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Steve Green | January 15, 2024

Arizona’s East Valley beckons RVers with its stunning desert landscapes, vibrant cities, and endless adventures. Ditch the crowded RV parks and discover hidden gems where you can soak up the sun, explore unique landscapes, and experience the region’s charm up close. Buckle up, nomads, and let’s hit the road to some of the best RV havens in the East Valley!

Mountain Splendor:

Superstition Mountain

  • Lost Dutchman State Park (Apache Junction): Hike beneath the iconic Superstition Mountains,explore historic mines, and camp amidst breathtaking scenery. Boasting spacious campsites with hookups, Lost Dutchman offers a true desert oasis for RVers.
  • Canyon Lake Recreation Area (Apache Junction): Paddle serene waters, relax on sandy beaches,and cast a line for bass. This family-friendly campground offers shaded RV sites with hookups, a splash pad, and boat rentals.
  • Usery Mountain Park (Mesa): Escape the heat in the foothills of the Usery Mountains. Hike scenic trails, bike challenging paths, and enjoy panoramic views from the Wind Cave Trail. Usery Mountain Regional Park offers both primitive and RV-friendly campsites with hookups.

Desert Delights:

Hikers on a Scottsdale Arizona Desert Trail

  • Florence KOA (Florence): This family-friendly KOA campground offers a unique blend of desert adventure and resort amenities. Relax in the pool, challenge yourself on the mini-golf course, or take a hayride through the cactus forests. RV sites boast full hookups and plenty of space.
  • South Mountain Park (Phoenix): Immerse yourself in the largest municipal park in the US. Hike challenging trails, visit the Dobbins Lookout for breathtaking city views, and admire the diverse desert flora and fauna. South Mountain offers free primitive camping in designated areas.
  • Apache Junction RV Park (Apache Junction): Enjoy a relaxing base camp near Superstition Mountain views. This friendly park offers full hookups, a pool, laundry facilities, and even a dog park.It’s perfect for exploring the surrounding canyons and historical sites.

Hidden Gems:

Winter in the Desert: Four Peaks Mountain is in the distance.

  • Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (Globe): Escape the crowds at this peaceful lake nestled amongst rolling hills. Enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the refreshing waters. Fool Hollow offers spacious RV sites with hookups and stunning scenery.
  • Verde River Campground (Camp Verde): Embrace the lush riparian paradise of the Verde River. Hike scenic trails, kayak through canyons, and spot diverse wildlife. This primitive campground offers stunning views and a true backcountry experience.
  • Tonto National Forest (various locations): Discover a vast network of campgrounds across the Tonto National Forest. Choose from high-mountain meadows near Pine, secluded canyons near Payson, or desert landscapes near Florence. Find dispersed camping options or developed campgrounds with amenities.

Pro Tips:

  • Consider the season when choosing your campground. East Valley summers can be scorching, so opt for higher elevations during that time.
  • Reserve your campsite in advance, especially during peak seasons and holidays.
  • Be mindful of campfire restrictions and desert safety protocols.
  • Leave no trace and respect the natural beauty of the area.

Desert cactus saguaro park Landscape, superstition mountain near Phoenix Arizona

Hitting the road in your RV opens up a world of possibilities in the Arizona East Valley. So, roll down the windows, crank up the tunes, and embark on your own sun-soaked adventure. Remember, the best campsites are often the ones waiting to be discovered!

Enjoy the journey, fellow travelers!

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