All About Thousand Trails in Arizona: 22 RV Parks

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If you like to RV in Arizona in the winter AND you love to save money on camping, this article is for you. Arizona is a great state for staying at Thousand Trails RV resort locations if you have the right camping membership. Especially if you are age 55 or older, as you can access their many “Age Qualified” (AQ) Resorts. Let’s get you up to speed on all of the 22 Arizona Thousand Trails Resorts, so you can start making your winter camping reservations.

Over the last nine years, our Thousand Trails membership has been our most valuable tool for saving money on RV parks. We have written about this extensively here on our website. Here is a link to all of our articles about Thousand Trails

In this post, we cover all of the Thousand Trails locations in Arizona. These are very popular among snowbirds who like to head south and escape cold winters. We organize them first by the type of membership you need to access them. Second, by region. Then, list them in alphabetical order. 

We have personally visited some of these RV resorts and plan to visit many more this winter. Fortunately, we managed to visit a few of the age-qualified resorts before turning 55. But we understand they are more strict about the age qualification than they were in the past. We specify which RV Thousand Trails parks are ‘Age Qualified’ below.

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Overview of Access to Arizona Thousand Trails Membership Parks

You don’t have to be a member to stay at Thousand Trails campgrounds. The public can access many Thousand Trails resorts in Arizona and pay a nightly retail rate. These range between $30 and $100, depending on the resort and whether or not it is peak season. 

But, if you have a basic Zone Camping Pass or an upgraded Thousand Trails Membership, you can stay for NO nightly fee in most of the Thousand Trails RV parks. Currently, only one of their RV parks in Arizona can be accessed with a zone pass, or upgraded membership without the Trails Collection.

But, if you add the Trails Collection upgrade to your Thousand Trails membership, you will have access to 20 additional membership Encore RV parks in Arizona (there are well over 100 Encore parks nationwide). 

Most of these additional RV parks also allow you to stay with NO nightly fee. Some premium parks require a $20 per night fee (plus tax), and there are three of those in Arizona. Note there is one ‘outlier’ Thousand Trails owned property, that members can stay at, but not through your camping membership.

Camping year-round for no nightly fee?

With the right camping membership, you could spend the entire year staying in Thousand Trails campgrounds for no nightly fee. Yes, you heard that right. Zero nightly fees for the year and 190 RV parks nationwide. That is amazing affordability if you plan to spend significant time in your RV. Which is precisely why we use our Thousand Trails camping membership so much (over 900 nights so far).

The above information is a very high-level explanation of the membership benefits. Click here to learn more about the various membership levels, pricing, and value.

OK. Now that you have a basic understanding of Thousand Trails memberships, let’s dive into more detail about the specific RV parks and resorts in Arizona.

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Types of Thousand Trails Campgrounds in Arizona

There are two types of Thousand Trails RV resorts in Arizona. First, there’s the regular Thousand Trails RV park. This campground is available with all membership levels. Though there is only one in Arizona, there are 80 of these regular parks nationwide. 

Some campgrounds are only open seasonally, depending on the weather. However, all but one of the Arizona Thousand Trails resorts are open year-round. Venture In in Show Low is closed in the winter. But the winter season is the peak season for most other Arizona RV parks.

The second type are the Thousand Trails Destination Campgrounds and Encore RV Resorts. There are 21 of these parks in Arizona and currently 110 nationwide. All of these but one are available only to people who have the Trails Collection Upgrade.

This article is an overview of all of Arizona’s Thousand Trails RV parks. For a more detailed review of individual parks, we recommend visiting our RVLove review link (for the ones we have stayed at). Or visit RVLIFE.com or Thousand Trails website.

First, The Thousand Trails Arizona Campground Accessible With A Standard Membership

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Verde Valley RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Photo credit: Thousand Trails – Verde Valley RV Resort

Verde Valley RV Resort, Thousand Trails in Cottonwood, Arizona

We have stayed at Verde Valley RV Resort more than once and enjoyed it! This campground is near Sedona, one of our favorite areas in the country. We have also visited the area multiple times, staying in other campgrounds. We have also done some boondocking in the area. That’s because you can only stay in Thousand Trails campgrounds for 2-3 weeks at a time, depending on your membership.

