Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Snowbird RV Adventure Part 2: Ehrenberg to Apache Palms in Tempe, Arizona

Part 2: Days 5 - 8

Driving Interstate 10 east towards Phoenix, Arizona.
February 6: Our stay along the Colorado River was too short, but we had reservations waiting for us in Tempe, Arizona. We stayed in the city four nights so we could attend sports events at Arizona State University.

This is our second year to stay at the Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe. It's the perfect place to stay when we want to visit the Phoenix and Tempe region.

The entrance from Apache Blvd in Tempe.
Apache Palms is an older RV park, but it's kept in excellent condition by it's owner. You can make online reservations and it's highly recommended, especially during the winter months and when there are special events in the area.

Even through we aren't a big rig, we book one of the five elite pull-through sites so we can get extra space, a cement patio and picnic table.

There are full hookups at all 77 sites. Current prices range from $50-65 a night and they offer a AAA or Good Sam discount of 10%.

Sites are close to each other, but you don't feel crowded, and trees add to the atmosphere. The people we've met here are friendly, and we feel safe even though we are in a big city.

Site #22 at Apache Palms RV Park.

February 7-9: February is the time to get some Arizona warm sunshine on our pale Pacific Northwest legs. It's also the beginning of college softball season. We went to selected competitions on all three days of the ASU Kajikawa Tournament. The weather was perfect and the games exciting.

The ASU Women's Softball Stadium.

We also got tickets to a men's University of Southern California vs. ASU basketball game while we were there. As Wayne's alma mater, USC is our favourite Pac12 team. Since they do not have a softball team, we can be a free agent at those games and cheer for other schools.

USC lost to ASU in a close 64 to 66 game.

While fixing meals in our RV is fun, we couldn't pass up dinner at In-n-Out Burger. We don't have any in Washington so it's a treat and brings back memories of living in Southern California.

A gorgeous Arizona moonrise.

We walked to one from the softball field and took an Uber to go back to our RV in time to catch a gorgeous rising moon. -- Wayne and Margy

Trip Mileage Log
Leg - 158 miles
Total - 360 miles

The reason we come to Apache Palms each year is because of it's location. We like to attend sports events at the University of Arizona. The RV park is located across the street from a Valley Metro Light Rail that makes stops at the university.

The Valley Light Rail stations are in easy walking distance to ASU sports venues.

You can also ride the Rail north to several stops in Phoenix and east to the Mesa area.

The light rail cars and stations are clean, well lit and monitored by security.

The cost is reasonable. Day passes are $4.00 and $2.00 reduced fares for eligible people. We chose  $16.50 15-day passes at the senior rate. Public transportation is always a good choice, especially when you are staying in a city environment.


  1. I use mass transit five days a week (I grew up in NYC and the habit has stuck with me). I'd love to live in a place with light rail. Oh, and your skies are so blue. Sigh! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. I grew up in a world of cars so this is new and fun for me. - Margy

  2. What a fun way to attend sporting events. The RV park looks very nice. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. It really is a fun way to travel and go to events. We used to come by airplane and rent a car. This is so much more relaxing. - Margy

  3. Wow, you visit the best places! I'm so glad you shared your adventures with us.

    Thanks for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

    My Corner of the World

    1. Thanks for hosting for all of us to share our adventures. - Margy

  4. This looks like a fun trip, Margy. I'm glad you get to attend the winter games of his Alma Mater. My aunt and uncle from Nebraska would spend winter months at a RV park in Arizona. My cousin from the other side of my family and her husband rent a condo near Phoenix, for a long time they owned it.
    We live just off Interstate 10 east on the fringe of coming into Houston if you come this far, P.O. is Katy, TX. My BIL's parents use an RV park they like in Brookshire, a small town just east of Katy.

    1. We haven't been to Texas except one year in our small airplane. Flew over the Wink Sink and stayed at a dude ranch and checkout the Marfa Lights. - Margy

  5. Looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. We always laughed about snowbirds coming to Southern California when we lived here, new we are one. - Margy

  6. I think the older campground would be much more interesting than the new ones! When I was a kid we'd travel and stay at all the KOA's! My aunt and uncle lived in Phoenix so my mom and I would jump in the car and drive over from San Diego time to time...my dad was in the Navy and overseas much of my youth but my mom was very independent and adventurous so there was no stopping her from doing what she wanted when my dad was away!

    1. It must have been a great role model to have an independent mother. In her own way, mine was too, but my dad was also very predominate in both of our lives. - Margy


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy