RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-17-2020, 09:42 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 436
Anyone stayed at Ponderosa Campground

We are planning our western trip. We want to tour the Payson Az. area especially the Mogollon Rim for 3 or 4 days. We found this campground (Ponderosa) in Tonto National Forest, wondering if anyone has stayed here?
__________________

__________________
Mark
2002 40 PWD Monaco Windsor
Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
mlh2013 is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-18-2020, 09:11 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: payson, az
Posts: 455
while i have not been to it myself it looks to be typical for several similar sites along the rim. you may also want to look at woods canyon or canyon point. all of these places get heavy use during the season. there's not a whole lot of touristy things to see in payson itself but there some museums and the zane grey cabin in green valley park. many hiking / off roading trails throughout the forest. the goal is to enjoy yourself. depending upon when you visit the rodeo my be in operation.
__________________

bigchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2020, 11:31 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 436
Thanks bigchick. We'll be passing through this area in mid May on our way on westward. We thought we might stop in this area and use Ponderosa as our base camp for a few days while we tour the area.
__________________
Mark
2002 40 PWD Monaco Windsor
Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
mlh2013 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 01:30 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
GoneToTheDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Mesa/Payson, Arizona
Posts: 636
Peak Season begins April 16. You may want to make your reservation....now.
__________________
2017 Winnebago Spirit 25b E450 chassis
Nothing fancy about it.
Exactly what we wanted.
GoneToTheDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2020, 01:40 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 436
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoneToTheDog View Post
Peak Season begins April 16. You may want to make your reservation....now.
Made reservations today at Ponderosa. Thanks
__________________
Mark
2002 40 PWD Monaco Windsor
Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
mlh2013 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 06:25 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: payson, az
Posts: 455
great, i hope you enjoy yourself! where are you coming from and where are you going 'out west'? let me know if i can answer any questions you might have. may is a lovely time in this area.
bigchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 06:50 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 436
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigchick View Post
great, i hope you enjoy yourself! where are you coming from and where are you going 'out west'? let me know if i can answer any questions you might have. may is a lovely time in this area.
Thanks bigchick.Well we live in Fla., and will be doing a cross country trip. Planning on leaving home in mid April and returning mid to late June. This will be our 3rd cross country and we want to go back to some of our favorite National Parks and spend some time there Sequoia/ Kings Canyon,Yosemite and of course the Grand Canyon. Also we want to explore Az. a bit further we haven't been to the southern part. yet.
__________________
Mark
2002 40 PWD Monaco Windsor
Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
mlh2013 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2020, 07:29 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: payson, az
Posts: 455
it's kind of funny. we just made reservations today for a trip we will be taking in may to the tombstone area. we want to explore southeast arizona.

i'm making some assumptions here but my guess is you will be taking i-10 to southern AZ. to get to payson (ponderosa) from there you can take i-10 to AZ 60 to AZ 101 to AZ 202 to AZ 87. once you're on AZ-87 going north just stay on it until you reach AZ-260 in payson. turn east on AZ 260 until ponderosa. there is also a route from i-10 in tucson through the oro valley to florence to apache junction to az-87. AZ-87 is a fully 4 lane divided hwy with a few up and down grades. every type of rv ever made uses that road daily. AZ 260 east of payson to ponderosa is a combination of 4 lane divided hwy and 2 lane road.

then i am assuming you will be going from ponderosa to the grand canyon. the best route is AZ-260 west back to the intersection with AZ-87. take it north up through pine and strawberrry and then you will climb and go up on top of the rim. stay on AZ-87 past the intersection with AZ-260 west (to camp verde) until you reach clint's well. then take the lake mary road and it will take you to I-40 in flagstaff. AZ 87 north of payson and lake mary road are both 2 lane roads. take i-40 west to williams which is the turnoff to the grand canyon (south rim). or there is a route that goes through flagstaff and exits flagstaff to the northwest to get to the grand canyon (south rim).