Verde Valley is a pretty large, spread-out campground. There are 340 RV sites over 300 acres, including 62 recently added 50amp sites. If you don’t have an RV, there are 21 rental cabins and some tent sites with power. Most 50amp power sites do charge a small additional fee. 

The lower section of the campground borders the Verde River. This campground is open year-round thanks to its moderate climate. Amenities include sports courts, two lodges, playgrounds, a pool, a spa, a remote-controlled race track, a remote-controlled plane runway, and many hiking trails.

The one disadvantage of this campground…

Unfortunately, since much of the campground is down in a valley, cellular coverage is more limited than the carrier coverage maps indicate. However, in sections K and M, many of the newer paid 50amp sites are situated higher up on the property. So they offer better views and better cellular coverage. 

We love that there is a ton of beautiful scenery in the area to explore. There are guided tours, or you can do some hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, Jeeping, and ATVing on your own. Whether you want to explore the great restaurants and wines in Sedona, the popular ghost town in nearby Jerome, or explore the local town of Cottonwood, there is a lot to love about this area. Cottonwood is only 15 minutes away, and Sedona is about 40 minutes away.

Read more reviews about this campground on RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.8 star rating.

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Arizona Thousand Trails, Trails Collection Locations

The Destination campgrounds and Encore RV resorts available through the Trails Collection add-on membership are primarily found in the Phoenix and Yuma areas. So, we will group the resorts from those two regions with others and also share the suburb where the RV park is located. Then, we will list other resorts from Arizona in a separate group, listing them with their nearest city.

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Phoenix Arizona region Thousand Trails Trails Collection Resorts

The Phoenix metropolitan area is the largest in Arizona and the top twelve largest by population and area in the USA, with 4.85 million people and 518 square miles. Despite being a large city in a hot desert climate, the canal system makes Phoenix an excellent agricultural center. 

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Casita Verde RV Resort in Casa Grande (Age Qualified)

Casita Verde, like Fiesta Grande and Foothills West listed further below, is located south of Phoenix in a town called Casa Grande. Casa Grande has a population of around 55,000 and is located about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson ,at an elevation of about 1,400 feet. So it is a very warm and dry climate, and winter is the most appealing time to visit. Summertime can be very hot, with high winds and some monsoon rains.

The properties surrounding Casita Verde are mostly open land, a school, and residential communities. So, it is likely relatively quiet. There is easy access to Interstate 10 when when you head out to explore. Casita Verde has a total of 192 sites, including RV sites and semi-permanent manufactured/mobile homes. Their amenities include a heated swimming pool, clubhouse, shuffleboard, billiards room, Bocce ball, community fire pit, and walking trails.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 5.8 star rating.

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Fiesta Grande – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Fiesta Grande RV Resort in Casa Grande (Age Qualified)

Fiesta Grande is the largest of the three Thousand Trails network RV parks in Casa Grande, with 766 sites. All RV sites are gravel with concrete patios and have full hook-ups with 50/30amp power. Most sites are back-in, and intended for extended stays. But for shorter stays, some 30’x60’ pull-through sites are available. This park is open year round.

Their extensive amenities include two pools, plus multiple indoor and outdoor sporting facilities like billiard rooms, shuffleboard, and pickleball courts. They also have a woodworking shop, craft room, card rooms, fitness center, dance hall/ ballroom, walking trails, a business center, a diverse activity schedule, and more. 

We had a brief stay at this park in 2018, and really like that it is located within easy walking distance to grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, restaurants, etc. Fiesta Grande also has easy access to Interstate 10, less than 2 miles away.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a high 8.7 star rating.

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Foothills West – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Foothills West in Casa Grande (Age Qualified)

The Foothills West RV Resort has 182 sites, most of which are full hook-up, back-in campsites with 50/30amp power. There are four pull-through sites. It is located in a quiet rural part of Casa Grande. So, while there is less access to what the town has to offer, it also has quieter surroundings. Their amenities include a heated pool, hot tub, library, billiard room, clubhouse, and 9-hole putting green. A casino shuttle bus also picks up guests who want to play bingo.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 8.1 star rating.

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Meridian RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Apache Junction area of Phoenix Region Thousand Trails parks

Three Thousand Trails member parks are located in the Apache Junction suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. These are Countryside, Golden Sun, and Meridian. Apache Junction is on the far eastern edge of the Phoenix metropolitan region, 35 miles from downtown Phoenix. So it is quick and easy to get out into big open spaces and ghost towns, yet still convenient to access everything you need from town.

