Testing by Dave (aka Denali)

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This is a BLM campground, about a quarter mile of excellent gravel road off US Hwy 60 a mile west of Datil. 12 Pull-through sites and 10 back-ins. Only three of the pull-throughs are large enough for a big rig, and even these are too sharply curved to allow a big rig to drive completely through. The pull-through sites do not have large level areas, so a large RV has difficulty getting level in them. Most of the back-ins are large enough for any rig and are quite level. Interior roads are good gravel, as are the sites themselves. Each site has a ramada with picnic bench, a fire ring, a barbecue, and a 32-gallon trash can. The sites are mostly hidden from one another by trees. The vault toilets are sparkling clean and have hand sanitizer dispensers. There are several water hydrants. There is a seven day limit on stays. There is a wonderful hiking trail near the campground. It has a couple two-mile loops, or you can take the outer three-mile loop. There are interpretive signs along the trail, describing the different kinds of trees and shrubs and providing some history. The $5 daily rate is eligible for the federal Senior Pass, so it only cost us $2.50/night. It's at 7,400' elevation. They provide free fire wood. With an external antenna I was able to get a weak Verizon signal; without the antenna, nothing. We will definitely stay here again next time through.

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About a mile south of town, this park has some sites with 30 amp power, but none with water or sewer. There is a dump station and central water source. Interior roads are brand new gravel--it hadn't packed down yet when we were there, so our heavy RV created some ruts. Some of the roads can't be navigated by a big rig, and probably only a quarter of the sites are large enough for a large RV. They are mostly back-ins. The sites are generally quite large, but the relatively narrow roads make it difficult to turn a large RV into them. Each site has a picnic bench, fire ring, and barbecue. There are different rates for pull-throughs, lakeside sites, and electric sites. Our rate reflected the federal Senior Pass rate for an electric site. The rates are spelled out on their web site. The handful of lakeside sites are across the road from the vast majority of the sites, and they are all quite small. At 6,600' the weather is pleasantly cool here when it is blistering in Phoenix. There are warnings about bears. There are many mature trees, screening some sites from one another. There is a boat launch. Excellent Verizon voice and data signal. It's easy to find a spot for a satellite dish, and the trees are short enough that a roof-top dish will work in most sites. We were the only visitors in the park one of the two days we spent there. We would definitely stay there again in the off season, when the sites big enough for us are available.