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Very quiet so much glass and old rusted tin cans, possibly from when mining was active here. Lots and lots of shards of broken glass, it’s part of the landscape almost. There are open mine pits, some fenced off, some not so be careful especially if you let your pets run free. Constant sound of planes overhead from the nearby AFB, with occasional low flying jets. Overall a nice place if you can get past all the broken glass, some areas worse than others.
Not too many chollas but there are some road in. Alley Rd was flat and level, some washboarding, ok for any rig just take it slow. Coming off of Alley Rd to pull out spots could be tricky for bigger rigs. There were a few nice looking spots that we didn’t attempt in our 26ft Class C because the road up was too steep. Deep dip on Alley Rd coming in, about 1.8 miles from where the paved road ends, we scraped our bike hitch both coming and going. At around 32.355867,-112.884902. Any rigs longer than about 26ft probably can’t make it further in than this spot if coming in from the north, or you can enter from the other side of the loop and come in that way.
Good verizon 4bars on 4GLTE, ATT had 2-3 bars on 3G, very slow.
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!
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.
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.
At this moment in time, we are visiting during the increase of COVID 19 precautions. As a result, this location is taking diligent steps to avoid exposure and transmission. All common areas are closed and they’ve created a social distancing system for their business. I cannot comment on any of the amenities that are closed, but the layout of this place is great. Everything is in good, working order. While not an expansive layout, trailers are not on top of one another, you have a little personal wiggle room (relative to the places closer to PHX). The hostess that met us (Laura) is lovely and very friendly. There are a couple small spots for food and incidentals 2 miles away and a couple travel stops, too. We’re looking forward to returning once the pandemic has passed!
Located about 20 minutes off the 8, this site was mostly empty when I stayed. There are ample sites, firepits, pit toilets, and picnic tables. However, the bathrooms are spaced super far apart and are just simple pit toilets with hand sanitizer. Make sure to bring all your water and supplies, there aren't any stores very close and no water onsite. That being said, it was amazing to be so close to the petroglyphs for so cheap. Site was $8, or $6 if you have an Adventurepass and includes entrance to the site. Not much in the way of wildlife that I noticed around here.
This is an amazing oasis in the desert!! We stayed for 5 nights this time and loved every minute. We attended the holiday potluck and card bingo afterwards and had a great time. The staff is amazingly friendly and truly make you feel welcome and valued. Scott (owner) is on the premises and is constantly improving the facility in both big ways and in small. It’s all in the details. We have stayed at many KOA from Arizona to Montana to Illinois and this one is by far the best!! We have even stayed at KOA Holiday level facilities that cost much more and were not as nice. If you like big campsites, quiet, lots of stars, great facilities including a big sparkling heated pool, super friendly staff and an oasis in the desert for 1 night or several, this is the place to stop. Consider driving out of you way to stay too. You won’t regret it.