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Arizona Campgrounds Enjoying Surge in Visitors

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June 26, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Campgrounds in northern Arizona are reporting unusually high occupancy levels and expect the surge in visitors to last throughout the summer months.

“There are more RVers on the road this year than ever before. I’ve never seen it like this before,” said Jo Ann Mickelson, who has co-owned and operated the 52-site J & H RV Park in Flagstaff with her husband, Harvey, for the past 35 years. “The phones are ringing off the hook. I can’t even sit down.”

According to a Daily Miner report, J & H RV Park has been busy since May and Mickelson says her park is booked solid until late August.

Mickelson, who also serves as executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, said Flagstaff area campgrounds and RV parks are not only filling up with travelers, but with residents from central and southern Arizona who are fleeing the desert heat.

“On Friday, coming up here, it’s bumper to bumper from Phoenix,” she said. “We’re sending a lot of people to Williams and to surrounding communities that don’t necessarily get booked and filled up.”

Clint Bell, whose family manages the Flagstaff KOA and owns two other KOA campgrounds in Williams, said he, too, is seeing a dramatic increase in visitors this year.

“We’re up all the way across the board,” he said. “We’re having a great start to the summer season.”

Bell added that while Flagstaff has always been a key destination for overnight travelers in northern Arizona, Williams is becoming more of a destination itself, not only because it offers an alternate route to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as well as the Grand Canyon Railway, but because of the development of other local tourist attractions in recent years.

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