Wintering with the Snowbirds
For years we had heard of Arizona Camping with the Snowbirds. While this was not our primary reason for wintering in Arizona, we found that being here provided a great opportunity to observe the practice in action.
Arriving in Florence, Arizona on January 2, we were looking forward to 3 full months of staying in one place, resting up from constant travel, and staying long enough in one spot to really get to know the place, as well as the people who flock there.
Arizona Camping – Getting Ready to Relax
The first few days were spent settling in and getting used to our surroundings. The Sunday afternoon after our arrival, we attended our first ice cream social. This is a popular activity at many RV parks. It’s a tasty way to meet and greet your new neighbors. Many RV freezers do not keep ice cream well, so the ice cream social quickly becomes a great way to have your favorite treat as you get to know people. There are usually frequent comments such as “It’s so nice to have ice cream”, or “I really miss ice cream”, or “I was hoping they would have butter pecan” . One of the couples we sat at the table with that first Sunday afternoon became friends for our entire stay, and we continue to stay in touch.
During that first week, I also sought out the local men’s morning coffee gathering, became friends with a dozen or so guys, and rarely missed a morning’s coffee, unless we had an early day trip planned. I regularly hear from many of those guys by email.
Jo also sought out the quilters in the activity center and was a regular with the group throughout our stay.
The winters are almost like summer in some places. Highs in the 70’s dominate January. Some 80’s filter in during February. March brought in mostly 80’s and some 90’s at the end. Cloudy days are rare and rain is even more rare. Sunsets are often spectacular. With Phoenix and Tucson each within an hour’s drive there are plenty of urban attractions. Then there is the amazing desert, the incredible canyons, and the majestic mountains surrounding the desert. This is a great place to spend a winter. We see why the snowbirds keep returning.
Arizona Camping – A great winter
There were a few full-time RVers like us wintering along with us. Most sites are occupied by snowbirds. The park is for the most part deserted from mid April till October.
(For more photos of our ride through Box Canyon click here.)
Sites are available for sale on a cooperative basis. No deeds are given. Ninety nine year leases are the predominate benefit. There are numerous rules and regulations related to the purchases. HOA dues also apply.
There are many other excellent RV parks nearby with a wide variety of amenities. Dozens and dozens surround Phoenix and Tucson. There are also several nice parks in nearby Casa Grande. Start your search early in the fall to find the very best places to reserve.