We have traveled a good portion of the state and have drawn a few conclusions- some of which have already been expressed. We love Tucson- but it is about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix or Yuma. I'm thinking the biking would be good there tho- Casa Grande was a good suggestion- not too crowded and close to lots of stuff you may need. Florence is a real haven for the ATV crowd- don't know about biking. Yuma is indeed the warmest but is crowded and parks are expensive.. We love Parker too- hard to beat the Parker strip. Beautiful, good weather, things you need are close. Yeah- I'm thinking the Parker Strip.
would you expand a bit on the Parker strip? Are you speaking BLM camping...if not, which resorts do you recommend? We looked at the La Paz county park...but no sewer connection.
What about the wind around Parker? We were about 30 miles north of that, and had a lot of wind, as I have expressed....
I would be willing to go south of Parker, if there were a nice park fairly close to shopping..especially a place that only blew 40-50mph a couple times a week.
Black Saddle RV Park in Tonopah is fairly close to the nuclear plant. It is actually where the workers use to stay when they were building it with a large building and nice RV sites. Our opinion: people in park unfriendly, 26 miles to Walmart and no phone service. Nice, but no thanks.
We stay at the La Paz county park but we don't mind the sewer arrangement. There is a new section there that is privately run- called Pirates Cove- that I think had FHU. I didn't look into it but it looked a little spendy- although we met people there that were spending the entire season. I'm sorry I don't know enough about the other parks in the area to comment about them- I just know we love the general area. The scenery is great, spectacular sunsets over the river, quiet at night, always something interesting happening on the water (ski races, float planes, gorgeous boats, etc). We like to bike a little too and the area lends itself to that. Maybe check rvparkreviews.com for more info on other parks. Not much available immediately south of Parker but check out the California side of the river too.
I forgot to say that the strip is only about 7 miles from the town of Parker. It has at least decent shopping- a Walmart, a Safeway, restaurants etc. Maybe we have just been lucky but we have never had the kind of wind that the Havasu area is known for.
We are near Anthem, in far north Phoenix at Pioneer Rv Resort. There is desert all around us, we are not in an urban area. We have been here since early December and it has been windy only a few times.
It is the Sonoran desert and like desert climates worldwide the wind can come up suddenly and disappear just as fast. Local weather stations have said we have had a couple of bouts of gusty conditions in the 30 to 45 mph range. I would NOT leave my big awning out unattended.
The weather this year has been fabulous! It rained heavily one day a week or two before Christmas. Sunny and nice every day for the next 3+ months! The biggest storm of the year came thru yesterday and the day before and th temps dropped like a rock. Today we should get up to 67 and sunny. Forecast for the coming week is 80s and sunny.
Oh ya. And like desert areas everywhere it get cold at night (relatively) in the winter and warms quickly after sunrise. Humidity levels are 10% to 15% most days and you don't sweat much but will realize you are thirsty often.
After this much needed rain yesterday the desert will soon be alive with wildflowers.
Is it just certain areas of Arizona that are windy? Or is it windy everywhere?