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Old 07-07-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Winter In Arizona

We are planning on Wintering In Arizona (HOPEFULLY) This Winter, Looking for some ideas on Nice Campgrounds, Probably Near Phoenix, Or JUST Anywhere Warmer Than MINNESOTA!!!!!!!
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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Dave (DCTENT):

Hi from Duluth!! Wife and I retired here in Duluth in 05, sold house and all "stuff" and have been on the road ever since....and LOVING IT!! We're back visiting here at present, then to South Dakota to haunt Lynette's (my wife's) family till around Sept. then to Hart Ranch in the Hills and then.....South to again winter in Arizona.

We've wintered BOTH in Florida some years and in Arizona other years, and while both have positives and negatives, it's fun being able to pick one or another spot.

At any rate, the thing about Arizona is that unless you set up in an around Phoenix (the valley) we find the evenings and mornings pretty darned chilly.....NOT Minnesota chilly, but ya often can't sit outside in the evenings, which we like to do.

We have often stayed in the Benson, AZ area (East of Tucson abt. 50 miles) and love that area.....however, year before last I recall twice sitting in our rig watching the palm trees and cactus outside our front windshield turning WHITE with snow!!!! It didn't last long and was melted by noon, but, it was chilly.

Tucson proper is quite a bit milder than Benson and also, Casa Grande is a great spot. Don't go much further North than Phoenix though.

In general the day time ambient environments are wonderful, and it's a hoot visitng Tombstone, Bisby, and touring the Apache Trial around Superstition Mtns., AND....the whole place is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better than winter in good ol Minnesota Hope we run into you guys down there, as this year we'll likely be hangin out in Arizona country as well.

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We winter at Canyon Vistas RV Resort in Gold Canyon. This is near the base of the Superstition Mountains and adjacent to State Trust Land. It is just a bit east on Hwy 60 from Apache Junction and Mesa which are just east of Phoenix. A lot of people are there from Minnesota. There are all kinds of things to do there and the weather is great! Not a lot of wind like some places and it stays nicely warm and dry. Try it, you'll like it!
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Hey, Doug: We drove past Canyon Vistas on one trip around the Superstitions, and thought it looked pretty nice. Is it tough to get a spot there?? (45 ft. MH w. toad). We're always looking for new places to stay and your description was enticing and it would be fun hanging out with other Minnesotans. How are the rates?

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We like camping below Parker Dam on the Colo River, this will be our 8th year there, cool in the morning but alot warmer than Iowa. Near Parker AZ and Lake Havasu AZ
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http://www.voyagerrv.com/ This place in Tucson was nice a few years ago. It would be worth checking out.

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The sites at Canyon Vistas are nice and wide with a large concrete patio. There is plenty of room for your toad as well. We have a 39' Class A and had no problem with parking. Last year we were there on November 1st and it was only about 1/3rd full. By January it had gotten so that there were only a few vacant spots. I would recommend reservations. Here is a link to their web site:
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Doug: Thanks for info. Steve & Lynette
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THANKS To All for the Info! I Did'nt realize it gets that cool in Az, But ANYTHING down there has to be better than Minnesota!!!!
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We stayed in Casa Grande this last winter.. Palm Creek is the name of the RV resort.. Fun 18 hole three par golf course. Lots of pickle ball and you'll never run out of things to do.. If you google Palm Creek in Casa Grande you'll see lots of information..
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THANKS To All for the Info! I Did'nt realize it gets that cool in Az, But ANYTHING down there has to be better than Minnesota!!!!
Northern AZ is at 6,000 and 7,000 foot plus altitudes (Grand Canyon rim 6,800', Flagstaff over 7,000') and they get serious cold weather and snow in the winter. Wintering in AZ usually refers to Southern AZ, e.g., Phoenix, Sun City, Mesa, Apache Junction, Tucson areas, Sierra Vista, etc., or the "West Coast," the areas along the Colorado River, from Laughlin and Bullhead City, on down through Lake Havasu, Parker, Quartzsite and Yuma.

I have to agree with you about MN. I spent a month in St. Paul one weekend, right between nine months of winter and three months of mosquitos.
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I have lived at this park for the last 4+ years and like it. I don't use many of the extras. The area has grown over that time where it used to be out in the cotton fields but now there is many shopping and dining places with in a few miles but is still quiet at night. http://www.destinyrv.com/phoenixrvresort.htm They have several different pricing structures.

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Thanks For The Info, We made reservations At Destiny Beginning Jan, Hope To Meet Up with you.
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You may want to reframe your question. There is everything from the "Ritz Carlton" to trailer city in Arizona. Do you want golf, shopping, close to shopping and everything in wbetween. Since east Texas is pretty moderate We have never wintered in Arizona but the times we have been through Arizona I have been amazed with the breadth of RV campgrounds. Simply amazing.
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