Campground Review: SKP Saguaro Co-Op – Benson, AZ

We loved it at the Escapees SKP Saguaro Co-Op in Benson, AZ. In some ways it is my favorite campground to date. The resort was designed by and for fulltime RVers who are members of Escapees. The fulltime philosophy and common sense approach is evident everywhere from the wide, paved roads to the excellent and much used activity center.

PHOTO_20141009_164903.jpgThe sites are both deep and wide. Almost all of them are leased and sport various levels of improvements. Many have “casitas” which are small buildings with porches. Every improvement, though, is subject to a strict set of rules that allow for some personalization, but at the same time, maintain a level of conformity. Most casitas have a living room and a utility room in them. The sites are all gravel but leaseholders decorate them with cactus gardens and other decorations. Here’s the deal: when the leaseholder is out seeing the country, they can put their site in the rental pool. Travelers who rent don’t have use of the casita, but generally there’s a nice porch and other upgrades to enjoy. Many of these sites can be rented monthly if a person desires a longer stay. The lease program is so popular that there’s a years-long waiting list for an opportunity to buy in!

There are other sites that are set aside, some for short term visitors and others for long term visitors who come in for the winter. There are even paved no-hookup overnight spots.

PHOTO_20141013_194512.jpg Escapees are known for their friendliness and that is quite evident here. There are get-togethers every day and many activities. People go out of their way to introduce themselves and it’s quite easy to strike up a conversation. We especially enjoyed the daily 4:00 fellowship gathering in the activity center. Our stay was in mid-October and daily leaseholders who had been touring in cooler places arrived to settle down for the mild Arizona winter.

100_3438.JPGThe property has no pool or spa and reservations are not accepted. Escapees facilities are famous for always finding a place for a traveler to park their RV even it has to temporarily be a spot with no hookups. The activity center has a large meeting room with a full-sized commercial kitchen, a large library, a workout room with modern equipment, and a crafts room. There’s also a nice porch with a view of the valley below and the Dragoon Mountains. This view is especially pretty at sunset.

If you get the idea that I like this place you are 100% right!

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