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Countryside RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Countryside RV Resort in Apache Junction (Age Qualified)

The Countryside RV Resort is a 254-site RV park right off Hwy 60. Despite being so close to the highway, it has views of the Superstition Mountains and is mostly surrounded by residential areas. Amenities include a billiard room, fitness center, shuffleboard, heated pool, and an activity schedule.

Their website says pets are welcome. But when you look closer, there are limited sites that allow pets. It appears they mostly want you to walk pets outside the RV park. So, Countryside doesn’t seem nearly as pet-friendly as other RV parks. It offers a mix of RV sites and semi-permanent mobile homes. All RV sites are back-in, gravel sites with a concrete patio and are mostly 36’ deep with 50/30amp power. There are a few longer sites, but you must call ahead to confirm.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 6.0 star rating.

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Golden Sun RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Golden Sun RV Resort in Apache Junction (Age Qualifed)

Residential areas surround Golden Sun, and it’s a bit further from the highway than Countryside. There are 329 sites with 50/30amp power. Nearly all sites are back-ins with a mix of RVs and semi-permanent mobile homes. Their amenities include a pool, fitness center, shuffleboard, billiards, ballroom, dog park, and activities.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.0 star rating.

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Meridian RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Meridian RV Resort in Apache Junction (Age Qualified)

Meridian RV Resort is different from most of the other properties in the Phoenix region in that it is an RV-only resort. Most RV parks in this region offer a mix of RV and semi-permanent mobile homes. So, the fact that they only accommodate RVs changes the overall feel of this RV resort. It is surrounded by residential areas.

There are 258 RV sites with 50/30amp power. All sites are back-in gravel surfaces. There are also two rental cabins available for guests who don’t have an RV.

The pool area and amenities look like they are newly updated and very nice. Other amenities include four pet areas, a spa, fitness center, billiards, clubhouse, putting green, an outdoor event stage, and a community fire pit. 

We loved out stay in early February 2024 and would definitely return. You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.2 star rating.

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Mesa area of the Phoenix, Arizona Region

The city of Mesa, Arizona, is a large suburb of the Phoenix metropolitan area. It’s about halfway between downtown Phoenix and Apache Junction and has many RV parks! We have stayed in the area several times. Fun fact, we wrote the manuscript for our first book, Living The RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide To Life On The Road while staying at Mesa Spirit RV Resort, Arizona in 2018.

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Mesa Spirit RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Mesa Spirit RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona (Age Qualified)

The Mesa Spirit RV Resort is a huge 1,700-site property that is mostly mobile homes and park models, but still offers a lot of RV sites. Some RV sites can accommodate large RV combinations such as 45-foot-long Class A motorhomes towing big stacker trailers. 

Being such a large resort, their list of amenities is large and diverse. They have three pools, five spas, a fitness center, woodshop, craft rooms, miniature golf, tons of shuffleboard courts, ballroom/banquet hall, computer room, four laundry rooms, and many activities.

All RV sites are 50amp only. So, if you have a 30-amp RV, you must buy an adapter. Mail and packages are delivered directly to RV sites. There is a mix of residential and commercial properties surrounding Mesa Spirit. There’s an RV dealership next door, across the road and plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. So you will has quick and easy access to anything you need.

You can read our more detailed review of Mesa Spirit here.

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Monte Vista RV Resort in Mesa (Age Qualified)

Monte Vista RV Resort has 237 sites. All RV sites are gravel or concrete pads with concrete patios and have 50/30amp power.

Their amenities look really nice and include three pools, eight lighted tennis courts, a softball field, putting green, dance hall, live entertainment, wood shop, ceramics shop, other craft rooms, and more. 

It is near the intersection of Highway 202 and Highway 60. But it is mostly surrounded by residential areas. RVs must be at least 24 feet in length to stay here. So, be aware they do not allow Class B RVs, truck campers, pop-ups, or small trailers.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has an 8.3 star rating.

