Address: 2207 N. Yucca Drive, Huachuca City, AZ 85616
Phone: (520) 456-9301
# of sites: 131
Full hookup price: From $14/day
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Warnings: HOT summers
Nestled in the southeast corner of Arizona, Huachuca City and neighboring Sierra Vista offer opportunities for exploration of desert mining towns unique to the area. The primary reason we decided on Quail Ridge RV Resort is for its proximity to Bisbee, Tombstone and Patagonia.
Though Nadyne is not a fan of vast desert scenery, we do enjoy visiting small mining towns. Both Bisbee and Tombstone qualify and both have restored sections of town to their glory days. Tombstone has the recognition factor, with the Earps and the Gunfight at the OK Corral in its history, and the town takes full advantage, performing gunfights several times a day on its restored western Allen Street and featuring Old West saloons, museums, shops and restaurants.
Bisbee is a bit less touristy, but offers visitors a rich mix of art, music, history, architecture, outdoor activities, dining and nightlife. Just south of Bisbee is Lowell, a four-block strip of town that seems in a time warp. There are cars and trucks from the 50-s and 60's parked on the street, a vintage Harley Davidson dealership and other stores from that era that haven't been upgraded or restored. The Patagonia Mountains are also a short drive away from Quail Ridge and the location of the town of Patagonia, an extremely popular small lake and state park, and other old towns.
The Quail Ridge RV Resort is itself a clean, comfortable park with a great number of pull-through sites at a terrific price. Its 4,400' elevation makes it cooler than much of Southern Arizona. Shopping, fast food and eat-in dining are plentiful about seven miles away in the moderately modern town of Sierra Vista. The Mexican border is only about an hour's drive away at either Douglas or Nogales.
As with many southwestern RV parks, Quail Ridge is almost completely covered in gravel, with almost no greenery and few trees. Arizona is a windy state and the winters are sunny but gusty. With the park sitting in a rather flat, wind-prone area, we weren't able to use our awning much, though we would have appreciated the shade.
The sites are very narrow, and though it is somewhat dog friendly, there are several cacti to keep them away from during a walk. There are few amenities beyond a laundry room, showers, a clubhouse and a pool table, the latter two of which were closed due to the pandemic.
Like much of Southern Arizona, even at its higher elevation, summers in Huachuca City can be brutally hot. We would only consider staying here during the winter months.
If it weren't for the fact that I haven't spent much time in this part of Arizona, we probably wouldn't stay anywhere near Huachuca City. The cheap prices and clean resort drew this up to a rating of 3-out-of-5 stars. If you've never been to Tombstone or Bisbee, it's well worth a week here.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.