Campground is in a great location to visit the Grand Canyon and Walnut Canyon National Parks, Sedona and Flagstaff. Needs some updating for current RVs--larger rigs can fit in of the sites but only one has 50 amp hookup and none are full hookup. There was so much dust that it was not pleasant to set outside. We spotted a water truck keeping dust down in the area; they should use in the campground or contract to cover the campground (if it belongs to a different organization).
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.
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.
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.
I was nearly scared away from trying Ft. Tuthill by a fellow at nearby Camp Navajo. We had reserved a cabin for family and "had" to be here too. Anyway the RV parking/sites are dis-arranged.(like Arnold AFB used to be) Depending on your rig/size, it IS possible to drive into the wrong road in the campground & get in trouble. But it's not that difficult if you walk thru first. After learning which sites I was Ok to occupy (specific site reservations are not made) I walked thru & asked the guy in one of them how he managed driving in & backing up, etc. W/ his suggestions I made it fine. The sites' water & electric hook up are NOT in the standard place (or even together). So before you unhook- stretch out the electric cord & water hose and make sure you can reach the plug-ins. You might have to jockey your RV about some like I did. End of story- beautiful place, nice washroom/bathhouse. Wi-fi here in the hotel and close to lots to see & do.
The "good" first... An excellent play ground for kids, and even a few arcade games in the community room. Great woods for the kids to mess around in, and EXCELLENT showers and laundry; clean with a lot of pressure. There is also recycling (no glass) right at the CG, and the CG is near the south end of Flagstaff where there is a health food store, and other great shops, only a few miles away. Nice lodge-store and helpful staff. And, the closeness to many local sites is wonderful; Grand Canyon, Monteczuma's Castle, and Petrified Forest. Now, the "not-so-good"; I had made reservations, and it's a good thing I did, because "big rig" sites are a premium; maybe 5 total in the CG. ALL sites are tight between trees, dirt road very rutted, most sites unlevel, and there are strange hookup placements and electrical is varied in each site. The fairgrounds nextdoor is unkept and unsightly; the chain link fence barrier only adds to the "messiness." A very outdated and not cared about RV park.
I liked it -- wife loved it. Too many trees for me and it interferred with the sat dish. Also, the trees made for some tight maneuvering for some of the larger rigs. Can get cold around Oct -- the low when we left was 28 degrees. Showers and laundry are a bit of a hike from the rv park, but not too bad. The park is right next to the county fairgrounds, seperated only by a fence. Fair time is Labor Day weekend, so traffic could be congested. Very nice staff! The RV portion of the campground closed on 15Oct. This is new this year and may not be permanent.
Campground just OK. Dirt roads, NO campfires allowed. Sites not well maintained. Primary focus of Fort Tuthill is hotel and cabins. FamCamp would be a jewel if some improvements were made. Would stay again.
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