Date of Stay: March 9 through 20, 2012
Weather During Stay: Warm and sunny, with cool nights - though we extended our stay to allows a spring storm to pass by.
Site Description: 107 large, level, FHU sites (30 amps) are arranged in 3 long rows, two facing each other, the third facing the deeded lots owned by Escapees. We are in site 97, facing east. Sites are on gravel, and each has a wooden picnic table. Sites are spacious, with plenty of room for slides, awnings, tow or towed, picnic table, chairs, etc.
This is an Escapee park; you must be an Escapee to stay here. Besides the rental sites, the park has a huge neighborhood of mostly well maintained, deeded lots that can be built on and bought/sold like normal real estate - very interesting mix of everything from unimproved lots (very few) to large, site-built homes (mostly southwest style) and everything in between. (Click here for more information and photos of the deeded lots.) The park’s activity center is located in the deeded-lot neighborhood, but accessible to all guests of the park.
Two of three rows of rental sites
North Ranch clubhouse
Clubhouse has library, activity rooms, laundry room. Easily accessible dump station located near entrance, along with trash and recycling.
Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon cell service for phones and WiFi. No obstacles for satellite TV dish. Several stations (including PBS) on antenna. Local NPR on 91.5. I believe Tengo Internet is available here for a fee; we didn’t use it, but did see “tengointernet” on our WiFi connection list at our site.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Arid, slightly sloping terrain at 2,500’. Near views are of neighboring rigs or RV’s, park models or homes on adjacent deeded lots; distant views are of arid mountains. Very appealing desert views.
Lighting/Noise: Very quiet at night, with subdued night lighting.
Hiking/Walking: Plenty of interesting walking in this huge park, or head out the back gate for unlimited walking on the BLM land surrounding the park.
Comments: North Ranch is an interesting, relaxing, friendly park in a rural desert setting. Congress, the nearest town, is tiny; drive 12 miles south to larger Wickenburg for groceries and sightseeing. Easy day trips to Prescott (higher elevation) and Phoenix. Full list of park activities during winter season. Click here for more information on their website.