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Posted: 08/26/20 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can anyone tell me any tips and tricks to going to Scottsdale in winter? My mother turned 90 and must see her this winter. I'm wanting to know any nice RV parks close to Scottsdale, maybe fairly quiet, or even good places outside town. I don't like ritzy fancy just nice places with nice people. I just need space the size of a parking space with my truck camper, but will do what is easiest if quiet. Thank you so much for any help as it's going to be all new to me.

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You need to look at Mesa for RV Parks. And what months are you coming, because Jan-March will be booked full in all the parks, assuming that Canadians are allowed south this winter. If not, then you might find some vacancies, but not in Scottsdale. Scottsdale = money.


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covered wagon wrote:

Can anyone tell me any tips and tricks to going to Scottsdale in winter? My mother turned 90 and must see her this winter. I'm wanting to know any nice RV parks close to Scottsdale, maybe fairly quiet, or even good places outside town. I don't like ritzy fancy just nice places with nice people. I just need space the size of a parking space with my truck camper, but will do what is easiest if quiet. Thank you so much for any help as it's going to be all new to me.


Find a RV park at least 10 to 15 miles away from Scottsdale, too expensive. Look around the El Mirage area or south of Scottsdale out in the country.

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I think there is only one RV camping place remaining in Scottsdale and they usually are booked way in advance. You would do better checking Mesa, Apache Junction, northern areas of Phoenix or the west side as that's where many of them are located. You also have some Arizona State Parks and Maricopa County Regional Parks that have full/part service RV campgrounds, so check them out as well.

But, since Scottsdale is about 35 miles top to bottom, where in Scottsdale will also be a factor on which areas to check.


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Posted: 08/27/20 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

She is in the Northern end of Scottsdale and has a WalMart nearby, but the freeway is right there with all it's sounds just waiting to ruin my sleep. I am from the quiet woods of oregon so it's going to be an experience I'm sure.

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When do you plan to visit and how long would you stay?


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I stay at Cave Creek campground, north of Phoenix. Plenty of space. Easy in and out. Look for the discounts. Make plans early. There is also Lake Pleasant, not far from Scottsdale. No highway noise from either of the places I mentioned.

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Good thing you're looking now. The last 2 years in March was hard to find a place for even a couple nights. In 2019 we found a place 40 miles west of Phoenix, this year it was out of business. Found a place in Surprise and everybody's awning was almost touching the rig next door.

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covered wagon wrote:

She is in the Northern end of Scottsdale and has a WalMart nearby, but the freeway is right there with all it's sounds just waiting to ruin my sleep. I am from the quiet woods of oregon so it's going to be an experience I'm sure.

You can not park an RV overnight in that WalMart (or any retail location) parking lot in Scottsdale. If you do, expect a nasty 1 am wakeup call from the police and if they are in a bad mood (you parked within eyesight of the many NO Overnight RV Parking signs) they will issue a ticket as well.

Now, a bit of a local secret. Westword of Scottsdale has RV spots. If there are no shows going on while you are visiting, they rent the spots out like normal camping spots. It;s pretty basic as it;s scattered along the edges of parking lots or on the sides of arena or display buildings, but it's cheap and unknown. My friend comes down in the winter to visit but he always plans his visits during the Good Sam show so he gets a preferred packaged spot, discount rates and access to the show.

Also as mentioned, you have McDowell Mountain, Cave Creek and Lake Pleasant regional parks through Maricopa County Parks dept. Reservations won't be taken until 6 months prior to the date so be ready to jump that first day to get the best sites.

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ItsyRV, thanks for the Westworld tip.

https://www.westworldaz.com/rv-camping-1

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