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This was a group campground until this spring, but it is now open for individual full-hookup camping unless reserved by a group. In fact, the sign out front still identifies it as a group campground, but in fact individual sites are reservable on Reserve America. Located about a half mile north of the visitor center museum, it is tucked into a small canyon and is a very pretty location, only about a mile off I-70. Roads and sites are gravel, but in good condition and fairly level. Sites are large and adequately separated. Best part was that in spite of canyon and nearby mountains I was able to get 2 bars of Verizon voice and data, and also got a good satellite signal.

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Very happy to find this place. It was cold and rainy, but I was just looking for a place for a night on my way from Provo to Zion National Park, and this was perfect for what I wanted. Sites and roads are paved and in good condition. Most sites have water and electric, and if you get here off-season, you can use the host sites with full hookups. I also picked Site 12 because it was a very long pull-through with a terrific view of the lake, which is low on water, but still very scenic because of the mountains in the distance covered with snow. Sites are spread out nicely, with covered picnic tables, but no shade otherwise. Only three other campers here on weekday, so lots of privacy. Be warned that there are no showers here and restrooms look pretty basic--maybe pit toilets? I did not go in. I will definitely use this place for a quiet, peaceful, scenic place to hang out in the future. I got 2-3 bars of Verizon LTE service, which made me happy.

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I love this place and will be coming back for more times next year. They have to truck in water, so make sure you fill your fresh water tanks before you arrive, but that was the only real negative. Sites are adequately large and paved, and electric worked well. Sites on the north and east sides are a little high so they have a slight view. And the view less than I mile down the road were incredibly spectacular--actually much better in my opinion than the views in the next door Canyonlands National Park. You can see several oxbow bends of the Colorado River and the cars and boats on the river 2,000 feet down the canyon. Also, I was able to get just a tiny bit of Verizon, so I was able to make calls and use my jetpack for internet. Extremely quiet because it is so far from highways.

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This is really just one of two campgrounds within 30 or more miles, and the only one with hookups. The other is a dry-camping gravel parking lot near the entrance to the canyon. I was satisfied with the sites and getting in and out. Laundry was also OK, although a bit expensive at $3 a load, but this is desert and water is scarce here. The check-in lady did not seem to know the answers to many of the questions I asked about exactly where the tour I scheduled went and what the tour bus was like. One problem for those who do not have a car is that the hotel and market are quite a ways down a hill on the roadway. I got a small amount of Verizon voice and data, which I was happy with. I tried the campgrounds free Wifi, and it did not work well, even with my booster. In any case, I would stay here again.

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I stayed in one of the upper, new section, full hookup sites and was very pleasantly surprised by the view and the pleasant breeze. The campground is on a hill and is terraced so nearly all sites have terrific views of the valley and mountains in the distance. Sites are large with greenery in between and lots of separation between you and your neighbors. Pads are wider-than-usual cement with asphalt entrances and roadways. Patio areas are raked gravel and very well taken care of. This upper section is fairly new so hookups worked and were well-placed. There is a little road noise from the freeway in the valley, but a lot better than some places. Also, 5 bars of Verizon coverage. I was here on Easter weekend, and it was busy, but no problems with overly noisy neighbors. Did not see any ants, which may be more prevalent in the older camping area.

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This is going to be a campground I come to often! I even like it better than Catalina SP, for several reasons: the desert and view of the mountains is prettier here, it is bike riding distance to the Sonoma Desert Museum and Old Tucson, it has a nice dump station and water fill area, it is $10 cheaper, and sites are nicely spread apart. There are a limited number of spaces for larger rigs, and they do not take reservations, but they do assign spaces based on RV size, so the larger sites do not get taken up, leaving only small spaces. I had plenty of room in the space they assigned for me, and they found me a spot where my refrigerator would not be facing the sun! Good Verizon voice and data service throughout campground. Only real improvement would be wider shoulders or a bike path along the roadway through the park and Saguaro National Monument, which is also right next door. Another negative for some people is that they do not allow open fires. May use only charcoal for cooking.

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As someone else said, this is an OK state park. Unfortunately, a lot of the spots are not big enough for larger rigs, but my 32' C was OK if I parked it slightly at an angle. A problem is that there is really very little view of the lake from campsites because of the small trees and shrubs that obscure your view. It would be nice to trim them a bit. My site also had the picnic table down about 10 stairs behind the site, which would be a problem if you wanted to spend much time eating or around the campfire down there. Also, the "market" had only snacks, no bread or milk or other essentials. Verizon voice and data were OK in the east end of the park, but not so good on the west end.

