Regina and Woody Johnson
Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory


The Southeast Arizona resort serves as a base camp for travelers heading to Karchner Caverns, Tombstone and Bisbee, also has a 16-inch telescope and a nightly star talks


BENSON, Ariz., May 20, 2019 — Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory has won a “Park of the Year” award in the medium size park category from the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

The award is given annually to parks that deliver extraordinary guest experiences as a result of all-around excellence in operations, professionalism, marketing, customer service and industry involvement.

Butterfield RV Resort has previously won the award in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2017.

“We are very honored to receive this recognition again,” said Butterfield RV Resort Manager Regina Johnson.

The park landscaping and grounds are exceptionally well groomed and clean. “We have a staff that works very hard to keep it that way,” Johnson said.

A pickleball court was recently added to the resort and construction is underway to install a new swimming pool that will be three feet wider and four feet longer than the original pool. Johnson said the new pool should be completed before the arrival of the snowbirds in the fall.

While the 173-site resort caters to snowbirds in the wintertime, the park also serves as a base camp for families bound for Karchner Caverns State Park, Tombstone and Bisbee, all of which are in close proximity. Johnson added that special events are scheduled in Tombstone and Bisbee throughout the summer and fall.

Johnson noted that Butterfield RV Resort is situated at an elevation of 3,586 feet, which provides a cooler setting than much of southern Arizona. “We are about seven degrees cooler than Tucson, and Tucson is about seven degrees cooler than Phoenix,” she said.

Butterfield Resort is also unique in that it has an on site astronomical observatory with a 16-inch Meade University Grade telescope and nightly star talks.

As many as 18 people can fit inside the observatory at a time. The groups are limited in size so that everyone can have a chance to peer through the telescope to see the topic of the night’s discussion.

For more information about Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory, visit

The Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is the trade association for campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in Arizona. Arizona ARVC hosts a travel planning website at and publishes the Arizona RV and Camping Guide, which won the State Directory of the Year Award from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). The 32-page color guide features more than 90 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Grand Canyon State. Consumers can request the guide by emailing ar*********@ao*.com.

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