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Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $24.00
Our first stay at Rusty's RV Ranch! And I have to say, this is a great park that should be busier. Right on the edge of the Coronado National Forest, close to Chiricahua National Monument. Just a great location.
The spaces are very large, and they're all pull through. Great water pressure (sometimes you don't see that) Wi-Fi throughout the park, and fantastic views. If you're into star photography this is the place too.
The owner was very informative when we arrived. She gave us a map of the area, told us about all the birding here, and gave us a few day trip ideas. She was beyond super friendly, and her attitude toward guests set the tone for our stay. Excellent! We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Travel Trailer.
The area is fantastic for outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching. The town has little to offer, but if you're visiting you're here for the outdoor recreation. Fantastic getaway!
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $25.00
Love love love this park! Yes, it is in the middle of nowhere and you have to drive an hour to get to the nearest store, but that's part of the charm. Perfect spot to explore the eastern side of the Chiricahua mountains (drive up to Portal and on in towards the forest - you won't regret it). Huge, long spots and even though you are close to your neighbor on one side. There's so much space on the other three sides, you won't care. Beautiful clubhouse area with Koi pond and plants, and cages of parrots. Sky so dark at night you can see the Milky Way.
My 9 year old and 11 year old city kids proclaimed that they would happily live at Rusty's forever. Be aware of the geese, though. They are very aggressive and will chase after you (or your kids). And if you don't like parrots and their squawking, don't get a site next to the clubhouse! We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Fifth Wheel.
The Desert Museum down the road is very interesting and fun!
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $25.00
You have to love the owner. She is energetic and and enthusiastic. She will give you a map that will take you on a great trip into the Chiricahua mountains. The campground is spacious. The only issue is that the sites are laid-out so that you will have another RV close to you facing the opposite direction, but, in most cases, it will not be an issue unless you have noisy neighbors. The setting is nice with views of the surrounding mountains. The owner has declared that the park is a dark skies park and that you are requested to keep outdoor lighting off and your shades drawn at night. We think that is great and the way all parks should be; thank you! The laundry is clean and very inexpensive. There are only two washers and driers, so plan accordingly. Apparently there are plans to add more. The WiFi is strong and fast. We had good Verizon voice but no data. Satellite was not a problem since there are no trees. This is a great base for visiting the surrounding mountains. We will likely stay here again. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $12.00
Very unusual RV park with its spaciousness, beautiful mountain and desert scenery and its peacefulness. You find yourself almost speaking in a whisper so as not to disturb the quiet. Nice walking trails, social events for those who wish to participate, very friendly and helpful owners. Great birding area. Verizon signal excellent, WiFi good most of the time. Definitely off the beaten path but well worth seeking out. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $24.00
Nice large, level sites with easy mobility within the park. A good distance south of I-10, but excellent location for day trips to Chiricahua's. Staff very helpful by providing a detailed map of area birding hotspots. Highlight of your stay at Rusty's is in their remote location. Stay just for a truly dark evening and a star-filled sky you will experience in few locations. Maybe you'll get lucky and an amateur astronomer is also staying and will let you peak in their telescope ! We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Travel Trailer.
The Chiricahua Desert Museum is a great little place to spend an hour. Really a "herpetology museum", many live rattlesnakes on display along with a collection of scientific documents on reptiles. Also a good display of native American artifacts.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $18.00
An amazing place they created here. Huge sites - beautiful desert and mountains. Way more trees than I expected (the website photo(s) are very very old and not up to date). Wi-Fi was very fast. Super nice shower and laundry facilities. Staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a "Friday Night Happy Hour cookout" for the guests. Will definitely stop here again when I pass though this area. Gas up and stock up before you come. Remote location. Rate reflects a special for 10 nights. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $16.00
(Rate is PA and includes additional electric @ $4.00/night after the first night). We thought it is a great campground. Probably not everybody's cup of tea, but if you enjoy very quiet desert spots this is for you. Some of the darkest nights I've ever seen (in fact, quite a few patrons while we were there were astronomers who actively observed). Pretty much nothing around except a few expansive ranches (and the Chiricahua Desert Museum, with three dozen live desert snakes and lizards on display). Super large sites, with solid full hook-ups and (rather surprisingly) strong Verizon data/voice. The closest full-service grocery store is 45 minutes away in Lordsburg (or an hour away in Douglas); propane, gas and diesel are available in Animas, about 20 minutes away. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Fifth Wheel.
The Chiricahua National Monument is about two hours away (you have to drive around the mountains to get to it, or through the mountains on a 35-mile dirt road that is impassable during the winter). But there is lots of hiking and birding to be done on the eastern side, including the Coronado National Forest (most use the town of Portal, AZ as a starting point).
