It seems I have a theme carrying on here with the last couple of posts regarding RVing in the Phoenix Metro area. Perhaps I should have titled these posts Part 1, 2 and now 3. Oh well, twenty, twenty hind sight!!!
So let’s continue with the theme…….what makes the Phoenix Metropolitan area so RV friendly?
- Maricopa County Regional Parks
- Lost Dutchman State Park
- The multitude of Private RV Parks
Rumor has it there are more than 600 RV Parks in Phoenix and Maricopa County. Although I don’t find that hard to believe, what I will dispute is the title “RV Park”. I personally feel there is a definite distinction between a “mobile home park” and a “RV Park” (recreational vehicle). That said, the majority of the private parks have mobile homes on site, quite often referred to as “Park Models”……kind of a fancy term for a mobile home, single or double wide.
Ah, but these parks aren’t your average run of the mill trailer park. Nope, most are geared toward retirees and intended as second homes with a Resort style atmosphere. When a lot is vacant, the site is offered to those of us in RV’s. We are able to rent nightly, weekly, monthly, or extended. Gosh, one could live in a spot year round if they wanted to.
It is in one of these RV Resorts, the Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort, that I find myself parked for the months of October, November, and December. I’m amazed with the amount of amenities and social functions available. One can choose to be as social or anti-social as one cares to be. The east valley in the towns of Mesa and Apache Junction have more of these RV Resorts than I can count. Just be prepared to have a Park Model as your neighbor and most have an age restriction of 55 plus.
There are always pluses and minuses in every situation and what works for one person may not work for another. My personal experience is the atmosphere is very different at a resort with Park Models than one without. Since Park Models are not easily moved, the resort feels more residential with guests well established. With a 2 week maximum stay in a state park, folks are more transient and all passing through within days. Short term verses long-term!
There are very few Private RV Parks in the Phoenix area that do not have Park Models. They do exist with a little research and one we’ve enjoyed staying at in the past is Deserts Edge RV Park . The big plus for us is its close proximity to our son’s home.
Deserts Edge RV Park located on the north side of Phoenix off Interstate 17 and Deer Valley Road is referred to as the Purple Park. We love the location plus it’s a super dog friendly place. So friendly, they have 3 dog runs and a dog washing station.
This is a small RV park. They have a bunch of pull-thru sites perfect for a short stay and back-in sites for longer stays. Spacing is typical. They have a swimming pool, very small workout room, and a onsite laundry facility. As I said, it’s a small park but with no age restrictions and no Park Models.
Another RV Park we’ve stayed at is the Destiny RV Resort located in Goodyear, south-west of Phoenix. We attended a Good Sam Rally last year and this RV Park was conveniently located to the event. Our stay was short and we spent most of our time at the Rally and not at the park. So I can’t offer any further info on this place other than we prefer staying in other parts of the valley. However, the park is conveniently located off Interstate 10 and for those heading toward California this could be the perfect stop.
With all the variety and options of places to park your RV in Maricopa County, it’s no wonder this is such a popular winter destination. But the fun doesn’t end with the parking of the RV….it’s just the beginning…….