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Our Little Guy Max Adventures: Boondocking & Ostriches!

Boondocking location

This week we boondocked with some friends in Marana, Arizona at the Ironwood National Monument area.

The roads getting into the site

We are slowly easing into extending our time out dry camping. We went all week at the Escapade at the Pima County Fairgrounds dry camping with relative ease. After emptying the tanks, we decided to try our hand at a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) site just north of Tucson.

We arrived to our location just after noon on Saturday. We had read online about the area and were thankful to get the heads up about taking an alternate way into the area. Our gps wanted us to take a road called Silverbell Rd, but there is a small, narrow bridge with a weight limit of only 6,000lbs that way. If heading to the area, enter from El Tiro Rd onto N Pump Station Rd. The roads are dirt and bumpy, but if you go slow it is easily navigable.

Weather during this time

Sunset in Marana, AZ

Rainy season might make these areas difficult to traverse but it was completely dry for us and we ran into no issues. Daily temperatures ranged from the high 70’s to high 80’s in the day and low 50’s in the evenings.

Traffic in the area

There were other campers, but enough room to spread out and only see a glimpse of them off in the distance. Noise was not an issue as we never heard anything from any of our neighbors.

Things to note about the area

We felt very safe in the area and it gave us peace of mind to see the BLM rangers in and around the area. There are lots of prickly barbs on the ground and our dog, Abbey wound up with them sticking into her paws. We bought dog booties and that seemed to help significantly. Otherwise, here weren’t too many other creepy crawlies bothering us!

On our way to Phoenix

Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch

On our way to Phoenix, we stopped off at the Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch. It is perfectly situated between Tucson and Phoenix and a great chance to stretch your legs. Kids and adults alike can have a great time petting and feeding deer, rabbits, ducks, goats, donkeys, lorikeets and even stingrays! Cost is $12 per person ($15 if you want to feed the stingray).

While in Phoenix…

While we are in Phoenix for a few days, we stopped off at Tom’s Camperland – Mesa . If you are in the market to get a Little Guy Max or even a different RV, check them out!

Until next week….

Safe travels!

Russ & Kerry

Checking out the Route 66 RV resort

What’s it like to stay at an RV resort?

This was our first time staying at an RV Resort. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were excited to find out! 

We met with Carlos Duran, the resort manager, who gave us all our the details which we share with you in today’s video. Some of the highlights:

-100 sites, 85ft pull-thrus and 65ft back-ins with good spacing between sites
-100/50/30 amp hookups
-all sites on level, concrete pads
-heated pool and jacuzzi
-clubhouse with 24hr access
-free coffee bar
-spa-like bathrooms & showers 
-two laundry room locations ($1 wash/$1.50 dry)
-shuffleboard & pool table
-dog wash
-propane refills
-24hr shuttle to casino next door
-2 dog parks
-dog friendly (dogs allowed in all buildings)
-rally barn with grills
-casino next door has restaurants, a buffet, shows and games; also a KidsQuest where you can drop off the kids for awhile!

They do offer a Good Sams discount-mention when you make your reservations or when you check-in.

We stayed during non-peak season, but with our Good Sam discount, we paid $45/night plus tax. This was actually cheaper than some other campgrounds where we have stayed!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Route 66 RV resort and plan on going back. If you have any questions, comment below or contact the resort directly at: 505-352-8000. 

Location information:

Route 66 RV Resort
14500 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
(I-40 exit 140)