By Timothy Rawles / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
(Pinal County, AZ) Sitting behind the wheel of an RV is one way to explore Arizona’s scenic landscape. Parking that same vehicle and getting outside to examine nature can enhance the whole experience. Gas up, grab some groceries and let us tell you about some great parks and resorts to plant your home on wheels.
Pinal is a roomy county. Its open desert space is peppered with cities like Casa Grande, Florence, and Apache Junction but the suburban life never distracts from the gorgeous, natural setting. It's off the beaten path between I-10 and Highway 79, but it's rich in history, full of gorgeous Sonoran Desert views, and just isolated enough to make you think you're living off the grid.
Established in 1875, Pinal County gets its name from Pinal Mountains located about 90 miles northeast in Gila Arizona. Flourishing with lush Ponderosa Pines, Gambel Oaks, and White firs, it's probably not something you would expect amid the hot desert terrain. But road tripping In an RV can be full of surprises.
If you're making your way up through Arizona via Tucson or south from Phoenix, Pinal County is a great place to rest up for a few days. There are plenty of RV parks to choose from and if you happen to have another vehicle with you touring the area is a must.
According to countyoffice.org there are 40 RV parks in Pinal County. It’s ranked ninth out of 15 counties as far as RV parks per capita.
Below are some great RV parks that rank high on Yelp’s review pages. Some are resort-style stops and some are basic sites that contain everything an RV-er needs for a refreshing pitstop or extended stay.
With its historic restored Adobe Inn, this location is more than just a pitstop. There are 85 private full-service RV sites, small patios, and desert landscaping including saguaro, barrel cactus and ocotillo. The clubhouse is fully stocked with a kitchen, utensils, coffee, and board games.
Located at: 9198 North Highway 79, Florence, 85132
This co-op has both long and short-term options for RVs. Their website says it's a “55+ RV resort.” The list of amenities is extensive. They have a pool and spa, meditation gardens, gym, and activity center.
Crafters are also in for a treat. The resort offers a stained glass window studio and a woodworking shop. People can take painting classes, take a gourd making workshop, do quilting, and play bocce ball.
Located at: 9668 North Highway, 79 Florence, 85132
This is another 55 and older resort. As with Desert Gardens, there's no shortage of activities. They have an on-site activities director, live entertainment, bingo, weekly potlucks, and church services.
It's pet-friendly, with nature and hiking trails, and is a WiFi hotspot. They also offer a 20% military discount.
Located at: 2200 North Trekell Road, Casa Grande, Arizona, 85122
For a more low-key experience, Palo Verde RV Park is a nature lover’s dream. Although it isn't as swanky as some of the other sites, it certainly serves its purpose. The park has been open for 64 years and offers extra-large spaces, a quiet RV community, beautiful vistas, and close access to Apache Sky Casino.
There are some full RV and trailer hookups.
They don't have shower or restroom facilities but offer “boondocking,” which means setting up your RV without electrical, sewer, or water connections. It's completely off the grid.
Located at: 9880 North Malpais Road, Winkleman, Arizona 85192
This isn't your average RV site, it also doubles as a mobile home park. which means you can make your stay an extended one if you want. Their RV spaces can accommodate any size RV, 5th Wheel, or travel trailer with 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service.
Oasis Junction Mobile Home Park is in the heart of historic Apache Junction. It's not as secluded as some of the rest we've covered here, But that means guests have easier access to shopping, dining, and sightseeing excursions.
Located at: 545 North Ocotillo Drive, Apache Junction, Arizona, 85120
From five-star glamping to remote boondocking, an RV gives the road tripper plenty of freedom to explore the country on wheels. Arizona is considered one of America's biggest travel destinations and just because it's called The Grand Canyon State doesn't mean that's all it has to offer.