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $16.00
Wonderful people! Beautiful views. Spacious sites. Beautiful meditation garden/pool. Huge unleashed dog park. Open desert - tons of trails. Friday night potlucks. Very dog friendly. Very clean and serene. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $24.00
PA for minimum 3 nights. Everything nice about park. Owner and staff top notch. Fairly desolate, come fully stocked. Swim spa nice. Very clean bathroom and laundry. Most spacious spots I've ever seen. We'll definitely be back. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $16.00
The rate is Passport America and includes $8 for electricity. We came to Rodeo to visit a friend, knowing the area was remote. When we asked about campgrounds, Rusty's was recommended. What luck! A great place with huge sites and a fantastic view of the desert and mountains. The area draws bird watchers and amateur astronomers. There is no exterior lighting because it's not needed! The sky is bright by itself and a joy to sky watchers. We will stay here whenever we visit. Make sure you gas up before you leave I-10, and get your groceries as well. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $16.00
We Loved our one week stay here and can't wait to come back next winter for a much longer stretch. The owner's and their parents really made us feel like part of a big family. The fact that it's somewhat isolated and so far away from everything made it more appealing to us because it's uncrowded. During our visit, the water pressure varied between 50-70 psi at our site's faucet. Voltage was stable and good. The park's WiFi was hit and miss. It worked well at times, but at other times was unusable. We reverted to using a Verizon hotspot, which worked well with full LTE service. AT&T cellular and data is extremely weak and unusable here. The nightly price we paid reflects the ongoing Passport America rate which we feel is a great value. We'll Definitely be back! We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $16.00
Rate is Passport America rate. If you're a fan of cookie-cutter, packed-in RV parks, then this gem is not for you. Here you get huge, 1/4 acre sites, dark, dark skies at night, and some of the friendliest people you'll meet on the road. The owners should give lessons on customer care, and the workers and other guests all act like a big family. A few long-term sites occupied by those interested in watching the night sky and bird watching in the nearby Chihuahuas, but none of the clutter so common at other parks. A beautiful garden with fountains is refreshing, and there's a small pool and a pond with resident (and crabby) geese. The Friday potluck was a great way to meet the hosts and other campers, and the food provided by the owners was outstanding. WiFi worked well, there were no obstructions to the satellite, and surprisingly, Verizon cell and data were usable. Try the green-chile cheeseburger at the little cafe in Portal, it rivals the Owl cafe in San Antonio NM as the best ever. Great birding, quiet nights, and outstanding hosts. A great stay, and we, like others that have visited, will be back. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $20.00
Surprising gem of a campground in the middle of "no where" and taking full advantage of it. Owners are super friendly and even have a supper party once a week for guests to visit. Nice Laundry on premises. WiFi works. Great stop to camp for birding in the Chiricahua mountains -- wonderful. Desert environment and dark night skies make for a great visit. There is even an above ground swimming pool for summer visitors. We will be back! We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $12.00
Rate included Passport America discount. Sites are as long as they advertise. Staff friendly and helpful. Fenced in large dog area with garbage can and scooper. Very clean laundry with 2 washers and 2 dryers. Reasonably priced. Wonderfully dark skies at night. Several miles to nearest gasoline or grocery. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
Price reflects monthly rate. This park is a gem. The owner is in residence, and pride of ownership shows everywhere. Sites are large and level. Sites are in pairs, but they are long enough that you will not be side by side with a neighbor. The park has nice desert landscaping, but there are also pine trees and some ornamental trees on the property. We came to stay one month and stayed three. All utilities have worked well during our stay, as has wi-fi. Several TV stations are available by antenna. There is a small laundry which is immaculate, and the shower/bathroom is also spotless. There is a hot tub/swim spa, and there are walking trails around the property. There is a Friday evening social, which presents an opportunity to meet fellow travelers. There are beautiful views of mountains all around, and the night sky is breathtaking. There are no lights at night to interfere with stargazing. Noise here is minimal - no trains, an airplane flies over maybe once a week, and we rarely hear any highway noise. The owners of this park work hard to make every guest feel welcome. We have enjoyed our time here, and will certainly choose this park again. We camped at Rusty's RV Ranch in a Motorhome.Undo
The Chiricahua National Monument is about two hours away (you have to drive around the mountains to get to it, or through the mountains on a 35-mile dirt road that is impassable during the winter). But there is lots of hiking and birding to be done on the eastern side, including the Coronado National Forest (most use the town of Portal, AZ as a starting point).wolf59a • February 2015
The Desert Museum down the road is very interesting and fun!GrowFam • March 2015
The area is fantastic for outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching. The town has little to offer, but if you're visiting you're here for the outdoor recreation. Fantastic getaway!RichC • April 2015
The Chiricahua Desert Museum is a great little place to spend an hour. Really a "herpetology museum", many live rattlesnakes on display along with a collection of scientific documents on reptiles. Also a good display of native American artifacts.Gary - Jean • April 2015
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