Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale

We headed to Quartzsite, AZ on Interstate 10 and stayed at Quail Run RV Park, it was a very clean, well maintained place and the staff was friendly and helpful.    Approaching Quartzsite we noticed so many RVs randomly camping on land along the  interstate.  We found out that the RVs were “boondocking” on Bureau of Land Management sites.  It was incredible to see how many people were out there.  We learned that many of the B.L.M. sites are in 12 western states.

We stayed at Towerpoint, a community filled with snowbirds.  We were told the population goes from 2000 residents in the winter to 200 in the summer.  They have so many activities to take part in, tennis, golf, pickle ball, poker, sewing, ceramics, woodwork, shuffleboard, water exercise, hiking, dancing, volunteering etc…

We explored the Scottsdale area.

We hiked up the Black Mountain trail, we were told there was a beautiful 360 view of the area.  It was a “moderate” hike 1/2 way up, then it became rocky and steep, we went as far as we could safely go.

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View 1/2 way up the Black Mountain Trail

We visited the Goldfield Ghost Town, it was once a gold mining town.

We drove on the Apache Trail, a beautiful, very scenic drive, it winds past Canyon, Apache and Theodore Roosevelt Lakes.

The Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center near the Roosevelt Bridge is pretty cool.  They had a lot of very interesting information about the wildlife and history of the area.

We stopped at Tortilla Flats, along the Apache Trail.  We saw a gun fight and had lunch in Superstition Saloon, a fun and very popular restaurant!

Our last stop was the Tonto National Monument, where the ancient Salado people began constructing these cliff dwellings around AD 1300.  Incredible!

Sunrise and sunset at Towerpoint!

Joshua Tree National Park, CA to Quartzsite, AZ – 95 miles

Quartzsite, AZ to Mesa, AZ – 145 miles

 

 

 

 


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