Almost two hours' drive from Flagstaff and just over an hour's drive from Sedona, Point of Rocks Campground is the perfect base camp for exploring the state’s central region. While Arizona conjures up images of blazing temperatures and big Saguaro cactuses, Point of Rocks Campground’s location in the Bradshaw Mountains, at an elevation above 5,000 feet, makes for a temperate climate and beautiful alpine scenery.Sites at the Point of Rocks RV Campground have full hookups with 30 or 50-amp electrical capacity along with picnic tables and Wi-Fi throughout the park. There are also laundry facilities, showers, and a small convenience store that stocks the essentials needed for motorhome camping.The park is just a ten-minute walk from Watson Lake, which allows kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and fishing. There’s also a dog park and 18-hole disc golf course, which are great for getting a little outdoor recreation when you’re RV camping at Point of Rocks RV Campground. Additionally, the campground is only a short drive away from the town of Prescott, one of central Arizona’s premier tourist destinations. Its Frontier Days celebration is the height of summer entertainment and is reportedly the world’s oldest rodeo.
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When camping at Point of Rocks RV Campground, the biggest outdoor attraction is Watson Lake; surrounded by oddly-shaped granite rock formations, it’s an otherworldly sight. Some excellent hiking trails encircle the lake and are suitable for all fitness levels – just be sure to bring the sunscreen because there’s essentially no cover. Unfortunately, you cannot swim in Watson Lake; it might look pristine, but a shuttered mine upstream from it has left the water very polluted. You can rent kayak and standup paddleboards to cruise around on it though.For swimming opportunities, head over to the Lynx Lake Recreation Area. Its waters are great for swimming, and it has some excellent fishing. Horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking are all popular activities to take part in on the trails surrounding the lake. The tall ponderosa pines that surround Lynx Lake will have you thinking you’re in the mountains of Colorado rather than a short drive away from a cactus-filled desert.Depending on how much free time you have while camping with an RV, it might make sense to hit up Grand Canyon National Park, about two and a half hours' drive to the north. Just seeing the massive sandstone gorge is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but if you have the stamina, it’s worth taking one of the day hikes along the south rim. There’s also the 12-mile-long Bright Angel Trail, which actually drops down into the canyon - a grueling, but a rewarding adventure for those prepared for its challenges.
The nearby town of Prescott is definitely worth checking out when you book an RV in Yavapai County. Prescott was the first capital when Arizona was still a territory, and its historic downtown core is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fancy coffee shops mingle with cowboy bars on its beautiful tree-lined streets, and there are plenty of great shops to browse for a souvenir of your RV camping adventure. It might be best to park your RV rental on the edge of the downtown area, as parking can be scarce. It’s a very walkable downtown, and all the attractions are within a mile of each other.History aficionados won’t want to miss the open-air Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, which is loaded with fascinating artifacts from Arizona’s Central Highlands region. It’s spread across 11 different buildings including the Old Governor’s mansion, Fort Misery (the oldest log cabin in Arizona), and Bashford House (a beautiful Victorian-style home built in the 1870s for one of Prescott’s prominent businessmen). Just down the street from the Sharlot is the Smoki Museum, which is home to thousands of Native American artifacts, including baskets, pottery, beadwork, and paintings depicting daily life.Animal lovers visiting Prescott will enjoy the Heritage Park Zoo on the north end of town. It’s home to about 200 different animals, including Bengal tigers, black bears, and gray wolves. There are also quite a few species endemic to the Highlands region, making this an educational experience that’s not to be missed when renting an RV nearby.If you’re a fan of ghost towns or great wine, take a day trip over to Jerome, less than an hour's drive to the northeast. A mining camp in the early 20th century, Jerome’s population emptied out when mineral prices dropped but had a second wind when settlers from California came to establish themselves away from the crowds. Many of the buildings around town are reputed to be haunted, and a number of ghost town tours are offered. The Verde Valley surrounding Jerome is an up-and-coming winery region too, and there are plenty of places around town to do a tasting.