We enjoyed this unique park that slopes gently down from the road to the lake front. Please consult the park's website for pictures of the RV spaces that will help you better understand my description of the park. We stayed in the best back-in site on the property. Our entire door side was separated from the water's edge by only a lush section of lawn for sitting and enjoying the sunset. Another, separate grass lakefront common area is available for the other RV spaces that don't sit right on the water. The check-in building also has a covered porch and nice chairs for relaxing and enjoying the lake views. The owners have added a few pull-through sites directly across the quiet street from the lakefront site area where we stayed. You won't feel the water in these sites, but will have only a short distance to walk to set yourself up on the lakefront to read or relax. We are traveling with our two kids, ages 11 and 14. The park is family friendly. We used a great teatherball court numerous times and we also jumped in the lake for a swim every time we got hot. The water was a comfortable temperature in late September, at least for us. If you have a boat in tow, the project has a nice dock system and a boat launch ramp. The owners are good people and are present and active on a day to day basis. They have owned the property for 16 years and were happy to show us around and share with us the history of the property and the area. We recommend the park for those that enjoy a smaller, mom and pop owned park in a very nice setting.
Park is now closed to RVs. We tried to stay and were told by the on-site property that the Rodeo is no longer able to accept RVs. Apparently the Rodeo does not have the proper licensing/permitting to operate an RV park. The manager was nice enough to let us park for the night with no services since it was getting dark.
At the start of this season 15 of the 39 sites were repaved and remodeled. We stayed in site 202, which is one of the 15 remodeled and paved sites. The other 24 sites are unpaved sites on an unpaved loop adjacent to the new paved loop with 15 sites. We we able to fit our 40 foot fifth-wheel and tow vehicle into site 202 on the paved loop. I think we would fit into about 5 or 6 of the paved sites. We would not enter the unpaved loop given our length. Only some of the 15 paved sites have sewer connection. All of the paved sites have 50 amp and water. The main entrance to the campground has a sign warning that maximum length is 45 feet. We parked there, where we could still turnaround easily and walked ahead to check out the paved sites. The paved loop has one tight turn, but total length over 50 feet should be able to make the turn. In between where we parked and the paved loop is a short section of road that is unpaved. This short section of unpaved road has a swale. We had no problem with the short unpaved, uphill section but the camp hosts said that others have had issues on the uphill side. Having issued all of these warnings, we enjoyed this wooded campground. The sites are new and nice as is the setting. We hiked about 10 minutes down to the nearby lake. The lake is crossed by a railroad bridge that also has a fun tunnel immediately before the water. Restrooms were remodeled, clean and nice. This campground is a bit of trouble to access but is a worth the effort once you get situated. If you are long, I would definitely call ahead to make sure that one of the larger paved sites is expected to be available upon your arrival. All of the sites in this campground are first come, first served.
As mentioned in an earlier review, if you want to dry camp at Pyramid Lake you can buy a permit in Sutcliffe for $10. The weather was nice for dry camping August so we opted for the $10 dry camping experience vs. the $35 at the marina campground. Pyramid lake has many dirt roads leading to beachfront camping locations. Be careful which road you select due to sandy conditions that could leave you stuck!!! We asked around and went to Pelican Beach which is marked with a sign 3 miles north of Sutcliffe. The dirt road down to the beach was all hard packed and we were able to park within 20 feet of the water. Pelican Beach was fairly crowded on Sunday afternoon when we arrived but by about 5pm almost everybody was gone except for a few RVs. If you are not camping on a weekend, I highly recommend this beach for dry camping vs. the developed marina campground, which is a parking lot on a bluff quite a ways away from and above the water. If you want to get right on the beach and jump in the water (as we did), you will want to stay at Pelican Beach.
Well spaced sites in a beautiful setting beneath the mountains and far enough from the interstate to make the road noise only a dim hum. We hiked up to the peak from both the front side one day and the back side another day: a great hike. Electric only, but not a problem for shorter stays. Fire rings, picnic table and a shade ramada at each site. Good place for traditional, family RV camping.
Most sites are well spaced. The hiking and mountain biking in the park are both very good. Restrooms are newer and very clean. Private showers where you can actually adjust the temperature. We hiked the Pass Mountain Loop, Windcave Trail, and Merkle Nature Trail: all great. I did an 11-mile bike ride on fun trails. We had fires every night. I highly recommend this park for a family. Well worth the $25 per night. No reservations and it's very popular in prime season, so plan on getting stuck in the overflow camping for one night during high season.
