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We stayed here in the spring so the weather was great for no a.c. Boondock sites are on the small side and limited. Don't bring a big rig in here. There is a parking lot with a gate code that you need to get from the BLM but you can do that online. Park in the lot and walk in to scope out site availability. That way you aren't stuck trying to turn around. We have a 19' trailer so that wasn't a problem for us but could be for toy haulers, etc. A lot of ATV traffic here so be prepared to hear engine noise but the scenery is beautiful 😀
This is a nice place to visit is the cooler months of the year due to no shade and low elevation. We visited in January which was perfect. There is a nice trail to Waterfall Canyon which is heavily used but worth it. There are a number of petroglyphs from the Hohokam culture that you can see.
Depending on the water level, it can be a hike to the water. Nothing bad at all though. Has water, 30amp, 50 amp, and 20amp hook ups. Covered picknick table and fire pit. We definitely will come here again. Good Verizon cell service.
We were there in Sept, Oct, Nov 2019. Every section was very clean. I felt safely patrolled. The office staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the usually or nearly empty pool but you had to be early to get the free donuts. I'd walk over for a fresh donut and coffee in the morning to get out of the RV. It was worth the little extra we usually paid.
McDowell Mountain is a phenomenal park, as are all Maricopa County parks. This particular one is popular for its bicycle offerings. It's a stunning park and the views from camp never disappoint. There's a cute little playground in the campground for the wee ones as well as lots of trails to chose from.
It's consistent with the other Maricopa parks in that the partial hookups were reliable and the restrooms and showers always clean. The camp hosts are top-notch and turn the sites around quickly for the next occupant with their efficient system of cleaning and raking.
Like many other visitors, we pieced together our 12-night stay at 3 different campsites due to the nature of the reservation system. It tends to work out since we need to dump tanks from time-to-time anyway so we simply timed that activity with move days. The dump station was often very busy but everyone is always friendly and it just turns into a social event since most of us are doing the same thing by dumping on"move" days.
All 3 of the sites we stayed in(10, 11, and 26) were level and easy to navigate with plenty of room to unhook the truck and unload the sidecar from the toy hauler. They were typically too short to park the front in front of the trailer so it got parked off to the side.
Verizon cell signal was frustrating without having our signal booster installed yet. Just enough connection to make us think we could use it but really we just spent the whole time trying unsuccessfully to connect. I suspect with the booster running we would have been fine to keep working without that frustration.
The nearby town of Fountain Hills is known for its fountain that spouts on the hour. It was once the tallest in the world and you can see it from many places in the park.
Non-park tip: We found the nearby town, Fountain Hills, to be crowded and unpleasant, and the residents notably snobby. There are no laundromats, only laundry services so you'll need to look elsewhere to do the wash. We chose the Spin Doctor in Mesa and it was the best laundromat I've ever been in, and I've been in lots all over the country in my travels.
Maricopa County parks are some of the best run I’ve seen in my extensive experience as a camper— via motorcycle, auto, and RV. They are top-notch and consistent in their amenities and quality of sites.
We were only able to get 2 nights at Usery during peak season but like the other parks, it’s simply gorgeous. Our site was spacious and level on the parking pad. Plenty of room to pull out our sidecar and park it without having to trip over as we moved around camp. The bathrooms are always clean and the free showers are a huge bonus. The partial hookups worked fine and the 2-slot dump station was in good order.
The only issue we had was that getting the toy hauler far enough back to accommodate the full length of our rig(50’) meant the rear jacks were in a lower area that dropped off at the rear of the site so they had to be extended to their full height to stabilize. But that’s a very workable problem though. A little more rearranging and we probably could have avoided that issue. But setting up on the rain and being quite tired, we just made it work instead of faffing about more for the short time we would be there.
The Buckhorn nature trail from the campground is lovely but narrow in parts and tough to keep the dog from bumping into cactuses. So just take care if you have a pooch with you.
There was a good bit of noise from the nearby shooting range that wasn’t awful but still frightened the dog. We chose the furthest site available for our stay to minimize that so I’m not sure how much worse it is closer to the range. If not for that noise, this would be a 5-star park. You just have to be aware that there is a range nearby and accept the noise. It’s still worth it for such a lovely park.
There was almost no Verizon signal. Just enough to be a tease, not enough to be useful. We work from the road as full-time RVers and we had not yet acquired a signal booster so we were dead in the water as far as work goes.
Very well maintained and beautifully landscaped 55+ RV resort. The facilities are kept in great condition. Large sites, many park model and modular for sale or rent. Gated community. Pools and spa, horse shoes, pickle ball, activities center and club house and much more.
Stayed here over Independence Day week on vacation. They have 10 year age limit on RVs but made an exception for us due to it being the off season. We found all the staff and permanent residents very helpful and nice. Great little retirement or winter hold over.