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Old 10-19-2018, 11:12 AM   #1
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We're thinking of taking a trip south this winter to Arizona. Probably looking at Yuma and Tombstone. Any other places to recommend? We did Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde last year and found most campgrounds closed. And we got snowed on. So looking at further south. 3 week time limit. Any other suggestions?
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Leaving here tomorrow morn for Yuma, the last 3 winters stayed in Quartzsite,,,,,,last 2 weeks of January there's a fairly big RV show.....
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Anywhere south of Rim (Prescott) and the temperatures are moderate during the winter months and all campgrounds should be open.
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In AZ, elevation is the problem , the higher above sea level , the city/town is the more likely you'll get frost/ snow .
I spend 5+ months on the Colorado river, ( @ 385') and usually get frost for a few nights in late Dec. early Jan. and get the whining and sniveling from the Phoenix TV station when they get the frost there too.
What month are you planning your trip and what kind of activities do you like .
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KOA in Tucson is quite nice. Plenty of space. Tombstone is a must if you enjoy the western theme. A nice museum also with much interesting western lore. Watch the shootout at the OK Correl. Visit old Tucson and see where westerns movies were made from 50s and 60s.
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Parker, Az. On the beautiful Colorado River. Many different RV resorts within steps of the river. Days in the 70ís most of the time, with cold crisp desert nights. The worst day at the river is still better than a good day somewhere else.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:57 PM   #7
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We're thinking of taking a trip south this winter to Arizona. Probably looking at Yuma and Tombstone. Any other places to recommend? We did Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde last year and found most campgrounds closed. And we got snowed on. So looking at further south. 3 week time limit. Any other suggestions?
Absolutely go to Sedona if you havent been there before. Lovely campground in Sedona and another nice one down the road in Cottonwood. Locally the Verde canyon railroad is worth visiting as is the ghost town of Jerome. Montezumas well and the liff dwellings are also worth visiting. The whole area is spectacular. Enjoy!
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Absolutely go to Sedona if you havent been there before. Lovely campground in Sedona and another nice one down the road in Cottonwood. Locally the Verde canyon railroad is worth visiting as is the ghost town of Jerome. Montezumas well and the liff dwellings are also worth visiting. The whole area is spectacular. Enjoy!
Ditto on Sedona and Cottonwood. Don't take RV to Jerome ( no room to park ) DW hated the drive up there.
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You're getting recommendations for cold temperatures in winter - Prescott, Sedona, Cottonwood. Tombstone will be also. Benson is a 'little' warmer than Tombstone & would be a good place to do a base camp for siteseeing Tombstone, Chiricahua Nat'l Monument & Kartchner Caverns.

The warm places in winter are Yuma, the greater Phoenix area and greater Tucson area.

What kind of place do you want to stay? Maricopa County Parks in the Phoenix area are awesome as is Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. Catalina State Park in Tucson and Tucson Mountain Park are great. Otherwise, there are tons of private parks.
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Check out Bisby too. Lots of history.
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As was said in a previous thread, the higher up the mountains you go the colder the weather. We stay in Mesa, east of Phoenix, west of Apache Junction. Many resorts on Main St./60, usually 10 to 2 wks of frost in the mornings, Late Dec. thru Feb. but warm to the 60's with lots of warm sun. We have spent the last 18 yrs. at Venture Out at Mesa, if your bored in that park, it's you're own fault.
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KOA in Tucson is quite nice. Plenty of space. Tombstone is a must if you enjoy the western theme. A nice museum also with much interesting western lore. Watch the shootout at the OK Correl. Visit old Tucson and see where westerns movies were made from 50s and 60s.


Great steakhouse in Old Tucson. We wintered at Far Horizons in Tucson last year. Gated and close to everything but pretty quiet and reasonably priced.
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You might like Sierra Vista as there is a NP campground at Karchner Caverns. There is also another NP campground in Tucson at Catalina Mountain. City of Tucson has a nice park at Gilbert Ray. Need reservations there most likely. Pima County Fairgrounds has over night camping. North of Yuma about 18 miles is Imperial Dam. Camping is at Senators Wash. You can boondock for 40.00 for two weeks. It is BLM similar to Quartsite. They have water and a sewer dump there. There is an Army base nearby to get propane and fuel.
Another nice place to camp is at Rosevelt Lake which is Core of Engineers. Very reasonable and nice area.
South of Gila Bend is an area to camp. Ajo and Organ Pipe. Good Luck..
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You might like Sierra Vista as there is a NP campground at Karchner Caverns. It's a state park. There is also another NP campground in Tucson at Catalina Mountain.It's a state park City of Tucson Pima County has a nice park at Gilbert Ray. Need reservations there most likely. No reservations accepted. Pima County Fairgrounds has over night camping. North of Yuma about 18 miles is Imperial Dam. Camping is at Senators Wash. You can boondock for 40.00 for two weeks. It is BLM similar to Quartsite. They have water and a sewer dump there. There is an Army base nearby to get propane and fuel.
Another nice place to camp is at Rosevelt Lake which is Core of Engineers. The campgrounds are Tonto national forest. Very reasonable and nice area.
South of Gila Bend is an area to camp. Ajo and Organ Pipe. Good Luck..
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