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Flagstaff and on the Rim (Payson, Show Low, Pinetop and Greer) are the coolest for summer. Flagstaff has slim pickings for RV parks and from driving by all of them, J&H is the best one but we've never stayed there. We stay either at Bonito national forest campground just outside the gate to Sunset Crater or at Pinegrove national forest campground at the south side of Lake Mary, south of Flagstaff. They are good if you want short-term (14 days).


There are forest campground all along the Rim drive (Hwy 260) from Payson eastward. Just north of Show Low is Juniper Ridge RV. It's a huge complex with many park models but has a section for just RVers and also owners rent their lots (which is better if you can get one). It's very clean, big lots, has a pool, spa, tennis, pickleball, golf, clubhouse and activities. However, true to it's name is has junipers and very few actual shade trees and it's a little lower in elevation than Show Low so it's warmer - although not hot like the deserts. In Show Low itself is Venture In which is popular and others along Hwy 260. Good luck!

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We spent last summer volunteering for the Forest Service near Happy Jack, AZ. It is on Highway 87 about 25 miles north of Payson, and is about the same elevation as Flagstaff, 7,000 feet. It is much cooler than either Payson or Show Low. About a mile up Forest Road 3 from its intersection intersection with 87 is the Happy Jack Lodge and RV Resort. It is a very nice place and the weather is great.

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Williams West of Flag. Several large parks plus it is at 6800' so while it may get warm during the day the temp plummets after sunset. There are many sites to see in the area from the forest to driving parts of old Rt 66. There is some fishing but it's not that great. The planes of fame second location is on 84 near the big ditch also. The big ditch is North on 84 and there are parks up that way also.

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Excellent tips, folks.


We camped at Show Low our 1st year and loved it, but looking for full hookup places.

Show Low, PineTop, Lakeside has many full hook up RV parks. As I mentioned, we really like th Encore park that is very near the state park. Nice people, activities, nice sites---

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Just a quick question...if you're fulltime RVing, why are you in AZ in the summer? That's when most people travel to the "other" places you can't make it to in the winter! Just saying :)

Like much of the West, Arizona's climate is not uniform across the state. It has places that are cold in winter, but reasonable in summer, along with the places that are reasonable in winter, but hot in summer. Coming from Washington state I am used to this, the climate in Richland (where I lived for many years) is desert, but when people think of Washington they assume it is all like Seattle, mild, wet and green.


Not all fulltimers travel long distances, especially as they get older.

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