Arizona

Arizona is our home state — and one of our favorites for RV travel and camping adventures. There is a lot of variety in this state, from baking hot deserts to chilly high elevation forests to canyons, cliffs and world famous views. It is possible to stay in Arizona year round and enjoy a moderate climate the whole time, as long as you choose the altitude to match the season (higher altitudes are always colder).

We have taken our RV to so many corners of Arizonna that we list blog posts by region. You can navigate this page using these links:

 

NORTHWESTERN ARIZONA – LAKE HAVASU AREA

Lake Havasu is a great place to visit between fall and spring, with mild temps and lots of action on the Colorado River. We enjoyed staying at an RV resort there as well as watching a balloon festival and seeing a crazy VW Microbus show there in January.

 

NORTH CENTRAL ARIZONA: GRAND CANYON, FLAGSTAFF, WILLIAMS & CANYON COUNTRY

The Grand Canyon is some 8,000′ or so deep, making temps at the bottom of the canyon similar to the hottest desert regions of the state while the temps at the rim are among the coldest.

This high altitude region extends for many miles from the Grand Canyon and is filled with ponderosa pine forests that enjoy four seasons. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is so snowy in winter that it’s closed between October and May. But a visit in mid-summer can’t be beat! North of the Grand Canyon, on the Utah border, altitudes drop and red rocks and exotic canyons begin to dominate.

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NORTHEAST ARIZONA – NAVAJO COUNTRY and EXOTIC CANYONS

Some 15-20% of Arizona is set aside for the Navajo Nation in the northeast corner. The reservation is so big it contains the Hopi Reservation within its borders! This is high elevation cold country, best visited in spring and fall. There are also fabulous rock canyons in the northernmost part of Arizona that borders Utah.

 

SEDONA ARIZONA – RED ROCK COUNTRY

Sedona is a stunningly beautiful town loaded with towering red rock formations that fill every view as you drive around. This is a fabulous spring and fall destination, peaking in March-May and October-December (the dates on our blog posts reflect the date the post was written, usually a few weeks after our visit!).

 

CENTRAL ARIZONA – PHOENIX and the SONORAN DESERT

Greater Phoenix is surrounded by exquisite Sonoran Desert scenery loaded with saguaro cactus, craggy rocks, washes and beautiful flowers and desert creatures. It is also home to several rivers and lakes which are filled with waterbirds and watersports.

Images of the Arizona Desert – A photo gallery of Arizona beauty: Wild horses, exotic birds (parrots!) and gorgeous cactus

 

SOUTHWEST ARIZONA – QUARTZSITE and YUMA

The Southwestern quadrant of Arizona is home to Quartzsite, a truck-stop town on I-10 that swells to a million people during the RV show in mid-January. Southwest of there is the city of Yuma, the warmest place in the southwestern US in mid-winter.

 

SOUTHEAST ARIZONA – TUCSON, CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS and WILLCOX

While Phoenix is Arizona’s commercial hub, Tucson is Arizona’s “cultural” heart. South and east of there elevations begin to rise, and the Chiricahua mountain range is absolutely beautiful and a bit cool, best seen in spring and fall.