Fort Tuthill Recreation Area

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Fort Tuthill Recreation Area

Location

Installation
Luke AFB, Flagstaff, AZ
GPS Coordinates
35.139329, -111.69326
Location Information
Flagstaff, AZ

Directions

Directions
FROM THE NORTH: Enter Flagstaff via Highway 180 from Grand Canyon or Highway 89 from Cameron. Follow signs to Interstate 17 to Phoenix. Exit at Pulliam Airport (Exit 337) and turn right. Continue straight through the stop sign toward Coconino County Fairgrounds. Follow the one-way loop road, curving left, and then follow the signs. -- FROM THE SOUTH: Drive toward Flagstaff on Interstate 17. Two miles south of Flagstaff exit at Pulliam Airport (Exit 337) and turn left. Continue straight through the stop sign toward Coconino County Fairgrounds. Follow the one-way loop road, curving left, and then follow the signs. -- FROM THE WEST: Drive toward Flagstaff on Interstate 40. Follow signs to Interstate 17 toward Phoenix and Sedona. Exit at Pulliam Airport (Exit 337) and turn right. Continue straight through the stop sign toward Coconino County Fairgrounds. Follow the one-way loop road, curving left, and then follow the signs. -- FROM THE EAST: Drive toward Flagstaff on Interstate 40. Follow signs to Interstate 17 toward Phoenix and Sedona. Exit at Pulliam Airport (Exit 337) and turn right. Continue straight through the stop sign toward Coconino County Fairgrounds. Follow the one-way loop road, curving left, and then follow the signs.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(928) 774-8893
Fax Number
Luke AFB: (623) 856-7990
Mailing Address
Luke Recreation Area, HC 39, Box 5, Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8701
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD/NAF Civilians, Guests, and more. See Ft. Tuthill website for a complete list.
Season
Year round. RV Sites closed October 15th for the season until May 1st.
Reservations
Accepted 24/7. Recommended. Active duty 12 months in advance. All others, 6 months in advance.
Internet Access
Modem access in laundry room. Free WiFi in the lodge, but may be able to get it in parts of the campground.
Pet Information
Allowed in RV Park, but can't be left unattended. Normal leash and clean-up rules apply. Not allowed in any lodging, except ADA assistance dogs.
Campground Information
Dump available at campground.. Not on base - no services. Lodging prices vary by type of unit, day of week, and season. Campsites are located in the back of the facility, nestled in the pines and close to hiking trails. Showers are $2 for non-guests. Summer rates valid May through September, Winter rates valid October through April. Campground is CLOSED in the winter - cabins and hotel is open.
Big Rig Friendly?
No
Facilities
Game room, Sport equipment rentals, Scheduled outdoor activities (hikes, rafting, mountain bike tours, etc.)
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Fishing
  • Snow Skiing
  • Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Lodge
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Camper
27
W/20,30A
$19
N/A
N/A
Tent
13
None
$9
N/A
N/A
A-Frames/Cabins/Hotel
33
Full
$25 - $225
N/A
N/A

Other Information

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Weather Information

Located in the tall Pines, near Flagstaff, Arizona. A perfect location to make day trips to the Grand Canyon. Excellent variety of lodging, in addition to varied RV sites.

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April, 2016

We were delighted to find that there was a military campground in the Flagstaff area as we worked our way across Route 66. Unfortunately, in our experience, location is the best aspect of this facility. The cabins, yurts, and lodge-style accommodations looked nice and seemed well utilized. The common areas and facilities appeared clean and well-kept. We found the employees to be civil but not helpful. The first words spoken to me on arrival and check-in were, "Military ID and card for payment." No "Please," "Hello," "Welcome," or other greeting. We arrived mid-afternoon and, while setting up, very loud music started coming from the common area about 75 yards away. It was loud enough that we couldn't have a conversation outside and it rattled some fixtures inside the RV. I walked down to the desk to ask if anything could be done... I was told, "They're having a wedding" without any other comment or offer to intervene (there was no evidence of a wedding in the group - just grilling and lots of kids playing). The noise went on well after dark and into the evening. The campground is well-shaded (I only found one site that had a view of the Dish western arc satellites). The roads are dirt and the 5 MPH speed limit is not enforced, so between the traffic and the wind, dust and dirt prevented us from opening windows - even though the temps were extremely pleasant. Our campsite was significantly unlevel from front-to-back, but OK side-to-side. The ground was dry when we arrived, but there were many deep, hardened ruts in ours and other campsites where rigs had come and gone on wet, muddy soil. The sites are a mix of 30- and 50-amp and we were assigned a 30-amp site. There are no sewer connections at the campsites and the dump site is laid out with the connections on the wrong side when exiting the campground. The laundry facility is clean and has four washers and four dryers in good condition. There is no place to hang clothes in the laundry and no rolling basket with a hanging bar, either. The location was convenient for exploring the area, but we probably won't stay here again.