enjoy!
bigchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 09:35 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 436
Yes we will mostly be traveling I-10 to AZ. As for the Grand Canyon we will be visiting the north side on our return trip since we have already done the south side. Tombstone is also on our must see list as we will be in the area.Thanks for the advice, always good to here from those who know the area, and in your case who live in the area we plan to visit.
__________________
Mark
2002 40 PWD Monaco Windsor
Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
mlh2013 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 01:16 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 10,435
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlh2013 View Post
Yes we will mostly be traveling I-10 to AZ. As for the Grand Canyon we will be visiting the north side on our return trip since we have already done the south side. Tombstone is also on our must see list as we will be in the area.Thanks for the advice, always good to here from those who know the area, and in your case who live in the area we plan to visit.
If going to Tombstone be sure to check out Kartchner Caverns State Park not too far away. It has a very nice campground and the cavern tours are awesome. (we gave them) The cave is a fairly new discovery and it's a 'wet' cave, meaning it's still growing as opposed to Carlsbad Caverns which is a dry cave. The wetness means the lovely formations will be dripping (you won't get wet) and you'll hear the dripping noise which is neat. Also nearby is the Bisbee Mine Tour which is great. You don a yellow slicker, mine hard hat w/light and get on a mine car for your tour which is given by retired miners. Very informative.
__________________
Full-timed for 16 Years . . .
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
twogypsies is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 02:01 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 436
Quote:
Originally Posted by twogypsies View Post
If going to Tombstone be sure to check out Kartchner Caverns State Park not too far away. It has a very nice campground and the cavern tours are awesome. (we gave them) The cave is a fairly new discovery and it's a 'wet' cave, meaning it's still growing as opposed to Carlsbad Caverns which is a dry cave. The wetness means the lovely formations will be dripping (you won't get wet) and you'll hear the dripping noise which is neat. Also nearby is the Bisbee Mine Tour which is great. You don a yellow slicker, mine hard hat w/light and get on a mine car for your tour which is given by retired miners. Very informative.
Thanks twogypsies, we have 6 nights reserved at KCSP to visit the sites and a day or 2 of just relaxing around the mh before moving on. I can't wait for the mine tour high on my list
__________________
Mark
2002 40 PWD Monaco Windsor
Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
mlh2013 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 06:28 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: payson, az
Posts: 455
thanks twogypsies! we have both places on our list! plus sierra vista. plus i want to go a bit east to the chiricahua area and see some of the monuments. we have been in arizona for 4 years and i have read quite a bit of arizona history including a couple of books on the apache wars and the westward railroad expansion. that whole period of history just absolutely fascinates me. after tombstone we have friends with a place in safford and we are going up there and i want to see the mines!
bigchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 06:50 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
vito.a's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3,975
Some suggestions. After your visit to Ponderosa, I would take US60 west to I-10 and then take I-17 north towards Flagstaff with a detour on AZ179 to Sedona. Then enjoy Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area. From there proceed up I-17 to Flagstaff and I-40 across to Williams and the Grand Canyon area.

Also, while in southern AZ I would recommend a visit to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert museum just west of Tucson. It's one of the best zoo/natural history museums in the country.
https://www.desertmuseum.org/
__________________
97 Monaco Windsor- Sold
07 Monaco Executive McKinley- Sold
04 Monaco Signature Chateau IV
vito.a is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2020, 07:25 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: payson, az
Posts: 455
if you wanted to get to sedona from ponderosa campground take AZ-260 west to camp verde to i-17 to AZ-179. if you wanted to get to flagstaff take AZ-89 north to lake mary road to flagstaff.

it would be a bit of backtracking to get to US 60 at globe to i-10 to i-17.

if you are going to the grand canyon north rim consider a stop in page, AZ to see lake powell.
__________________

bigchick is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
campground



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Has anyone stayed in Cannery Landing RV Campground? CountryFit Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 0 12-15-2016 07:11 PM
Anyone stayed at Swampfox campground, Florence, SC recently? bsirby Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 2 03-20-2013 08:02 PM
has anyone on here stayed at Cross Creek RV Park & Campground Lake of the Ozarks? AceTra Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 0 06-08-2012 11:44 AM
Ponderosa State Park Kablewizard Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 2 05-20-2007 03:35 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×