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Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Photo credit: Thousand Trails – Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort

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Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort (Age Qualified)

The Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort is a HUGE resort loaded with amenities. There are just over 2,400 sites, roughly 330 of which are for RVs. The other 2,000+ are mobile homes, and many people live there full-time. All the RV sites are grouped in the ‘North Point’ section of the resort. Their RV sites all have 50/30amp power with full hook-ups. Note that RVs must be at least 24 feet long, so they do not allow Class B RVs, truck campers, pop-ups, or small trailers.

As the name implies, this is a great resort for golf lovers. There are 27 holes of golf and a golf pro shop accessible from/within the resort. Being such a large resort, the rest of the amenities are also excellent. They include a restaurant, a softball field, ten tennis courts, seven hot tubs, a ballroom with live entertainment, a clubhouse, pickleball, shuffleboard, fitness center, ceramics and craft rooms, woodshop, a very busy activity schedule, and so much more.

Some of the cottages are also available to rent if you don’t have an RV. Residential areas mostly surround Viewpoint Resort, and it has quick access to Highway 202 for you to explore the area. Viewpoint is one of the four Thousand Trails Arizona resorts that require a $20 per night fee. Most resorts have no nightly fee. 

We loved our stay in late February 2024, and believe this is one of the best resorts in the entire network. You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.6 star rating.

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Paradise RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Paradise RV Resort in Sun City, Arizona

Northwest of Phoenix is the suburb of Sun City and the Thousand Trails Encore park Paradise RV Resort. Residential areas surround this resort, and there is a river and lake nearby. Their website references being a 5-star resort, and its photos look very nice. Paradise is one of the four Thousand Trails Arizona resorts that require a $20 per night fee. Most resorts have no nightly fee. 

This 950-site resort appears to be about 90% mobile homes with RV sites scattered among them. RV sites are gravel or concrete full hookups with 50/30amp power. All sites are back in, and the typical site is 38’x55’. They allow RVs 24′ to 45 feet long but do not allow pop-up campers or truck campers.

Amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant, billiards, pickleball, and a library. Their website says that pets are welcome, but the rules also state that you must reserve a pet-friendly site. Presumably, this is so you can walk your dog outside the resort in the designated pet area. So, be aware, there are likely other restrictions for pet owners as well.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has an 8.4 star rating.

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Yuma, Arizona region Thousand Trails, Trails Collection Resorts

Yuma is the warmest city in Arizona, with more days of sunshine than anywhere else on the planet. You can expect sunshine and warm weather 91% of the year. Yuma’s Metro area has a population of around 200,000. Over 70,000 people from out of state make Yuma their winter residence. Thousand Trails has seven Encore resorts in this area.

It is worth noting that some of the Yuma Thousand Trails resorts are very close to the Yuma airport, which doubles as a Marine Corps base. So, if you stay at one of them close to the airport, expect to hear a lot of military jets and helicopters in addition to commercial traffic.

There is a lot of agriculture and history in this area. Yuma is also the winter date and vegetable capital of the world. This is also a very popular area to visit for those looking to travel over the border into Los Algodones, Mexico, for Dental work. Click here to learn more about going to Mexico for dental. There are 500 acres of wetlands for hiking. And there are museums and theatres for entertainment.

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Araby Acres RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Araby Acres RV Resort in Yuma (Age Qualified)

The Araby Acres amenities include two pools and spas, a pond with a grassy area, fitness center, ballroom, clubhouse, RV storage, community fire pit, and a lively activity schedule. They have 337 sites, roughly 90% of which are mobile homes. Their RV sites are gravel and concrete with 50/30amp power. The sites are 49′ to 55 feet deep and are mostly back in, with about a dozen pull-through sites.

Cottages are available for rent if you don’t have an RV. The website says pets are welcome, but they ask you to walk your pets outside of the RV park or to the onsite dog park when nature calls. The dog park is actually huge, and there were many dogs when we visited. The staff, and every guest we met were all super friendly. 

We had a really great stay here in January 2024, and firmly believe this is the best Thousand Trails system park in the Yuma area. It is also across the street from the very popular and upscale RV resort called The Palms.

Most of the surrounding area is residential or open land. It has quick, easy access to Interstate 8. You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.7 star rating.

