2018 Arizona Spring Rally

Discussion in 'Rallies Being Planned' started by Hoomi, Sep 6, 2017.

Preferred Venue

  1. Alamo Lake State Park

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  2. Kartchner Caverns State Park

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  3. One of the Colorado River Parks (need early decision to get reservations)

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  4. Somewhere else (add suggestion)

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  1. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

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    Summer is almost over, so it's not too early to start discussing the next Arizona Spring Rally. I've looked at the weather trends at some of the State Parks, and while I thought Lyman Lake is a great location, in early April the average overnight temperatures tend to the low 30s, with daytime highs in the low 70s. Alamo Lake runs a bit warmer, so would offer some of the same recreational opportunities, without as much chance for freezing overnight.

    Kartchner Caverns is one of our favorite spring camping venues, with the namesake caverns being incredible to tour. The park has some hiking trails, and is an easy day-trip to historic Tombstone.

    There are several Colorado River parks with camping, but we would need to make a decision on venue and make reservations early. The river parks tend to be very popular during the spring months, and short-notice reservations are rarely available.

    Of course, other suggestions are certainly welcome.

    https://azstateparks.com/find-a-park/
     
  2. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    We camped at Kartchner last Thanksgiving and enjoyed it a lot. I already have plans to go to a Retro Rally in April, at Dead Horse Ranch SP, so may not get to the PUP Rally - depends on timing. Easter is April 1, BTW.
     
  3. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

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    I'm thinking of shooting for the weekend of April 6th, making it the first full weekend in April, though it's still far enough out that the date is open for discussion.

    By the way, I went through your neck of the woods en route to and from Nebraska for the eclipse. On the way out, I think I hit Albuquerque somewhere around 9 to 10 at night, and on the way back, around 3:30 in the morning.
     
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  4. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I am a possible, but better end of March if anyone else likes as that is spring break for 2 weeks.
     
  5. Jenkamus

    Jenkamus Active Member

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    Following thread, our pup is undergoing a (slow) rebuild but we hope to have it done by spring, at least usable. We may just come up for a long weekend where ever it is.

    Thanks for getting this going =)
     
  6. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    Apr 6 would work for me, or a March date. Selfishly, Karchner is easier for me to get to than Alamo Lake, and very easy for me to combine it with a visit to see friends in Tucson.
    Jenkamus, Karchner and Alamo have cabins to rent, if your rebuild isn't done and you don't have an alternative. I also don't know how far ahead those fill up.
     
  7. JoshMacdonald

    JoshMacdonald New Member

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    I'm going to follow this thread and would love to make my first rally. We live in Phoenix and are looking for more chances to get out in our pop up. Location is less important since its all within a day's drive. And I don't know my kids' spring break, so I'm open on dates too.
     
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  8. DiamondGirl

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    We might join. Depends on DH's work schedule and the weather. Kartchner Campground is nice and clean. Unfortunately I was there during 100° degree temperatures. It wasn't pleasant during the day.

    Happy Camping...
     
  9. shuang2

    shuang2 Well-Known Member

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    I am following too, day, location...
     
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  10. Az Brittany Guy

    Az Brittany Guy New Member

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    If you ever consider a mid / late summer event out here, consider the White Mountains. Great fishing, hiking and unparalleled beauty. 40° Mornings and high 60°s Lin the afternoon. Much prettier than Flagstaff IMO.
     
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  11. Hoomi

    Hoomi I write everything the voices in my head tell me.

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    Does everyone so far like the idea of Kartchner Caverns?

    So far, we've been doing the Arizona Spring Rally the first full weekend in April, but I'm not hung up on that. Unfortunately, my experience so far is that we're never going to find a date that works for everyone that would like to come, so about the only way it works is to get enough of a consensus, and then just pick the date.
     
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  12. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    I'm happy with Karchner, and the April 6-8 dates. March would work, but I want to be home for the March 30-April 1 Easter weekend.
     
  13. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    Is there enough interest in doing the Arizona Spring Rally for 2018? I did a spot check for Kartchner today, and at the moment, there are plenty of sites left for the first weekend in April 4/6-8.
    The first week in April turned out to be the best week for me to make my spring visit to Tucson, so I could add Kartchner on easily, if people want to do the Rally. (If not, I can just as easily head home.)
     
  14. desertlady

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    Hello Kitphantom. When is the Retro Rally at Dead Horse Ranch SP?
     
  15. desertlady

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    I'm interested in a spring 2018 rally! I live in Cottonwood, AZ and can (now) travel only about 4 hours from home. I'll continue to watch to see if a rally can be planned. ALSO....when is the RETRO RALLY being held at Dead Horse Ranch SP?
     
  16. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    We'll see how much interest there is, and for which weekend. So far, I seem to hear crickets.
     
  17. shuang2

    shuang2 Well-Known Member

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    I am interested in the rally too, but I'll be out of the country around late March & early April.
     
  18. desertlady

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    Thanks for the information on the Retro Rally date. I'll either stop by and say hello or camp and then stop by and say hello. If you see a gal with a beautiful black greyhound (with 3 legs) that's my Queenie and myself.
     
  19. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    We'll be in site 11 of Quail Loop, arriving late Wednesday afternoon, leaving Sunday morning. PM me if you think you'll just be stopping by, I'll give you my phone #, since we hope to do some exploring. This is a new area of AZ for us.
     
  20. desertlady

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    I live in Cottonwood, so some great places to go are: Old Town Cottonwood is now a bustling little city within Cottonwood. Great restaurants, wine tasting rooms, boutiques, rock-shop, Olive Oil shop, pet-shop, little market, etc. Jerome is an old mining city up in the mountains and seen from the "valley, aka Cottonwood". Many antique shops, restaurants, and boutiques are there. Gold King Mine company is there and very interesting. the old firehouse has GREAT pizzas! Sedona is only 15 miles away and is know for beautiful red rocks, hiking, clean streams, shopping, hot air balloon rides, etc etc etc. Touristy now but fun. Camp Verde is about 18 miles (off I-17) and is an old fort. Small town but lots of charm. Cottonwood itself has MANY great places to see and enjoy. Walmart, Safeway, Frys, Food City are all available and only about 5 miles from camp. Lots of fast food places, many restaurants, several thrift stores, and the list goes on and on. Blazing M ranch is about 1 mile from camp and a very fun place for evening entertainment. Good ole cowboy dinner (served on aluminum plates) and a show. The Clarkdale train takes passengers on a roundtrip, about 10 miles journey into the desert to see the local area, eagles, and fun. At Dead Horse they have a lot of great things to do also: horseback rides, many hiking trails, birdwatching...saw an eagle few days ago near one of the lagoons, kayake, fishing one of 3 lagoons. The Verde River is on one side of the park, and can be reached via a trail from camp site, 16 or 17 or 18 (forgot which one but it's marked with a marker). Follow the path to the river. Lots of great trails. We have a visitor center, but they just moved and I forgot where the new location is. The hospital is only about 2 miles from camp; and Urgent Care is across hwy 89A from the hospital. Anyway, guess it sounds like I'm a travel agent or something. I'm not, just love my city and the park. So I'll quite now before this becomes a novel.
     
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