23 Parks near Carefree, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona (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
Feb 2016 - $30.00
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. - judy_online
Feb 2016 - $30.00
Stopped in to visit friends. Was really taken with how nice this area is. My wife and I are not hikers but if we were, it looks like this place would be perfect. We did enjoy a couple of sunset walks. Plus everyone seemed to really be enjoying their time here. Always a good sign!
It was very clean with picnic tables, fire pits. My wife liked the hot water showers and quality bathrooms. The staff was good and very helpful. They had an interesting Nature Center that we enjoyed.
It looks like you need to reserve well in advance if you want to be here over a weekend.
But do come. This is as beautiful as the desert gets!! - Bill Gregory
Feb 2016 - $30.00
This is one of our favorite campgrounds. The only negative is the increasing cost to stay here & booking a site months ahead. We always go to the hoop dances at the Heard museum. We rent a car & it is great that Enterprise will pick you up here. Birds, coyotes, and javallenas abound. - Smokinghawk49
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
Jul 2015 - $25.00
This is a great place if you need to attend an event or visit Scottsdale. It is literally a parking lot with hookups. There were only two other campers when we stayed there and it was somewhat creepy after dark. The person on the phone was extremely helpful and gave me great directions on how to find the RV check in. She left me a detailed map to my site. Great location for visiting relatives in Scottsdale. My one issue is that we were parked right along the grass and the sprinklers would come on at night and hit the RV. Kind of annoying as it's quite loud. Can't complain too much for $25 in town. - jordanmr
Feb 2015 - $25.00
Our stay at Westworld was very enjoyable. Our 45' motorhome fit very nicely in the Polo Field area. Our dog loved having the huge polo field of green grass right behind us. This area is away from the events and very quiet. Access is easy. Good 50 amps and water. No sewer but there is a dump station on other side of the complex. A quiet oasis in the middle of busy Scottsdale. Check-in is located in the back of the complex. Best option is to park as soon as you turn into Westworld from Pima Rd. There is a big parking lot on the right. Disconnect and drive your towed vehicle down to the RV Operations Center to check in. If you are located in the Polo Field area you will not have to turn your motorhome around and come back. - Freedom Bus
Mar 2016 - $30.00
This is the second time we have stayed here and we would definitely stay here again. The sites are very spacious, quite some distance from each other, very quiet, and the views are great. This is not your typical RV park but more like "camping". We had a long pull through site which easily handled our 40 foot motorhome and tow vehicle. We had to use additional blocks to level, however. Electric and water at site, no sewer at site, and no wifi. The park is 8 miles out of Fountain Hills, which requires a lot of driving if you are doing city activities. But we definitely find that it is worth it! - Sally Chew
Mar 2016 - $30.00
A lot of very unlevel sites, we tried for 30 minutes to get our 40' bus level, unsuccessfully. Thankfully they had another level site & allowed us to switch, for a $5 fee. 50A power, nice views, good playground for the grandchild, lots of hike trails. Very far from civilization(other than Fountain Hills). Nice spacious sites, well maintained. Dump station only, no sewer at sites. Water quality is "Arizona Terrible", lots of mineral content. - rvrrat520
Feb 2016 - $30.00
This park is beautiful, well kept, large sites, no close neighbors, beautiful views. We've stayed here before and I'm sure we'll be back.
Sites easily can hold the big rigs, the ones that are at a 90 degree entrance from the road are a little tricky to back a large 5th wheel into due to where the park has some concrete barriers, narrow road and a ditch on one side of the road. Unfortunately we arrived in the dark so it was a little more time consuming than usual. - DRFink
Jul 2016 - $35.00
We stayed for a week and paid $218.00. I know this isn't a good time of the year to be in Phoenix, especially here. We were put in an area that was a gravel "parking lot" with no trees or bushes. No table. Full hookups. So if this is what you like, go here. They have all the facilities you need. If you live in a mobile home in this park you might like it because you will be close to the buildings. But not if you are in a RV staying a short time. Not a place I would stay at again. - milodog
May 2016 - $34.00
Rate fairly high for no free Wi-Fi and no cable TV. Nice pool and spa, but not kept up well. When we checked in, I asked about the spa and front desk said water level was low. I said why don't you fill it. Got no answer. When went to use the spa, water was so low that the filter pump was cavitating. Women's shower room has no ventilation and smells moldy. Puddle of stale water in a low spot by the floor drain. Next day the pool had been cleaned and the spa was filled. Pull-through sites are wide and very long and are gravel but fairly level. Close to freeway but noise is minimal. Nice laundry facility. Ben Avery shooting range close by and you can hear it from time to time. The transient sites have no shade and this place is right in the middle of the desert, so expect some warm days. Have stayed here several times since 2009. Price has gone up and maintenance has gone down during that time. Park is very close to shopping and fuel and eating establishments. - A Wedding
Jan 2016 - $34.00
Stayed here for a month. Our site was large and had a concrete pad but was close beside a permanent mfg home. The management here is very quick to enforce even small inadvertent infractions. Many rules here! Coyotes and wild Javelina pigs wander thru the park daily even though it is barely north of Phoenix. We will not return here! - Cjackg
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
Mar 2016 - $32.00
A decent park with quick access to shopping and dining. A little tight getting in and out. Park is well maintained with a nice pool, laundry and bathrooms. It was fairly quiet with the occasional freeway noise - worth the tradeoff to be close to city. Lots of long term campers, but a peaceful community and we didn't feel too out of place. We enjoyed our stay and will most likely stay again on our next pass through. - Tom McCullah
Feb 2016 - $33.00
Nice camp ground. Good hookups. Clean. Two things were the loud airport and they offer free WiFi. We were very close to WiFi antenna but no signal.
Called Tengo internet service tech support and got help, but still could not check email. Do not plan on WiFi. - sfedder935
Apr 2016 - $44.00
Third time at this park and it grows on us. We like it. Had a pull through that accommodated our toad. Clean and mostly quiet. I used the clean pool. Wife, the workout room. Would stay again. WiFi weak. - Edward972
Apr 2016 - $48.00
Our 3rd time at Desert Edge. Meets our needs: location, mountain biking/hiking, spring baseball, dog friendly; even has a dog wash area. We spent a week. Ladies restroom had one of two showers under repair. The one shower drained poorly. The water restrictor is excessive, meaning a slower water flow. Reported this, but nothing done. 2nd shower returned to service with similar low flow water. Not an issue with previous stays. This is a busy campground. Rigs fairly close. Cement pad; picnic table; good landscaping. Plenty of space to walk dogs. Good over the air TV. No cable/WiFi. - Pogie
Apr 2016 - $54.00
We were quoted $49 but charged $54 upon arrival because we had a "back-in" site and there was foliage near the site. We questioned charging us the additional $5.00 for this, but their attitude (though nice) was, "So drive on if you don't like it." The place is very tidy and well kept, the people pleasant and the additional cost wasn't important, just a nuisance "Bait and Switch" con-game to me.
What ruined it for me was the absolutely worthless WiFi service. Difficult to log-on with very, very slow service at best; no service at night with continual log-on issues; impossible to even use not to mention stream. Also, this place is located next to I-17 with eight lanes of traffic, it's at the end of the Deer Valley Municipal Airport runways with aircraft taking off day and night, and there is a company that runs a lumber mill right next door that operates chainsaws all day.
Totally NOT recommended. I'll definitely "drive on" next time I'm in Phoenix. - Billy Lee
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