WinnieViews

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Full-time RVer & her dog explore the Americas in their Winnebago View "Skinnie Winnie". Follow us at: http://winnieviews.blogspot.com

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This is a family-run park that looks to be an old mobile home park gradually turning into an RV park. Positives - Very friendly owners and staff, very nice newer pool and spa, location is excellent to both downtown Yuma and Los Algodones, and a rarity for most parks in Yuma-- it's not right along the Interstate or train tracks, so relatively quiet at night with only some occasional distant train whistles. We arrived during a very hot and windy day and were glad to get a large site beneath palm trees behind a mobile home that served as a great wind block. Negatives - About 1/3 of the park have very old, rundown, and downright "trashy" mobile homes. and there looked to be a number of 1/2-finished projects or trash piles in various directions. If the owners could focus a bit more on sprucing up these parts of the park, my rating would be higher. Still though, I'd stay here again for the location and price.

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As others have said, this is not much more than a boondocking spot, but its one of the only places to stay within the national park and is in a very scenic part of the park with large boulders mixed in with a great diversity of cacti. This place is away from the highway, so is peaceful at night. The caretaker did not come to collect our money (100 pesos) until the next morning, but we chatted with a very friendly retired ex-pat who lives next to the park who came to greet us. Given the options to stay north of the national park in a dumpier town and more expensive RV park, I'd stay here again any day. Note-- there is a water faucet and trash bins, but no other services available that we could see. Best to come well-prepared and self-contained.

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Maybe I just happened to pick a bad weekend, but this first visit to this campground was completely miserable. Perhaps had I come to tent camp and never expected to leave the campground the whole weekend, I'd have a different opinion. First the good points-- nice graveled campsites (and all have electric), plenty of shade and privacy between the sites in this heavily wooded campground, fairly clean bathhouse, and a nice lake nearby. If you happen to be a resident of DuPage county, the $20/night rate is not bad either. Sadly, the good points end there. The campground is located at the very back of the park and requires driving over 6 large speed bumps to come and go. The campground roads are narrow gravel with tight turns and hills. Most sites are only suitable for tents, pop-ups, vans, or RVs less than 25'. The only available water is from non-threaded spigot pumps. The dump station is small and tilted the wrong way to empty most RV tanks. The campground is only open 2 or 3-night weekends from May through Sept. But perhaps the biggest negative-- both the campground and forest preserve gates are closed and locked just after sunset every night. If you want to enjoy a nice dinner beyond the park boundaries, or visit friends in the area, forget about it! One final negative-- when I visited, the park was literally overwhelmed with mosquitoes. So bad I had to wear a bug jacket to cover my head and upper body! In the future, I'll stay at the Kane Co. Forest Preserve campgrounds-- much MUCH nicer parks that have been built with RVers in mind.

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Very convenient COE park a few miles off the Interstate along the banks of the Arkansas River. Nice quiet overnight spot. The town of Ozark seemed friendly as well.

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Nice state park that is a reasonably easy overnight stop from the Interstate. Very quiet with great sweeping vista views. Each site has a brick shelter over the picnic table. The town of Santa Rosa has seen better days, but still has a few interesting attractions including a few deep water swimming "holes" that some even go scuba diving in!

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Great big vista views of the Prescott valley at a great $15/night Passport America rate! (rate was offered for unlimited nights while I was here, too). Free wi-fi was fast and easy, and park was quiet. Convenient to Prescott, Jerome, and Cottonwood. All sites are pull-through with full hookups. Not many other amenities, but great value for the price and nice friendly park manager.

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Very quiet state park with a nice small lake for paddling and fishing. Nice views of mountains in the distance. They even have a natural spring hot tub available within the park! The town of Safford is small but has a Wal-Mart and some good Mexican restaurants. Great place to stop for a few days!

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This is a great place to base camp if you're wanting to explore the south and eastern sides of Tucson. Always plenty of sites available (except in April when they close for the county fair). An easy on/off if you're driving a big rig and need a quick overnight. Also, an exceptional deal if you need to stay a week or more (only $100/wk for full hookups!). Camp hosts were very friendly and brought my UPS packages directly to my campsite. It was usually very quiet most days/nights, but weekend events at the fairgrounds or motor speedway could pose a bit more noise and activity at times. Great Fry's grocery store about 5 miles away. Easy access to the National Park and Catalina Highway up to Mt. Lemmon. Also great super-authentic Mexican restaurants in South Tucson.

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Outstanding location at the base of the Superstition Mountains with trails that provide a wonderful sunset view of the Phoenix valley. Also great access to the fun Apache Trail road that heads east (the road turns to a single-lane dirt road a few miles beyond Tortilla Flats, so don't drive your motorhome further than that!) The campground was recently upgraded to offer electric at about 1/2 the sites. Unfortunately, this means that RVs staying in the other 1/2 of the sites (some of which are rather small) are often needing to run their generators. A shame they could not have simply put electric in at all sites so the campground would be more quiet. Other than that quibble, this is a great place to stay when in Phoenix!

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While this campground does not have a beautiful desert vegetation between each site (like Gilbert Ray does), it has many easy pull-though sites and spectacular views of the Catalina mountains directly next to the campground. While the mountain views and hiking trails can feel like you're miles away from civilization, within a mile or two, you can drive right out the park entrance and into a Wal-Mart parking lot, as well as access to any conceivable shopping or dining option along Oracle Road all the way down into Tucson. Great OTA TV reception and Verizon coverage here too. Reservations are a must at this park in the winter as it tends to be full every night with snowbirds.

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My favorite camping spot in Tucson! I stayed here 3 different times this past winter, and each time it was serene and delightful. While Catalina tends to fill up due to their reservation system and larger pull-through sites, Gilbert Ray always seems to have some availability if you have a smaller RV and can fit into some of their smaller sites (all are first come, first served). Sites only have electric, but there's a giant dump and water fill loop with multiple stations to make refilling a breeze. Just about every site has their own Saguaro cactus tree and a ton of other desert plants giving some privacy while still offering great vistas of the mountains and cactus forests surrounding the campground. The Desert Museum is a "must visit" next door, as is the National Park. Plan to stock up on food before you arrive as the nearest grocery stores are a 20 minute drive. OTA TV signals are also a bit more limited on this side of the mountain range away from Tucson, but Verizon cell signal is strong.

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My second year coming to this park and it's still a gem. Sites are generously-sized, landscaping is gorgeous, w-ifi works great, a very nice outdoor pool and spa, and a wonderful laundry room. Only downside is the particular site we've been placed at both years has been too sloped to be able to get properly leveled. Wish they would level that particular site more-- the others don't appear to be that bad.

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Great location and great Passport America rate. This park was clean and efficient. Like others have mentioned, the park is mainly a paved parking lot with trees in between each site and a few strips of grass between the rows, but still it was very pleasant and clean. The sites would be rather snug if all sites were occupied, but during our mid-week stay, there were plenty of open sites between motorhomes. Will absolutely stay here again!

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The park appears to be an old KOA. Sites are close together but still more open than the 2 other parks in town. Price was a bit of a rip off though. Even though their website said AAA and AARP discounts were available, the front desk clerk would not give either discount for our stay. To make matters worse, the cable TV at our site didn't work and no wi-fi was available. I think we'd try one of the other parks next time.

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Nice, quiet state park with paved electric sites, a pretty lake with very neat arched walkway over the fishing bay, and great off-road trails around the area to explore the Patagonia mountains. Verizon signal is great...until you come over the last hill and into the state park (where it then is lost). Fortunately, if you have a cell signal booster, you can get it back again from the campground sites.