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Old 11-29-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Winter RV Parks

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Any suggestions for winter rv parks for next winter? Preferably Arizona or New Mexico?
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Rincon Country West RV Resort Tucson AZ. You did not specify any conditions. This is a nice resort lots of facilities, lots of clubs and associations, a dog friendly resort but with divided areas where no pets are allowed.

Rincon Country RV Resorts - Your RV Resort in Tucson, Arizona

Yuma is cheaper and has lots of RV parks for varying price points.

We avoid the Phoenix area, smoggy and too crowded for us. But there are nice parks there. If you like Spring Baseball then look in Surprise AZ and see what you find there.

Some folks like Casa Grande area, it is between Phoenix and Tucson.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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Can't miss with Arizona in the winter

New Mexico can be kinda iffy in the winter time. The state's elevation is high everywhere so real brisk temperatures are very likely everywhere in the state in what's usually considered the dead of winter in the upper Midwest.

For Arizona, pick your poison. LARGE wintering retreats everywhere in the Phoenix, Mesa, Apache Junction, Surprise, Peoria areas. Just Google "campgrounds in the Phoenix area" and excellent, detailed websites are abundant. One company owns about 9-10 of these CG and have about 14,000 spaces. Believe it or not they may already booked.

If you love to jump in your toad and see the area, central Arizona is a great base camp. Day trips and 3 day trips can offer some totally awesome experiences.

The scenery is gorgeous, the special events are plentiful, the food excellent, spring training baseball games are fun, and prices are high due to the popularity of the area. You can save some $$$$ by staying in rural Arizona, but the $200 - $300 you save per month will be eaten by the gas to use to visit the Phoenix area on countless occasions.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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Pick your area then your town that offers things to do that you prefer. Check RV parks at Reviews of RV Parks and Campgrounds - RV Park Reviews to help you. We are in Casa Grande, Az at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort and have been here 4 yrs. LUV IT !!
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We are heading to Quartzite Az. Just Google Quartzite and see what you get. I have never been there but heard it's not to be missed. There will be a large rv show in Jan there.I have been to Yuma not to far away. Lots of boondocking spots just anywhere in the Desert more or less just pull of the hwy and pick a spot. They also have regular sites not sure how fast they fill. I can't wait sounds like its going to be fun.
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You can literally pull off the highway and park in the middle of the desert? How do these folks get water when they are boondocking? Are there places you can go and dump and refill and then head back out to the desert?
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needlles ca is another great place koa or goodsam
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Really, Google Quartzite, they tell you everything that needs to be known, what's going on there, rates, sites, different areas for sites, full hookups no hook ups, where town is, where to dump your dumplings, get water, gas, propane, grocerys, Meat market (sounds like they have a good meat market there. 3 I have heard)There is also a Desert mag you can get emailed to you with again lots of info.
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The site I went too has a aerial view and I am not kidding MH's as far as you can see any direction. Huge tents for a MH show then a car show a rock show and flee markets. I didn't know they had such large tents.
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You can literally pull off the highway and park in the middle of the desert? How do these folks get water when they are boondocking? Are there places you can go and dump and refill and then head back out to the desert?
Check out the Boondocking fourm iRV2 going on now under Quartzites like 49 different responses . Boy I can't wait to go.
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You'll probably want to cross off New Mexico for the months of November through March. It's too cold and windy.

Arizona - You really have to watch your elevations because Arizona is a mix of ups and downs. Basically during the winter months of Nov - Feb you don't want to go higher than the Phoenix area. However, if you get along the Colorado River at the California border you can stay comfortably up to Havasu City.

Popular snowbird places are Havasu, Parker, Quartzsite, Yuma, Tucson, Benson and the greater Phoenix area.

We love the Maricopa County parks surrounding Phoenix. They have large scenic sites and wonderful hiking trails. Most have water and electric and a dump station. Our favorites are Usery, McDowell, Cave Creek and Lake Pleasant. At nearby Apache Junction is the beautiful Lost Dutchman State Park. These are all very popular parks with two-week max so make your reservations early and try out different areas. There lots to do in the greater Phoenix area. Also, for a large city, we find Phoenix very easy to get around.
Some will mention Casa Grande but we see no draw to it. It's flat and gets dust storms from area farming. It's also a long way to do anything in either Phoenix or Tucson.

For Tucson, Catalina State Park is a winner and again, very popular, so make reservations. Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson Mountain Park is very nice, also.

Benson has lots to do in the area but it's a little higher in elevation than Tucson so it will be cooler. Kartchner Caverns is an excellent state park with nice camping and of course, the caverns to tour. There's also Bisbee and Tombstone nearby.

Of course, every RVer needs to spend some time just boondocking in Quartzsite - just once at least! Go during the RV show for the best experience. It's mid-January for a couple weeks. Just pull off in one of the 14-day free camping areas and you're home.

If you haven't been to Arizona I would suggest moving around to find out what areas you like. They're all different.
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