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Oct 2016

Tried several sites until settled on one that was sort of level. Not all sites have electric and water available, they are spaced around the campground. This campground is way over due an upgrade / modernization. Seems like an a bit of effort to level the sites would go a long way. It is convenient to Flagstaff and things to see in the area. We would stay again although cost is a bit high for the quality of the campground. The staff was helpful. 

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May 2016

We just finished a five week cross country trip from FL to CA and back in May. We stayed at 9 military RV parks. All are very different. We ended up staying here two different times on our trip because of the proximity to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and Mormon Lake. The sites are not paved and not really level. There is no sewer hook ups. There is a bathhouse and some port-o-potties. It is nice and quiet. We hung out at the lodge lobby for some free wifi. The receptionist started a fire in the fireplace so it was quite a nice evening. 
Wal-mart is just a few minutes away for provisions.

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26-29 May and 2-4 Oct 15

We stayed here twice this summer; on the way east and then on the return. Both times we found this site to be a great value and a peaceful, friendly retreat. The bathroom/showers were very clean. We went into downtown Flagstaff several times; less than five miles. Sedona was a beautiful drive of around 30 minutes (if I remember correctly). This was a better value than staying directly in the Sendoa area. Traveling to the south rim of the Grand Canyon was less than an hour and a half. The staff was very friendly and helpful; registration was easy. The peace and quite can change however if the park across the chain link fence is host to a large event, with many campers; we had that one night. We will definitely go back again.

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4.4
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5.0

14-18 Sept 2015

This is a nice, well-kept campground nestled in the ponderosa pines. Our site (#2) was satellite friendly, but we were unable to connect to the lodge's WiFi, even with our WiFiRanger booster. WiFi aside, the staff was courteous and friendly; restrooms and laundry clean and well maintained. Walmart and Bashas' just a short drive north on AZ 89. The recreation area is collocated with Ft Tuthill County Park where Pickin' in the Pines is a popular annual bluegrass event. Hiking trails abound, and the urban trail will take you on foot or bike to the aforementioned Walmart. I only rated amenities a three because sites are without septic hook up. If your stay takes you beyond the capacity of your tanks, breaking camp to dump can be a pain. Overall we thought this campground was a good value and will visit again.

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15 November 2002

My plan was to stay in one of the Yurts they have available for camping on the premises. My visit was just after a snow storm and none were available until spring. So we had to stay in the Lodge, very nice facility with very nice amenities. I would stay there again anytime of the year.

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26 May 2015

My wife and i had a great experience at Ft Tuthill. We spent one day visiting the Flagstaff area and one day visiting Sedona. The park is in a great position to get to both of those. We've been to the Grand Canyon before so didn't do it that time but it's also well located to do a day trip. The day we left we were told several thousand AA members were going to be visiting the civilian part of the park; just a chain link fence away. That could have been pretty loud. We would stay there again.

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October 27 - 31, 2014

We arrived expecting a dump overrun by teenagers (by previous reviews). It IS an older CG without the concrete pads many of us prefer, but it's extremely quiet and peaceful (there were only five other RV/trailers and very few in the cabins). We had no trouble getting our 38' Montana into our site, nor parking our full size bed & crew cab pickup in front of it. There are nature trails that wander about the old post's grounds. The laundry facility isn't new, but everything worked well. Front desk staff was friendly & helpful. Dump station is conveniently located for when leaving. Our AT&T hotspot worked well and there's plenty of over the air television too.

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(Updated: August 04, 2014)
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July 24-29, 2014

