Southwest

Southwest

ARIZONA FAVORITES

PARK:   Wahweap RV Park and Campground

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LOCATION:   Page, Arizona

WHAT WE LIKE:   The park is spacious with plenty of room between sites.  The roads are paved and are perfect for walking or biking to the nearby general store.  The bathrooms are clean and tidy.  The park is bounded on one side with gorgeous views of Lake Powell and the other side by lovely desert vistas.

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE:   In the summer, Arizona is on Pacific time.  Right across the street from the RV park is Utah – which is on Mountain time.  So … your cell phone is constantly switching back and forth between the two.  Sometimes confusing …

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lake Powell is just across the road – ideal for a picnic lunch, launching a boat for a day of fishing, taking a dip in the lake at one of the sandy beaches, renting a houseboat, or scheduling a sightseeing trip to the sacred and isolated Rainbow Bridge.
  • Antelope Canyon is a “must see” while visiting the area.  Available to see only by Navajo-guided tours, reserved trips depart from Antelope Canyon Tours in downtown Page.  These red-rock slot canyons are unlike anything else in the USA and the photographs you will leave with will be cherished for a lifetime!
Boat on Lake Powell
Beautiful Lake Powell

PARK:   Tucson / Lazy Days KOA

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Tucson, Arizona

WHAT WE LIKE:  We have spent two winters at this park.  It is big and spacious with more than enough room between you and your neighbor.  The pads are gravel and all sites have a large concrete patio with a round, wrought-iron picnic table.  And nearly every site has a citrus tree – lemon, orange, or grapefruit! There are several dog parks to let your four-legged babies off leash.  One is huge with lots of space for chasing balls and Frisbees.  The two pools are beautiful and warm all winter.  The laundry rooms and workout rooms are exceptional.  The on-site restaurant, BBQ Rush, serves up some of the best barbecue this side of TEXAS with rave reviews on Yelp, and the weekly entertainment and Friday night DJ are always a treat.

WHAT WE DON’T LIKE:  The park is PLOP, right in the middle of a somewhat sketchy area.  That part is not what bugs us, what DOES, is that nearly every time we shop in the area someone asks for spare change.  It gets old.  It doesn’t bother us enough to keep us from returning to the park, however, we WILL be back.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sonora Desert Museum is not far and rated as the #1 thing to do in Tucson per Trip Advisor.  Think part zoo, part botanical garden.  The perfect mix of desert animals in their natural habitats and stunning cactus gardens – particularly in March and April when the desert is in bloom.
  • Saguaro National Park is a fine place to take a scenic drive or hike through regional flora.  Saguaro, Teddy Bear Cholla, Ocotillo, and Prickly Pear cactus dot the desert landscape with their unique and sometimes other-worldly silhouettes.
swimming pool
Nothing like swimming in January …
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Tucson Lazydays KOA

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARK:   Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

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LOCATION:   Williams, Arizona

WHAT WE LIKE:   We love how neat and tidy they keep this park.  We love how everything is within walking distance – downtown for a meal, souvenir shops, grocery store, post office – even hop on the train for a trip to the Grand Canyon.  How can you not love THAT?

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:  It’s hard to find anything that we did not like here – perhaps the LOUD train whistles due to being right next to the train tracks.  But you know that going in … it’s called the Grand Canyon RAILWAY RV Park, after all.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • The Grand Canyon Railway is such a fun way to visit the Grand Canyon.  A little over two-hour train ride through the desert terrain drops you off right in the heart of the Grand Canyon Village.  Enjoy a few hours of seeing the canyon, shopping and/or enjoying a meal at one of the lodges before heading back at the end of the day.  Better yet, opt for a longer visit by taking advantage of one of the overnight packages offered.
  • Downtown Williams, Arizona is right on old Route 66 and full of quirky souvenir shops and restaurants full of retro charm, sure to transport you to another time.  And the best part?  It is an easy ten-minute walk from your RV!
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All Aboard!

COLORADO FAVORITES

PARK:   Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Colorado Springs, Colorado

WHAT WE LIKE:   This impressive RV Park is off the beaten path and feels as if you’re in the middle of the woods completely surrounded by nature.  The sites are spacious and staggered in interesting ways to create beautiful and private views.  The deer and wild turkey that make themselves at home in the park are nice surprises too.  And did I mention the weekend pancake breakfasts?  Oh, yes – there’s that.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:   I don’t like to mention this as a negative but at times it can be one – there is no internet or cell service here.  We live this lifestyle so we can disconnect, but when you need to make a call or send an email – it’s a drag to have to drive a few miles to the highway.  Also – be aware – the address is Colorado Springs but you are a LONG WAY to the popular Colorado Springs / Manitou Springs tourist attractions.  The park is off of Highway 115 almost to Penrose and Canon City.  Not necessarily a BAD thing if you’re looking to kick back, but be forewarned of the potential for traffic and long commutes.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • This area is FULL of things to do and see but the biggie for me is Pike’s Peak.  It is about 30 miles from the park and if you’ve never been to the mountain, you really need to check it out.  You can drive to the top along the 20ish mile mountain road with plenty of opportunities to stop to take photos and enjoy the breathtaking views, experience wildlife or do some hiking!  The cog railway is another fun way to experience the mountain but currently the railway is not scheduled to reopen until extensive repairs are completed on the tracks.  Check out some good Pike’s Peak stuff in our “Family Scrapbook” right HERE.  And HERE!
  •  Another favorite of mine is the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.  This museum explores all things COWBOY – including inductees into the Hall of Fame as well as all events and aspects of rodeo and even the history of rodeo gear.  It is a great way to spend a few hours while learning about this great sport of our American heritage.  And some “Family Scrapbook” memories HERE, too!
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Photo courtesy of Mountaindale Cabins and RV Resort

PARK:   Glenwood Springs West / Colorado River KOA

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Silt, Colorado

WHAT WE LIKE:   We love the gorgeous Rocky Mountains surrounding this park and the beautiful Colorado River that whooshes along behind the property.  The sites are nice and large with plenty of room to spread out.  The property is new and they were in the process of building some “premium” sites that back up to the river – looking forward to staying here again in the future.  A lovely spot to spend a few days or a few weeks!

