23 RV Parks near Carefree, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona 85262 (480) 595-3300
Sites: 12 | Latest Rate: $6.00 | 1 Reviews
Feb 2012 - $6.00
This is a Tonto National Forest campground downstream from the Bartlett Dam/Reservoir on the Verde River. The closest town is Carefree, 23 miles to the west. The 3 mile road from the Bartlett Marina is maintained gravel. Sites are among large mesquite trees in a sandy, dry grass meadow. Each site has a metal picnic table and fire ring/grill combo. The sites are not numbered. You can position your vehicle any way you like around a site. There are no hookups, but there is a vault toilet. The river is just across the loop road. At some sites you can get a glimpse of the river. You can see the Bartlett Dam. We stayed here during the week. It was practically empty. Only one other camper was around. They were at a far site from ours and out of sight. Though this seemed like a great place to get away on your own, the litter problem was bad. That is why the rating is only a 6. At the sites and along the river, there were empty beer cans, broken bottles, and other litter. We spent an hour cleaning up around our site. - Neil and JoAnn
Feb 2012 - $6.00
This is a dispersed camping area on a beach at Bartlett Reservoir. It’s managed by the Tonto National Forest. The closest town is Carefree, 20 miles to the west. All roads leading here are paved. It’s about 2 miles north of the Bartlett Marina. You drive down to the beach and find a spot you like. There a rock fire rings that other people have set up. There is a flush toilet where you enter the beach. Depending on where you set up camp, that toilet could be far away. The views of the water and surrounding mountains are great. Just south of this beach are good hiking trails with more views of Bartlett Lake. We stayed here during the week. It was practically empty. Weekends are probably much busier. Litter was a bit of a problem, but not as bad as we saw at Riverside Campground, just south of Bartlett Lake. That is why the rating is only a 7. We would come back here again and would probably stick to another weekday. - Neil and JoAnn
Apr 2017 - $30.00
Wow! Who would have thought. This park was meticulously cared for. The sites were all paved, roomy and private. Elec and water only. 14 day stay max. The restrooms and showers were new and clean. They had even raked the gravel in out picnic area of our site. Lots of great hiking trails. They have both back in and pull through. Be sure and stay in the older area. The new area is more "parking lot" like. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. - Magnum34
Apr 2017 - $30.00
It's hard to go wrong with any of the state or county parks in the Phoenix/Tucson area, and Cave Creek was no exception. The park is very pretty, with lots of desert vegetation throughout. Our site was huge and very private, but you do need to be careful picking a site. There's one section of the campground that was previously group camping but is now available for regular reservations, and those sites are close together with little privacy. Also, while on satellite view many sites look long enough to handle big rigs, some of those have very steep slopes at the front of the site, making them unsuitable. Our back-in site was one of the most level we saw, and we needed to put wood blocks under our motorhome's front wheels before leveling. There are some great dog-friendly hiking trails in the park, including a trailhead inside the campground that leads to all the other trails. AT&T and Verizon both worked but were weak/slow. We set up our booster and then had great reception. The showers at Cave Creek are decent but could use some updating. First of all, although each bath house has two men's and two women's showers, one of each is handicapped accessible and has the shower head mounted permanently at about waist-height, making them unusable for the rest of us. All the showers have a single push-button that turns on the water for a minute or so, with no temperature adjustment. The water was usually (but not always) hot, but it would be nice to be able to adjust the temperature or pressure. The town of Cave Creek is a few miles away with restaurants and shopping. We enjoyed the park and would stay here again. - LifeRebooted
Mar 2017 - $30.00
Very nice regional park. Well kept up by camp hosts. Wide roads with plenty of room to maneuver. Level sites. - Go often
Jan 2017 - $50.00
We stayed here during Barrett Jackson. Our site was above the polo grounds. There is no sewer available, but the port a potty cleaners come by and they are easy to grab to come take of your sewer. We will stay here again. It is convenient to the auction. - Tami M
Oct 2016 - $28.00
We parked near the Polo field. There are asphalt or gravel sites throughout Westworld. All sites have water and electric but no sewer, there is a dump. - Rich622
Dec 2015 - $25.00
This is not an rv park but a city owned facility which has rv sites spread around the property. It is primarily used for equestrian events but also hosts a famous car auction and dog shows. The sites have very good water and electric and there is a dump station. We noticed a pump truck making the rounds as well.
We were in section Q and we would definitely ask for a different section if we returned. These sites are back-ins and so tightly spaced that if we had a neighbor our slides would have been at risk. The sites were probably intended for horse trailers with living quarters and no slides.
There were a few other rv's sprinkled around the property but we were mostly alone. We never felt unsafe and our only concern at leaving our rig was getting a neighbor who could not back in a straight a line or misjudged his slide depth. As far as we could tell, this was only an issue in Section Q.