Warning. This park is wonderful and we would love to see it stay open through all the budget cuts. We had one issue, otherwise this would have received a 10. We made a reservation after looking at the “Not to Scale Map”. When we arrived we realized we made a mistake, the space we thought we were getting was not the one reserved (we had been to this park before and were going from memory and the map fooled us). The map showed the space we wanted the size of a tent site, when actually it is one of the largest spaces in the park. There were four other RVs in the park (the park was empty, it was a Tuesday at the end of summer, kids back in school) and we were told we could not change spots without paying a penalty of a full night fee and a reservation fee ($55 for one night including penalty). In summary, they punish you for making a mistake and for making a reservation. If you make a reservation in this park you pay a fee of $5, pay a higher rate per night, you get an inferior space and you cannot change spaces when you arrive even when the park is empty! Our fifth wheel and truck would not fit in our reserved space without unhitching. The park rangers we talked with were all really nice, however, only one can make decisions on park rules and he was not around (he was not available the three days we were there). He does not allow his rangers to make any decisions without his approval. We were also told we are not the first customers to leave upset and we surely will not be the last unless these rules are changed. The reason for writing this email is the hope that other people will talk to him and ask him to make the rules friendly for the customers. Do not punish people for making a reservation, let them enjoy their trip in a space that fits their unit (maps which are not to scale cannot be read well over the internet and everyone has different preferences). We were not able to talk with the manager, left a message, but never received a return call. We want our AZ State Parks to stay in business and treat customers right. Thank you for reading this posting, I hope it will make a difference.
Two hook-up loops are Hacienda and Cottonwood. We stayed 2 nights in Hacienda then moved to Cottonwood for 5 nights. Both loops are nice, Hacienda is older but has more mature trees for shade. Cottonwood seemed to have a bit more room between sites and also had some 50 amp sites. All sites in Cottonwood have a shade structure with picnic table underneath. Hacienda has picnic tables but no shade structures. We had what we thought was the best site in Cottonwood (space #14) -- right on the lake with 50 amp power. Other sites in both Cottonwood and Hacienda also have great exposure to the lake, but we preferred space 14. Every day we swam in the lake (about 64 degrees), used the hot mineral spring (about 98 degrees) and rode bikes around the park. Nothing but electric motors allowed on the lake so the setting is very peaceful with mountain views all around. A great family park for traditional camping with fire rings and lots of outdoor time.
Excellent for an active family. We stayed in B loop in a great site for one week. Plenty of space between RVs. Asphalt site with grass/dirt surrounding the sites. Great hiking trails nearby. Good mountain biking also. Shower/bath facility in B loop is clean, new and well maintained. Beautiful views from all sites of Santa Catalina Mountains. Shorts and t-shirt during the sunny days but quite cold once the sun went down. Our water line froze on two nights. Wal-Mart and Olive Garden just outside the park boundary, but you won't feel the city once you are in the park, just the mountains and the Sonaran desert.
Very nice park south of Tucson. Close to all services in Green Valley and close to nice dining in Tubac. Good golf also nearby. Great park for families with excellent recreational options including indoor, heated pool, air hockey, etc. Huge clubhouse. We enjoyed our week long stay and would return again.
Nice folks were on-site managing, but this was not our idea of a nice RV camping experience. Too many RVs crammed into too little space. No grass and lots of asphalt and chain link fence. Don't like to be negative, but would not stay here again unless circumstances forced us to.
Nice park. Owners were very helpful when we had trouble with the landing gear on our fifth wheel. Great kid's playground and clean restrooms and showers. The pool was also very refreshing and well maintained. Would stay here again.
Great park. Wonderful owners that take much pride in running an excellent park. 100 yards from a nice lake. Two paddle-driven boats for family fun. Once in the middle of the lake (away from plant growth on fringes) the swimming is great. So much for children to do -- air hockey, small golf area, playground, etc. A great family park in a nice setting amongst corn fields and a great value using the Passport pass.
We loved this park. We stayed in one of the spaces that overlooked Sugar Creek. We were in the shade of trees all day. We rented tubes for the kids then swam and floated in the creek. The park has acres of open, grassy space which is a scarce item in too many RV parks. The owners were wonderful folks. Highly recommended and a great value using the Passport pass.