Very disappointed in this visit. I was surrounded by 10+ loud obnoxious juveniles in tents that were in the RV section that continued to be out of control until midnight. My grand daughters were scared and unable to sleep in my trailer. I reported the disturbance twice to the office, only to be told that quite hours were not until 11 PM. Don't expect to be able to rent a space in the RV section since the management does not care if a tent is given a 40 RV space. They are only interested in selling spaces, regardless of the type of occupant. I counted 4 tents in 40 feet RV spaces during my stay. I was forced to move into a cabin for one night because of the lack of availability of an RV space, even though I observed a vacant RV space for the 24 hrs that I was in the cabin. When I asked about the vacant space I was told it was occupied, Yeah Right. There are special needs juveniles that are given access to the campgrounds even thought they are non military. Do not plan a trip to the Fort Tuthill cabins in the humid season, July/August. you will have a very miserable stay. The Fort Tuthill management decided that the previously installed air conditioning units in the cabins were no longer cost effective, forget the comfort of its' occupants. Instead you get one ceiling fan to push around the hot humid air, no circulation of outside air. We were totally miserable in our one night cabin stay, had we were forced to open windows during a monsoon rainfall. Very hot, nearest comparison would be sleeping in your closet with the door closed, stay away in July/August. There is no mention of the lack of A/C units in their cabin ad. The Cabins are one room (studio style) with a full bathroom, kitchenette, couch, and a table. It accommodates four people with one queen bed and the full size pull-out couch. Towels and linens are provided. The kitchenette includes a sink, two-burner range top, coffee maker, and place settings for four. Each cabin has its own deck, charcoal grill, and picnic table. Reservations can be made online or by telephone. Please become familiar with our eligibility requirements prior to making reservations. Pets and smoking are prohibited in all lodging units. This unit is subject to a 48-hour cancellation policy and an early departure penalty. Failure to cancel 48-hours prior to arrival or early departure will result in extra charges.

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4.3
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4.0

14-17 July 2014

J.H. left this review using the Directory software: - We spent four nights at the campground in July 2014 and had a very good experience. They are doing some construction at the entrance directly off I-17 so you need to go a few hundred yards to the North entrance, which was not really a problem. This is a busy family campground, so there are a lot of children and dogs, but we did not experience any issues with loose dogs or people not cleaning up after their dogs. We used the laundry facility and it has just been painted. Machines were older, but all were functional and the area was clean. Restrooms worked fine and were clean. We saw a lot of ongoing maintenance being performed on the grounds. The staff was friendly and helpful. We found this a great base to visit Sedona, the Grand Canyon South Rim, and Meteor Crater.

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June 2014

It may be of value for others to know that RVers are pretty uncomfortable at Fort Tuthill, and it is not because of the camp hosts. On the contrary, without Paul and Jean I would not have been able to pull my 28' Winnebago into the unlevel site on a very odd angle and jammed between other RVs. I even had to have help getting out (for the first time since I began full-timing it 1 year ago), which I did earlier than planned because I couldn't take all the (probably 15+ total) dogs and their irresponsible owners. I felt particularly bad for the couple in their tent, which was set between the yurts and the RV sites. Imagine how noisy it was for them (one guy decided that playing bagpipe tunes on his recorder was a good idea)! OY! Really??? The Flagstaff area is just 3 miles to the northeast of Fort Tuthill with easy access via a frontage road that parallels I-17, and is also a great area to tour, particularly the Lowell Observatory night program, the historical museums, and a visit to Sedona are worth your time. Flagstaff has a bunch of fun thrift stores, antique shops, a Walmart and, just 8 miles west on I40 (aka Route 66), a Camping World. The Grand Canyon is a day-long outing to the south rim, and FT is a fine place to park your stuff in the meantime. But...for RVers, Tuthill is far from ideal. Theoretically, you can squeeze a Class A rig in there...but at your peril because of the angles and tree branches. And you can certainly pull in a Class B, C or towable of any length, but beware: it's crowded, noisy, unlevel, dug out of silty dirt that gets onto everything you own, and chock full of dogs. To top it off, there is no black water hook up. The good news? It's really fun for kids....and doggies.

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May 6, 2014

N.D. left this review using the Directory software: - Nice quiet facility. Not the Hilton, but clean, well run, and friendly.

