It’s that time of year again! Time to soak up as much of Arizona as possible before the sizzle truly commences.
This year, we chose our Tiffin Wayfarer to carry us all over Arizona’s desert. Built for the trek down dirt roads and shelter during those stormy Arizona haboobs, this Class C diesel RV made our road trip one for the books. Keep reading! If your goal is to explore Arizona in 4-7 days, this is the guide you’ve been looking for.
Known for its mystical mountains and healing wonders, Sedona is the ultimate first stop. Complete with red rock routes and the quaintest old town, there is so much in store for any explorer.
WHAT TO DO IN SEDONA
– Hike Devil’s Bridge Trail: A steep but short hike. 3/4 a mile to be exact.
– Visit Chapel of the Holy Cross: A chapel nestled atop red rock buttes with an epic view of Sedona’s beauty.
– Kayak down the Verde River: Whether by tour or your own inflatable kayaks, your entry into summer never looked better.
– Visit Slide Rock State Park: Yes, Oak Creek formed a natural water slide just for you and the kids.
Known as the backdrop for multiple Western movies, Monument Valley sits right on the Arizona-Utah border. The famous park is accessed by the looping seventeen mile Valley Drive and is the ultimate RVer’s paradise. We figured out from traveling ourselves and reading multiple visitor reviews that there are truly four ways to enjoy every sandstone cluster and butte Monument Valley has to offer…
TAKE IN MONUMENT VALLEY BY:
– Hiking by foot on one of Monument Valley’s multiple trails.
– Resting atop one of the many mesas, buttes and spires overlooking the iconic valley.
– Running like Forrest down Forrest Gump Point
– Driving your car or RV down the seventeen mile loop road whilst stopping along the way at every Instagrammable moment.
Pro Tip: There are some roads that RVs can’t drive down. We suggest leaving your home on wheels at your campsite for this excursion – NO LIMITS! However, if you wish to explore every route possible that Monument Valley has to offer, then we suggest double checking with the visitor center.
ANTELOPE CANYON + HORSESHOE BEND
We can’t stress enough to book your tickets for Upper and/or Lower Antelope Canyon tours as soon as you book your campsite nearby. In fact, if you decide to stay at Waheap RV Park, they can book it for you by phone. This made us feel at peace knowing we knocked out our two major to-do’s while staying in the Page area. Oh, and Horseshoe Bend? A hop, skip and a fifteen minute drive down the rode. Did we also mention it’s free? Park at the bottom of the hill and walk right up to this natural wonder.
ANTELOPE CANYON TOUR OPTIONS:
– Las Vegas to Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Air Tour
– Hidden Canyon Kayak Antelope Canyon Tour
– Lake Powell Canyon Adventure Boat Tour
– Upper Canyon
– Lower Canyon
– Secret Canyon: Want an alternative to taking the chance on a possible over-crowded guide? Also known as Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon and limited to 6-7 people at a time, you’ll feel as if you discovered Secret Canyon for the first time!
TOP RATED CAMPSITE
Waheap RV Park
WHERE TO EAT
Big John’s Texas Barbeque: We caught up with Angie, BJTB owner while we were there…
“We’ve been in Page for about seven years and we serve slow smoked BBQ, Texas style. We like to say come get a little taste of Texas in Arizona. We are all about fun with live music every night all summer long, seven days a week. Come out and enjoy a piece of America with BBQ and country music. Can’t wait to meet you!”
FLAGSTAFF + THE GRAND CANYON
Now, we warned you at the beginning of this blog post – this guide is meant for a trip of 4-7 days. With that being said, we suggest taking a scenic walk around the cute town of Flagstaff, catch an early dinner and then drive one hour and seventeen minutes to The Grand Canyon for a perfectly painted sunset over one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
WHERE TO EAT
Pizzicleta: Just order everything. We are serious. Don’t forget the creme limoncello.
TOP RATED CAMPSITE
Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
THE CRACK AT BEAVER CREEK
If you wish to beat the heat, arrive no later than 8 a.m. and get ready for the hike ahead with a good stretch and bathroom break at the park’s restrooms. The hike to and from Beaver Creek totals at seven miles. You wanted an adventurous travel guide – you got it! The reward at the end of your hike does not disappoint. Cannonball off cliffs into the refreshing desert pool and picnic under the trees.
DON’T FORGET TO BRING
– Water Bottle
– Bathing Suit + Towel (or sun-dry on the warm red rock)
– GoPro or Camera (this is a scenic hike)
As an alternative to a seven mile hike, we offer you a beginner level trek. Located only a few minutes away from Beaver Creek sits Montezuma Castle National Monument, home to the well-preserved former homes of the Sinagua people. To find out more, you’ll have to experience these historic dwellings first hand.
Created by Italian-American architect, Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti is a must-stop location. Stay tuned as we’ll explore one of Arizona’s most beautiful desert masterpieces just in time for their very own music festival, Form.
Did we miss one of your favorite AZ stops? Share with us in the comments below.