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This campground is not as big as some of the other Maricopa County campgrounds, but it is very beautiful and quiet, with a new double dumpsite and lots of hiking trails. Most sites are very well spread out. They were also letting people without reservations use the group site as overflow camping, but I don't know the rules or limitations of those, so you should have reservations or call. Verizon was 2/5 bars, but it is only about 6 miles to a Walmart or Home Depot with 5 bars. Lots of nice shops and restaurants in the town of Cave Creek and nearby Carefree. I enjoyed the birds and bunnies hopping around.

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Typical of a BLM campground. This is mostly a tenter's campground, with a lot of hikers staying here because of the many excellent hiking trails in the canyon. It has some spots big enough for motorhomes and 5th wheels, but the biggest problem is the lack of a dump station and any water fill stations. There is water available, but you are not allowed to attach hoses to outlets, so you need to come in with full fresh water tanks and empty grey and black tanks. Sites are gravel, but with varying levelness and size. Toilets are not flush and no showers are available, which I suspect might be a problem with hikers in hot weather! All in all, this is a good place for a day or two, but not a long stay because of the lack of water and a dump station. Also, almost no Verizon service in campground or elsewhere in park.

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This is still one of my favorite places in California if you want a super-quiet place, in a very pretty area, and slightly out of the way. Yes, it is probably not the best choice for a really big rig, but my 32' Class C fits in most spaces very well and sites are nicely spread out. Verizon service is best from one of the higher sites. During the week off-season, it is mostly empty, but there is always a camp host. And the dump station is often locked off-season during the week because local people tend to sneak in and use it without authorization. All I had to do was stop at the camp host, and he drove down and unlocked it for me. Lake level was up 8' from early December, which is nice but still not good enough for anything but kayaking, but the rolling hills coming in were green instead of brown for a change, with views of snow in the distant mountains. Very pretty place.

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Agree with the other postings. This is a very basic campground, but it is far enough off the freeway to be really quiet and close enough to be convenient. I appreciated that the attendant assigned spaces spread apart enough for the few of us staying there, instead of packing us into one end as sometimes happens. We all had privacy that way. Beautiful views and neat to watch the gliders being towed past the campsites. Excellent Verizon, which is important to me.

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One of my absolute favorite places to stay! Not much to do, and no recreational facilities other than boat rentals and hiking trails, but drop-dead gorgeous views. Road into the campground has been washed out a few times in flash floods, but campground itself is safe because it is high above the river. Roads in campground are paved and in very good condition, as are campsites and all facilities. Sites have a large cement pad and asphalt entrances to pad. No cell service, but free WiFi worked fine, especially with my booster. Also, I was pleased to find a washer and dryer available, which is a very nice bonus. Incredibly quiet and dark at night, which is hard to find these days. I would love to rent a boat sometime, but cannot do that alone. I am taking their raft trip from Hoover Dam next weekend. Incredible value for a full hookup site with senior pass.

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Incredible views up against a mountain and overlooking the valley! Sites are indeed square and a little difficult to get into, but they are well-spread out and private, and all have terrific views. Water and electric are located at the back of sites, not at the side, so you might need longer cords and hoses, depending on how you choose to park. I was lucky to get one of the perfectly level sites, which was nice. I backed in parallel to the road and so the rear of my rig was near the hookups, which worked out fine. Very pretty desert setting overall. There is a small visitor center and several hiking paths, plus a small cactus garden.

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An OK commercial campground, but with dirt/gravel roadways, so some dust kicked up when other vehicles went by. Convenient to the freeway and good Verizon signal. Had a mix of open and shady sites. Some sites had very nice patios. I was unhappy upon check-in because I was not given the open site I had been promised on the phone. I was sent to a site under an enormous tree and told to try it out, which meant hooking up my electric and waiting for DISH to load. I ended up standing around outside for several minutes to prove to the attendant that I could not get satellite under a tree. Finally he agreed to direct me to another site. Apparently, all the open sites were larger and reserved for bigger RVs even though they were all the same price, which irritates me. After about 20 minutes, they agreed to move to me to a different site, but after a long day on the road, I just want to hookup and relax, not drive around testing sites out!

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When I was here, the park was only about 30% occupied, and I did not see any parties or hear any loud noises. If there were any oil field workers, they were gone or very quiet. It is a relatively new campground, and the sites were clean and well-kept. My only complaint was a few bites from a nest of fire ants, but they were gone the next day after I sprinkled a little borax around the nest. I enjoyed bike riding around the lake. The price of $23 for a full hookup site was a bargain. Very good Verizon voice and data, as well.