In theory this is a great location but it is just too crowded. You’d have to go mid week to enjoy it. Drove through on a Sunday evening and left right away as there was no parking left and no space left on the “beach”. . At least a hundred people easy by the water.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the Male showers/restroom was under construction and not usable.
Gravel drive-through and back-in spots for RVs with 30 or 50 amp connections, water and sewer. Two tent spots. North of Willcox, but the city is small enough that the whole town is within walking distance (we walked to the center of town in about 15 minutes).
This is basically an old trailer park that has been upgraded to accommodate RVs around the perimeter and a couple of tents near the park/restroom area.
The shower/restroom area also has laundry facilities.
We didn't go into the rec room, but were told it has a pool table and a book/video exchange-type library.
The Rodeo grounds are a short drive across the freeway (don't follow your GPS if it tells you to use airport road - take the route that uses Rex Allen Drive) at Quail park (about 2 miles away - straight shot). This is a very convenient park to the Rodeo Grounds.
This park, as was all of Willcox (even though it was Rex Allen Days weekend) is VERY QUIET. Didn't see anyone other than a couple of dog walkers in the morning and the staff when we checked in.
Only 1 block from the historic district, which is great. The man that checked me in was super nice and friendly. Over all the park is pretty simple. Full hook ups. Bathrooms and showers on site, although not the cleanest. WiFi signal pretty much doesn’t work.
Wonderfull, quiet RV and MH park located within easy walking to several stores and community park. Like a little oasis set back from the main road in the center of the city. Call for nightly, weekly or monthly 30 or 50 amp RV and dry storage rates Has night security and cameras.
We were here mid-week the end of May and the campground was almost full. There were lots of families with young children having a great time fishing and playing in the water. The Visitor Center is also child friendly. We were in a Class B in an RV site but there were lots of tent campers too. We enjoy the easy hiking paths around the park but have also brought a small boat on occasion. There is a nice place to launch a boat there and the lake is divided between places to take speed boats and a quiet place for those of us who like to troll peacefully.
So much shade and nature. Had a wonderful hike right by our campsite. Bear box does hold a lot. BBQ is used for campfires and it was actually perfect. Had a water Spicket right by our camp. The bathrooms were very clean and even had soap to wash your hands. Camp host, Steve, was very helpful. Went on a weekday end of May and it was very quiet. Don’t notice your neighbors really.
If the campground at the national monument is full, head up Piney Canyon Rd. and you will find a number of free spots for both tent camping and RV’s just off the main road inside the boundary of the national forest. Most sites are tree covered, but we found one with an open sunny space for our solar panel. Our site was right next to a very clean flowing stream, which provided not only a nice soundtrack but also a filterable water source. Most of the sites seemed to have established fire pits, with ours being the monster of all fire pits we’ve ever seen. These are dispersed sites, so no potable water, picnic tables, or toilets are available, so come prepared with what you need to be comfortable. Also note that the road into the forest is not maintained well and is full of washboards for about a mile or so, and many washes cross this road, so pay close attention to rain in the forecast as you could get stuck on the other side of one of these washes for an indefinite period of time.
The closest grocery store and gas station is in Willcox, which is about 40 minutes away. There are also a number of wineries in the area, as this is 1 of the 3 Arizona wine regions.
Note: There is no cell service anywhere along this road, your best bet for an LTE connection is at the top of the monument’s road (Sugarloaf Mountain or Echo Canyon parking lots) or the guest wifi network at the visitor’s center.
Just a few miles up Harshaw Rd. (just outside of the adorable village of Patagonia), you will find a variety of free camping options with no services, just National Forest land available to both RVers and tent campers. There are streams running throughout the area, but the water simply isn’t drinkable even with filtering and leaves a sticky white mineral residue on everything it touches; thank goodness there is a reverse osmosis filling machine in the village of Patagonia, right in front of the bakery. The backroads in this area are great for hiking or mountain biking, you can choose from relatively flat to crazy steep with amazing views.
The village of Patagonia is colorful and fun, and has a nice market with a great produce selection for its size, a small bakery, a launderette, a gas station, and a few cleverly named restaurants. Also, be sure to check out the Paton Center for Hummingbirds (a birdwatcher’s paradise) -- it’s free! The locals are super friendly.
Note: You will see Border Patrol both hanging out in hidden spots and zooming down the roads through this area, appearing to be in hot pursuit. But we never saw a single “situation” that warranted their presence.
Stopping at this “campground” is a must if you love vintage campers! Since we have a vintage canned ham of our own, we didn’t stay the night, but the manager gave us an awesome, very detailed tour. Think of this as a hotel made up of vintage campers (from Airstreams to canned hams to Spartans), all decked out in the stylings of their individual eras. There is even a vintage boat and vintage bus that have been transformed into rooms. Each space is very clean and has a functional kitchen and bathroom, as well as an outdoor sitting area. A common shower house and bathroom is available to guests, and eventually they will have their 1950’s diner up and running (after some renovations). In addition, they have a handful of campsites with electric hook-ups where you can bring your own RV for $35 a night. If you are tent camping, this is not for you.
One of the coolest things about The Shady Dell is that it is just minutes away from the historic copper mining town of Bisbee, one of the most interesting, funky, eclectic, artsy, liberal, ramshackle places we’ve ever visited in the U.S. Download a map of the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb Challenge and take off on your own tour of this old village or hire one of the locals to do it for you. This place is a trip – both back in time and forward in time, all at the same time.
A LOVELY RV RESORT IN A LOVLEY SETTING. VERY FRIENDLY. CLEAN & AND P ET FRIENDLY. THE JAM SESSIONS THAT ARE HELD ON THURS IS THE COUNTRY JAM HOSTED BY A VERY SWEET MAN, CHUCK, & ON SUNDAY IS THE GOSPEL JAM HOSTED BY, DWIGHT, A VERY CHRISTIAN MAN. THE MUSIC BOTH NIGHTS ARE AWESOME…I cant think of a better place to spend the winter.
Various Oaks and Alligator Junipers abound at this cute little National Forest campground tucked in the Dragoon Mountains, another of Arizona’s beautiful “Islands in the Sky.” Named for the late Apache leader, Chief Cochise, this campground sits at the base of a few absolutely gorgeous hiking trails and rock climbing areas.
Each site has a good amount of space but oddly a small amount of space for tents and RV’s longer than 24 feet won’t fit in most of the sites. There is no privacy in between sites, but each site has good tree coverage (almost too much for our solar suitcase on an extension cord). Each site has a huge cement picnic table, fire ring, and grill and there are a couple composting toilets. There was no drinking water available at the campground (the website says there is water), but there is a creek you can pull water from for filtering, so come prepared.
Important note: If there is rain in the forecast, be aware that you may get stuck in this campground for a couple of days, as you have to cross numerous washes on the road to/from the campground. We were there for 3 days before it was safe to pull a small camper across the “death wash” that grew to 6 feet high and 20 feet wide during a 24-hour rain event!