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We were here for a local event so we were able to do some nearby hiking and drinking at the incredible local Olive Mill across the road.
You can rent airstreams, campers, cabins, and all the glorious camping alternatives. It is a bit pricey but if you are looking for an alternative to tent camping (which you can't really find in Phoenix, this works great!)
Many of the campers come with FULL amenities..including netflix. You can usually fit up to 5 people in the campers so it's not that bad if you are breaking it down by the group for an event. They are retro fitted with fun decor and comfy accommodations. Many come with showers or tubs installed in the trailers too.
I’ll start by saying this was my first time actually camping the lake, our spot (Desert Tortoise site 173) was awesome. Granted our camper parking spot was definitely on a pretty steep incline but that only made for even more amazing views of the lake.
We got in like at 8 on our first night but everything was well marked and we had no issues finding our site. When we finally got set up we had an incredible sky full of stars and a nice fire. This led into an amazing sunrise in the morning.
That morning we met the brand new campground hosts who were super nice and full of info for us since it was our first time out. We then saw the restrooms that were next to us had not only flushable toilets, but showers. They were super clean and tidy. Needless to say we had a great time even in some colder evening temps.
Things I’d recommend brining or doing : A boat - even if it’s an inflatable one but you have to get on the water.
Walking shoes - there are tons of walking and hiking trails nearby
Lunch or dinner at Dillons on the Bayou - this is an awesome full restaurant and bar on the other side of the lake but it is a definitely must do when you’re here.
Great place for some R&R! While out-running a winter storm in Northern Arizona we headed South. Traveling through the Phoenix area we thought it would be hard to find a GOOD, CLEAN and AFFORDABLE place to stay since it was during the winter holidays. We lucked out when we happened upon this gem. The resort was safe, clean, had great amenities, and the staff were great.
-- AND THEY HAD GREAT PRICES! --
It did seem the pull-thru sites were a bit tight. However, we stayed in one of the standard RV spaces. So, we can't confirm that they actually are tight, it just appeared that way.
We did not have a picnic table at our site. (It does not appear that there are tables at any of the sites.) But there was plenty of room between rigs to park a vehicle -and- set up our own tables and chairs.
There is a shooting range near by. People and pets with issues hearing gun/rifle shots during the day should be aware, you -can- hear the shots being fired. It's not deafening, not loud at all, in our humble opinion. You just know there's shots being fired.
At the time of this review you can save even more money because they provide AAA and Good Sam discounts!
If you're looking for a nice, clean, FRIENDLY, resort with amazing prices, Pioneer RV Resort is the place!
-- WE WILL STAY THERE AGAIN. --
(Our apologies for lack of more pictures, it was pouring rain during our stay. However, we will say that the pictures on their website are indeed representative of the resort, amenities, and cleanliness.)
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.
14 day stay limit. Staging area for ATVs, so very busy on weekends and holidays. Lots of noise during those times. During the week mostly empty and super quiet. Clean with access to a bathroom that is stocked and cleaned regularly. Dirt road access but most vehicles will be fine. Verizon cell service, but only 1-2 bars. There is a hill with benches so you can look out of the desert valley which is really peaceful
This park is so close to town, but far enough to get some quiet night sky! There are standard campsites and a more primitive camping area. The Willow Canyon site is big enough for a full length Sprinter, though the office says 16’ is the length limit.
Lots of trails for hiking, biking and horses. Brand new showers, restrooms and a dishwashing area. Dogs allowed too!
I’m on Verizon and only got a single bar in the park. The library is near the entrance if you need to get your WiFi fix!
We really like camping here. It’s a short distance from home and beautiful lake view spots. We stayed in 124. The spot is really level and easy to back into. The fire pit is in a good spot as some of the others are terrible placement. Each have a concrete table and a shade covering over each table. The bathrooms with running water are just a few spots up. Fishing was not good from shore.
Free. Wide open space, an abandoned air strip. Really cool cactus variations all around, you can hear coyotes. And there are wild burros in the area you can def hear them and during the week it's likely you will see them! It is popular for ATVs and such, so it can get a bit noisy, and it apparently gets pretty packed over the weekend. But empty during the week. About 30 minutes away from town. Though there are a few paid campsites in the area. Not sure what the stay limit is, probably 14 days. All the cacti so close is a bit hazardous for pets and small children, my dog already got spines in her paws.