Campground Review: Rancho Sedona
Being that Rancho Sedona is the only RV park in Sedona, it could get away with being pretty mediocre and still stay packed all year long. Luckily, this park goes above and beyond, providing a wonderful basecamp for RVers.
Rancho Sedona is a cool oasis in the desert. The park is filled with giant Sycamore and Cottonwood trees that provide shade for almost all of the sites. Though much of Sedona is dry and dusty, the park seems lush due to all of the greenery. The park is impeccably manicured. We continually saw an army of workers out tending to each spot in between occupants.
Oak Creek runs along the edge of the park, and premium sites are available bordering the creek. Unfortunately, I don’t think you would be able to see the stream from your RV since an embankment runs along it to prevent flooding. You can enjoy the sound, though.
The creek also makes a great place for the kids to splash around. Rancho Sedona doesn’t have a pool, but our boys enjoyed the stream even more. The water was very shallow, making it a safe place for little ones to play. Take your camp chairs and relax while the kids cool off.
We didn’t book our reservations early enough to get a creekside spot, but we did score a nice site on the end with a large fenced-in grassy area. It provided a great place for the kids to play; plus it made our site feel fairly private since we had no other trailers in front of us.
If you make reservations at Rancho Sedona, be sure to check out their park map, as there are a variety of sites and prices. You can even click on a spot number to pull up a photo of each spot. Most are level, good-sized spots with picnic tables, and many even have concrete patios.
Another word that comes to mind with Rancho Sedona is CLEAN. This was the cleanest park I’ve ever stayed in, rivaling Disney’s Fort Wilderness. There are many rules and reminders posted around the park. I’ve seen some reviewers complain about the rules, but I happen to be a person that appreciates owners who care about keeping their camp clean. The restrooms and showers were impeccable and nicely decorated. Even the clothesline was cute.
Rancho Sedona is in a convenient place for exploring all that Sedona offers. Their website said they are within walking distance to town, but you would have to walk along a road that doesn’t seem well suited for pedestrians. By car, you’re just 5-10 minutes from the shopping district and within 15-20 minutes of the many great places to hike and explore. You can even see some of the famous red rocks from the park.
Rancho Sedona offers other amenities. The play area includes tetherball, volleyball, and horseshoe pits. There’s a dog run area (but we don’t have pets, so we didn’t check it out). You might even get lucky and score some delicious food in the park. One day, a vendor was selling burritos, salsa, cider and pies.
We really enjoyed the three nights we stayed at Rancho Sedona and loved adventuring in the Sedona area. This park was definitely our favorite out of the twelve campgrounds we stayed in on our Birdy Goes West road trip! Just writing about it makes me want to return…
You can hear about this campground and our favorite places in Sedona on the Campground of the Week podcast. Find it here or on iTunes: Episode #10 Rancho Sedona.
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