Originally home to the Apache Indians, Globe, Arizona is a city with a rich heritage. The town got on the radar of Spanish conquistadors during the 1820s, when they learned about the mineral deposits located in and around the Pinal Mountains. Hoping to strike it rich, various parties continued visiting the area, to the irritation of the Apaches. The Apaches were soon dispatched and Globe was founded In 1875 as a mining camp. Though the origins of the town’s name are uncertain, it is said that the city got its name from a globe-shaped piece of pure silver that was found nearby. Today, copper mining and ranching make up Globe’s economic base.
The Great Outdoors
Book an RV rental near Globe and stop by Round Mountain Park. Though the park is relatively small, it still packs a punch with its colorful rocks and lovely desert scenery. During the spring, the blooming of the wildflowers at Round Mountain is a spectacle you won’t want to miss. There are five short and easy loop trails at the park but if you’re up for a longer hike or jog, you can loop hop or connect the loops.
When you rent an RV in Globe, you’ll definitely want to visit the iconic Camelback Mountain near downtown Phoenix. Ascend 1,420 feet via one of two trails to the summit of Camelback Mountain. From there, hikers will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding city. It’s a stunning place to catch a sunset and burn off some calories. But just be forewarned that both trails to the top are rated extremely difficult.
If you seemed to have gotten sucked into Phoenix’s allure, it's totally understandable and while you're here, there's one more place to visit: Papago Park. Just a few miles outside downtown Phoenix, Papago Park is a stunning place to hike, with red butte formations, stocked fishing lagoons, and a golf course. You’ll probably also want to snap a picture inside the “Hole in the Rock”. Once you’re done hiking, you can easily access the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden from Papago Park.
If you rent a motorhome in Globe, you’ll have several options of where to park. One option is Gila County RV Park and Batting Cages. The campground has 15 full hook-up sites and six partial hook-up sites. Laundry facilities, WiFi, and cable TV are available to all guests. There is also an on-site concession stand, picnic area, and a convenient store.
Another nearby option is Apache Gold RV Park in San Carlos, Arizona. Just half an hour's drive outside of Globe, the RV park is just steps away from a casino which offers dining, gaming, and entertainment. While at the RV park, guests will have access to one of 60 full hook-up RV sites outfitted with 30/50 amp electrical service. Guests can also enjoy WiFi and cable, a pool, and shower facilities. Most pets are welcome, and a full-service gas station and well-stocked convenience store are adjacent to the property.
Exploring the City
Did you know that Globe is the eastern terminus of the Apache Trail? Named after the Apache Indians who once traversed on the same route, Apache Trail, commonly known as AZ 88, is a 40-mile corridor that links Apache Junction with Theodore Roosevelt Lake. The mostly unpaved trail winds through marvelous scenery of twisted igneous mountains covered with thick Ferocactus and saguaro forests. Apache Trail also passes around several deep blue lakes. Though driving an RV on Apache Trail is not recommended, it’s definitely worth unhitching the trailer and taking a cruise down when you visit Globe.
Interested in learning more about the history of the area? Then check out Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum. The archaeological park is home to a 200-room prehistoric Salado masonry pueblo overlooking Pinal Creek. Though the ruins have been partially restored, those who decide to visit will get a glimpse of the lifestyle of those who lived in the Globe area centuries before “Columbus discovered America”. Visitors can also check out the botanical garden, the gift shop, and museum, which houses a large collection of Salado pottery and artifacts.
If you’re up for a little exploring in your motorhome rental, Globe is just half an hour's drive away from Phoenix. Though Phoenix’s perpetual heat and sunshine might tempt you to become a recluse, you’d be missing out on so much that Arizona’s capital has to offer. Go for a hike at popular Papago Park and explore the deserts, enjoy some award-winning cuisine, or just stroll down the streets and do a little shopping. Truly unique and very endearing, Phoenix is definitely worth visiting when you book an RV rental in Globe, Arizona.
Surrounded by deserts, mountains, and stunning scenery, Globe is a lovely place to see and explore. So what are you waiting for? Your next adventure awaits when you book an RV in Gila County.