Last year, I stayed in Usery Mountain Park, which is east of Phoenix and just north of Mesa, and Lake Pleasant Park, which is on a reservoir northwest of the city. I am going to return to both of those places next week and the following week, but this week I am in McDowell Park, which is northeast of Scottsdale. If I run out of places to visit, I can always come back here each year!
I will be taking more photos tomorrow when I go out for a walk, but here are a few "starter" photos:
Based on these photos, you would never know the campground is full, would you? And that we are only three miles from a large suburban city with multi-million dollar homes?
OK, there are a few more RVs, but not too many. Lots of room for rabbits and birds and maybe coyotes.
In desert campgrounds, the camp host sites nearly always have metal roofs and even sunscreens to keep the sun from heating them up too much. Camp hosts are full-time campers who get a free camping spot (usually with full hookups) for volunteer working in a campground. Some do make minimum wage, but nearly all do it to have a gorgeous place to live for a few months.
Campground hosts clean up campsites after campers have left and sometimes clean restrooms, answer questions from people coming in, make sure campers do not get too noisy or rowdy, and in general act as low-cost employees for regional, state, and national parks. Almost every campground I have been in has two or more camp hosts that take turns being on duty.