We would definitely camp here again and it was a perfect base for visiting family as well as the area. Ask for directions when making reservations, it is easy but could be confusing if you are using your GPS. - PBuds
Mar 2017 - $30.00
This is the second time we have stayed here in site 75. Each site has beautiful views of the desert and surrounding mountains. The site was fairly level--we needed no leveling blocks--but we noticed some sites, esp. in the north loop, looked off kilter. The south loop is quieter and has larger spots; the north loop is more child-friendly, as it has a playground. We come for the 60 miles of biking and running trails, accessible straight from the camp site, that are maintained well. The only downfalls: very few dumpsters or trash cans (you have to walk a bit) and the incessant small-engine aircraft noise. Apparently there are many flight schools in the area, and they like to buzz the campground for hours on end, making it seem like you're under attack--which is annoying if you're hoping to listen to the sounds of the desert wildlife. Other than that, the place is clean and well-maintained. Make reservations early. The campground is always full during the spring. - SNWP
Feb 2017 - $32.00
see previous reviewers, excellent park. If I had a choice I would avoid sites 30-40 as it is the main road for the service trucks and they fly buy often. I would also avoid (if it is a concern) sites 50-80 due to old bathrooms. However, 50-80 is also quiet and best views. but all views are wonderful...birds, saguaro, mountains, sunsets, sunrises, etc. etc. the host rakes each campground. - saturn7
Nov 2016 - $38.00
We stayed here while visiting the Scottsdale area. The camp hosts were very helpful. Our camp site was immaculate all the way down to rake designs by our fire pit. Didn't have a chance to use the bike trails but will definitely be back. Great place! - LJDur
Mar 2017 - $36.00
The public areas of this park are well-kept and quite pretty. We would have stayed longer if we could to enjoy the amenities. Sites were level and everything worked well. Easy access from the highway. - Wind blows
Mar 2017 - $46.00
Women in the office are the worst we have experienced in many years of motoring across the west. Snarly . Our space 84 was next to the junk pile. We have stayed here many times before because it is close to our grandkids but no more, there are options in the area and we would suggest trying them. - Sjo
Feb 2017 - $34.00
This is a nice park with all of the amenities. Nice indoor pool and spa, coffee room, meeting hall, pool room, library and game room. I was in a back-in site which was pretty wide, but on sand and no picnic tables. The pull-thrus are rock but are narrower. The transient sites are closer to the freeway which can be noisy at times. When we stayed there the park was full. I went to take a shower and no water pressure. I asked about it and they said that's what happens when the park is full. We would stay again but it wouldn't be my first choice. - newbies2016
May 2017 - $33.00
Very clean quiet park. There are a lot of permanent residents in this park. The office closes at noon which is not convenient for folks arriving after noon. They require key for showers and restrooms instead of keypad entry. Key deposit is $20.00. They have Tengo internet, as do many parks. Tengo doesn't seem to work real great. We had no internet access at this park. - Scot671
Nov 2016 - $15.00
We stayed here for 5 months due to a surgery and recovery. Very nice staff in office and terrific neighbors. It was a nice place to spend the winter and is well located for restaurants and shopping. Our rate is based on a monthly rate of $470, the electricity is extra. One nice feature was the availability of a mail box for each site. We could also have packages delivered there. - Rick & Karen
Jul 2016 - $19.00
Convenient to I-17 without the traffic noise. Near an airport, but all air traffic noted looked small and/or private and was not a bother.
Staff was very helpful making phone reservation and left an envelope with info directing us to our site. Very sparsely populated this time of the year so navigating the park was somewhat easier than it would have been if all sites were in use.
Temperatures were well over 100 degrees so we really enjoyed the pool and for the most part had the place to ourselves.
All permanent residents we encountered were very friendly and welcoming.
We stayed for two nights - the first to visit with a friend and the second to stock up on groceries before we continued north. Convenient shopping within minutes of the RV park.
