From cactus-studded deserts to snow-covered peaks, from vibrant cities to charming towns, Arizona defies description.
To the unfamiliar, its name invokes visions of cowboys and rattlesnakes, a land not for the faint of heart. The stereotype ignores the lush pine forests that carpet Arizona’s mountains, and the rivers and streams that have attracted residents from ancient civilizations to the present.
A key factor in planning an RV road trip is selecting RV parks and resorts.
Here are my top five picks for Arizona RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts.
Casa Grande RV Resort & Cottages, Casa Grande
With 310 level sites and 17 new cottages, Casa Grande RV Resort is a perfect park for both short-term and long-term stay. Under new ownership, Casa Grande RV Resort in 2012 enjoyed a complete revitalization. Large back-in sites offer 30/50-amp electric service, water, and sewer; pull-through sites are available for overnight guests.
Park amenities include renovated resort center and dining area, new heated aerobic/volleyball swimming pool, two lighted pickle ball courts, new spa and barbecue area, fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, billiard room with eight 9-foot tables, bocci ball and shuffleboard courts, leash-free bark park for Fido, and free telephone calls to the U.S. and Canada.
Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory, Benson
A 5-star park, Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory is a 55+ park with pull-through and back-in sites. Our back-in site (#120) is 55 feet in length and over 30 feet in width. 50/30-amp electric service, water, sewer, and cable TV are located near the rear of the site. Wi-Fi is slow at our site due to heavy usage with the park being full and distance from a tower. The park is clean and well maintained. Interior roads are asphalt; back-in sites are gravel with pull-through sites asphalt.
The park is easy-on easy-off (I-10 at Exit 304, south one-half mile on Ocotillo Avenue) and is conveniently located immediately behind Safeway and in close proximity to downtown. The highest rated park in Benson we’re pleased with Butterfield and would return.
The MotorCoach Resort, Chandler
Newly opened in September 2016, The MotorCoach Resort located at I-10 and Wildhorse Pass (Exit 162) is the only exclusive, boutique motor coach resort in the Phoenix Metroplex. An unique plan, all sites are drive-in and face a common landscaped area and central patio.
Located on the site of former Baudry’s RV, The MotorCoach Resort offers paved interior roads and 32 large paved sites on eight landscaped acres. 50/30-amp electric service, water, and sewer are centrally located. Amenities include laundry, showers, bathrooms, picnic area, dog walking areas, 24 hour patrol security service, and Wi-Fi.
The MotorCoach Resort is owned and operated by its adjacent development RV SuperStorage, a Class A RV storage facility. The amenities at RV SuperStorage is available to RVers staying at the MotorCoach Resort, including propane, reverse osmosis RV wash and wax, and an on-site RV repair company, RV SuperService.
The resort is across the interstate from Wild Horse Pass Casino and other luxury amenities on the Gila River Indian Community including the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, Whirlwind Golf Club, Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, Phoenix Premium Outlets, and Wild Horse Pass Motorsport Park, a world-class racing facility for motor sports (yes, we hear the racing loud and clear).
Sundance 1 RV Resort, Casa Grande
A 700-site RV resort, Sundance 1 is a 55+ adult community conveniently located in Casa Grande just 45 miles from Phoenix and 65 miles from Tucson. Sundance 1 RV Resort is close to large shopping malls, theatres, fine dining, golf courses, modern medical facilities, and major grocery chains.
The resort offers a variety of amenities including 50-amp service at all RV sites, modern club house, gated community, paved interior roads, indoor/outdoor heated pool, indoor spa, newly remodeled exercise room, billiards room, card room, and quilting/sewing room.
The park offers activities for a variety of interests including pickleball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce, darts, craft classes, ceramics, silversmithing, lapidary, and stained glass.
Arizona Oasis RV Resort, Ehrenberg
A big-rig friendly park, Arizona Oasis RV Resort is situated along the Colorado River at the desert’s edge. There is a beach area with a few chairs and at least one hammock.
A clean, quiet, well-managed, and well-maintained park. Sites are gravel and level with concrete patio and BBQ grill. There are a few trees in the park, none were in the way of our rig. Rather, they provide a little shade, but mostly just add to the surroundings. Amenities include a large pool, kiddy pool, and hot tub
This campground is right off Interstate 10 (Exit 1), but the road noise was minimal.
Vogel Talks RVing selected this list of Arizona RV parks and resorts from parks personally visited
Newcomers to Arizona are often struck by Desert Fever.
Desert Fever is caused by the spectacular natural beauty and serenity of the area.