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Cactus Gardens RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Cactus Gardens RV Resort in Yuma (Age Qualified)

This RV resort has 428 sites, 158 of which are available for reservations. Cottages are available if you do not have an RV. The RV sites are gravel surface and are back in only. Sites only have 50amp power, so you will need an adapter if you have a 30amp RV. Also, the maximum length RV is 40’, and they do not allow tents or pop-up campers.

Cactus Gardens RV Resort amenities include a swimming pool, spa, billiard room, library, and an active schedule. Neighboring properties are mostly other mobile home parks or open land. One of the neighboring properties is another Thousand Trails park called Desert Paradise. 

It is worth mentioning that one of the nearest properties is a water treatment facility. I didn’t see mention of this being smelly from the water treatment facility, when checking other reviews. 

Pets are welcome, but they encourage pets to walk across the street from the RV park. There is quick access to Interstate 8.

This RV park has an 8.1 star rating on RVLIFE.com.

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Capri RV Resort in Yuma (Age Qualified)

This RV Resort is located close the airport and the Mesa Verde resort. Capri borders some retail properties and is within walking distance of groceries, restaurants, and many more retail stores. But it also has residential properties on the other side of the property. Capri RV Resort has 208 back-in sites and is a small, simple RV park.

RV sites are on the smaller side, with standard 30 amps sites only allowing up to 36’ RVs and premium 50/30amp sites allowing up to 38’. Like most Arizona Trails Collection parks, tents and pop-up trailers are prohibited. From the satellite view, it appears that it is about half mobile homes, one-quarter long-term park model RVs, and the rest traditional RVs.

Amenities offered by this park include a pool, spa, billiards, and fitness room. You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.7 star rating.

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Desert Paradise RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Desert Paradise RV Resort in Yuma (Age Qualified)

The Desert Paradise RV Resort offers mostly RV sites, rather than mobile homes or park models. There are 246 sites in total. Most RV sites are only 30amp power, but some are 50amp upon request. Be aware that some sites might have trees obstructing your doors on the passenger side. Maximum length for RVs are 36′ in standard sites and 40’ in premium sites.

Cottages are available to rent if you don’t have an RV. Neighboring properties are mostly other mobile home parks or open land. One of the neighboring properties is another Thousand Trails Park called Cactus Gardens, mentioned above. Amenities include a pool, spa, fitness center, and library.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has an 8.2 star rating.

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Foothill Village RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Foothill Village RV Resort in Yuma (NOT Age Restricted)

This is one of Arizona’s few Thousand Trails membership parks that does NOT have an age restriction. This RV-focused park is located on the frontage road right off Interstate 8. So this is likely popular with RVers traveling through with shorter stays. But it also likely has substantial road noise.

There are 171 back-in sites. All are gravel sites with 30amp power. You can find multiple restaurants within walking distance of the RV park for added convenience. Amenities include a pool, spa, billiards, and library. 

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has an 8.1 star rating.

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Mesa Verde RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Mesa Verde RV Resort in Yuma (Age Qualified)

The Mesa Verde RV Resort has 262 sites. The property is 95% mobile homes, and the sites are very narrow / tight. There are limited RV sites available. The RV sites are back-in gravel pads with concrete patios, including 50/30amp power. RVs are limited to less than 38 feet. Cottages are available if you don’t have an RV.

Neighboring properties are a mix of commercial and residential. It is close to the Yuma airport, which serves double duty as a Marine Corps airfield. You can practically see people inside the air tower of the airport. The jets are loud, and the cell coverage is terrible. Almost as if the signal is jammed/reduced inside the park, since it is good outside of the park. 

Amenities include a pool, spa, clubhouse, RV storage, billiards, and library. The campground paperwork says that pets are allowed, but the sign out front actually says ‘no pets’. They ask you to take them to the dog park for bathroom breaks, which is a long walk for your pet to hold it. Pets are actually not  welcome here, so don’t bring your furry friend here. We actually felt that this park was less welcoming of non-seasonal human guests than other parks too.

We stayed here for 3 days of our 7 day reservation, in January 2024, but we will not stay here again. You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 6.0 star rating.

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Suni Sands RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Suni Sands RV Resort in Yuma (Age Qualified)

We stayed at Suni Sands RV Resort many years ago when they were less restrictive on age requirements. This is a relatively simple but clean and well-maintained RV park, mostly filled with mobile homes. There are 310 sites total, with some RV sites available and even some pull-through sites.

