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Saturday, April 26, 2008


Our Opinion: We recommend it. We have stayed here before and would stay again. A convenient overnight when traveling I-40 in Arizona, a short distance off the interstate near Winslow, AZ. Interesting visitor center. One big drag: the condition of the first mile of state park road! The otherwise smooth asphalt road has cracked and separated every 20 yards or so. Many of the cracks are 6-8 inches wide and 3 or 4 inches deep. Even slowing to 5 mph, your rig takes a pounding. Next time, we will call to check on the condition of the road and maybe consider other options.

Date of Stay: April 25th, 2008

Weather During Stay: Sunny, calm, high 68 degrees. Low was 31.

Sites: 53 W and E sites, a mix of pullouts (pull off along side the road) and back-ins. Most back-ins have 30 amps; pullouts have 50 amps. More back-ins than pullouts. Most sites are level and sufficiently long for big rigs, and back-ins are double-wide - plenty of parking for two vehicles. Road and sites are paved. All sites have a picnic table and most have a small tree. Sites are generously spaced. Nothing to interfere with roof-mounted satellites. Electric voltage is good. Dump available (when water is working). Very quiet at night.

Rate: We paid just $10 because the water system is broken so no water is available at sites, no dump is available, all the showers are locked, and only one restroom is available.

Phone/radio/TV: Strong Verizon phones signal; aircard on Broadband, 5 bars. Didn’t bother with antenna. NPR on 89.9.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This is a slightly undulating, 2 loop campground at 4,880’ elevation. This time of year (late April), the landscape is brown scrub. The trees are just beginning to leaf out and tiny plants are breaking through the dusty gravel, but the overall look is brown and lifeless. LONG vistas of more of the same.

Lighting: No lights except for the bright ones on the restroom. Fortunately, we were on the other side of the loop.

Favorite Sites: No favorites here, they are essentially the same. On this trip, we were in an east-facing pull-through, site 24, so we didn’t need to unhook for our overnight stay. On our last visit a couple of years ago, we had a back-in.

Hiking/Walking: Loops around the park are short but pleasant. We walked the 1.2 mile trail from the campground to the visitor center, and the short spur trail to Sunset Cemetery. Easy to walk 10,000 enjoyable steps.

Comments: This quiet state park protects ancient Native American ruins. Great visitor center. A pleasant 1.2 mile trail goes from the campground to the visitor center, but it would be too far to walk to the ruins themselves. Restrooms and showers are usually available, but not when the water system is broken (7 times in the past 4 years per the ranger). Come with a full tank of fresh water, and empty holding tanks, just in case. The nearest town (not far) is Winslow (“Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see…” - remember the Eagles song?) which is reputed to have some interesting historical sites.

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