We don’t like KOA parks, but we decided to stop here because it was easy to meet my parents there, and we could use it as a base camp to explore the area south, Sedona. The tightwad in me also wanted to avoid the few overpriced RV parks closer to Sedona. So upon check in, we weren’t expecting much other than the standard swimming pool and hookups that would allow us to run our AC. But what we found out after check in was, this KOA is, simply put, a dump.
The place is run down, trash is everywhere, the sites are crammed together, and management is so cheap they won’t even buy toilet seat covers for the restrooms. Unlike other KOAs we’ve overnighted at, this one had no DVDs for rent, the office doesn’t open till 8am and you can’t even buy a newspaper until then because they’re in the office. And they don’t even have a pool! In Arizona!
As we sat in the cool comfort of our Fox’s air conditioner while the outside world baked in 100 degree heat (ok, it was 95, but is there really a difference?), someone knocked at our door. It was a KOA Flagstaff clerk, who arrived to tell us that we weren’t allowed to run our AC on their 30amp hookups, “because the park is so old it can’t handle it.” If we had been told this ahead of making the reservation, we never would’ve stayed there.
We were told that we could run our AC if we ran our generator. Oh great, sucking up exhaust is loads of fun for people who are sitting outside. But that was moot. Our Honda EU200i Super Quiet Generator is lean and mean and quiet, but the downside is that it won’t run our AC. So we sat. And we baked.
Out of anger and desperation for AC and a pool, we looked into LoLo Mai Springs Resort near Sedona. Their base rate is fine, $33, but for our two guests and their extra vehicle, they wanted us to rent a SECOND site, which would mean a $66 a nite rate! And this isn’t even in Sedona proper!
We stuck it out at the KOA. Saw Sedona and Jerome and had a great time with the parents. But when it came time to leave after 5 days, we couldn’t get out there fast enough. It’s good to be out of Arizona.
In addition to the KOA frustrations, we hadn’t experienced so much racist, xenophobe, Dixie-mentality since….since I don’t know. There are a lot of good people there, but in general, racist and xenophobe T-shirts, hats and Southern flags are proudly displayed in a lot of places in that state. I guess living in Humboldt sheltered us from the rampant anti-immigrant hatred that’s overrunning places like AZ. Scary.