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Agua Fria National Monument, AZ

941 RV rentals

The Agua Fria National Monument is located near Black Canyon City, Arizona, which is in the central portion of the state. The park is situated in a very rural portion of this arid state. The nearest larger town is Anthem, at is around 25 miles to the south. The nearest large city is Phoenix, which is around 50 miles to the south, while the larger town of Flagstaff is about 90 miles to the north.

Agua Fria National Monument is located just off of I-17, so it is very easy to find. This portion of Arizona consists of a flatter, grassland area, surrounded by rugged, arid mountains. There are a number of outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed …

Alamo Lake State Park, AZ

464 RV rentals

Centered at Alamo Lake, and about 38 miles north of Wenden, sits one of the Arizona state park system’s best kept secrets, Alamo Lake State Park. It is one of the more remote of state parks and is accessed through a two-lane road that is paved. US Route 93 is to the east and US Route 60 to the south. Sitting on the shores of Alamo Lake which is a recreational and flood control reservoir, search for an RV in La Paz County and experience what makes Alamo Lake State Park a stargazer’s paradise while camping in the immense outdoors.

Located 38 paved miles off the main highway between Phoenix and Parker, Alamo Lake Park is a wildlife paradise …

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, AZ

979 RV rentals

Situated in southern Arizona is Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. This state park is believed to be one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States. It was originally founded in 1924 as a desert horticultural research facility before being converted into a public garden.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is known for its numerous plants and contains one of the largest Eucalyptus trees in the country. Thanks to its location within the Sonoran Desert, the park is often visited by a vast amount of wildlife, which ranges from hummingbirds to Gila monsters.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, AZ

967 RV rentals

The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is located near Coolidge, Arizona, which is in the south-central portion of the state. The nearest large city is Phoenix, which is also the capital of the state and is over 50 miles to the northwest. In addition, the city of Tuscon is around 70 miles to the southeast.

The ruins are situated in the flat, desert ecosystem that is common to this portion of the state. They are in a rural area that offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking and stargazing. With two large cities within an easy days-drive, there are also restaurants and museums, and other historical sites easily available.

Catalina State Park, AZ

598 RV rentals

Arizona seems to be the place to go to get away from the humid summer heat that encompasses much of the United States. State park RV campgrounds are the perfect place to enjoy the dry heat of the desert while exploring nature at its finest. Catalina State Park in Catalina, Arizona is located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Pull your own rig to the park or book an RV in Pima County and stay for a while. Tucson sits about 40 minutes south of Catalina State Park and offers endless activities for tourists to enjoy.

Come spend time exploring the more than 5,500 acres of desert within Catalina State Park. You'll find hiking, biking, and equestrian trails …

Coconino National Forest, AZ

485 RV rentals

The 100-year-old massive Coconino National Forest sprawls out over more than 1.8 million acres in northern Arizona just south of Flagstaff. The terrain here varies, offering dessert at lower altitudes, but as you climb up, a rich forest is budding with life. Since it is so large, the Coconino National Forest is split into three distinct ranger districts (Flagstaff, Mogollon Rim, and Red Rock). Each area is home to some pretty rad natural wonders that you may not think that exist in this type of environment.

Consider booking an RV rental to Coconino National Forest to see the decades of growth and development this land has endured. In 1908, President Roosevelt officially consolidated what was the San Francisco Mountains …

Dead Horse Ranch State Park, AZ

733 RV rentals

A cool climate, sunny disposition, and picturesque waterways make Dead Horse Ranch State Park one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in Arizona. Spend your days picnicking by the river, hiking through cottonwood forests, and exploring scenic paddling routes. Venture outside the park and you can discover local attractions like the Tuzigoot National Monument and Clemenceau Heritage Museum.

