Alamo Lake State Park, AZ – RV Park Review


 
So there’s a video review above.  But if you are having trouble watching it (or just get tired of watching us), here are some other points about this park.

I’ll start off by saying that the facilities are nice.  Actually the facilities in ALL the Arizona State Parks we’ve stayed in have been great.  They put the effort into maintaining their state parks in Arizona, and it shows.  The restrooms are decent, the roads, docks, and boat ramps are in good repair, the dump station was clean and well maintained, and there was even a fish cleaning station.  The sites we stayed at had electric and water, and were reasonably far enough apart.  We did see a more remote camping area that looked more like boondocking, but didn’t drive over to check it out.

We had read that this park was out of the way, and it certainly is.  It’s at the end of a 30 mile or so road with noting else on it.  That kind of remoteness usually intrigues us.  But in the end, this isn’t really a park for someone on an RV trip.  It’s more of a park for someone who is on a fishing trip, or an ATV trip, and just needs a place to park their RV.  That’s not how we roll at The Fit RV, and so the place wasn’t really for us.

The only thing we found as far as a fitness opportunity was jogging.  Even with that, there is only one real road in the park and lots of trucks towing boats use it, so it wasn’t a terribly comfortable jog.  Riding bikes would have been even scarier, and with only one road with nothing on it for 30 miles, that didn’t seem fun either.  We considered hiking, but there didn’t seem to be any interesting features nearby to hike to, and we would have just been hiking around the camp sites.  In December, when we went, it was chilly, but we imagine it just gets too darn hot to hike in the summer anyway.  On the plus side, we did catch some really good stargazing at night – and we thank the remoteness of the park for that.

I think the best way to sum up our review of this park is this:  We had planned on staying for three days, but we left after just one.  Arizona State Parks came through for us and refunded our last two nights, even though we were inside the cutoff window for refunds.  So again, I can’t stress enough the awesomeness of the Arizona State Park system.  This park may not have been for us, but if you primarily boat or ATV, and need someplace to park, this may be the spot for you.

Reviews

  • Fitness Opportunities - 20%
  • Facilities - 60%
  • Value - 30%
  • Total Score 36%

 

Pros: Nice paved sites with giant Saguaro Cacti. Boat ramp. Fish cleaning station. Interesting and accessible dam. Great base camp if you're going fishing, or to tear up the desert in your ATV.

Cons: If you don't have a fishing boat or ATV - don't bother going. There's nothing else here.


James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.


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