But we do caution folks with larger RVs because the sites are mostly for RVs under 34’. Pull-through sites allow RVs up to 40’, but the roads are fairly narrow, and the pull-through sites have palm trees in a terrible location at the site’s exit. This can make it difficult to navigate the obstacles.

It has been a few years, but we remember it as a friendly park, and we loved all the fun vintage RV-related murals at the property. Amenities include a pool, spa, billiards, and activities. Suni Sands RV Resort also conveniently has a Walmart Supercenter next door. It is located across the street from the Yuma International Airport and military base, so expect airplane noise.

You can read our more detailed review of Suni Sands RV Resort here.

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Voyager RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

All Other Thousand Trails, Trails Collection Resorts in Arizona

Here are the rest of the Trails Collection properties, which are not in the Phoenix or Yuma Regions. 

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Valley Vista RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Valley Vista RV Resort near Benson, Arizona (Age Qualified)

Located about a mile and a half south of the 5,000 population town of Benson is Valley Vista RV Resort. Benson is 45 miles east-southeast of Tucson, Arizona. We stayed here a few years ago when the age restrictions weren’t as strict as they are now. There are a couple of other RV parks and a gas station for neighboring properties. But this area is mostly open, undeveloped land.

Valley Vista is a pretty simple 145-site RV park. RV sites are gravel surface and offer either 30 or 50amp electricity. There is an extra fee for 50amp sites; most RV sites cannot accommodate RVs over 40’. There are pull-through sites available, but those sites are not available to Thousand Trails members, RPI, or other discount programs. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa, and clubhouse.

The elevation in Benson is close to 4,000 feet, so the temperatures are a bit cooler than in the Yuma and Phoenix regions. So it is possible you may experience a bit of snow in the winter. Valley Vista used to be one of the Thousand Trails Arizona resorts that require a $20 per night fee, but not in 2024. Most resorts have no nightly fee. 

You can read our more detailed review of Valley Vista RV Resort here.

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Venture In RV – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Venture In RV near Show Low, Arizona (Age Qualified, Summer Only)

The Venture In RV Resort is the ONLY Arizona Thousand Trails RV park that is not open year-round. Even more surprising is that it is open from May to October, and sometimes April through November. But it is less surprising when you learn that it is located at 6,300 feet elevation and therefore consistently 25-30 degrees cooler than Phoenix.

Venture In has 378 sites, mostly semi-permanent mobile homes. The remaining RV sites are gravel surface, 50/30amp, and can accommodate RVs up to 45’ long. Neighboring properties are dispersed residential homes in a forested area.

This is also the only Arizona Thousand Trails park without a pool. Their amenities include a fitness center, biking and hiking trails, ballroom, clubhouse, billiards, and a dog park. With a shorter season, some activities and amenities are only available from June through September. Check the Thousand Trails website for the most current seasonal dates.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a 7.1 star rating.

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Voyager RV Resort Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Voyager RV Resort Photo credit: Thousand Trails

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Voyager RV Resort near Tucson, Arizona

This well-rated and popular Thousand Trails membership park in Tucson, Arizona is is part of the Trails Collection. Voyager used to, but not longer  requires a $20 per night fee on top of your membership (presuming you have the Trails Collection add-on). It has 667 sites, most of which are semi-permanent mobile homes or permanent small homes. 

The RV sites are gravel with concrete patios and have 50/30amp power. Sites vary in width from 25-33 feet, depending on type. All sites are at least 50 feet long. Pull-through sites are 100 feet long so that they can accommodate larger RVs.

We have stayed here quite a few times and really like this park. But it is now Age Qualified and their rules are more stringent regarding age. They ask for ID upon check in. Voyager has excellent amenities, including 16 pickleball courts, multiple indoor and outdoor pools and spas, tennis courts, a fitness center, golf course, health clinic, restaurant, and so much more. 

There are rental cottages and even a hotel on the property for guests who don’t have an RV. Pets are only allowed in a designated area, but fortunately, that is where most all of the RV sites are located. This is a very nice resort, and we look forward to returning in the future.

You can read more reviews for this campground at RVLIFE.com where it has a high 8.6 star rating.

Plus, one outlier…

If you visit the Thousand Trails website, you may notice another property listed under Arizona. This is a bit of an outlier, as it is not a property that Thousand Trails members can stay at with their camping membership. 

