23 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
Dec 2016 - $30.00
Another decent Maricopa county park. The park is a bit on the smaller side and some of the sites are closer together compared to other parks in the area. They just converted the group camping area to general use, so that should help some with getting reservations. Water and electric only, but dump station on site. Pull through sites are basically a wide spot in the road. Several sites aren't super level, but not horrible. There are other nicer regional parks near here so we won't be staying here in the future. Friendly hosts, convenient to stores, and some nice hiking trails. Decent Verizon coverage and clear sky for sattelite. - Jerry and Betsy
Nov 2016 - $30.00
Lots are large and well spaced for privacy. The website does not correctly portray each lot as some are extremely short & unlevel even though they claim to be big rig friendly. We actually had to cancel and leave because we were too long for the site we had reserved. No sewer. LOTS of flies due to surrounding homes with horses and farm animals. Streets are wide and easy to maneuver. The pull through sites are the best for big rigs as they are long & level. 50 amps. Very quiet both day and night. Lots of hiking. Very busy; reservations in advance are a must. - Freedom Bus
Nov 2016 - $30.00
Easy to get in and out of the park. Paved roads and sites. Pull through sites have water electric such that you need to pass hose and cord under your rig to hook up. Utilities worked fine. Although we love this park for the spacing of sites and how quiet it is, it has gotten very expensive for no sewer or internet. Most back in sites are not level and are too short for a big rig . - cwier
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
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 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 - $32.00
Our second stay at this wonderful county park. Maricopa County has to have some of the nicest, prettiest parks anywhere. Water and electric only, but nice dump station in the park. Very nice spacing between sites with many sites having no view of neighbors. The sites are plenty wide with picnic table and fire pit in the rear, but they are not overly long. Our 43' RV fit, but without much room to spare. The only downside, if you can call it that, is the park is far from pretty much anything. Fountain Hills has a really nice Safeway, but like everything else there, prices are high. Decent Verizon signal and no problem with sattelite reception. Lots of hiking and biking trails in the park. We wanted to stay longer, but the park gets pretty full on weekends, so plan ahead. - Jerry and Betsy
Nov 2016 - $30.00
Information signs are typical brown with white letters showing signs of age. Very difficult to see and read. Site spacing is fantastic - park nearly full and we could only see six or seven other RV's. Our space #61 strangely shaped in that entrance was just barely wide enough for toad and coach and other end was much wider. Be careful selecting site. I saw several that were probably long enough for 30 footers but half was a steep grade/ramp up. Shower water was HOT with no adjustment. Entrance booth seemed to be closed most of the time. Check-in at nature center (closes at 4 PM) a couple miles from entrance. Overall we enjoyed our week stay. - ctpres
Jan 2017 - $34.00
We stopped here to visit a friend. Okay for overnight. Park was clean, laundry nice, but sites close together. We had a pull through and just a small space on either side. We could hear the water heater go on in the RV next to us. No table or fire ring. All sand. Many full timers here and back in sites look a bit bigger. Would stay overnight but would not do an extended stay. - trvlkids
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
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
Feb 2017 - $46.00
I have really mixed feelings about this park. Parts of it are fairly nice, and other parts look like a trailer park. We were in the most expensive section which grew on me after a while. It is an all ages, all RV types park. The sites are fairly close together; closer than I'd like. Like most parks, the internet service is laughable. I liked the location of the park in that it is in the northern part of Phoenix with easy access to spring training camps. The staff was a high point. Good, friendly people who care about their work. We did not use many of the amenities such as the pool, spa, clubhouse, and laundry. It seemed that everyone had at least one dog with them, and I was put off by the amount of animal waste I encountered while walking about the park. Some people just weren't raised right. We will likely return to Phoenix next year, and I suspect we may end up back here, as we toured a couple of the neighboring mega parks that are 55+ (but appeared to be 155+) and did not find them to be to our liking. - USMCRET
Feb 2017 - $45.00
This park has some nice aspects that are unfortunately offset by some that are not so nice. For me value and service each lose 3 stars for the following: This RV park is right on the flight path of very noisy small aircraft flying over repeatedly until just past dusk. Internet is a hassle and low quality. Restrooms require a key that is shared by everyone in the RV. The area is dirty industrial so even though the park is good itself the surroundings are not. Add a star on service for the very courteous and friendly office staff we met during checkin. Overall, probably OK for a quick stopover but I'd look elsewhere for longer term stays. - SWNMRVz
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
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