Date of Stay: June, 2012
Conveniently located and right next to national forest with walking trails which gave it a nice outdoors feel. We stayed in one of the Super Sites which was very nice. It had a great outdoor area with a table and chairs so it was nice to not have to drag our stuff out for an overnighter. We walked the entire property and it was pretty nice and fairly quiet, but I would not stay in one of the regular spots. They were not as spacious as the super sites and some looked pretty unlevel. As others have noted, access is tight for a big rig, but I have been in far worse campgrounds, and this one is worth a visit.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
We stayed in space 20 for 5 nights and were happy with it but would have liked just a bit more shade. I think you can book a year in advance online now so if you want to visit, book it as early as possible. Plus if you have a big rig like us, there are only 7 or 8 spots that are large enough. This place is a great camping experience. Tall trees everywhere, beautiful canyon views, great weather. The spots are quite large with plenty of privacy although navigating the campground itself can be a little hairy as very narrow roads in some parts. We didn't even attempt the dump station, it was that tight. I would stay here again even with no hook-ups and the restrictive generator policy. And they do enforce this policy. They drove around everyday after curfew to make sure geny's were turned off. Highly recommend.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
Nice state park campground with pretty mountain views. We were in the Cottonwood loop which we booked due to reviews that stated that these sites were more spacious than the Hacienda loop sites. I would agree with this (we walked through the Hacienda loop) and also in Cottonwood, each site has a very nice shade structure with a picnic table. We were in sites 15 and 16 facing the lake and they were nice but next time I would opt for sites along the back side of the loop (1,3,5,7 or 9) as they were more private. Although 9 is next to a walking trail so although it's a huge site, the others would probably see less traffic. We found the campground easily accessible with our 40 foot rig and most of the sites I saw were fairly level. The hiking was nice and lots of space to cruise around on your bicycle. We would definitely return again.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
Our rate of $33 included the $8 reservation fee for booking online. This is a popular campground so I highly recommend making reservations. We have camped here before and love the location and the city views as well as the gorgeous mountain and desert views. We were in spot 63 which was nice but my folks were in spot 62 and I thought it was was too close to spot 8 (very little privacy). I think the best spots are along the south end of the property, as they have the best views and the most privacy.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This is one of our favorite Arizona state parks. It is close to town but still far enough way to feel like real camping. We really love all the great trails for hiking through out the property. We were in site 82 in the Red Tail Hawk loop. It had a huge shade tree and great city views at night. Remember to watch closely for snakes as this is still the desert. We had a rattlesnake on our site under our picnic table. The ranger quickly removed the unwelcome friend. This is our second stay in the last 5 years and we would visit again.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
We stayed here for 4 nights over spring break. Lots of part time residents staying for winter months but we knew that going in. Everyone we met made us feel very welcome. Dog run situation worked for us but if we would have been on the other side of the park, it would have been an issue. Yes, they really are that strict about dogs using the dog run only. We were OK with this but others may not be. If you want a campfire, they do allow you to bring your own enclosed fire pit. We enjoyed our stay.