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Always looking for our next adventure and was thinking about spending next summer in Flagstaff. I looked at RV Park reviews http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/arizona/flagstaff and there is not a lot to choose from? The 55+ park sounded interesting; we specifically we would like big rig friendly and full hookups.

 

I found these two somewhat opposite articles when I googled "Flagstaff RV Parks"

 

http://gypsyjournal.net/Unfriendly.html

 

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/rv-parks-flagstaff-arizona-50749.html

 

What have your experiences been in Flagstaff, AZ?

 

Thanks.

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We have been to Flagstaff a number of times and enjoyed our visits. For longer stays, we prefer the Cottonwood/Camp Verde area. That whole area has become somewhat of a haven for those that winter in the desert and are looking for cooler, free/cheap places to stay for the summer. Recall the big fuss a couple of years ago about the Coconino National Forest cracking down on those exceeding the 14 day stay limit and virtually homesteading in the Forest for the summer? Not sure Nick's statement about Cottonwood is still true after the shootout in the Walmart parking lot. The Thousand Trails between Cottonwood and Camp Verde is a nice park. Thereis also a Western Horizons park and some smaller parks closer to Camp Verde. Zane Grey RV Park East of Camp Verde is in a more rural setting.

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We have vacationed in Flagstaff, prior to Fulltiming, many times over the years... Many, many things to see and do. Now that we have a motorhome, and fulltime, we stay at the Cottonwood Thousand Trails park during the March - early May months. Fine park, on the Verde River, well located to interesting places, businesses, etc.

Jim

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For spending the summer, Cottonwood would be very hot. Prescott is hot, also. We tried both.

 

We spent a summer in Flagstaff but we alternated between boondocking and two nice forest service campgrounds but there's a 2-week limit. Bonito is our favorite. It's at the entrance of Sunset Volcano Nat'l Park. Flagstaff has excellent summer temperatures for Arizona and there's always something going on in town.

 

Another 'cool' place to consider is Show Low/Pinetop area. Venture In is a popular RV park as is Juniper Ridge.

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For spending the summer, Cottonwood would be very hot. Prescott is hot, also. We tried both.

 

We spent a summer in Flagstaff but we alternated between boondocking and two nice forest service campgrounds but there's a 2-week limit. Bonito is our favorite. It's at the entrance of Sunset Volcano Nat'l Park. Flagstaff has excellent summer temperatures for Arizona and there's always something going on in town.

 

Another 'cool' place to consider is Show Low/Pinetop area. Venture In is a popular RV park as is Juniper Ridge.

 

I was concerned that Cottonwood http://www.intellicast.com/Local/History.aspx?location=USAZ0052 would be too hot in the summer though it is a nice area for spring and fall. We have stayed in Dewey near Prescott, the park was very nice but that too was too hot in the summer.

 

Flagstaff's historical weather averages for summer look very inviting especially the cooler nights: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/History.aspx?location=USAZ0068

We have air conditioning but would much rather be outside during the day and sleep with the windows open.

 

Show Low's historical weather though not at cool as Flagstaff appears to be much better than the valley: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/History.aspx?location=USAZ0213

 

I like the idea of a 55+ community we winter in one and enjoy all the outdoor activities; will have to check out Juniper Ridge. Thank you.

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We stayed at J & H this summer and was very happy with it. We thought about going back next summer for two or three months but the cost was prohibitive for us. We couldn't find any other park where we thought we would be happy at a lower rate. Flagstaff is a great area with a lot of things to see and do.

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If you follow through and check out Show Low, AZ, Venture In and Juniper Ridge are both 55+ and have a clubhouse w/activities. Also, try to rent a site from individuals rather than staying on their transient lot. It's a lot more pleasant. Their website has a place where you can click for rentals. The season is ending now so there won't be as many rentals by owner as there will be in spring but worth a try. Our rental even included a washer/dryer in their shed and a golf cart. It also had a tree! :)

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We are currently in Flagstaff at the J&H RV Senior Park and have booked five nights. The daily rate is expensive, in my opinion, for what you get. However, we’ve never been to Flagstaff and wanted to check out the city.

 

The park is located on Highway 89 (old route 66) just outside of the city limits. The traffic along Highway 89 into the old downtown is terrible. It often gets backed up because the very active railroad runs a good part of the highway and there are only a few overpasses over the railroad tracks. Traffic often backs up when a train is passing through. The university, with its population of 22,000, is near downtown so the downtown area is crowded with students.

 

That said, it is a city with a number of events both on and off campus. It is only about 25 or 30 miles to Sedona and about 25 miles to the Arizona Snowbowl. Nearby the park are two good hiking trails. Walnut Canyon National Monument is just about 10 miles away.

 

In our five days here, the park has been booked every night. It is big-rig friendly and lots of big rigs have pulled in every night. There are a number of folks who stay here for the season. It is a tidy, clean and quiet park but offers little in the way of amenities for the price. It looks to be the best park in the area. I doubt, however, that I would return to the park or Flagstaff.

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We are currently in Flagstaff at the J&H RV Senior Park and have booked five nights. The daily rate is expensive, in my opinion, for what you get. However, we’ve never been to Flagstaff and wanted to check out the city.

 

The park is located on Highway 89 (old route 66) just outside of the city limits. The traffic along Highway 89 into the old downtown is terrible. It often gets backed up because the very active railroad runs a good part of the highway and there are only a few overpasses over the railroad tracks. Traffic often backs up when a train is passing through. The university, with its population of 22,000, is near downtown so the downtown area is crowded with students.

 

That said, it is a city with a number of events both on and off campus. It is only about 25 or 30 miles to Sedona and about 25 miles to the Arizona Snowbowl. Nearby the park are two good hiking trails. Walnut Canyon National Monument is just about 10 miles away.

 

In our five days here, the park has been booked every night. It is big-rig friendly and lots of big rigs have pulled in every night. There are a number of folks who stay here for the season. It is a tidy, clean and quiet park but offers little in the way of amenities for the price. It looks to be the best park in the area. I doubt, however, that I would return to the park or Flagstaff.

Thanks for that report. We were thinking of stopping in Flagstaff or Camp Verde but I think hearing about the traffic will have us driving by Flagstaff in a couple weeks.

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Thanks for that report. We were thinking of stopping in Flagstaff or Camp Verde but I think hearing about the traffic will have us driving by Flagstaff in a couple weeks.

We never had any traffic problems that I considered severe, but we didn't really go downtown. We did enjoy Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument.

 

In the Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde area Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park, the town of Jerome, the town of Sedona, and Schnebly Hill Road are worth visiting in my opinion.

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