Road Tripping in Southern Arizona

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FANTASTIC!  Beautiful! Amazing! There are so many words to describe the state of Arizona and its diverse landscapes.  Deep down in southern Arizona, just about 20 miles north of the Mexican boarder is a town called Amada.  In this tiny little town sits one of the best RV resorts we have ever been to.

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Let’s face it, most of the time, we are just stopping at an RV campground to have a place to sleep for the night.  We are looking for a “crash pad” of sorts.  And in that case, amenities do not matter.  But there are those rare occasions where the RV campground can be the final destination.  This is exactly what DeAnza RV Resort was for us.

We only had 2 nights, and could have really found fun things to do for another 2 nights.  Having 2 young kids, 11 and 10, there needs to be a long list of fun things to do, or boredom sets in.  During our 2 night stay, we played pool, bocce ball, horseshoes, air hockey, shuffleboard and many other games.  Plus, we relaxed in the hot tub and swam in the indoor heated pool.  There was never a dull moment.  As a matter of fact, we ended up very sad that it was time for check-out already.

Some quick tips, if you plan to come to this area.  December 1st each year starts their high season.  They generally do not open their restaurant up until December 1st.  On Saturdays  from 4-5pm *starting in December* they serve complementary margaritas.  So, if you are planning a trip, give them a call ahead of time to be sure that you are coming at the right time to enjoy everything they have to offer.

Also, if you are planning to visit Mexico while you are in the area, allow at least 2 hours to cross the boarder back to the US.  Nogales would be your entry point and they are backed up every single day.  I spoke with several people while we waited in line and found that even during off-peak times, the wait is at least an hour.  Plan accordingly, and plan to enjoy fresh made tortillas in line.  They have several vendors.  At 75c per dozen, you can’t go wrong.

Enjoy and as always, Bon Voyage!

Road Tripping in Northern Arizona

KOA Campground - Grand Canyon

RV’ing can be a great way to experience frugal family fun.  We are a family of 4 based out of Phoenix.  We were looking to spend some time together as a family and escape the heat of the Phoenix valley.  It was time to head up north for the long weekend.

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We took the RV to Williams, Arizona, just south of the Grand Canyon.  We stayed at a beautiful KOA campground.  You can find all of the amenities for the campground and more information by clicking on KOA Campground – Grand Canyon.   Some of the fun things we did while there included swimming, tether ball and panning for “precious gems”.

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The weather was amazing; the temperatures were cool with a high of 72 for the entire time we were there.    The itinerary included visiting Bearizona, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and hiking the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument plus the Wupatki National Monument.

Bearizona was so much fun.  This was the first time I had ever seen a bear climb up a tree.  It was quite an amazing site.  My daughters just got the biggest kick out of this huge animal making its way up the tree.  After the drive thru portion of the tour, there is a walking tour.  On that tour, we were able to see the new Jaguar exhibit and watch the trainers feed the beautiful Jaguars.  We saw the cutest little bear cubs ever!  And we saw so many more animals that I can hardly name them all.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is beautiful.  We have been there a few times, but every time we go, we see new things.  This time, we rode the “Red Line” Shuttle bus that takes you to Hermit’s Rest.  This was AMAZING.  It made it, by far, the best trip we have had to the Grand Canyon yet.  The best way to get to the red line, in my opinion, would be to park in Parking Lot D and then walk back to where the red and blue lines meet.  Look for the interchanges on your park map.  You should get one of those as you pay to get in.  Click for more information regarding Grand Canyon Village and Park.

Our last stop on our RV Road Trip was the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  The Lava Flow trail is one of the first hiking trails and, in my opinion, one of the best hiking trails available.  There are two trails that you can head down.  One is a short and easy, paved 1/4th mile loop hike that is even handicapped accessible.  The other, is a one mile loop trail that goes down into one of the lava flow craters.  It is beautiful and totally worth the extra time spent.

I hope you have enjoyed road-tripping with us.  I look forward to many more in the future.

Bon Voyage!

The Purperas