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This is probably our eighth time to stay here. Started in 2007. We use it as a base camp for hiking, ATVing and Jeeping. The owner is probably the biggest asset of this park. He really cares about his campers' experience and goes out of his way to make it positive. Free coffee and pastries in the morning. Recently rewired existing 50 amp sites and added additional 50 amp sites. Plenty of room for big fivers and motorhomes. He also upgraded the WIFI. It is the first park in years that truly had a usable system. Did slow down in the evening but still better than 99% of the parks we've stayed at.

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The facilities are clean and well maintained; however, it is way overpriced as compared to snowbird park communities in Arizona. This place is huge. The check-in consisted of handing us a map with the WiFi code and our site highlighted. There was no other information about facilities, hours of operation or list of rules. At least is was quick. Guard gates at both entrances are not manned except for early evening when the office is closed. The park is wide open to anyone. Lots of fruits trees, some of which need trimming. Campsite was gravel, large and clean. Utilities were good although you may need a sewer hose extension. For the first time in several years we found a park with a somewhat usable WiFi connection. Was reasonably stable and ran fast enough especially early in the morning. At other times, usually in the evenings, it was useless. Daily trash pickup on your site. Many street lights were burned out. Park was dark at night. Staff is friendly and speak to you. It is a busy in and out park with some people staying for longer periods. Since it is for the most part transient, guests were not as engaging as those in some snowbird parks. The dog park is actually a retention basin in one corner of the park. Can be a very long walk if you are in the opposite end of the park. Although it is large and grassy, after a rain, it is more suitable for pet ducks. There are numerous bag locations around the park, but many guests seem not to use them. Lots of poop on grassy areas and in the dog park. Guess they figure they are only here for short term. This is not our first time in Tucson. Thought we would try this park on recommendation of others. Probably a great place for families. Won't consider staying here again unless it is for one night just passing through on I-10. Just not our cup of tea.

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This is probably the nicest RV resort in the area. It is more expensive than some of the older parks but you do get what you pay for. Every imaginable amenity. If you like to participate in activities, it seems there are multiple things going on every day. Grounds and facilities are immaculate. Staff is friendly. The Park is a mix of owned lots and rental lots. The owned lots don't have cookie cutter park models. Everything is built on site. Some lots have a storage shed only, other have a small sleeping casita with washer/dryer, others have small two bedroom homes. Not sure of the demographics but it seems that more than half of the owners and snowbirds are Canadian. Everyone we met was very nice. Nice fenced, grass dog parks and other grassy areas for walking on lead. The community is gated with access cards and has security that makes the rounds twenty-four hours a day. We stayed a month which was enough for us. Not much hiking or mountain biking. Lots of great Jeeping out in the desert. The local fresh vegetables and fruit are cheap and flavorful from local roadside stands.

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Rate is based on a 10 day stay (3 days Passport America, 7 days weekly rate and $10 charge for third dog). Electricity is additional at $0.13 per kwh. We chose this park based on location, suggestions from RV.Net users and reviews on this website. Park is located between Huachuca City and Tombstone just west of the San Pedro River. It is surrounded by Arizona State Trust Land which adjoins BLM land. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Check in was comprehensive. Staff can tell you everything you want to know about the area. Large clubhouse has pool, TV, lending library, kitchen facilities and hot tub. Sites are 40 x 80 pull through. They are level gravel with some natural desert landscape. There is a small concrete pad and picnic table at each site. Trash cans and dumpsters are distributed throughout the park. Subdued nighttime lighting is good. The campground is clean and well maintained. All utilities were good except for Internet. Our AT&T hotspot and cell worked great. There is a fenced dog yard for off leash. Lots of grassy space to walk on leash. Boarder Patrol including helicopters are always around. We felt safe at all times. We will definitely return.

