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Phoenix area camping 11 years 7 months ago #5546

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We are in San Antonio right now, heading to El Paso on Monday. Then into New Mexico before heading towards Phoenix. Any suggestions on campsites in Phoenix? Everything seems so expensive. I couldn't find any BLM info or Corps of Eng sites, and of course, no military. Thanks for any suggestions.

Linda

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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 7 months ago #5547

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I don't know of ANYplace cheap in Phoenix, but there are a few options depending on how far out you're willing to drive.

Cave Creek State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Westworld of Scottsdale (City)campground
Tortilla Flat campground (US Forest Service)

*There's the Escapees park out at Congress.
*There are several Elks Lodges with camping if you're a member of Elks.
*Don't know about VFW - never looked - but it may be an option.

Finally, you might give our moderator and president-for-life Larry a buzz. He's been staying at a place in Queen Creek that might fill the bill for you.
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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5548

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Thanks. I'll look into VFW and will drop Larry a quick note. I think we will have to join the Elks :-)

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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5549

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How far out of Phoenix are you willing to go? Do you want northside, westside, eastside, or southside of Phoenix? How long are you going to stay? Do you want drycamp (free) or hookups? Do you belong to Passport America?
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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5550

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Hey Larry, I'm going to sorta hijack the thread, but without changing the subject. I find myself needing to stay longer in the Phoenix area also and would be interested in any suggestions.

I'm looking for places on the northwest side within reasonable distance of Scottsdale, specifically the Mayo Hospital on the north side, and their Clinic on Shea Blvd. I know about the Passport America parks in Mesa - trouble with them is the limitations on length of stay and their PA rates generally don't start until April. I'll be looking into the VFWs myself now. As you know, we can boondock -- so long as it doesn't get tooooooo hot!

Anyone else got anything?
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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5551

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Mustang03 wrote:

I'm looking for places on the northwest side within reasonable distance of Scottsdale, specifically the Mayo Hospital on the north side, and their Clinic on Shea Blvd.


We have friends who need to frequently visit the Mayo clinic. They stay at the McDowell Regional Park . Dry camping is $10/night or W/E is $20/night. Usery Mountain Regional Park is a little further out, but close to Loop-202 for easier access to the clinics. Both of these parks have a dump and the prices are the same for both. But I think they have a 14 day stay limit.

A bit farther away, but not too bad, is an older commercial RV Park that we've stayed at many times. Carefree Manor is a Passport America park with no limitations on dates or length of stay. PP rate is around $14/night for FHU. It's not too far from Freeway Loop-202, making getting to the clinics easier.

I'm sure there's many other choices, but these are what we're familiar with.
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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5552

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Thanks for all the suggestions. We will try the Tortilla Flats for a couple days so we can drive the Apache Trail and will then move to the northwest side as I have family in Surprise and in Yarnell. We belong to both PA and to VFW.

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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5561

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Some of the major hospitals in Mississippi have RV Elec. hookup at the Hospital. (patients or fam. being treated) :) spelling That may also be the case with Mayo. Maintainence Dept is usually the most knowledgable. just a long shot.

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Re:Phoenix area camping 11 years 6 months ago #5564

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Unfortunately, not the case.

Thanks for the input, Larry, and everyone else. Have checked out the dispersed camping along the Verde River north of Rio Verde and if you've got a smaller rig, it is pretty good and 'free'. Has pits and trash bins. If you've got a big rig -- read "tall" -- there are several overhanging trees on the road in that will scrape h@ll out of the top of your rig. We decided ours wouldn't fit and will keep looking.

3/8/08: Checked out the camping at the Bartlett Dam Rec Area (run by USFS) northeast of Carefree. Don't. Long, loonngg, way back in, big hills, no sites really suitable for RV camping. It is a weekend mecca for fishing folks and other water sports.

Will keep looking.
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Re:Phoenix area camping 10 years 10 months ago #6712

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For any of you folks looking toward the north west of the Phoenix area,,,try the Escapees park a little south of Congress, AZ. on Rt. 89

Follow Rt 60 NW out of Phoenix to Rt 93 in Wickenburg AZ, then swing north on Rt 89 towards Yarnell/Prescott.

We're retired in Congress. If you plan on traveling thru give us a call and we'll show you the best resturant in town!

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Rt 93 will take you all the way to las Vegas or the Canadian Border if you want to go that far.

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