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I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as an “along the way” stay — grounds that you seek out for a night or two as a place to simply stay the night along your journey to regroup and get some sleep. Ratings for this category are based on: Cost: 4 Overall grounds: 4 Utility of sites (hookups, level ground, accessibility): 4 Noise: 3 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 4 Layout: 4 Customer Service: 5
This spot is an exclusive 55+ snowbird community. However, they do allow overnights if you’re under 55+, just call to confirm before booking online. Online booking process is easy. Cost in mid-winter for AZ is reasonable at $38/night (before Good Sam discount) seeing how AZ campground prices usually skyrocket in winter months.
Check in was very easy and friendly. This is very evidently a long-term renters spot with basic amenities like horseshoes, dog run, wifi, etc. Due to COVID, showers were closed but bathrooms were open (we didn’t use them).
The layout of the grounds were very straightforward and easy to maneuver for a big rig. Long term spaces are back-in and most overnighters are put in the pull-thru spots on the far end of the park, abutting the Pilot gas station. Noise was moderate with train tracks nearby and the rumble of some air traffic and tractor trailers. Nothing too disturbing, though.
Our spot was gravel and level from side to side, though a bit unlevel front to back. We decided not to unhitch and it wasn’t much of an issue.
Wifi was excellent for streaming. Worth noting, some of our devices/router weren’t able to pick up the network, so we had to use a phone as a hotspot to distribute the signal. No big deal and maybe a fluke; it was otherwise powerful. Hookups were a little spread out but nothing our attachments couldn’t handle. They’re certainly big rig/slide out friendly.
There were plenty of open overnight spots on our arrival. The community seems to bustle in the morning with coffee at the office and lots of off-readers hitting the trail directly from the campground.
This is far from a nature setting, but as an overnight along the way, the facility is very convenient, just 1/2 mile off I-8. Would definitely use these grounds for an overnight again!
CAVEAT: As a woman traveling alone, I didn't feel comfortable stopping to ask questions here, much less stay, but your experience and comfort level may differ.
Gila Bend is a charming little bump in the road between Phoenix and San Diego. It has a very Mexican feel to it, with souvenir shops and a good old-fashioned carneceria, and is also home to the Space Age Restaurant, which some consider a must-visit.
This particular RV park, however, would probably not be your first choice of places to stay, even though the other cheap choices here would be the parking lots at Pilot (east end) or Love's (west end). Someone has tried to liven up the fence line with new bougainvillea plants, but in general the place looks rundown/slumlike, and is mostly fixed-in-place mobile homes, not RV spaces. There are one or two places where mobile homes have just been left to decay where they sit, and there was a large trailerload of debris outside the office that looked like it had been there for quite a while. Given that the beautiful and pristine Painted Rock BLM park is only 30 minutes down the road and about a fifth to a third the cost, I'd give this one a miss.
This is an extremely well-maintained park. Campsites are nice sized and well spaced with some shrubs and trees. Bathrooms and showers were spotless. Beautiful pool. Management is very accommodating and efficient. Covid safe.
I am not sure why it was listed within Good Sam but we were unable to get a good Sam discount. 47.50 is a bit more than we are used to paying as full time traveling RVers.
This is a very nice location central in the small city of Aho.
There is a large space behind the lodge for DRY camping. The charge for staying here is listed as a recommended donation. The area for camping is a bit tricky to get into as it requires backing in and making a 45 degree turn, but there is room for full size class A or truck with trailer. I Have a 24" trailer and there was also two Class A RVs there with additional towed vehicles. Parking lot is well lit.
Nice area behind the lodge for a dog walk along the old railroad tracks. Wi-Fi is available to lodge members in and near the building. I had T-Mobile and Voice coverage was Great, but data was roaming which was used up if a couple hours.
The town is only a very short walk from the Gallery which has a Market, Café , thrift shop, art gallery and Public Library (which has free computer access and Wi-Fi) Wi-Fi Can also be access from outside the library 24/7.
No big box stores or fast food in town, but there is Olsen's Market/Ace Hardware, Dollar General and Dollar Tree stores.
The Staff and Members of the Lodge are very friendly and food is served several nights a week. The American Legion has Dinner to the Public on Fridays and is only about a mile away. The Copper mine is well worth the view and the Museum is very interesting. (operates on donations).
I stayed here a couple days and when I needed to dump and fill fresh water, I went for the weekend at Organ Pipe National Park which was about 45 minutes away (Reviewed separately). then returned to the Elks Lodge for a few more days before leaving. There are also several RV parks and gas stations nearby where you can dump and fill Propane tanks.
This may not be in the Boondocks, but sometimes I like camping out near the convenience of civilization like the laundry mat near by.
I was here in December and the City Christmas decorations on the street lights were a nice reminder Christmas was near.
Spent the night here on Dec. 20, 2020. Nice basic BLM camp ground. Clean pit toilets, but only two of them for the 60 camp sites. Mostly level sites, all gravel. Tables and fire ring at every site. Cool pile of rocks with Petroglyphs. Lots of history and nice informative displays. No services as far as water, power or dump station. Nice sunsets, and trails to hike. Bring your own water.
We stayed here one night and would recommend it for anyone wanting to enjoy the night skies, having some distance between RV pull in's, and relax while driving cross country.
The staff was welcoming and showed us to our sites and ensured we hooked up with no issues. Then, let us enjoy the night.
The dog run was great and well maintained. We thought he pet rock cemetery was touching (passed on pets have rocks with their names on them laid out in a small memorial).
We had a pull through full hook up site. The site was required minor leveling, but no need to unhook. Wifi worked great. There was road and rail noise though.
We are not sure if there are really any local attractions.
There are lots of places to camp here. I spent one night along Palm Canyon Road, where there were plenty of pull outs. There's also many spots up by Crystal Hill. Both places were easily accessible with a small car, just drive slow and be extra careful at rougher spots. There are signs that say "no camping beyond this point", but they are only referring to the land before you get the refuge. Once you enter the refuge you can camp just about anywhere. This is a very beautiful place, would highly recommend spending a night if you're in the area.
Owners are very friendly and the site is very clean. There is a large field where your dogs can run free which is to the South over the ditch. You will need to bring a table tho as there are no tables at the stands.
You do hear the big trains coming through but the starry skies make up for that.
Overall a great site with a swimming pool. AT&T phone had a full signal