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.