RV Park Review – Root 66 RV Park, Sun Valley, AZ
A very basic, but convenient overnight stop to see the Painted Desert in Eastern AZ. Make sure you have Passport America.
- Site quality = 1.5/5
Very basic sites here. This park is basically a large, dirt parking lot with hookups and there isn’t much about site quality that stands out. There are 22 total RV sites consisting of a mix of back-in and pull-through. Most sites have 30amp/water/sewer with a few that have 50amp/water/sewer. Sites are all dirt, somewhat level, oriented side-by-side with very little separation and no privacy. No “sitting area” or other site amenities either. Main upside is full hookups and good water pressure.
- Facilities = 2/5
Only one flush toilet on site, which was spacious & clean but no showers. No on-site dump.
- Amenities = 2/5
Not much in terms of amenities here. There is a central building with a very old TV & a sofa and a small bookswap. On-site WiFi was free and worked slowly during the day (when the park was empty), but was completely unusable at night (when the park was full). Nicest amenity was two new laundry + dryer machines ($2 wash, $1 dry).
- Location = 3.5/5
The main reason to stay at this RV park is to visit nearby Petrified Forest/Painted Desert and for that purpose it works well. It’s only 16 miles from the North Entrance of the park, making it the closest RV park in the area. Other that that, the park is somewhat in the middle of nowhere and located right off the highway, which makes it convenient for an overnight stay, but also quite noisy (constant car noise). Nearby Holbrook has basic grocery (Safeway) and Redbox.
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Good spot for doggie. Although there isn’t much space to hang outside of your campsite, the park is dog-friendly and there is a nice, long dirt road north of the park which is convenient for doggie-walking.
Overall rating = 2.8
Summary: Our goal was to see the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert and there are only a select few choices to stay around this area of AZ. Plus we needed hookups for the daytime heat. Root 66 was the closest (and most convenient) spot we could find off I-40 and for what we needed it worked out fine. The park is run-down and basic (just a big dirt parking lot, really) but it provides full hookups and it’s only ~16 miles from the North Entrance of the National Park. There are 22 sites with a mix of either 30amp/water/sewer or 50amp/water/sewer. Site quality is VERY basic -> tightly-packed sites with no real privacy or “sitting area”. Plus the closeness to I-40 (which is literally right next door) means you get constant road-noise day and night. On plus side the hosts were very nice & welcoming (they walk up to your rig to greet you on arrival), the on-site laundry was decent and there is an interesting little assortment of petrified wood on-site which is a nice compliment for the area. Plus the free-range chickens (one rooster & one chicken, both very inquisitive) provide on-going entertainment for both humans & cats. The park seems popular for overnight stays and filled up both nights we were there. Full site price is $33/night which is too expensive for what this park offers IMHO, but with Passport America (no restrictions here) it comes down to $16.50 which is much more reasonable. Overall I would say this is an convenient overnight to see the Painted Desert, but I would definitely want the discount and I wouldn’t plan to stay here longer-term.
Extra Info: Free on-site WiFi, which was slow, but somewhat usable during the day (when the park was empty), but completely unusable at night (when the park filled up). POOR Verizon signal (only 2 bars 3G) which was very slow. but very decent ATT (4 bars ATT 4G) which was nicely fast. 22 sites total with either 30amp/water/electric ($33/night) or 50amp/water/electric ($36/night). 50% discount for Passport America.
Extra, Extra Info -> OTHER CAMPING? BOONDOCKING? It was too hot to boondock while we were here, but there is actually a very decent free camping area just outside the South Entrance of the Petrified Forest by the Crystal Forest Giftshop. Basic dirt, but very nicely laid-out and super convenient for visiting the National Park from the south side. NO other boondocking that I know of around here since most of the land is either private or reservation.SPONSORED LINK:
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