Tuesday (10/17) rolled around and with it yet another travel day. Today we decided to head towards a spot about 15 miles outside of Show Low Arizona called Juniper Ridge RV Resort that sits in the White Mountains of Arizona.
We were told about Juniper Ridge by a guy named Neil who gave us our Lawn Bowling lesson last winter in Casa Grande. He mentioned that he spent winters in Casa Grande and spent summers at Juniper Ridge because it sits at an elevation of about 6400ft and has much cooler temps than the valley and is chocked full of activities so we figured we would check it out.
This is the main hub with the cross looking thing in the middle being the pool.
Juniper Ridge has 528 privately-owned deeded lots and includes both RV sites and Park Models for sale or rent. Plus it is a 55 & older park which is right down our alley if it happens to be a place we want to stay put at for a month or so in the future.
Just one of the water features in the resort.
These two ponds are stocked with fish and are catch and release.
We have said before that we like a wide range of RVing styles, everything from boondocking with absolutely no amenities except nature to state parks and privately owned parks but if we plan to stay put for maybe a month or longer we want activities at hand.
We have found that finding parks full of activities in warm areas that we would want to spend winter months is easy but finding them in areas that are cooler in the summer months is more of a challenge so when we hear of one we try to check it out.
Juniper Ridge stated on their web-site that they had activities that include a large Clubhouse with TV Lounge and Commercial Kitchen, a stage & Dance Floor, a private 18-hole Golf Course, Pro Shop, computer lab, swimming pool and spa, fitness Center, locker room with steam & sauna, tennis court, Pickle Ball Courts, shuffle board courts, horse shoe pits, croquet, bocce ball, lake-side park, fishing dock, a billiards room, pottery club, card rooms, library, large laundry room, salon & barber Shop, arts & crafts rooms, quilting/sewing room, lapidary/silver smithing room, wood shop, RV & boat Storage (on-site) and access rights to the private White Mountain Lake Recreation Area. Whew, that should be enough to keep a person busy!!
The gym is in two sections and has the basics.
Another game room.
They play Poker a number of nights during the week.
Pro Shop for the golf course.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) most everyone had vacated by the time we arrived so we were not able to see just how active everyone was but I guess being here almost all alone gave us a chance to check things out pretty much uninterrupted and at our own pace and to be honest the pace was that of a snail.
This stop made out 50th campsite stop in 2017 and keep in mind that we spent 1 month this year in Casa Grande and 1 month in Grants Pass AND we still have November and December left so we have really been on the move this year and I’m just about spent and ready to stay put a bit, Diane on the other hand has a little bit of the Energizer Bunny in her I think LOL!!!
Once we got here the first thing on the list was to fix a flat tire on my bike. I thought I had a spare tube but it turned out we had 2 spare tubes for Diane’s bike but none for mine so I ended up using my patch kit.
After I fixed it once and mounted it back on the bike it didn’t take long to figure out I had another leak someplace so I took it off again and fixed it. After I thought all was good we headed out on a ride only to find out it was losing air again!!!! What the!!!!! Well I figured that was a sign that we needed to drive into Show Low to poke around a bit and buy a couple new tubes for my bike.
After getting back home and changing the tube all together we were able to get some rides in during our stay. Holy cow, I should have just went into town in the first place, I must have wasted 2 hours on that stupid tire when it should have been a 15 minute job. Oh well, what else do I have to do anyway.
A nice mediation garden by BLM
Other than the tire project I took some time and gave the truck a good wash and I half assed washed the motorhome. When we get to Casa Grande in 2 weeks we will have Dave’s RV Wash do a complete wash and wax so I didn’t go to crazy washing it myself.
We had pretty good weather during our visit with mostly blue skies and temps in the mid to upper 70’s except for one day it stayed in the mid 60’s and one other that the wind blew hard all day. Because it was blowing so hard we of course pulled in our awnings, well tried anyway!! When I tried to retract the awning over the entry door it was a no go, dang.
We have had issues with that awning since new but have never been able to trace down the problem. We have even had a couple shops take a look at it while in for whatever other reasons but of course it never acts up while we are at a shop. In fact we had Tiffin look at it while in Red Bay but again it was working perfectly while there.
Normally if it acts up I can go whack it, push on it, shake it or some other type of sophisticated thing and it comes back to life but not this time. So I got the ladder and socket set out and manually retracted it and tossed a big zip tie around it for safety sake and figure to leave it for another time when we are sitting in one spot for a while and I can take it apart and not feel rushed, OR have a shop look at it now that it will surely not work for them. But watch, if I take it in it will probably shake itself back to life while we are driving down the road and work perfectly at the shop LOL!! Wait, that’s not funny, that’s really how it happens.