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October 1-5, 2013

Okay, here's my Clint Eastwood review for Ft Tuthill: The Good: We tent camp and Ft Tuthill has many good tent camping sites. There are port-a-potties near each site, and there is a bathhouse within walking distance, as well. They have Yurts that have wood stoves, refrigerators, and microwaves in them. For those not in the know, a Yurt, is a big tent on steroids. It is a round structure that sleeps four in bunks and probably 4-6 more in sleeping bags on the floor. I think they are a best buy in the off-season ($25/night). They also have a first-rate lodge/hotel facility that has a huge warm lobby with a nice fireplace, an upstairs portion with TV and pool table, a camp store, and a computer room replete with wifi and a couple of computers with printing capabilities. There is also a recreational area in back of the lobby, and rest rooms just off to the side of the lobby. The staff here are great and seem to go out of their way to be helpful. The Bad: This is where I hate how they tie in the cleanliness and hospitality marks, because the hospitality is great, the cleanliness is hit and miss, at least in the bathhouse. The showers in the men's room have loads of hot water, but one of them is broken, and the toilets don't seem to flush right. Even when you hold down the handle, like it tells you to, a couple of the toilets still flooded and got stuck on me. Fortunately, there was a plunger nearby. Also, the Laundry facilities are antiquated, with one of the four washers broken and two of the four dryers broken. Even the washers and dryers that did work squealed, rocked, rolled, and shook like a California earthquake. The laundry facility was clean, though; I'll give them that. I would also consider getting rid of the 1980's video games upstairs above the lobby and put in a couple of video game/X-Box consoles like the USO does. It IS 2013, after all; not 1983. The Ugly: This is the part I hate, because it pits pet owners against non-pet owners and both are fiercely loyal to their beliefs. BUT, here it goes....there is a big problem with pet owners letting their animals (dogs, mostly) run free in the campground, bark incessantly, and not clean up after they do their doody. Pet owners REALLY need to pick up after their pets and respect those who are NOT pet lovers and don't appreciate stepping in dog poop; especially, in places where there shouldn't be any dog poop. Maybe they could adopt a policy like Travis AFB Fam Camp employs and segregate pet owner sites and non-pet owner sites, to keep them in separate areas of the park. The other alternative would be to ban pets altogether, which a LOT of parks are now starting to do! Overall: A good experience, with issues that need to be addressed. Tent camping is still a great value at $9/night, but the facilities need a good going over and the pet issues need to be resolved. The staff is absolutely wonderful, cheerful and happy, and the main lobby is outstanding.

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(Updated: June 01, 2013)
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30-31 May 2013

Our only concern was it's a bit tight for big rigs. The folks here were very friendly, they cooked up burgers and dogs for everyone on Friday. Nice way to meet your fellow campers. The camp sites were neat and orderly. We here early in the season and they have porta-potties set up while they get the bathrooms in order. Might be an issue for non-self contained campers but we didn't hear anyone complaining. We enjoyed our stay very much.

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(Updated: September 22, 2012)
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24 May 2012

Won't stay here again. Tired of having to pick up dog poop from owners who think they can get away with not picking up after their pets.

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(Updated: August 15, 2012)
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Aug 1st, 2012

We arrived without a reservation because we were traveling and not knowing when we would stop for the night. We went through a heavy rain between Page and Flagstaff, which caught up to us just after we finished our hookups. There was a full length Class A just across from us, so big rigs can be accommodated. If you own one I would definitely recommend that you call for reservations. We had 30 amp service. While walking through the campground I noticed a rv site with no hookups, if you are just passing through, and can dry camp, you might ask the desk about this. If you are passing through the area on I-40, or planning on seeing the Grand Canyon, this campground is easy to get to. I first used this campground in 1993 using the yurts, followed by tent camping. This was my first time in a RV. Luke AFB does put your money back into the campground. Trees have been thinned to widen the roads, but you still must proceed slowly and use a spotter to get situated on your site. The retail store was under construction while we were there. If you are tired of parking lot style RV parks come see this one.

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(Updated: August 12, 2011)
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Aug 1st, 2011

If you are camping here in anything over 20 feet you need to go need to know that the sites are not level, many have only 20 amps (which I heard was going to be upgraded to 50 amp) and if it rains you will be in mud. The clerk at the lodge was very nice but I think they cater to those who will be using the lodge or yurts not campers/RVers. We had reservations but when we arrived our sites were axle deep in mud and only 20 amps...the clerk was very nice and recommended that we go either to the fairgrounds or to Pine Valley (just 13 miles away but so much nicer). We did get a full refund which I heard was not always done for other rvers.

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May 31 - Jun 2, 2011

H.S. left this review using the Directory software: WE HAD A GREAT TIME MOST SITES ARE IN THE PINE TREES. SOME SITES MAY BE HARD FOR BIG RIGS CALL FIRST AND THEY WILL TRY TO GET YOU TO A LARGE SITE.

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(Updated: July 08, 2011)
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6 July 2011

Don't know anything about the hotel, but if you have an RV I would look elsewhere for a place to stay. Luke AFB should be ashamed to put there name on this.

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Oct 29,2010

It's 90 miles to the Grand Canyon. That's not a day trip. We were going to stay a couple of days but 90 miles each way is too much. Lots of tall pines, pretty area. Some sites are not well defined. I agree with previous writer, walk around if you can to find a spot where the water and electric can be reached. Not all spots have 30 amp service. The sign said campground closed but that was the county campground. Fort Tuthill and the county recreation area use the same entrance. Be aware and watch for the Luke AFB turn off.

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