Usery Reg Park…

We leave Lake Pleasant a bit reluctantly, but excited to be heading to a new location.  The campground at Usery Regional Park is full and we opt to stay in their overflow lot for $10 a night.  The lot is a paved parking lot located right next to the park entrance.  Umm….not sure I’m happy with this location, but with an open mind we lever’er up, unhook and settle in.

It’s early in the day.  The sky is a lovely azure blue.  The sun is warm and the breeze is light.  Al and I decide to pack a light lunch, drinks, and the dog and travel “up the road a piece”.  (This was one of Al’s mom’s little phrases that always brought chuckles)  Our destination…Saguaro Lake.

Saguaro Lake

From Usery Park we head north on Usery Pass Road (aka Ellsworth Road to the south) and head east on Bush Highway to Saguaro Lake.  On the south side of Bush Highway is a picnic area called Pebble Beach.  It’s a lovely area with picnic tables covered with red-roofed cabanas.  We notice all the RV’s parked there.  We drive in, note “Camp Host”, drive around….time to ask questions.  Al jumps out of the truck to talk to some

Salt River

campers who are extremely helpful and forthcoming with tons of information.  Turns out dry camping here is allowed until May through the Tonto National Forest.  It’s $6 a night….$3 for those of us with the Old Farts Card.  There’s access to the Salt River for fishing, vault toilets, and water spigots.  Parking permits and camp permits need to be purchased in town prior to your visit and can be purchased at most gas stations, drug stores, and Big 5 Sporting Goods stores.  Al and I contemplate moving to this location, but decide to stay at Usery Reg Park for the time being…..note to self for a future visit.

Saguaro Lake is extremely picturesque.  We enjoy a snack and drink overlooking the lake.  It’s days like this, I miss my wave runner.  Oh, what fun we could have here.  We decide to check out the marina, and yes they rent various watercraft.  Awesome!  Put that on the bucket list.  We drive around a bit more and admire our surroundings.

Saguaro Lake

Prior to our return to the Rig, we check out the Rio Salado Gun Club.  Al gets all the information he’s looking for.  Yes, sporting clays 🙂   We then head home for dinner.  Usery Reg Park is beautiful and the campground offers very nice sites and amazing hiking.  However, the parking lot is not working for me.  Al and I decide to move to Lost Dutchman State Park in the morning.  Our plans will take us there in a few days anyway to join an Escapees get together.  So, guess we’ll show up early!

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