We didn’t realize how spoiled we were in Sedona (small town vibe, national park like views, our off grid + FREE gorgeous camping spot) until we drove into the big city lights of Phoenix. The sixth largest city in the U.S…. over 1.5 million people… over 4+million in the greater Phoenix area… we were not in Kansas (I mean Sedona) anymore.
In an attempt to stay away from the city bustle, we stayed at Usery Mountain Park (over 30 miles from downtown) which is one of six parks in the Maricopa County Regional Area. Their spacious $30/night sites with water and electric are reservable and will fill up this time of year (winter is the on season for Phoenix). We spent a few afternoons hiking and biking in the Park. Wind Cave Trail was our favorite hike in the Park. We enjoyed the short 3 mi RT hike at sunset.
We eventually gave into the city’s pulse but only for… friends, more hikes and sports!
Phoenix was the perfect hub for us to fly home to Florida to see my folks for Thanksgiving. Luckily (through a friend of a friend of a friend) we met Ceda and her son, Matt who let us park our trailer at their horse ranch. The mother and son duo board horses from Rancho Pacifico in Scottsdale. They were such lovely people! If you are a traveling equestrian or passing through the area, check them out here. They have a 1,000 sq ft one bedroom back house you can rent!