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We have stayed here five times over the last 4 years. Owned and operated by Maricopa County, this is our favorite place to camp in Arizona. We are staying a total of 20 days. Some people spend the entire winter here changing sites every 14 days. Whoever designed this campground was a genius. Sites are spaced so that there is plenty of elbow room. Sites on the apex of the circles effectively leave you with an unimpeded view. Campsites are level chip seal with concrete picnic table and grill. There is no sewer connection, so plan accordingly. We use a tote for grey water. The shower houses are the cleanest we've ever seen at a campground. Always plenty of hot water. They are unheated which can be a bit "brisk" on winter mornings. Utilities all good. Our AT&T cell and hotspot worked well. Campground and McDowell Mountain Park is filled with abundant wildlife. Bring your birdfeeder including a hummingbird feeder. McDowell Mountain Park has 55 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. There is even a competition mountain bike trail. Park backs up to the Scottsdale park system expanding the recreational opportunities. Good park maps available at the park headquarters where there is a small gift shop and displays. Park patrolled by Maricopa Sheriff. Watch your speed on entrance road.

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Picked this park based on reviews on this website and comments from RVnet users. Everybody was spot on. Easy access from I-10. We stayed here two nights dodging storms on the way to AZ. Huge level gravel sites. No need to drop toad. It has a big fenced dog park which was a big plus for us. It was half grass and half dirt. Club house looked clean. Staff was friendly and efficient. My only gripe and an FYI was the lack of a picnic table to put the grill on. Had to get my table out from underneath the bus. Will stay here again if I'm in the area.

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We've stayed here several times over the last five or so years just passing through, staying 1-3 nights. We like the location on the edge of town. If you are coming in from the north and intend to bypass Santa Fe, it is really convenient to catch the 599 Santa Relief Route and cut across to I-25. Nice fenced dog park and good walking paths around all manor of antique machinery. It is a bit pricey, but so is most everything in Santa Fe. Being green kind of people, we like that the park is solar powered. Wifi was not adequate. Water and electric good. The site we were in required dropping the toad. We used our ATT hotspot which worked well. We'll probably stay here again on our way back north.

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We've stayed here probably 6 times for a total of ten weeks. This campground is mostly used by overnighters. There is enough rock hounding, hiking, ATVing, Jeeping, and car touring to keep anyone busy for two weeks. Don't miss the John Wesley Powell River Museum just across the street. Nearby Tamarisk restaurant is only OK if you don't want to cook. We've been told the local bar downtown has good burgers. Make sure you have all provisions before arriving. Local grocery is barely adequate. No place to buy wine or liquor. There is a good Ace Hardware. If you are in Green River at the end of September or early October, local melon growers have stands along the road. Wonderful variety of melons like you've never seen or tasted. The owner is extremely customer service oriented. He knows what to do in the area and stocks a variety of maps and guides. Joe is accommodating to site requests, etc. Very unlike most KOAs. There is free coffee and muffins every morning and popcorn in the afternoon. The older 30 amp sites do have some grass under mature trees. The limited number of 50 amp sites are in the dirt. Green River is in the desert. Not a complaint just a statement of fact. Sites are level. Easy in and out with plenty of turning radius. Will return there next spring to play some more in the dirt and do some rock hounding.

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We've stayed here once or twice a year for several years, always staying in the resort area. The sites are unbelievably big rig friendly. Lots of space to park toad and toys. Sites are concrete and level. Nice landscaping. Nice large dog park that was unfortunately out of commission because of replanting in progress. Nice pool and hot tub. Wi-Fi was adequate. Utilities all in good working order. Friendly staff. Had some friends staying in the adjacent non-resort area. These sites have been recently nicely upgraded. Don't miss eating at the Moab Diner. Great green chili, breakfast burritos, etc.

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We are former long time residents of Estes Park and were in the tourist business for 31 years. So, we are familiar with area campgrounds. Spruce Lake has one thing in common with other campgrounds in Estes Park. They are overpriced. It's called location, location, location. It is convenient to the National Park and town. Nearby Sundeck Restaurant was great. National Park Village grocery in walking distance is adequate but very expensive. Go to Safeway. Gas at National Park Village was the highest in town. The sites are fairly level but could use grading. The pool looks good but small. Showers and bathrooms look good although we didn't use them. Dryers in laundry were in very bad condition with several out of order. The mini golf was a rundown wreck. Grassy areas around the perimeter to walk the dog. Poop bags are provided. Nice fishing lake. Campground by the river which provides nice sound to block out traffic noise. Sites are small but adequate. Not much elbow room, but didn't hang out in the campground. Staff is nice. Water and electric are good. Wi-Fi was useless. Cable is good. Not a bad campground in general but not worth $57 per night with upcharge since it was 4th of July week. We do have reservations there for next summer. Main reason is its access to the National Park and proximity to the YMCA where we will be volunteering.

