Tonopah Arizona

Saturday Feb 23rd rolled around and it was time to say our , see ya down the roads, to the people left at the boon docking rally. I think there was 19 rigs left and most if not all of them will leave Sunday.

We wasn’t in a big hurry because our travel day was only going to be about 80 miles up the road to Saddle Mountain RV Park in Tonopah Arizona.

We finally rolled out about noon and landed in our spot in Saddle Mountain less than 2 hours later. And once settled in a park volunteer came by in his golf cart and asked if we wanted the 10 cent tour. We said sure and jumped in his cart.

Before this was a RV park it served as a base camp for workers at a nuclear plant that is just a couple miles away. When we first pulled in I thought the buildings we saw was a old hotel but it turns out they were berics. They have been converted to a big clubhouse and activity center.


Here are some interesting facts about the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station:

Construction began in 1976. There are three units, the last of which was completed in 1988. The total cost to build the plant was $5.9 billion.

The Palo Verde plant is the largest nuclear energy generating facility in the United States. It is located about 50 miles west of Phoenix in Tonopah, Arizona. The facility is on about 4,000 acres. Approximately 2,500 people are employed there.

In 2000 the Palo Verde nuclear plant generated 30.4 million megawatts of power.

About 4 million people in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas receive power generated by the Palo Verde plant.

Palo Verde is the only nuclear energy facility in the world that uses treated sewage effluence for cooling water.

Palo Verde does not use fossil fuels to generate electricity. It is a zero-emissions facility.

The reactors at Palo Verde are in an airtight, reinforced concrete structure designed to withstand the force of a jet airplane.


After our tour we gathered up our laundry that has been building during our 2 weeks in the desert and headed for the laundry room. Normally we use the washer/drier we have in the motor home but when laundry builds up it’s just way faster to take advantage of the large machines in a laundry room.

Once laundry was done we tossed a couple burgers on the BBQ and kicked back the rest of the evening.

Today we will head into Buckeye and take care of some shopping because tomorrow (Monday) we will head to Organ Pipe National Park for a few more days of dry camping. No shopping around there to be had.

A few of the people we boon docked with the last couple weeks will also roll in here today so they can catch up on laundry and roll on to Organ Pipe as well. So the extended rally continues LOL!!

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