For $18.50/night PPA rate - it was everything we needed - clean, convenient, and a good value. - PARTYOF2
May 2017 - $50.00
Good location for Phoenix. Sites are tight, but FHU's are well placed they say they require a sewer ladder here. We selected this park because of the location to Phoenix. The park has dog runs, but they are pretty basic, and sand surface. Wifi is TengoInternet and a bit of a hassle, 500mb data free, then $5.00 per day. But each day free starts over. Verizon and T-Mobile very good. No cable at this park. Many OTA stations. Most sites sat friendly. It is 5.00 more per night for a treed site. Some of the turns in the park can be a bit tight, but doable in larger rigs. (had to jockey my 36' to get it into the pull through because of the narrow roads. Sites are gravel and level, even if narrow. Sites have cement patio and table. Electric and water good. On Sunday there is a lot of private air practice overhead in the morning. Park staff is friendly and can show you the best way to maneuver into your site. Swimming pool looks well kept, but we did not use. There is a laundry here 2.25 load. Park is well kept, some full time people in the rear. People were friendly in the pull through section. Being in the city there you have all you need nearby. Watch pulling into the park if you are towing, there is a dip, and low hitches may hit as evidenced by the gouge marks in the asphalt. There is a parking space for your toad on the site. - wtravlr1
Apr 2017 - $50.00
Nice family park. Roads are a little narrow for a 43ft 5th wheel. I had to back in about 100ft due to a pole and trees. The spot was plenty deep for the truck and car to park. Easy access to the park and getting back on the road. Office staff were very friendly and helpful. Park is very pet friendly. - BobsFixIt
Mar 2017 - $42.00
This was our third stay at this park. We like it because it is close to everything Phoenix. Sure the planes make noise, but we got familiar with it. We enjoy relaxing in the pool area. The park is not fancy but staff make it seem better. - Edward972
Mar 2012 - $35.00
This is the worse RV park we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in at least 200 different parks in the past 25 years! The management is rude, unreasonable and unprofessional. The blonde lady everyone talks about is unbelievable and all reviews about her are true. If you complain or even ask about anything, you are asked to leave and there is a no refund policy. There is no customer service. The RV park is run down and dirty. Maybe the management should stop smoking and standing around and actually do some work! They should also take a communication course! There is an adult only section, but really the whole park should be for adults as they do not let children walk around the park or ride their bikes. The only people staying here are one`s forced to due to the low cost. Never stay here! Go park at Walmart if you have to! - igocampingalot
Nov 2011 - $15.00
We stayed here for 2 months ONLY because it was the closest park to where our son lives and the rate was reasonable. BUT, there are some REALLY trashy permanent trailers in the park and a REALLY trashy trailer park behind the RV park. Staff was friendly but when a permanent resident moved a disgusting, piece of garbage, trailer right behind us we complained and they refused to do anything about it. Evidently a permanent resident had moved out of it into another junky trailer and was trying to sell it. It was finally moved after 3 weeks. The RVers were friendly and so were most of the long term residents. Also, when we arrived the owner told us that he was going to be replacing the ratty picnic tables. Saw in a review from 2010 he was saying the same thing. Still has ratty picnic tables. We could not use ours. We would not stay here again. Rate is based on monthly rate + electric. - User2209
Mar 2011 - $20.00
Good location on north side of town with easy access to malls and restaurants and healthcare. Management was friendly and helpful. We ended up staying here 4 months instead of just 2 weeks that we initially planned. March-June. Pool and hot tub are on opposite sides of the park. Also some unusual campers here that work for the carnival. (Literally 20 people sharing a camper.) Lots of snowbirds, and year round residents, and students from the motorcycle school. Cable TV and internet are good. They also offer RV storage. If you are in search of a campground with the best weekly rates, this is it. Had a hard time finding affordable weekly rates in the area and lots of parks are 55+. They keep good tabs on the property and patrol it. We felt comfortable leaving our rig here for a week while we did a side trip. Sites are basic gravel. Occasional smells of garlic from the restaurant nearby. Also next to the castle adult frills store. - sysadmin
Mar 2016 - $54.00
Great location for visiting North Phoenix; easy highway access off the 17 and 101. Near Costco, stores, restaurants, and plenty of other services. Facility is very large with an established community of seasonal trailers & mobile homes, but for transients like us there were two rows of decent pull-thrus up front. We extended our stay four additional days and were moved to a back-in site between a couple of mobile homes, but we had no issue with this. Everybody was extremely friendly - our site escort, the office people, and the seasonal residents themselves. The only showers were in the pool area and the configuration was very weird, but all bathroom facilities were always clean. Indoor pool only. Lots of common areas and great share-a-book library. Large, clean laundry facility. Outdoor shuffleboard, bocce, putting area & golf net for full swings. The seasonal residents actively participate in many activities on their social calendar - quilting, sewing, pancake breakfast, etc. We liked it here and will return. - Jolly Out There
May 2015 - $38.00
We pulled in and pulled out. Sites way too close, many run down "full timers", just did not feel comfortable. - 07pacearrow
Dec 2014 - $40.00
This park is "no frills" but meets all the basic needs. Small park with all back-in spaces. Sites are long, level with plenty of room for slide outs. Good hook-ups and cable. Easy access off Interstate. Plenty of stores and shops nearby. Located in North Phoenix. Staff very friendly and helpful, even providing a packet of tourist information when we checked in. Major problem was a lack of room to walk our dogs. Would definitely stay here again. - travelswithpuppies