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Camping Tricks & Tips Fountain Hills AZ

Before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience. As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park (Maricopa County Park)
(480) 471-0173
Fountain Hills, AZ
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Apache Wells RV Resort*
(888) 940-8989
2656 N 56th St
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pool, Hot Tub, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Tennis, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Good Life RV Resort*
(800) 999-4990
3403 E Main St
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Ambassador Downs*
(480) 964-8315
2345 E Main St
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Golf Nearby

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Towerpoint Resort*
(800) 444-4996
4860 E. Main St
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Eagle View RV Resort*
(480) 789-5310
9605 N Fort McDowell Rd.
Fort McDowell, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Arizona Cowboy RV Park
(480) 986-3333
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes

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Val Vista Village RV Resort*
(888) 940-8989
233 N Val Vista Dr.
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Mesa Dunes RV & MHP*
(480) 986-5451
7807 E Main St
Mesa, AZ
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Hot Tub, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes

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Mesa Spirit RV Resort*
(877) 924-6709
3020 E Main St (Office)
Mesa, AZ
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Camping Tricks & Tips

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Camping Tricks & Tips


By Anne Peterson

As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

• Drink plenty of water when camping in high altitudes (over 7,000 feet). Three to five quarts a day will prevent dehydration and high altitude sickness, which cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps, and makes you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Not a fun way to spend a vacation.

• Discard all the plastic and cardboard packaging your food comes in. Instead, use clear plastic bags that can be tied in a knot at the top, and mark them with indelible marker so you know what is inside. This method drastically cuts down on trash accumulation and the bags can be reused for other things, like collecting blueberries for blueberry pancakes.

• Build your campfire away from tree and underbrush root systems. You might never guess, but these can also catch on fire. Believe me, a good night’s sleep is far better than spending the wee hours putting out a root fire.

• Only when you can sift your fingers through the ashes of your fire can you be sure that it is truly out.

• Use a pine cone or a handful of sand to scrub your dishes clean. That way you are not always searching for the dirty, smelly pot scrubby.

• Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for cozy sleeping quarters.

• If you really can’t seem to warm up, and you and your campmate’s sleeping bags are the same brand, zip the bags together to make one bag and cuddle up close. Nothing beats this method on a chilly night.

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