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Old 04-09-2016, 03:23 PM   #1
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Any good camping Northern AZ/NM/Southern UT

First, I'm new the RV thing so excuse my ignorance. Been a tent camper up till now. As a result the idea of camping near the highway or in what is essentially a big parking lot with my neighbor 4 feet away is not appealing. We're trying to plan a 10-11 day trip from Texas to Arizona and maybe up to Page or a bit north of there into Utah, and then back. I keep pouring over google maps and looking at places and then reading reviews. Looking at forums etc. I'd just like 30 amp service, and at least somewhere to fill water that feels like camping and not a trailer park in a neighborhood or next to a busy highway, but this seems nearly impossible to find.

Any suggestions are welcome. General triangle would be Albuquerque to Williams to Page and back down to Albuquerque before we head back into Texas. All I've come up with so far is KOA near Williams, AZ. Marina campground just outside Page, and Ameican RV campground outside ABQ. Not really satisfied with any of the above.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:37 PM   #2
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May I suggest going to Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov and searching for Corps of Engineer (COE) campgrounds. They are all very nice, with well-spaced sites. Water and electricity is available at all RV sites, and most have sewers. All COE campgrounds have dump stations. Lots of green space, not usually on major highways (in fact, they are all on fairly significant bodies of water) and generally very reasonably priced...and if you are 62, get the official "old guy" card from the National Park Service (Senior pass) and you only pay 50% of the normal price for stays at COE campgrounds.

If your travels take you near Carrizozo, NM, visit (and stay at) Valley of Fires, a Bureau of Land Management campground. Interesting and other-worldly, Valley of Fires is the remains of a lava flow from an ancient volcano. Worth a visit. I think we paid $9 per night for 30 amp service and water, with a dump station near the exit.

Recreation.gov recreation area details - Valley of Fires Recreation Area - Recreation.gov

(BTW, there was no charge for the rattlesnake that my DW almost stepped on.

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Any good camping, etc etc

Hi Steve, Recreation.gov is a great site. You will find many scenic places to stay. We have spent a lot of time at Rockhound State Park in Deming, NM, also going north a little bit you will find City of Rocks, which is an interesting place. Also going into Arizona the Lost Dutchman Mine can't be beat, and then further north perhaps Dead Horse Ranch which is a stone's throw from Sedona. We are from Mass and usually spend three months of the winter browsing through this area. It is our favorite. Good luck and happy camping!
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Old 04-09-2016, 04:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate it. I'll look into some of that.
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I'd look up US Forest Service campgrounds as well. While some are unimproved others can have full hookups and for those that need them bathhouses. I have also found that state parks usually have nicely spaced sites so they are worth looking into as well. Like the USFS campgrounds amenities can vary from park to park.
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The forest is open and some great spots for boondocking just outside of Flagstaff
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The forest is open and some great spots for boondocking just outside of Flagstaff

I lived in Prescott at one time and recall June being pretty warm(this is when we plan the trip to be). Can't remember, but are the temps a little cooler up around Flag in the evening with the slightly higher elevation? I don't have a gen capable of running the AC.
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:45 PM   #8
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Check out the NM State parks site:
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Wahweap RV Park on Lake Powell near Page is nice but not inexpensive.
Lake Powell Wahweap Marina RV Park & Campground in AZ | Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
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If you only need to use your rv campsite as a base for eating & sleeping, you cannot beat this place: Welcome to the Page Lake Powell Campground and RV Park » Page Lake Powell Campground

It is cheap, convenient to explore everything in the area. Have stayed there twice, well run, jammed together but who cares, easy access to all the main roads, restaurants, etc etc etc. The guy behind the checkin counter knows the area extremely well. Hop skip and a jump to Horseshoe Bend, the dam canyon, slot canyons, etc etc.
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