Planning Ahead is Key for Camping at this Arizona Lake
In the desert, one of our most treasured commodities is water. It's not surprise that when we're looking for a little relaxation, many of us head to our local water source. One of the best places to get a away from it all is camping and boating at Patagonia Lake State Park.
Rent a Boat
You can even rent a boat. For only $12.00 an hour, you can cruise around the lake. Admire the wildlife and get in a little fishing.
Book a Cabin
Patagonia is a great place to have fun and relax, as long as you don't mind sharing your space with other campers, boaters, and fishermen. And if you really want to splurge, you can book a cabin for $119 per night - a bargain compared to a weekend hotel stay.
Of course, you won't get the same amenities or service as you would in a hotel, but who needs that when you have nature? Just make sure you book your cabin in advance, because they tend to fill up fast, and the price goes up a little.
Camp or Stay in Your RV
You can always camp or stay in your RV. Again, it's best to book in advance, because on long weekends everyone has the same idea - a weekend away from the city. Depending on which part of the lake you plan to book, campsites start around $25.
Plan Ahead for a Great Trip
Planning your camping weekend in Patagonia is fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Here are some tips to make the most of your trip:
Pack Light, but Don't Forget the Essentials
You'll need sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, snacks, and a swimsuit. You might also want to bring a fishing rod, a kayak, or a hammock if you're feeling adventurous.
Check the Weather Forecast Before You Go
Patagonia Lake can get pretty hot in the summer, but also chilly at night. You'll want to dress in layers and bring a jacket or a blanket for the evenings. I remember a long weekend spent under tarps when it rained the entire time. Even in the desert, the weather can take a turn. It's best to be prepared.
Be Respectful of Nature and Other Campers
Patagonia Lake is home to many wildlife species, such as birds, deer, and javelinas. Don't feed or disturb them and keep your food and trash secure. Also, be mindful of the noise level and the campfire rules. You don't want to ruin the experience for others.
Have Fun and Enjoy the Scenery
Camping in Patagonia is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Whatever you do, make sure you take lots of pictures and memories with you.