RVing Trip Ideas
Photo: That’s our Mini Cooper in the distance!
If you check out Yelp or TripAdvisor, taking this road trip near the Phoenix area is highly recommended as it has “incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert …
RV Day #13: Time to move from Quail Ridge RV Park to Monte Vista RV Resort. We’re looking forward to exploring the Apache Trail, Superstition Mountain, Canyon Lake and Old Town Scottsdale while in the area. “Monte Vista Village RV Resort is a beautiful desert RV resort in Arizona, located on 80 acres of land with 832 homesites… with the perfect playground for activities.”
“…over 90 acres of an old 1800’s town…blacksmith shop, sheriff’s office and jail, to Victorian ladies… take a step back in time,” say the Pioneer Village website. It takes about 2 hours to walk around this Western town, including attending a short gunfight show. Our stroll in this dusty, desert landscape reminded me a lot of the TV series, Little House in the Prairie, I grew up watching.
4.5 of 5.0 stars on both TripAdvisor and Yelp. Not a zoo, you imagine yourself in the Serengeti as you tour areas of the park either on foot or by tram. The highlights of our visit were being kissed by a giraffe and camel, feeding tigers and petting a giant python, but also watching hyenas swallow their food whole and listening to the roars of the lions throughout the day.
I’ve been looking forward to this drive-thru wildlife adventure since I caught an episode where it was highlighted on Travel Channel’s – Trip Flip. We arrive around 2:30pm, after visiting Montezuma Castle, as the animals are more active either earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Imagine your apartments right smack against a limestone cliff! This community was built about 800 years ago… talk about ingenuity for a desert backdrop! This morning, we’re in Camp Verde, AZ visiting the Montezuma Castle National Monument before going up to Williams, AZ where we look forward to Bearizona.
We turned to page 278 of "Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways" by National Geographic which talked about how “Sand laid down about 300 million years ago became sandstone, tinted red by the presence of iron, then shaped by water and wind…” to what you see today. It’s only a short but sweet 7.5 mile scenic drive (Exit 298 to Hwy 179) of Red Rock country. We make an afternoon of it.
RV Day #9: Time to move from Capri RV Resort to Quail Ridge RV Park. We jumped on I-8E and have a 3-4 hour drive. With colder weather approaching, we had researched a good location to stay that wouldn’t have temperatures below freezing and would allow us to explore somewhat North Arizona with the Mini Cooper – Red Rocks of Sedona, Bearizona, Montezuma Castle, and the Grand Canyon.