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Desert Shadows RV Park — Phoenix, Ariz.

Nice, convenient RV park in northern Phoenix
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
$47/day to $685/month
  • 70%


I had the opportunity to call Desert Shadows RV Park home for for just over two months. It was recommended to me by a fellow blogger who had spent a few days there when visiting Phoenix the year before. The park is centrally located just south of the intersection of Interstate 17 and Highway 101 in northern Phoenix.

It's relatively easy to get on the highway, which allows you to visit just about anywhere in Phoenix in 30 minutes, whether it's Cardinal stadium, the spring training stadiums, downtown museums, Scottsdale car show and PGA. It's back entrance is located across from Costco, and it's only a few blocks from a multiscreen AMC theater.

There are a variety of activities offered at the park, including an indoor pool and hot tub, bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, an exercise room, billiards and puzzles, card games, darts, a book exchange/library, putting green, and area where you can practice a golf swing by hitting balls into a net. The park employs an activities director who generally ensures there is something going on every day with things like darts, line dancing, pinochle, cribbage, computer classes, Bible studies, Bingo, pancake breakfasts, concerts and dances. A large room is available as an auditorium or large gatherings. There are barbecue grills available for use by the office.

It's a pretty park with plenty of trees and desert landscaping, and the noise level is minimal -- at least from where I was parked. There are two gates, one of which is always open and the other which requires remote control activation. You must leave a deposit to get a remote control or a key to the gates closest to Costco. The big problem is that many of the park's street signs are missing and it's hard to find the right streets.

The park is evenly divided into a dog area and no dog area, which probably accounts for the peace in my section. There are two "dog runs," but both are better suited for small dogs as they are the size of an RV site, and those are relatively small.

Overnight travelers have easy access to pull-through sites. Monthly and seasonal guests use back-in sites. The RV sites are interspersed among park models, and the sites are so close it requires expert navigation skills to back the RVs into position. Even then, my site was so close to the neighbor's car port that I could not open the driver's side compartments without first retracting the slideout.

I found the park to be on the pricey side, but must consider that I was staying during peak season for two months and one week. They offer discounts ONLY to Camping World customers through Good Sam. The monthly rate was $685 without electricity and the weekly rate was $346.50 with electricity. The meters are read upon check in, and then billed monthly. My first month, December, the electric bill came to $59.12 for 511 units; however, the next month it cost $117.96 for 678 units. The staff claimed the rate changed in the second month, but that was not reflected on the statement, which remained $0.09417 per unit.

Monthly rent payments and utility payments are made on two separate days. The campground imposes a 3 percent fee for using a credit card. The office opens promptly at 8:30 a.m. and closes just as promptly at 4 p.m. That means guests arriving after 4 p.m. won't be able to get back-in assistance. Garbage is picked up in front of the site two mornings a week, and a dumpster is always available but in a location considerably distance from most sites.

The park assigns a separate mailbox to each site, but package delivery is made directly to the site by UPS, FedEx and others. Children are allowed as temporary visitors and must abide by "children's hours" for pool use.

The park does not offer cable TV or Internet service to the site. Guests must contract with a third party for installation. However, guests can use wireless Internet in the office area during office hours for free. And people with HD antennas should be able to pick up around 30 over-the-air channels.

I had an enjoyable stay at the park and would consider staying there again. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the weather generally beautiful with sunny skies everyday except seven during my nine-week stay. There are other RV parks in the area, but all are located right next to the Interstate. Desert Shadows RV Park is in a great location in a great location. Best of all, people can visit Sedona, Flagstaff or Payson within a two-hour drive -- without battling traffic.

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at

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