The Verde River RV Resort & Cottages is a nice, quiet, older park undergoing major renovations. The campground is well-shaded with mature trees and is set on the wooded shores of the scenic Verde River. This campground is a good place to stay while exploring the Sedona area or even as a pleasant spot to overwinter.
Verde River RV Resort & Cottages
1472 W Horseshoe Bend Drive
Camp Verde, Az 86322
Latitude: 34.599651 N, Longitude: -111.884016 W, Elevation: ~3,147 ft (959 m)
We stayed for one week at Verde River RV Resort in late-April/early May of 2017. The campground staff was friendly and helpful during check-in. This is an older park in the process of major renovations. Due to the remodel, few of the campground amenities were available during our stay, other than the full hookup sites, laundry & restrooms. We enjoyed our stay, but would prefer to visit earlier in the season – by late-April, weather in this desert community is already turning hot!
This campground is affordably priced – especially for the weekly and monthly rates. For seven nights at a 50 amp full hookup pull-thru site, we paid about $29 per night, including county & state taxes.
Amenities On Site or Nearby
The campground offered few amenities during our stay due to the remodel, but look for many more amenities after the renovation is complete. Grocery stores, restaurants, automotive and other services are nearby in Camp Verde, Cottonwood or Sedona.
Accessibility – 3/5
The campground is easily accessible from the I-17 via AZ-260 and other surface streets. Note that the turnoff from AZ-260 to W Park Verde Rd is not well-marked and is easy to miss. The route also winds through a rural/residential neighborhood. Lanes in the park are reasonably well-maintained gravel or asphalt. The park has both pull-thru and back-in sites and can accommodate large rigs. The campground facilities have provisions for Universal access. During our stay, AZ-260 was undergoing major construction to widen the highway, but that phase of construction should be done by now.
Facilities/Amenities – 3/5
During our stay the campground was undergoing major renovation, so few of the facilities/amenities were available, other than full hookup sites, laundry, restrooms and WiFi. After renovation, the campground will offer many resort amenities, including full and partial hookup sites, park model cabins, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, two laundry rooms, clubhouse, swimming pool & spa, fitness center, billiards & game room, horseshoes, basketball, lighted tennis & pickleball courts, mini-golf, convenience store and picnic area. Facilities (available at the time) are clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Site quality – 3/5
Currently, sites are very basic, including only the full or partial hookups with 50/30/20 amp electric, and a picnic table. Sites are level, surfaced with gravel, and have a grassy area with picnic table. Sites are wide enough to accommodate slide-outs and awnings. Most sites have mature shade trees.
We noted several nuisances with the landscaping. First, many of the grassy areas are covered with invasive foxtail grass – the sharp seed-heads were constantly getting embedded in our socks and tracked into our rig and we really had to watch that our dogs did not get a foxtail seed stuck in their ears or paws. Secondly, some of the shade trees around the RV sites were mulberry and pines – very messy to park under due to fruit and bird droppings or sticky dripped sap, respectively.
Scenic Value – 4/5
The campground is on the outskirts of Camp Verde, has mature shade trees and borders on the scenic Verde River. The campground also has nice views of nearby desert hills.
Location/Isolation – 4/5
This is a quiet campground on the outskirts of Camp Verde and on the forested shores of the Verde River. The campground is far enough from busy I-17 and other major highways to receive little road noise.
Paws Friendliness – 3/5
The campground is pet friendly, but does not have an enclosed pet run or cleanup stations. The campground is large enough for a decent walk with your pet. A minor nuisance are the foxtail grasses invading the campsites. Watch that the foxtail seeds do not become embedded in your pet’s paws or ears.
Overall Rating – 3/5
Overall, the Verde River RV Resort is a nice place to stop for a few nights while exploring the Sedona area or for a longer stay during winter. We would certainly visit again when passing through the area. We would really like to see how the campground looks after renovation.
We received a weak to moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We deployed our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access. The campground provided free WiFi, but we did not use this during our stay.
The water at this campground tested moderately hard – we added our water softener to the water filtration stack.
Here are a few local attractions:
- Oak Creek Canyon
- Slide Rock State Park
- Historic Jerome & Clarksdale
- Montezuma’s Castle National Monument
- Tuzigoot National Monument