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9 Great Places in Arizona to Visit in Your RV
Many people think of Arizona as being home to deserts and cacti, and that’s very true, but there’s so much more to see in this diverse state.
(photo courtesy Greater Phoenix CVB)
Here are a few great places to consider as you decide where you want to point your RV next:
Discovered in 1974, Karchner Caverns is a massive underground system of living limestone caves and it contains one the world’s longest stalactite formations. Guided tours of the cavern’s Throne Room and Big Room are available and there is a 23,000 square foot Discovery Center to explore. While you’re in the area, take a side trip to Tombstone. Known as “The Town too Tough to Die” and as the site of the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone is the place where Western legends like Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo and Ike Clanton walked the streets over 130 years ago.
Where to stay: Butterfield RV Resort
Saguaro National Park
The iconic giant saguaro is a protected species at this sprawling national park which is divided into two sections — one to the east of Tucson and the other to the west. You’ve probably seen a few saguaros when watching a western, but imagine seeing an entire forest of these magnificent desert dwellers that only thrive in a small portion of the U.S. The park offers hiking and biking trails and scenic drives, and with its backdrop of the Rincon and Tucson mountains, it’s the ideal place to catch a blazing Arizona sunset.
Where to stay: Rincon Country West
The famous London Bridge, which once spanned the Thames River, was purchased by an American entrepreneur and reconstructed on the Colorado River in Lake Havasu in 1971. When you visit this popular destination, you’ll have plenty of other activities to choose from, including boating, fishing, hiking, watersports and off roading. Or, you could just kick back and relax on one of Lake Havasu’s many beaches.
Where to stay: Islander RV Resort
Somewhere around 50,000 years ago, an asteroid traveling about 26,000 miles per hour collided with the Earth near what is now known as Winslow, Arizona. The site of the impact is now the best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth, measuring nearly a mile across and more than 550 feet deep. It is now an international tourist destination with outdoor observation trails, air conditioned indoor viewing, a wide screen movie theater and Interactive Discovery Center. The Apollo Astronaut Memorial Park near the Visitor’s Center honors the NASA astronauts who trained here during the 1960s for the Apollo missions and contains an Apollo Test Capsule with a viewing window so visitors can marvel at the astronauts’ cramped quarters.
Where to stay: Meteor Crater RV Park
Located at a cool elevation of 5,200 feet, Prescott was once the territorial capital of Arizona and has a charming town square anchored by the courthouse. This plaza has been honored as one of the top 10 public spaces in the U.S., and is surrounded with shops and restaurants, including the world-famous Whiskey Row where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were known to frequent the saloons. The city also contains multiple lakes, parks and nature preserves, making it a natural for outdoor activities.
Where to stay: Willow Lake RV Park
When it comes to putting breathtaking scenery is on your “to do” list, you won’t want to miss Sedona’s spectacular red rock country. It’s easy to see why it’s frequently named one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. There are plenty of hiking trails and scenic drives to enjoy, and the photo ops are virtually endless.
Where to stay: Rancho Sedona RV Park
If spectacular panoramic views and cool pine forests appeal to you, then you’ll want to visit one of Arizona’s most dramatic natural features, the Mogollon (pronounced “muggy-own”) Rim. The rim itself spans 200 miles, and the area is a popular spot for camping, fishing, boating and hiking. The famed Western writer Zane Grey was so inspired by the area’s natural beauty that he wrote several of his novels here in a cabin on nearby Tonto Creek.
Where to stay: Mogollon RV Park
Do thoughts of cowboys capture your imagination? Then you’ll want to head to Wickenburg where the ambiance of the Old West is alive and well. You can go horseback riding, see working ranches, take a jeep ride through the desert or tour the Vulture Gold Mine. Wickenburg is also home to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum which is dedicated to preserving the history of Wickenburg and the Arizona Territory.
Where to stay: Westpark RV Resort