Planning your next adventure? RV rentals in Yavapai County make it easy to discover the Grand Canyon State. Spend a few days camping at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, then move on to other gems like the Prescott National Forest or Grand Canyon National Park. At less than a two-hour drive from the state capital, Dead Horse Ranch State Park is popular …

Honey Bee Canyon Park, AZ

687 RV rentals

Honey Bee Canyon Park is situated toward the southern edge of Arizona. This park spans 77 acres long and is filled with unique areas that visitors can explore, including a secluded spot filled with ancient petroglyphs. In addition to this, Honey Bee Canyon Park is a popular area for wildlife, and visitors can often see colorful hummingbirds flying around.

Honey Bee Canyon Park tends to be very hot year-round with temperatures sometimes reaching into the 100s in the middle of the summer. This park is a short drive away from Tucson.

Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ

1003 RV rentals

Just the name alone of Lost Dutchman State Park conjures up romantic visions of buried treasure and the mysteries of the desert. This small 320-acre park 40 miles east of Phoenix packs in loads of history and activities, and supposedly a wealth of gold underneath the red dirt. In addition to great hiking and mountain biking, it's also an excellent spot for wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, and stargazers. It's a must-see park if you're going to book an RV in Pinal County.

Native Americans inhabited the Superstition Mountains for thousands of years, up to the 19th century. Signs of their cliff dwellings are still visible in the area. Gold prospectors searched for their fortunes in more recent times, and …

McDowell Sonoran Preserve, AZ

957 RV rentals

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve in the state of Arizona is considered amongst the country’s largest urban parks, covering a massive 30,500-acres. Located in the city of Scottsdale, the preserve is great for an RV rental vacation. The scenic McDowell Mountains are located within the preserve, adding to the rugged scenic beauty. Renting an RV is a convenient way of accessing and moving around McDowell Sonoran Preserve on your motorhome camping trip. For visitors without their rig, RV rentals in Maricopa County make it easy to explore the surrounding areas.  

McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation spots in Arizona, considering the range of adventure activities available for thrill-seekers to immerse themselves in. In addition to …

Phoenix Mountain Preserve, AZ

944 RV rentals

Just north of Arizona's capital city, Phoenix, is a group of mountains, parks, and desert landscapes, that have come to be known as the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, North Mountain, Shaw Buttes Preserve, and Phoenix Sonoran Preserve all make up the majority of this 41,000-acre space. Interstate Route 17 runs past the park's western boundaries, which makes it easy enough to access in your RV rental. No matter whether you're traveling from Flagstaff, Tucson, or the center of Phoenix itself, you'll be lacing up those hiking boots ready to scale a peak in less than two hours from setting off.

Extensive and well-maintained hiking trails wind through the preserve and to the …

Picacho Peak State Park, AZ

982 RV rentals

Home to the famous Picacho Peak in the state of Arizona, Picacho Peak State Park is located right between the cities of Casa Grande and Tucson, off Interstate 10. One side of the park opens to the stunning Sonoran Desert while its main claim to fame, Picacho Peak, summits to 3,374 feet above sea level, attracting outdoor enthusiasts to its raw beauty. The desert landscape is interesting to observe, draws folks who are looking to book an RV in Pinal County, an opportunity to explore the geographical significance of the park and its surrounding areas.

The peak has been used since prehistoric times as a landmark by travelers making their way through the desert. More recently, it …

Prescott National Forest, AZ

947 RV rentals

Covering the area of 1.25 million acres, Prescott National Forest is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts in Arizona. This glorious park offers visitors lush views of pine forests, rock formations, rivers, and mountain lakes. The changing elevation makes this place perfect for hiking, wildlife observation, rock climbing, mountain biking, and boating. Not to forget that the national forest is easily accessible since it lays west of Prescott and a bit over two hours away from Phoenix.

The unique location of Prescott National Forest has been attractive to explorers for centuries. The desert terrain dominates the southern part of Arizona, but as Prescott National Forest stretches north, the landscape gives way to dense forests and rolling hills. The U.S. Forest Service …