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Old 05-14-2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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Phoenix to Show Low

Hello,

We were thinking about taking our Airstream from Chandler, AZ to Show Low, AZ for an extended weekend but have never been there before. I have a couple of questions:

What's the best route to take there (i.e. via Payson or via Globe)
What's the best campground to stay at while we are there.

Any tip, suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-14-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Either route is doable...and both have their advantages...slightly closer via Globe. If you go through Globe you will go north from there and have to go through the Salt River Canyon...beautiful but be ready for some switchbacks and climbing down into and out of the Canyon. From Gilbert, I'd take the Beeline Highway to Payson and go east on 260. That way you can stop on the west end of the Mogollon Rim if you want. It's a beautiful drive. The absolute best campground to stay in the Show Low area is Fool Hollow Lake State Park...full hookups including sewer, $30/night...we love it there...and it's just minutes from Show Low. You should make reservations on line if you want to stay there...check our travel log (below) for lots of pictures of Fool Hollow.
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Superior - Globe - Show Low

Last year my wife and I took the road from Superior through Globe and Show Low to Eagar. The route through the Salt River Canyon is spectacular, to say the least. I have not taken the more northerly route from Phoenix through Payson. There are many NF campgrounds between Show Low and Eagar but I have not tried them yet. We hope to do so this summer.

There are many campgrounds off hwy 260 between Payson and Show Low. We stayed at a developed campground off FR86 near Black Canyon Lake. It was well maintained and pretty nice. There are lots of other campgrounds in this area and the scenery along the Mogollon Rim is nice. If you have time, the drive down the east side of the state from Eagar to Safford is very scenic in spite of the forest fire damage to much of the area.
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before you go you may want to check out the current wildfire reports. it has been dry as a bone up north and the burning has already begun. if you check you might be able to avoid problems or delays. just a thought. otherwise i am sure it will be great as it is great forest area.
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Both routes have significant elevation changes but I prefer the divided highway on 87 up to Payson, and 260 over to Show Low. I agree with TBRich...Fools Hollow State Park is an excellent place to stay. It's an outstanding state park. In fact, I've never seen anything like it before, as you'll see when you get there. Mallard and Red Head loops have full-hookups, while the other two RV loops are primarily water and electric, many of which are "double sites".
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It was 40 degrees cooler there at night this weekend!

It is about a 3.5 hour drive through Payson without traffic. There is significant elevation change and currently, there are on-going fires between Phoenix and Payson. The road is still OK to drive though. There is some road construction currently on the route, which may be a problem if you go during peak hours.

Fool Hollow is great. As previously mentioned, I would reserve a site. Keep in mind that most of the sites are 'double' meaning that if you don't want someone right next to you on a pad, you need to reserve both sites or look for a single site on-line. Another thing to keep in mind is that the gate closes at 10PM--there is no late check in after that time.
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We were just up there 2 weeks ago. We stayed in Lakeside at a friend's place a then spent a couple of nights at Wood Canyon Lake. The route through Payson works best for us.
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If you can't get in Fools Hollow there is a nice campground a few miles west of Showlow on 260 called "High Country Campground".
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Fools Hollow is starting to book up, esp for the Redhead /Mallard. Call soon if you want weekends!
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Fools Hollow is starting to book up, esp for the Redhead /Mallard. Call soon if you want weekends!

Thanks, I booked June 1-4 last night and was able to secure the last spot! Hope I don't have too much trouble getting there.

If all goes well on this trip, we are thinking to try Yellowstone National Park the first week of July but I'm sure it will hard to get a spot there.
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Also, check with the USFS as well. With the fires, I just heard they have restricted burning. Red flag, I believe. I don't think it will be an issue, but you might rethink your cooking plans!
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Also, check with the USFS as well. With the fires, I just heard they have restricted burning. Red flag, I believe. I don't think it will be an issue, but you might rethink your cooking plans!
Update to the Show Low trip:

We made it to Fool Hollow Campground in Show Low and it was very nice & scenic. We did encounter issues with the power/voltage there and some people I met experienced low voltage issues also. They indicated that there were devices that could be attached to the power source to mitigate those types of power issues. So my questions are:

1) Do Airstreams come with any type of power regulators or surge protectors?

2) If not, what are the recommended brands/models to purchase overcome voltage / power issues?

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Update to the Show Low trip:

We made it to Fool Hollow Campground in Show Low and it was very nice & scenic. We did encounter issues with the power/voltage there and some people I met experienced low voltage issues also. They indicated that there were devices that could be attached to the power source to mitigate those types of power issues. So my questions are:

1) Do Airstreams come with any type of power regulators or surge protectors?

2) If not, what are the recommended brands/models to purchase overcome voltage / power issues?

Thanks!!!

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1) Mine did not, but I have a 1975.

2) You are looking for a Voltage Control or Voltage Regulator unit. They run from ~$300 and up. I don't have one I use my generators if I encounter a low voltage situation. So far it has only happened once on a weekend when the campground was packed to capacity, my bad for not checking ahead. I don't like large crowds or crowded campgrounds.

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