And of course we took a couple drives while in the area. We drove to the small towns of Taylor and Snowflake and to Show Low, Pinetop and Lakeside which we visited last year on our way down to Casa Grande. Here is a link to that visit in case you’re interested. https://daveanddiane.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/our-stay-in-show-low-arizona/
Probably our favorite drive in the area is one we did last year and again this year, it leaves Show Low and heads out HWY 260 through Pinetop and Lakeside and continues through McNary until we reach HWY 273.
Shush Be Tou Lake
We then follow 273 which takes you by Sunrise Park and Lake, then Basin and Crescent lakes and on to Big Lake which we use as a turning point.
Once we head back we turn on HWY 261 which takes you by a pretty cool overlook and eventually down to HWY 260. At that point you have a couple options depending on where you want to go but this time we drove into Eagar and then Springerville where we stopped in at the White Mountain Historic Park before heading back to Eagar for a fast stop at Dairy Queen before heading home.
Zoom in and read that sign. Some guy lived in that shack for 60 years!!!
We love that drive because of all the lakes we get to visit and this time of year the trees are changing colors. We did this about 3 weeks after what we did last year and we have missed some of the colors but it was still a great day trip.
A couple mornings between 5:30 and 6 I went out to try and get a glimpse of the huge herd of Elk that hang out in the area. We were told there are 50 or 60 that show up someplace almost every morning and from all the tracks and poop around on the golf course and even the streets we would believe it.
I normally get up around 5am and some mornings while having coffee I could hear them squeal and whine so I would head out but it was usually dark enough that I either couldn’t see them or I would just see silhouettes run across the fairway but to be honest I never went in full hunt mode to catch a better view. And it would be easy because it’s pretty obvious where they normally cross through by the 18th green which was only maybe 300 yards from our campsite.
A couple nights before bed (10pm) we decided to jumped in the truck and take a drive down the main road and along the golf course to see if we could see any Elk. At one point we saw about 15 cross the road but by the time I grabbed the phone to take a picture only the bull was left standing guard in the road giving us the stink eye while his herd got a safe distance from the road before he walked into the brush himself so we only got a poor picture of him.
Another time on our evening drive we saw roughly 30 but once again by the time we got close enough to even thing about pictures they had made their way into the brush.
So, to sum it up we found Juniper Ridge RV Resort to have all of the amenities we would desire in a spot if we want to spend maybe a month or more, the sites are large enough to spread out and with a little picking and choosing you can get a spot with nature as your back yard or a nice golf course view if so desired, and the prices are not out of whack.
Speaking of prices this is a spot where you can buy and own the lot or rent, for a bare lot prices start at about $30,000 and go up from their depending on improvements. At that point the yearly dues are $1864 plus property taxes so after the initial purchase a person could live pretty darn cheap. Think about it, where can you live for roughly $200 per month (if you stayed year around) where you have all of the infrastructure that you have at Juniper Ridge
As far as renting you can get a nice lot with a concrete patio for around $750 per month plus electricity or an annual lease for around $3000 from what we could find out but nothing is set in stone by the park so it can vary from owner to owner. But if you think about it at $3000 for a annual and if you only stay on the lot 6 months of the year, which from taking to people is pretty average, the cost per month is $500 and you have a storage shed to leave some stuff in if you want. All just information for us to keep in mind for when the time comes.
The temps can still get into the high 80’s in July & August which are still a little on the warm side for what I would call a cool comfortable place to be during the summer but they are about right for Diane and it does cool off during the evening and morning hours with temps dropping into the 50’s so it’s doable but no comparison to what we experienced in Michigan this summer, can we pull Michigan a little closer to the west coast?? LOL!!
It’s times like this that I compare the weather in Southern Oregon to spots we think we could hang our hat for a couple months during the summer and as much as we love Oregon it always comes back to the same thing, there just isn’t any nice enough parks with activities that we would care to stay at for any length of time in Oregon that we have found. It’s a sad thing.
Oh well, that’s it for us in his area, we enjoyed our stay in the Ghost Town of Juniper Ridge RV Resort (LOL) and Wednesday (10/25) we will drop farther south and down over 4000’ in elevation so we will no doubt get into some much warmer temperatures so I will have a little acclimating (and whining) to do and Diane will be happy LOL!! Two more stops and the wheels will stop turning and we will get to hunker down for a while this winter.