PHOENIX CAMPGROUNDS AND RV PARKS

Many Valley RV parks cater to retired people, who come in the cooler months to spend as long as seven months under the Arizona sun. Guests enjoy an active social life then, including many craft and sport programs. Families won't fit in well at such places, but the parks listed here do accept children except as noted. RVers will find the largest selection of places to stay in Mesa and Apache Junction; the tourist offices there have lists of RV parks.

North of Downtown
For Covered Wagon RV Park (6540 N. Black Canyon Hwy., 602/242-2500, $18 tents, $21-36 RVs), take the I-17 Glendale Exit and go south a half mile on the west frontage road. To reach North Phoenix RV Park (2550 W. Louise Dr., 623/581-3969, $25 RV w/hookups), take the I-17 Deer Valley Road Exit, go west one block to 26th Avenue, then turn right. Pioneer RV Park (just off I-17 Pioneer Road Exit 225, 623/465-8000 or 800/658-5895, $27 RV w/hookups) sits in the desert near Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum (not affiliated), about 30 miles north of downtown Phoenix. Black Canyon City KOA (I-17 Exit 242, then north on the east frontage road, 623/374-5318 or 800/562-5314, $19 tents, $28-31 RV w/hookups, and $37 cabins) lies about 48 miles north of downtown with a pool, hot tub, and other amenities. Lake Pleasant County Park (about 30 miles northwest of Phoenix), Cave Creek Regional Park (about 30 miles north of Phoenix), and McDowell Mountain Regional Park (15 miles northeast of Scottsdale) all feature developed campgrounds with showers and hookups; see Valley of the Sun Recreation for details and directions.

West of Downtown
Destiny RV Resort
(416 N. Citrus Rd., about 25 miles west of downtown Phoenix, 623/853-0537 or 888/667-2454, $30-36 RV with hookups) is in Goodyear; take I-10 Exit 124, go south on Cotton Lane to Van Buren Street, then turn right to Citrus Road. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, offers tent and RV camping with showers in a scenic desert setting. Estrella Mountain Regional Park, about 25 miles southwest of downtown Phoenix, has plenty of room for basic camping (water but no showers) plus a few RV sites with hookups. See Valley of the Sun Recreation for details and directions of these last two places.

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