The property is managed by ELS (Thousand Trails’ parent company). But we are including this, as the park may be of interest to RVers traveling to the area. This is one of the 22 Thousand Trails owned parks in Arizona, but note that only 21 of them are accessible using a camping membership.

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Salome KOA Journey / Desert Vista RV Resort – Photo credit: Thousand Trails

Salome KOA Journey / Desert Vista RV Resort near Quartzsite

The Thousand Trails website lists this Salome KOA Journey campground, which is also known as Desert Vista RV Resort. This is doubly confusing, as this park is an anomaly in the Thousand Trails network. That’s because it is NOT available to reserve using a Thousand Trails camping membership. 

It is located about 38 miles from the town of Quartzsite. So it is popular with many RVers who prefer staying in a campground over boondocking in the desert. This campground is not age-restricted and has 125 sites. Most sites are back in only, but there are about 24 pull-through sites. 

Amenities include a pool, spa, and mini-golf. However, many people are drawn to this campground because it has direct access to over 300 miles of ATV/OHV trails. There are a handful of other residential properties and another campground, but most of the surrounding area is open land.

If you are a Thousand Trails member, you won’t see this park when you log in to see your available campgrounds. But you will see it listed on both their RVontheGo website, and the KOA website! (We can’t quite make sense of it either.)

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Summary

So there you have it — a summary of all the Arizona Thousand Trails RV resorts. If you have the right membership, many are available for your upcoming travel plans. And we recommend you reserve your winter accommodations as soon as possible, as they are popular and book up quickly. Some offer rental cottages if you don’t have an RV. We have enjoyed staying at quite a few of these parks, and we look forward to visiting and sharing many more, now that one of us is approaching 55!

You can’t beat the savings, with most stays having no nightly fee. If you don’t already have a Thousand Trails membership and want to learn more about them, complete the inquiry form below, or check out our extensive articles here.

Have you stayed at some of these RV resorts in Arizona? We would to hear about your experiences in the comments section below. Safe travels!

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Author Bio: Marc Bennett

Author Bio: Marc Bennett

A Colorado native, Marc is an avid cyclist and hiker who has lived, worked, and traveled by RV to all 50 USA states, while working full-time. He is co-author, with his wife Julie, of two bestselling books: "RV Hacks: 400+ Ways to Make Life on the Road Easier, Safer, and More Fun!" and "Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road". In RV life, Marc takes care of all the dirty jobs – fixing things, washing dishes, and dumping the black tank.

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If you don’t already have a Thousand Trails camping membership, and want to learn about the options and prices, here are the ways you can do that: 

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9 thoughts on “All About Thousand Trails in Arizona: 22 RV Parks”

  1. I love Thousand Trails and would not be able to afford camping if I didn’t have it. I have the ELITE package and can stay 3 weeks at a park, which is perfect for traveling and visiting different states. Camping used to be a affordable vacation, but not anymore but thanks to Thousand Trails it is!!

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  2. Enjoy reading your blog/posts. However, in looking through your blog about RV locations in Arizona I believe that some locations are not accurate as written. I can speak for Monte Vista specifically where the information is not up to date or completely accurate. Not a biggie, just thought might want to know.

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  3. I just read this info and you say there are 22 resorts in Arizona. We are coming down to Yuma and I only read one here. Are you going to comment on the rest? Which ones do you recommend as we have the Adventure package.

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    • Hello Cameron. Yes, there are 22 properties owned or managed by the Thousand Trails parent company ELS, and all of those are listed in this blog post and on the thousand trails website. But, as mentioned in the post, only one of them is available with a standard membership (Verde Valley near Sedona).

      That is great that you have an Adventure membership. But if you only have one showing, maybe you didn’t opt for the Trails Collection Plus add-on for your Adventure membership. The Trails Collection is a great add-on for any membership. But when you have an Adventure membership, you have the option of adding the Trails Collection PLUS, which offers huge advantages for booking windows and ability to go park to park between the Encore resorts. In our opinion, that is the greatest benefit of an Adventure membership. We talk more about that in this related blog post. Here is a link: https://rvlove.com/rv-camping/memberships/thousand-trails/what-is-the-new-thousand-trails-adventure-membership-upgrade/
      Safe travels. -M

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