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> Suggestions for a good place to 'Snowbird' in a TC

mikeashford
post Apr 17 2013, 11:39 AM
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Next winter, my wife and I (and two dogs AND one BMW motorcycle) plan on truck camping with an Artic Fox and duely set up. Can some of you 'weigh in' on your favorite spot to sit for a month in the southwest (Arizona, California, New Mexico). I have looked at some of the 'over 55' RV resorts and they seem pretty cool with pool and hot tubs, fitness centers, etc. I'm just not sure which, if any of them would be right for us. With my BMW GS, I motorcycle camp and that is kind of my 'head space' so a TC seems to be a minimalist kind of RV experience that would suit us. We are 55 and are looking for campgrounds that are attractive to retirees in their 50's and 60's.

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post Apr 21 2013, 10:02 AM
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I haven't done it,but a buddy and his wife take their 5th wheel and quad to Quartzsite,AZ (on I-10 near the Colorado River) and dry camp each winter for about a month. Lots of other folks in the area camping with support facilities nearby, fuel, grocery store, RV supplies and as far as I know, camping in most areas is free of charge. He's ridden his quad almost all the way to Yuma on back roads so lots of places to explore out there.
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post Sep 14 2013, 08:50 PM
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QUOTE(mikeashford @ Apr 17 2013, 11:39 AM)
Next winter, my wife and I (and two dogs AND one BMW motorcycle) plan on truck camping with an Artic Fox and duely set up.  Can some of you 'weigh in' on your favorite spot to sit for a month in the southwest (Arizona, California, New Mexico).  I have looked at some of the 'over 55' RV resorts and they seem pretty cool with pool and hot tubs, fitness centers, etc.  I'm just not sure which, if any of them would be right for us.  With my BMW GS, I motorcycle camp and that is kind of my 'head space' so a TC seems to be a minimalist kind of RV experience that would suit us.  We are 55 and are looking for campgrounds that are attractive to retirees in their 50's and 60's.

Any recommendations?

Mike in Oly
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The McDowell Mountains near Fountain Hills, AZ (Phoenix area) offer campsites with electrical hook-ups. The sites are nice, and whenever I’ve camped there, it’s been RV’ers who were always nice people and quiet campers. It’s away from the city, so it‘s quite serene. You can reserve sites also - www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/ .
You can ride your BMW up the road from the campground to a 3.1 mile trail called the North Trail and take a daily easy-peasy, peaceful morning walk through the desert. Also, you can ride over to Apache Junction and take hwy 88 to Tortilla Flat which is “an authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest, in the Superstition Mountain Range.” Then onto Roosevelt Lake on Hwy 188 to the scenic Beeline Hwy (Hwy 88) and south back to camp (it’s a loop ride). There are a lot of roads to ride in the Superstition Mountains as well. There is a 14 day camping limit in the McDowell’s, so after your time is up, you could go over to the west side of Phoenix to the Estrella Mountains where you can find sites with electric also (if that’s what you’re looking for, there are primitive sites at each campground also) www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella/ . The Estrella Mtn Park is also scenic desert and warm winter temps.
Or, you could park it in Sedona or Cottonwood. These are higher elevations, and Sedona will get snow on occasion, it’s not often, and if it does snow, it doesn’t stay for long. Their average snow accumulation is 4 inches (and that’s a heck of a storm for Sedona). I don’t even think they plow the roads as the temps climb rapidly during the day and the roads start drying out. Oak Creek Canyon from Sedona north to Flagstaff is a pretty ride on a bike. However, depending on the month you’re planning your trip, Flagstaff may have snow, but the roads should be clear and any snow melted off by late morning (unless it’s a real dump). If you have heated riding gear, you should be fine. Or, go south from Sedona or Cottonwood and check out the historic mining town of Jerome. Lots of bikers hit Jerome, it’s a happy spot. Cottonwood would probably offer less expensive camping than Sedona. You could also search for National Forest areas around there for free camping (it‘s the Coconino National Forest). I believe there are National Forest areas near Sedona where it’s free camping. Check out http://freecampsites.net/#!Arizona&query=region . But, if you want to be certain of a warmer winter, do the McDowell Mtn/Estrella Mtn trip staying closer to the Phx area. Hope this helps. biggrin.gif
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post Jan 18 2017, 02:27 PM
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My favorite for the past nine years has been Big Bend, Texas, where actually I bought ten acres 30 miles North of Terlingua at $100 an acre. Great GS country as we ride a 1995 GS with sidecar for my dog. Terlingua had 3 RV Parks and a decent grocery store the next one being 80 miles away in Alpine. Cell reception and beautiful on/off roads. A few restaurants and much music on The Porch. Paved River Rd to Presidio [66 miles] is one of the countries most scenic rd. Weather is mild even though it can freeze at times throughout the nights, maybe even snow one day per yer!
Big Big National Park itself has two RV Parks and many primitive sites [900,000 acres of freedom!].
This time around however I think we are on our way to "Why", Arizona, near "Ajo" for a change of scenery.
Hope this helps.


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