3.html
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Lucky for us, we are well north of Picacho. Agree that area is bad.
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We'll also be spending a week in Sedona,

We homebase in Sedona so if we can provide any info/guidance about the area feel free to PM me.
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We homebase in Sedona so if we can provide any info/guidance about the area feel free to PM me.


I recommend Distant Drums RV Resort in Camp Verde AZ. Great location just under 25 miles to Sedona. Easy drive. Camp ground is a nice size just off the I-17. We thought the hey noise would be bad but we couldnít hear it. We spent time in Sedona, Cottonwood & Camp Verde. Staff was extremely helpful & friendly. We would go back there in a heartbeat.
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For Sedona we love staying at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in nearby Cottonwood.
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Thanks everyone for all the help. We're booked into the Lazy Days KOA for February. While there we'll look around at other places. It works out great because DH is an avid bridge player and there happens to be a regional tournament in Tucson while we're there.
Hello bubbiebecker. During your stay in Tucson, here are a few places I'd highly recommend visiting:
Hilarious live theater:
https://thegaslighttheatre.com
Free entry, beautiful artwork and surroundings:
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
Quite unique:
Biosphere 2 |

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• San Xavier del Bac Mission
• Tumacacori Mission
• A drive up to Mt. Lemmon - weather permitting
• Saguaro National Monument (there are east and west sections - pertains to being on either side of Tucson - both equally beautiful)
• Old Tucson
• Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Tombstone is only about 45 minutes east of Tucson
Bisbee is about a 90-minute drive east and then south
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We usually spend January and February into March bouncing around Arizona. Yuma, Casa Grande, Quartzite, Parker, Lake Havasu, Bullhead City, etc. Lots of dry camping areas and areas for off-roading the Jeep.
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Question Wrong park??

After reading this thread, I'm now concerned that we made the wrong choice in picking a park to spend 16 nights at in Arizona for our first retirement "snowbird" trip! We chose Palm Creek RV and Golf Resort in Casa Grande, AZ. Now I'm thinking we should have chosen the KOA in Tucson! Should we switch?? YIKES!
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After reading this thread, I'm now concerned that we made the wrong choice in picking a park to spend 16 nights at in Arizona for our first retirement "snowbird" trip! We chose Palm Creek RV and Golf Resort in Casa Grande, AZ. Now I'm thinking we should have chosen the KOA in Tucson! Should we switch?? YIKES!

Palm Creek is a nice, very large upscale resort.
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After reading this thread, I'm now concerned that we made the wrong choice in picking a park to spend 16 nights at in Arizona for our first retirement "snowbird" trip! We chose Palm Creek RV and Golf Resort in Casa Grande, AZ. Now I'm thinking we should have chosen the KOA in Tucson! Should we switch?? YIKES!
I'd recommend you keep your plans. IF..... there are dust storms they are over very fast..... like minutes. It's driving through them that are dangerous. It's not like loosing your home in a tornado. They rarely do structural damage - just highway fatalities. The most you would have would be some washing down of your outdoor things. Have a good winter!
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Winter in Arizona

After our resent trip to the Grand Canyon we headed South to Tucson to check out the Far Horizon RV Resprt. We had a deposit on a site & thought it would be worth checking out. Wow, weíre we grad we did! We were extremely disappointed. The sites were VERY small compared to their descriptions. We had picked a Premiun Site on the corner lot. It backed up against a park model with another park model across the street. We could barely fit our 35ft MC into the space. Needless to we cancelled our reservations are continue our search.
We found that most parks the the are were built in the 70/80ís and not made for units with slides on both sides.
We didnít care for the mix of park models with RV units, that appears to be the norm. But really expected to be able to have space to enjoy the environment & not have to struggle to get into ou out of our MH or not to be able to open our awning.
We also visited Canyon Vistas in Gold Canyon AZ which wasnít much better.
We were extremely disappointed in both of these Cal-Am properties.
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I can remember being in a dust storm in Arizona when I was 7. My dad was outside trying to hold the tent camper down.
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We didnít care for the mix of park models with RV units, that appears to be the norm.
We also visited Canyon Vistas in Gold Canyon AZ which wasnít much better.
We were extremely disappointed in both of these Cal-Am properties.
I feel the same way. I don't mind some park models - but I prefer them separated from the regular sites not mixed in. When there are tons of them it feels more like a mobile home park. Nothing wrong with mobile homes, but it's not the same as an RV Park and not what we look for in a "camp ground."

We found the Lazy Days KOA 4 years ago and have been so happy there that we go for all of January every year now. Tucson is a great town, too. We make our reservations for the next year before we leave. So, I don't know how open it is for new reservations. But it's a large place.
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