Arizona is one of the few places where you can nearly always find a comfortable temperature without leaving the state. As Tucson and Phoenix’s forecasts were starting to climb well into the 90’s, it was time to start looking for higher ground! I wanted to visit the Apache-Sitgraeve area around Show Low, but the weather there was still a bit too cold. Checking the forecast around Prescott and Sedona, however, showed a string of perfect days in the 70’s. So, Millie and I headed north!
I stayed in Prescott Valley for the first five days as the unlimited $15/night Passport-America rate at the Fairgrounds RV Park was just too good to pass up (it even included free WiFi, what a treat!).
I had visited the Prescott area briefly last winter and remembered driving past a lake that looked like it’d be awesome to paddle in warmer weather. So on Easter Sunday, I did just that. Watson Lake is one of two lakes in Prescott that are in the midst of a red rock area. Watson is a bit smaller than Willow Lake and seemed more popular with kayakers, so I headed there.
After doing up Prescott, I wanted to move to the northern side of the Mingus mountain range to even prettier places—Cottonwood and Sedona. I had spent a weekend there last winter and knew I had only scratched the surface of all there was to explore.
I was eager to do some more boondocking after staying in campgrounds and RV parks so many weeks, and I lucked into a phenomenal BLM site a few miles east of Cottonwood near the Thousand Trails RV resort. I had a terrific view of the Mingus mountains and Cottonwood to the south, with Sedona’s red rocks off in the distance to the north….what a view out my “office window”!
The next night, I drove the main tourist route from Oak Creek into Sedona and really lucked out with spectacular lighting (and even a rainbow!). This area really should have been a National Park—it’s just jaw-dropping gorgeous!
Alas, all good things must come to an end. A big cold front was moving into the area and bringing some thundershowers with it. Time to move back down to lower ground! Also time to finally leave beautiful Arizona and start making our way back home to Chicago.