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We've stayed here several times on the way to southern Arizona. Park is owned by the Yavapi-Apache Nation. It is one of the nicest and cleanest parks we've stayed in. Our main complaint was, as others have said, that some of the pads were very out of level. This requires the MH front wheels to be off the ground, or lots of lumber under the wheels of trailers/fivers. They have repoured or are currently fixing those pads! The biggest complaint is that they will only allow one WiFi connection per site and signal is very unreliable. ATT signal in the park is likewise unreliable, but that is not their fault. Work campers/staff were friendly and helpful. See you again next year.

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We picked this campground based on its central location and reviews published on this website. Most of the reviews were spot on both positive and negative. Nice campground with easy access to area attractions. Great views from west side sites. First, the negatives. Pads seem to vary from level to needing 10" inches of leveling blocks. Doesn't seem to be a pattern to location in campground. One site is dead on next is way out of level. Ours on west side required the front jacks to put the front tires on tip toes. Whoever graded the campground and poured the concrete needs to go back to school. Just be prepared. Water pressure seemed a bit low at times. Wifi was marginal especially during peak periods. Our ATT signal voice was good but Internet sucked. Desk staff seem a bit overwhelmed with more than one check in at a time. But they were nice. On the positive side the campground seems to run well. Daily trash pick up at your site. Electricity was not a problem. Nice, new dog "park." I17 noise didn't bother us even though we like in a rural area. Maybe a problem in part of park nearest Interstate. Good dog walking opportunities off lead especially on west side of park. Very clean sites. Sites not crowded. Seemed to be a lot of snowbirds spending the winter here. Didn't use any other facilities at park. Go to Montezuma's Castle and Well. Jerome is interesting as is road to Prescott from there. Sedona is beautiful but way toooooooo many people and tooooooo much traffic. Trip to Tuzigoot was interesting with nice museum. Don't think will stay here again. No reflection on the park just not enough close good hiking to hold our attention. Camp Verde is in the "ugly" zone between the red rocks of Sedona and the Sonoran desert of Apache Junction. This is a perfect place for a one or two night stay.

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Adequate place for an overnight. Gallup is not a destination. Easy access from I-40 on west end of town. Since it was cold and the windows were closed the trains didn't bother us. But did hear them in the night. Yes, it is at the end of the runway. Thought we needed to duck a couple of times. Didn't smell the problem mentioned by others. Clean big gravel parking lot with lots of seasonal residents. No junk allowed so it looked good. Trash cans close to sites. Wi-Fi adequate. Water and electric good. Dog walk was off in one corner of the park. Easy in and out for big rigs. Would camp here again. This isn't campground related... Just down the road there is an old Route 66 restaurant. Virgies serves some killer Mexican food. Have been eating there for years. On a busy Saturday night the place was packed and we were the only Anglos. No problem just good food.

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This is probably the most beautiful desert RV camping place we've stayed at. 30 minutes to Scottsdale,10 minutes to Fountain Hills with all you need. Wonderful hiking and biking trails from the campground. RV sites are level, graveled and big enough for big rig and towed. Sites have picnic tables, grill and fire ring. Great place for birding. This place would be a five star plus if it had sewer dumps at each site. Will be back.

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First time to try snowbirding; picked this site since it was on the edge of town near hiking. Seems to be a well run operation. We were in the short term area far from facilities. Might be a problem for some but not for us. Seems to be typical snowbird park with many returning guests and lots of park models. Guests and staff were very friendly. Large sites are level and graveled. Had guide to site and help backing in. Good utilities. Wi-fi was acceptable, just occassional drops. Be sure to have extension for sewer hose and connection is at back of site. 24 hour security at gate and grounds are patrolled. Workout room was very well equipped and clean. Didn't use pool or spa but it appeared nice. Activity director was new. Was nice but clueless about area hiking opportunities. Had no local telephone numbers for Lost Dutchman park or Superstition Wilderness. Lots of on site activities but we didn't participate. No real complaints. Canyon Vistas is probably a 5 star for many. Only 4 star for us because of size of resort and too many people. Will probably return because it worked for us.