Second time I've camped here. It's the best NPS campground in the park. Much prettier and quieter than those in Furnace Creek, also much cooler at 2000' higher. Close to many sights to see on the north end of DVNP, including Scottys Castle, Ubehebe Crater, The Racetrack, DV-Big Pine Road. Only tent camped here but would have been able to get my 30' fifth wheel into at least half of the spots and saw many trailers and motorhomes here. Bathrooms and dump station are nice, but beware- no cellphone reception, no gas within 50 miles, you need a credit card to pay for campsite, and no real tire service for 88 miles (Tonopah) in case you get a bad flat, like we did on Racetrack Road.
Anywhere else I would probably rate this place a little lower, but this is Death Valley. Where else in this park can you get a nice campsite with water and a hot shower for $7.50? It's got a nice view, good restaurant, gasoline (almost $6 per gallon) and mini mart. You'd be a fool not to stop here and recharge before hitting the wide open spaces. The staff is friendly; they let us choose between several spots...and it was busy, veterans day weekend. I walked the entire campground. Although we were in a tent I would have easily fit my 30' fifth wheel in a lot of sites. There was a good vibe there among campers; very few partiers. Mostly serious Death Valley hikers and explorers ready to hit the road/trail/etc.
This is the third time we've stayed here. I'm rating the park a "7" as an average of all three stays. The sites are quite close together and it can seem rather claustrophobic when the park is full or near full. Bring plenty of boards or blocks as there's not a level site in the park. During our last stay the park was nearly empty, which was wonderful. Although many people complain about the heat here, it can also get quite cold in the winter. It got down to 19 degrees the night we stayed. $22 is a bargain for full hook-ups and admission to the ghost town. There is nice hiking within the park and TV reception is good with an antenna. It is very quiet at night and the staff is friendly and helpful. We've checked out other overnight parks in the area and always return here.
This is probably the best campground you'll encounter between Vegas and Reno on Route 95. It's new, clean, quiet, and has full hook-ups plus almost 100 cable channels for about $20. The sites are well spaced, mostly paved, long, and level. It's far enough outside of town that you get good views of the mountains and Walker Lake. There is a supermarket, two museums, and several good restaurants nearby. The office/store was well stocked and had several slot machines for those too tired to drive to the El Capitan. The staff was friendly and helpful. My only complaint was a lack of working water faucets. The park apparently was not prepared for the cold snap which preceded our visit. Most of the sites did not have functional faucets. I found one that worked that evening, but it froze solid by the next morning. But my wife's hair dryer had the faucet flowing within 10 minutes. Also, if you like exploring the ghost towns and historic sites of western Nevada, this is a good base.
This looked to be one of the best RV parks along the Boulder Highway. We had a rather short pull-through site, as we barely fit my 28 foot 5th wheel. Not many channels available on cable TV. They have the strangest sewer hook-up situation which allows you to co-mingle your waste with your next door neighbor. Noisy neighborhood during the day and early evening, but surprisingly quiet during the sleeping hours. Very active and visible security patrol in park. We saw no transients or "riff raff" within the park. The casino is within easy walking distance and serves good food at reasonable prices. Freeway access is close which makes this for a good overnight park.
Possibly the best of the Maricopa County Regional Parks, for camping. Much like Usery Mountain but smaller. Close to Carefree Highway and shopping, but in a very rural, scenic desert setting. Great for bird and critter (javelina, coyote) watching. Several wonderful trails in the park plus remnants of past mining and ranching activity. Much to see and do in nearby Cave Creek and Carefree. Campsites are mostly large, level, and private. Good TV reception with an antennae. This park is on a first come-first served basis and is very popular. The overflow portion was quite full nearly every night we stayed. You must pay for your site by 8 AM the next morning or run the risk of losing it. Most of the staff was friendly and helpful.
Another great Maricopa County Regional Park. 2 large loops with well spaced sites, in open desert with far away views in every direction. Not much privacy due to lack of foliage. Great place to see birds and coyote. You can even see Fountain Hills' giant fountain from some sites. There are many hiking trails nearby but I found most to be loops of varying lengths through the same featureless desert. It's quite a drive to gas and groceries in Fountain Hills, which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. This park gets quite busy by mid January. It's first come, first served. We were quite lucky to get one of the last available spots. Good TV reception with an antennae.
We checked out nearly every campground in Benson, Bisbee, St David and Tombstone and found this to be the best. The park is very clean, quiet, and modern. The sites are large and well spaced. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They'll escort you to your site and help you hook up and level. Since it was not the high season yet, they made sure that every new arrival had at least one empty site between them and their neighbor. The campers were also quite friendly. We attended a football bowl game potluck in the clubhouse, the first night. The park is at least 8 miles from anyone or anytown, which makes for quiet nights with great 360 degree views. There are nice hiking trails within the park and along the San Pedro river nearby. My only complaints would be 1) no cable TV, although antennae reception was good, 2) they charge extra for electricity, which added about $3.50 a day due to high heater use as nightime temperatures got down into the low 20s.
This is a very nice state park with wonderful views and trails. I would have rated it higher if it weren't for the fact that an electrical transformer box, within the campground loop, buzzed so loudly at night that it was uncomfortable to sit outside. I mentioned this to the ranger, but she wasn't much interested as no one else had complained. Otherwise this is a great place to camp. It is close to good shopping and restaurants, although it's in a country setting. We put out bird feeders and got much activity in numbers and variety. TV reception is good with an antennae. What I appreciated most was that the staff took our $20 and turned us loose into the campground; we were able to pick which ever available site we wanted without having to report back, etc.
This is our favorite Arizona campground. It's in a beautiful desert setting. All sites are large and private with wonderful views and abundant wildlife (birds and coyote). It's a very clean and secure park. The only drawback is the nearby shooting range which can be heard from the campground. There are numerous scenic and well maintained hiking trails nearby. This park is close to all services in Mesa as well as other county, state, and federal recreational sites.
This is a great place. very quiet, with wonderful views from the upper loops. There is good hiking and wildlife viewing within the park including the Verde River and several ponds with birds and fishing. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They allowed us and many others to put up Christmas lights which contributed to the wonderful experience.
Not nearly as nice as website shows. Loud due to proximity of I-40 and truck stop. Cable TV included but only 10 channels are available. Many full timers located at back of park. Not a destination park, overnight only. For overnighters this is basically just a gravel parking lot, but sites are all easy, pull throughs. We were afraid to use "dog area" due to strict rules and foul language on signs. Price was good; $22 with Good Sam Discount.
Clean, nice grounds, orchards nearby which are good for dog walking. Moderate freeway noise which became loud early in the morning. Friendly, helpful staff will escort you directly to your site. No cable TV but good reception with an antenna. Best campground we've found along this stretch of I-5.