What to See When You RV - Arizona Edition

Posted on December 14, 2017

Arizona is not just mind-altering heat and a desert that goes on forever. It is so much more, especially for the RV owner, who can pick up and go at will. Although, you may want to stick around a while at the Islander Resort in Lake Havasu City. Its lakefront location and adjacent golf course might be enough to squelch the desire to run from the heat, and it boasts a full roster of activities in both winter and summer.

See the London Bridge, which was originally over the Thames River in London, England. It was disassembled and brought to Arizona as part of a planned community and connects to the central part of Lake Havasu City on the Colorado River. In addition to viewing the bridge, you can take wildlife or boat tours as well as enjoy the London Bridge Beach. Rent whatever gear you need or bring it along in a Class A toy hauler.

After Lake Havasu, wend your way to the Grand Canyon and experience the Skywalk, which cantilevers over the Western side of the main canyon. Unobstructed views of the Colorado River and the West Rim are among the most amazing vistas anywhere. Note that this experience can only be had as part of a packaged excursion, but it is well worth the extra effort. Park your motorhome at any nearby campground and take the adventure of a lifetime.

In southern Arizona, do not miss the Saguaro National Park, habitat of the largest cacti in the country. First come, first serve camping is available year-round, but beware. You must hike into all campsites as they are not accessible otherwise. Campsite elevations range from 4800 to 8000 feet. If that is too difficult, many other activities will keep you occupied, such as biking, walking an interpretive nature trail, or taking a day-long trek into the wilderness. You may just want to enjoy the vistas from the solace of your Class A motorhome or Class C motorhome as you leisurely loop your way around the scenic drives.

Fabulous Sedona is great for hiking and mountain biking, but the scenery is the main attraction with its colorful mountains, mesas, and impressive rock formations. Motorhomes can be parked while you take a jeep tour for easier exploration. It is close to both Flagstaff and Phoenix, so you still have the option of the larger cities.

If you want the authenticity of the old West, make a trip to Tombstone, located 180 miles from Phoenix and 70 miles from Tucson. Stroll wooden sidewalks, visit Boot Hill, or experience a real saloon. Stagecoach tours and underground mines provide enough excitement for the entire family. Re-live Wyatt Earp’s and Doc Holliday’s place in history through the re-enactment of the shootout at the Ok Corral.

Many of the sites in Arizona are at varying elevations, so you may want to consider the RVs that are best for the trip. Get 8-14 miles per gallon with a diesel RV as opposed to 6-10 miles per gallon for a gas RV. On the other hand, you may get up to 17 miles per gallon of diesel fuel in the RUV (Recreational Utility Vehicle). All will give you the comfort and convenience of a home away from home.

Regardless of your choice of motorhome, Arizona is sure to provide myriad experiences from one end of the state to the other.

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