Thursday, March 26, 2015

Springtime at Lake Roosevelt, AZ

We started the spring season by heading to Lake Roosevelt, which is northeast of the Phoenix area. We spent some time here last year and really liked it. We were going to go directly to Bermuda Flats, a dispersed camping area right on the water but alas it is Spring Break time and it was wall to wall RVs.
Bermuda Flats
We checked out a number of other spots including Bachelor Cove where Savannah got a bunch of large round stickers in her fur and so that would be a no even if it wasn't already crowded. We decided on Cholla Campground, which like all the places in this area are first come first serve. We got a nice site with a large sitting area. Cholla Campground is a forest service campground with around 200 sites that all have shaded ramadas. You don't pay at the campgrounds or dispersed camp areas. Instead you buy Tonto Passes, which are 6 dollars(3 dollars for us seniors) per vehicle per day which is good for camping and day use. We had stopped at the visitor center before going to the campground. No hookups but water and dump are available two days a week in the campground and 2 days across the road. The sites are big and lots of vegetation between the sites. I put our chairs next to the picnic table which is under the ramada and was able to get shade all day just moving my chair a few feet.

 The pictures above are taken from my recliner in my nice shady spot. I spent a lot of time just reading and enjoying the great weather and views while listening to the numerous types of birds in the area including a family of quails that quickly walked in the area in front of where I was sitting.
Some of the sites have water views of the lake but they of course were taken. We did take several walks on a trail that overlooked the water.

Oh by the way, this campground is the largest all solar powered campground in the US.
Below are a few pictures I had fun with and an untouched typical beautiful Arizona sunset.

One day we took a drive up a road across the street from the campground to get some nice views from higher up. Lots of great desert flowers. It is spring time for sure.

You can see Cholla Campground in the picture below.

The next post will include a change of scenery as we take a drive to Payson and the Mogollon Rim and a move to Bermuda Flats.
Stay tuned.

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