2016 Minnie Winnie Getaway
2016 Minnie Winnie Getaway
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Within this particular region of Arizona, there are a plethora of outdoor activities and multiple national and state parks to be visited. Book an RV in Chandler and take a drive through the stunning scenery which surrounds the city. From dense forestry reserves which host black bears and bald eagles, to rugged mountains looped by hiking trails and magnificent valleys that divide the dry desert landscape. There are certainly plenty of activities for outdoor lovers to take part with a rental RV in Chandler, Arizona. As for the city of Chandler itself, it offers visitors the chance to dip into the region’s history, art, and culture, to shop at the Chandler Fashion Center, to try your luck at casinos or get a hole-in-one at one of the golf courses. There are also activities for the whole family to enjoy when you rent a motorhome in Chandler.
The city of Chandler is located close to Arizona’s State Capital, Phoenix, within 20 miles and a 20-minute drive of both Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. It’s accessible from the Phoenix city center by taking the Interstate 10 South and turning left onto the 202.
The San Tan Mountain Regional Park is the closest state park to Chandler. The 10,000-acre park is made up of open desert and is home to a vast variety of wildlife, multiple plant species, such as the crested saguaro, and cacti. At the park entrance, there's a visitor center hosting wildlife exhibitions. One of the most popular hiking routes is the San Tan Loop Trail. This trail is approximately 7.4 miles long and suitable for people with a moderate fitness as it includes 550 feet of uphill walking. You can drive your Chandler motorhome rental and leave it in the visitors' car park while exploring the park.
To see almost untouched examples of Sonoran Desert, take the Chandler RV rental southwest on the Interstate 8 to the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Here you can search for wildlife on walking and mountain biking trails, join horseback riding excursions, or see the extensive desert landscape from the basket of a hot air balloon. The national monument is made up of three distinct wilderness areas and three mountain ranges, the Table Top Mountains, the Sand Tank, and the Maricopa, and is dotted with the remains of archaeological sites. This desert park is said to be one of the most biologically diverse in the whole of North America and visitors will be required to watch a safety briefing video and to stay on the designated trails while visiting.
Leaving behind the desert, Arizona is home to the three-million-acre Tonto National Forest. This is the fifth largest forest in the USA and filled with hiking routes through pine-clad forests. Other recreational activities available within the Tonto National Forest include canyoning, horseback riding, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, boat tours, and ATV excursions. Visitors can also pick up an RV rental in Chandler and take the Young-Herber Road from the Sonoran Desert to the Tall Pines Scenic Byway. The route covers approximately 67 miles of the Tonto National Forest, from State Highway 188, passing through dry scrub and climbing over 5,000 feet through pine and conifer forests to the Mogollon Rim.
Hacienda Solando is an RV park for visitors ages 55+. The park is located close to the center of Chandler and just a few blocks from the 202, which connects to the city of Mesa, Gilbert, and Tempe. The park features full hookups, including 30 or 50 amp electric, sewage disposal, and water. On-site, there are also restrooms and shower facilities, laundry services, a swimming pool, a recreation room which offers regular bingo and card games, pool tables, and a large clubhouse with bar. For visitors of all ages, the MotorCoach Resort is on the outskirts of town and offers similar facilities with the exception of a swimming pool and recreation room. Trailers are not allowed at this site, however, there is free WiFi available and an area for pets.
If you’re looking for an RV park outside of the city center, there is an abundance of them at the edge of the Tonto National Forest. One of the most highly recommended is the Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa. While the camp facilities are slightly more basic, it does offer visitors front door access to hiking trails in the southern region of the park.
Chandler was originally founded by Dr. Alexander John Chandler who purchased the land in order to test his new irrigation system. No longer a ranch, Chandler is now one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona, with the second largest shopping mall in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Chandler Fashion Center, seven golf courses, the Arizona Railway Museum, and a weekly farmers market held on Thursdays. Downtown Chandler is where you’ll find the art galleries, gift shops, the Chandler Museum, and the Chandler Center for the Arts. The city also hosts the Chandler Skatepark, an ice skating rink, and 60 recreational parks and, for visitors who like to take a walk, there’s the Veterans Oasis Park, featuring the Chandler Solar System Walk.
Each month, Chandler hosts the Third Friday Art Walk, displaying the local works and culture of the city. February is one of the busiest months in Chandler as motor and science enthusiasts gather for the Chandler Classic Car Show and Science Saturday. Musicians and music lovers come for the Chandler Jazz Festival and sporting fans come to cheer on the runners of the SHE Power Half and Quarter Marathon. You might find that a Chandler RV rental is a practical accommodation option at this time. There’s plenty to see during the rest of the year too, as foodie’s flock to Chandler for The Great American Barbeque and Craft Beer Festival in March and return for the Rockin’ Taco Street Fest and Oktoberfest in September.