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A List of Southern Arizona Fall and Winter Activities

Arizona events for RVersArizona is humming with activity during the Fall and Winter months. Plenty of snowbirds arrive to warm their bones in the sun and get caught up with their camping and RVing friends at their favorite AZ parks. If you’re planning your trip and are interested in things that are happening in the area, we have a list of some events you might like to explore.

Tucson; All Souls Procession – This elaborate procession celebrates the Mexican Dia de los Muertos on November 6th. It honors the loved ones who have passed on with lots of vibrant costumes, floats, and food. You can find out more about it at All Souls Procession

Willcox; Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival – If you love nature and are interested at all in birding you will love this event. It is centered around honoring the more than 500 species of birds that visit the Wilcox area. They offer seminars, a Nature Expo, plenty of souvenirs, and a Kids Corner. Bring the family and get to know more about this wonderful world we live in from January 11-15th. You can learn more about it at Wings Over Wilcox.

Sierra Vista; Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering – This is a memorable place to be on February 3-5th and you should grab some friends to bring along. It’s the 25th anniversary this year and they have lots of special activities planned. You’ll get to see all types of performing arts and plenty of your favorite artists. You can learn more at Cowboy Poets.

These are just a few of the things you can see and do when you winter-over in southeast Arizona. You can find more events by visiting Plenty of Southern Arizona Activities This Fall and Winter. We look forward to seeing you in our beautiful state and hope you enjoy your camping stay.

 

 

October 7, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Coolers to Meet the Demands of Your Camping Trip

Coolers for campingHardcore camping enthusiasts have a lot to consider when it comes to a cooler that meets their needs. Is it durable? Is there enough storage space for a week or more food and drink? What’s the insulation like? How much does it weigh, if it has to be hauled by hand from place to place?  There’s also the price factor—is a high end cooler needed, or will a mid-range or even cheap cooler do?  We’ll take a look at three models here.

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The ORCA 58

Weighing in at 31 lbs. empty, packed with food, ice, and beverages this cooler will be HEAVY.  Don’t let the weight trouble you though, because with great weight comes great insulation.  If you’re setting up a base camp and doing day hikes, you’ll be glad you invested in this $400 beauty.  It retains temperatures of below 40 degrees for a full 6 days, and ice for 7, allowing you to go further away from ice suppliers for longer.  The construction is quality, durable plastic with thick, strong latches and pin style hinges that are made for wear and tear.

The Engel Deep Blue

This cooler advertises a 65 quart capacity but holds just 53 quarts.  Even so, with a weight of 26 lbs. empty, it still provides pretty good insulation retaining a temperature below 40 degrees for 5 full days and ice for 6.  This cooler is perfect for long weekends, or shorter trips away from ice suppliers. Solidly designed handles, hinges and latches make it very durable, and the lid and seal are excellent with no leakage.  This cooler retails around $330 and would make for a reasonably priced gear investment providing quality usage.

Not quite ready to invest in a hardcore cooler but still want a cooler that comes close to performing like one without the heavy price tag?  Keep reading.

The Coleman Xtreme 5 Day

Weighing in at just 13 lbs. and priced between $61-$70 at different online retailers, this is by far the best value for casual campers.  It retains temperatures below 40 degrees for 3 full days and ice for 5. Its slimmer design makes it very car camping friendly, fitting easily into trunks and hatchbacks. This model comes in three sizes—70, 90 and 120 quart, with the price range topping out at $100.

 

For further information on these coolers and more, get comprehensive reviews at Outdoor Gear Labs Cooler Reviews 

August 5, 2017 / by / in , , , , , ,
Butterfield RV Resort Has a Full-Time Astronomer

butterfield-rv-resort-telescopeOne of our member parks was in the news this week due to the growing popularity of their onsite observatory and full-time staff astronomer. Butterfield RV Resort, in Benson, AZ has been offering evening star gazing sessions since 2001. The original park owners were amateur astronomers and built an observatory for their own use. They soon found their guests were so interested in star-gazing they decided to make it open to the public.

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Ken Klein, self proclaimed “astronerd” originally was drawn to the RV park in 2012. He began working part-time as front desk staff and had some star talk shifts as well. He’s now working full-time presenting up to two shows per night for up to eighteen people at a time.

The observatory houses a 16-inch Meade University Grade telescope and spending some time looking into the universe has become a popular amenity at this award winning RV park. Each year, they are seeing more and more visitors, particularly during the winter months, from Canada and the United States.

You can find out more about visiting this unique RV park from their website at RV-Resort.com. It’s a lovely southeast RV park in Arizona and the current owners are very committed to your comfort and enjoyment while you are there.

 

October 19, 2016 / by / in , , , ,