Arizona camping provides so much variety, with many options to fit all desires!
Recreational Vehicle - a variable term. From a very large Class A to van-like Class B vehicles. Depending on the type, and length - they're suitable for different types of campsites. And it depends on who is in the RV - what type of camping they like to do.
There's also the tow-able travel trailers - a huge assortment from mini-mini on up! Then there's tenting - variable styles also. Such flexible Arizona camping sites available!
We have been in all of the above! Main categories, that is. And continue to live our own Arizona camping journey! [See our own camping story... more here>]
What do You have? What do You like to do? Our campsites will be listed by category and size limits. We'll throw in some of our recommendations. So choose what you like!!
We have a few methods that help us in camping with our RV. We have a Class C - we like to take it to wilderness types of areas. Go off the "grid" - so to speak, with our self-contained unit. Then in between we'll go for some luxury. Of course we use it for major vacation trips too.
For a great camping experience, it's important to be organized & have appropriate, good equipment [more here>].
We did a few really helpful things to enhance our experience in Arizona camping. They've given back the value over and over again! They work for RVs and tenting...
Many Arizona camping parks are set up for Motorhome Camping. Yet they continue to keep spaces suitable for tenting as well. Here are some of those choices:
Arizona has a number of fabulous State Parks, many of which have terrific camp-sites. Make any of your Arizona state park reservations (must include a $5 non-refundable deposit) by calling (520) 586-2283. Online reservations also available.
National Parks are a treasure to visit. They do have entrance fees, but some days throughout the year are even free of charge - as a gift to the people! National parks are also great places to camp. A lot of them provide that wilderness experience that many tenters and backpackers enjoy. Some great Arizona camping in National Parks...
We've always been campers ourselves.
From the time we were newlyweds, going camping was a way to explore our world on the young person budget. In old fashioned tents that took an hour to erect. Sleeping on these cheap pool rafts that always deflated before morning! Ugh!!
We had our kids and continued - improved on the tents. Getting some cots made for much better sleeping comfort!
Then we got a Ford van with bench seats that Bill used in his job. We got crafty, so we could double it up for improved camping comfort. Aimed to be better protected from the elements. We did some home-made customizing - really basic.
We made shelves accessed from the back end doors, to store provisions. Bill actually used them to store his work materials on the job. So double duty!
We liked it - it did the job well enough. We could still have the camping life-style, but with a little more cozy comfort.
Finally, our 2 kids were getting older, a little whiny! They wanted friends along on camping trips - that was good! So we were able to get a little Toyota RV. When they first came out. That was a good little vehicle, that took us a lot of places. It was great since it could go into a lot of small campsites, and it was self-contained.
When our kids had friends along, we had a small tent for them all - really improved now! Just pop it right up, just about. So they'd pitch it right outside the RV door - and feel really cool, like they were out on their own!
We went a lot of places in that RV. All up and down the East Coast - from the tip of Florida up to Maine and into Canada. We took it to New Brunswick, into Nova Scotia, and then onto the ferry to Newfoundland. Not all in one trip, of course!
Oh, and we also took it out West, to Arizona - Tucson to be exact. We did two weeks of Arizona camping, and knew this was where we had to be living!
When we moved out West to Arizona, that was our first home here - Arizona camping in our Toyota RV! Stayed in that about a month while searching for a rental home. It was a means to begin to reestablish ourselves out West. While getting settled, expenses required us to sell it. But it did its work of keeping our family being happy campers!
After we got a little settled, we got back to tenting again. Our budget again was cramped, as we were getting ourselves settled out West. Going to school, figuring out new careers, etc. Not much rain here in Arizona, so the comforts in that respect were easier to come by. So we certainly began exploring and getting in some Arizona camping in a tent.
Then finally, we became established enough, had our careers going well - and wanted to get a little more comfort again. We still loved the camping lifestyle. So we bought a nice little travel trailer, that our Toyota pick-up was equipped to tow. And off we went again!
Got a lot of good camping done in that. Throughout Arizona, into California, Colorado, New Mexico and to the beach in Mexico. Good ole Rocky Point - Puerto Penasco, that was really nice. Right on the beach at Playa Bonita.
Then we moved to California, San Diego area, to begin fantastic new jobs. We kept the camper at our daughter's. It was impractical to bring it out there with us. Nowhere to keep it, and then no time to go camping. After a few years we just sold it. When we took short trips, we just began staying in motels, resorts, cabins and B & Bs. All our vacations and substantial amount of days off revolved around returning to Arizona to see our family. So camping went by the way-side, but not off our minds!
Finally it was time to retire. So move back to Arizona was a definite! And what was on our mind right away - buy an RV. And so we have it now. What's to do but let you in on the campsites we've known and loved! Check out new ones, to see how they are - and let you know about it.
Finally - how about you let us know about the great ones that you like!! Message us here!