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:   It was fairly close to Interstate 70 so there was some freeway noise.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • Glenwood Hot Springs Resort – This historic hot springs is THE place to soak away what ails you – and has been since 1888!  Two pools – one kept at 90 degrees and the other “therapy” pool kept at 104 degrees – are both open year round.
Glenwood Springs KOA
Photo courtesy of KOA

OKLAHOMA FAVORITES

PARK:  Twin Fountains RV Resort

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

WHAT WE LIKE:   We love the “neighborhood” feel of this homey park.  The full-grown trees offer lots of shade and the ample sites allow for plenty of room to stretch.  The park is constantly working to improve itself, as well.  The added amenities over the last few years have indeed awarded this park the “resort” status.  Beautiful swimming pool, miniature golf, salon/spa and a concierge to help with plans while staying in the area.  It’s one of the parks that we always hate to leave.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:  The sites that we have encountered during our stays slope UP to pull out of, and are always a bit of a pain to hook up our fifth wheel.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is just a couple miles from the park and if you enjoy learning about the West – don’t miss this incredible museum.  Western history and art, traveling exhibits, as well as Native American culture are all covered and they don’t get much better than this!
  • The Oklahoma City National Memorial is another must-see venue while visiting the area.  This reminder of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building honors the memories of those lost in this act of domestic terrorism.  The outdoor memorial is equally symbolic, sobering and not to be missed.
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Photo courtesy of Twin Fountains RV Resort

PARK:   Winstar World Casino RV Park

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Thackerville, Oklahoma

WHAT WE LIKE:   There is just not much NOT to like about this place – other than it is at a casino – but it is FAR away from the casino/resort itself!  It is a beautiful park with landscaped sites and surroundings.  The sites are HUGE and concrete with a nice grassy yard.  The pool, basketball court and playground are all immaculate and the walking trail around the park makes for a nice stroll.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:  There’s the whole “living at the casino” thing and, maybe, the winds whip up a little more than other places, being that it is the Southern Oklahoma foothills.  But I’m really stretching here to find something that didn’t agree with us.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:  There is not a lot to do in the area other than take advantage of the amenities at the Casino/Resort.  But the park is so comfortable it is nice just to sit on your patio under the awning of your RV and enjoy the quiet and pretty surroundings.

  • Winstar Golf Club – The Casino / Resort has two 18-hole golf courses – Redbud and Scissortail.
  • Winstar Casino – The casino is touted as the largest in the WORLD!  Whether you’re into playing the machines or not, it is an interesting, if not LONG, walk around the whole thing.  There are also several places to shop and eat inside the casino.  My favorite is Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill.  Get the cornbread.  That’s all.
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Photo courtesy of Winstar Casino/Resort

TEXAS FAVORITES

PARK:  Oasis RV Resort

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Amarillo, Texas

WHAT WE LIKE:   We like the wide open space of this RV park and how tidy they keep the park.  When what you can SEE is well kept, you can often count on what you CAN’T see being looked after as well.  And hopefully this is the case when we hook up to shore power and anything else that can affect our rig!  The pool and spa area is beautiful and feels like an upscale resort.  And how can you not love the humor of the owners as you’re greeted by an RV buried nose first in the ground as an homage to the nearby Cadillac Ranch.  Ha ha.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:   There are no trees – so things can get mighty HOT in this part of Texas come summertime.  But that is when you take advantage of the gorgeous pool, right?

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • One of my all-time favorite roadside attractions is the quirky Cadillac Ranch located right alongside I-40 on the west side of Amarillo.  Listed on every famous-icons-of-Route-66 list, this detour is a fun, if not silly, stop in your travels.  Bring a can of spray paint as visitors are encouraged to “tag” the ten Cadillacs that are buried nose first in the Texas dirt.  The last time I visited – yes, I’ve stopped more than once – someone left a full can of paint so I was able to leave some of my own signature graffiti!
  • Palo Duro Canyon is a bit of a surprise out in the middle of the flat panhandle of Texas.  This is the SECOND largest canyon in the United States and its rugged beauty is not to be missed while in the area.  In the summertime don’t miss the outdoor musical presented in the park called TEXAS.
Texas flag
Don’t mess with this place …

PARK: Triple R Resort RV Park

RATING:   

LOCATION:   Crystal City, Texas

WHAT WE LIKE:   Talk about peace and quiet!  Not only is this park remote in general, once we registered at the park we had to drive another whole mile to get to our site!  There is not a lot to do around here except enjoy the solitude.  This is the perfect place to read, pray, snooze, fish – there is a pond on site, or whatever else you like to do when you have the rare opportunity to shut out the rest of the world.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE:   While it was part of the charm of the park – you were out in the middle of nowhere.  If you wanted anything you had to drive a LONG way to the town of Crystal City.  And once you arrived, there wasn’t much to choose from.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

  • Just about the ONLY thing to see while in the area is a POPEYE statue that honors the spinach that is grown in the area.  You might as well see it!

 

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Triple R RV Resort