Robert G.


Mesa, AZ

Joined March 2020

Little bit of something for everyone

Our 32' class C pulling a Jeep Wrangler had no trouble getting around in this well maintained campsite. They have dry camping, full hookups, tents, teardrop trailers, Class A's…a little bit if everything. The shop had a limited supply of essentials but your so close to town that if you needed something it's no hassle to go run to the store. Bathrooms and showers looked like they had been recently remodeled and we're super clean. Will for sure stay here again!

Cute RV Park Walking Distance to Lake

Park situated just north of Willow Lake. We have a 32 ft Class C and tow a 4 Door Wrangler. No problem getting there. Plenty of spots with full hookups. They have a section for "overnight" and a separate section for "Long Term." We were there for 2 nights. No problems at all. Little shop had basics. Didn't use their facilities, but that was just because we had our own.

KOA is always a solid choice...

Stayed in one of the cabins here with kids. Was well maintained, but overall quite dusty. KOAs are nothing if not predictable. Twin Bunk Beds, one queen bed, bare light bulb, front porch. There were RV sites as well.

Great jumping off point to get to Grand Canyon as it is a little bit North out of the town of Williams. Also easy to get to Williams to have dinner, etc…

Great Desert Park - Super Archery Range and Many other activites

Almost an urban park just due to it's proximity to the city of Mesa, Usery park offers great tent camping, group campsites, as well as RV Sites with Electric and Water hookups. Dump station on site. 

Usery is a great jumping off point for hiking in the National Forest. There is an extensive trail network both in the park and connected to the Tonto National Forest. One of the most popular is Wind Cave Trail.

There is also a world class Archery Range here. There is a usage fee of about $2 (at time of this writing) on top of your park entry fee, but kids are free.

Convenient location and good food and entertainment...

Full hookups. Separate "long term" and "transient" areas. Super clean. Nice bathrooms, showers, and laundry.

Main attraction is on site is the Black Bart's Steakhouse and Musical Review. Was a fun night. Food was above average.

Pine Forest along Oak Creek

Amazing campground on one of the most senic drives in AZ. National Forest land, some sites first come first served, some reservations available. No hookups. Right along Oak Creek. Dark nights make for good stargazing through the forest canopy, although a little narrow field of view.

Plenty of Dispersed Camping overlooking the Rim

All along Rim Road there are tons of dispersed camping sites that offer sweeping views of the forest below. Knoll Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, and Willow Springs Lake are all right along that ridge and pretty easy to get to. Check the weather…closes in winter.

Amazing State Park and wonderful Endowment to Preserving Nature's Splendor

Tent camping, Cabins, RV Camping, ton's of hiking from various levels of difficulty. Kartchner Cavern's is the main attraction here. Call ahead for availability and tickets. But don't miss all the other amazing hiking trails and nature center. Also check out the other astronomy programs they have from time to time. Tuscon is a "Dark Skies" community that offers amazing views of the night sky.

Great location, close to FlagX & Fort Tuthill

This one is pretty popular for those who know. Our Boy Scout Troop stays here several times a year. For a group as big as ours, one of the leaders goes up early to claim one of the larger sites(first come first served). It is easy to get to in just about any vehicle. The Forest Road is well maintained from the 89A side. Google may try to take you all the way through from I17 on FR237…suggest going past to exit 337 and coming back down 89A. The campsites are all on that end of the FR anyway. (Pics are from 2 different trips)

Great Campground with easy water access...lots of options

There are several different RV/Camping options at Pleasant Harbor Marina / RV Resort. 

1) In the resort with Full Hookups

2) Out on the "flat" with just water and power (dump station on site)

3) Out on the "flat" with no hookups. (can also tent / car camp)

As compared to the Maricopa County Parks side, this has a little bit more party atmosphere, is less secluded, but you can almost always get at least a boondocking spot without a reservation. They also have large events here as well so check their calendar for the weekend you are wanting to go!

We keep a boat at Lake Pleasant and are part of the Arizona Yacht Club so we are up here all the time.

Perfect spot for Hiking and Mountain Biking

We got what I think was literally the best spot in the camp. It was busy when we went but not super full every night. Great system of hiking and biking trails for all levels. Some spots have Water and Power. We boondocked it. About 15 minutes away from a grocery if you needed it.

Beautiful Lake, Beautiful Campin

Whether you get a campsite with a view of the lake or a view of the beautiful Sonoran Desert, the Maricopa County Park Service does a great job keeping the area clean and safe for all visitors. Most campsites have water and power hookups and there is a dump station on the way out. 

Plenty to do here…bring your water toys, your mountain bikes, or your dirt toys. Just up the way are some great Jeep Trails. Water access makes for a great way to cool off. 

This park is not to be confused with Pleasant Harbor Marina, run by the Maricopa Water District that is on the South East side of the lake.