Arizona Camping – You Can’t Afford to Miss it!
If you’re an ardent camping fan, but haven’t yet experienced camping in Arizona, you’ve certainly missed something very amazing. Arizona is a land perfect for camping with such versatility, offering a range of campsites from water bodies to deserts, from tent camping to RV camping, and from weekend activities to heart-pounding adventures. Here are a few of the many wonderful places in the Grand Canyon State where you can enjoy camping to the fullest.
If you want to evade the hustle-bustle of city life and soak in a truly pastoral environment, you can’t afford to miss camping in Apache. This is the county which hosts the stunning Petrified Forest National Park. A beautiful example of Apache campgrounds exists in the form of a 1-acre property, just 15 minutes away from the Petrified Forest where you can get lost to nature, listen to the wonderful sounds, inhale exclusive smells, experience the radiance of sun, and keep gazing the night skies and shining stars for hours. Once you arrive at the property, you might get the feeling of entering a peaceful paradise miles away from worries and stress. Nature is at its best on these stretches of land that meet the glowing skies on the horizon and evoke an urge in you to explore the region, walk, trek, ride a bike and just go on playing on the lap of nature to your heart’s content!
What’s more, there is the Petrified Forest which in itself is a paradise for camping. This park covering around 346 sq. miles at an elevation of around 5,400 feet consists of the colorful badlands along with the semi-desert shrub steppe. If you’re a flora and fauna enthusiast, there are over 400 plant species, mainly consisting of grasses like sacaton, blue grama and bunchgrass, animals like coyotes, bobcats, snakes, deer mice, pronghorns, lizards and amphibians, and over 200 species of birds. And if you’re interested in fossils, the Petrified Forest is known for them, some as old as 225 million years. With the free backpacking wilderness permit, you can explore this area.
Apache Lake is another must-visit attraction of the region. The area offers an RV park that accommodates travel trailers, campers or RVs and provides amenities like electric cable, water and sewage hook-ups. The many traditional camping sites along the beaches of the lake can be accessed by car along the Apache Trail or by boat. Primitive camping is available at Apache Lake Marina and Resort, whereas the beaches offer picnic tables and fire pits almost everywhere.
Picacho Peak State Park
Picacho Peak State Park offers you a lifetime experience of hiking the trails winding up the stunning 1,500-foot peak while overlooking an expanse full of wildflowers, often in the spring. The park is especially known for its historical places, unique desert growth and exceptional geological features. The area has abundant trails that are challenging and scenic at the same time.
Don’t miss the visitor center that has exhibits and a park store, historical markers, a playground, picnic areas and a campground.
Alamo Lake State Park
There are big campgrounds at Alamo Lake State Park made of 6 camping loops of paved as well as gravel surfaces. Amenities from dry sites to full-hookups are available. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley, this park is a heaven for anglers looking for fishing for bass. A mountainous terrain dotted with lovely wildflowers and cacti surrounds the crystal clear lake and the vista has the power to make you forget your worries. Wildlife lovers can enjoy viewing bald and golden eagles, foxes, waterfowl, wild burros, mule deer and coyotes. The amazing views of the night sky with the closest city lights about 40 miles away will make you realize that this is a perfect place for rest and relaxation.
So, have you started planning your next camping trip to Arizona?