1626 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
How to Get to Escape Campervans from Sky Harbor
Reaching our Phoenix rental hub from Sky Harbor Airport is a breeze, thanks to several convenient transportation options at your disposal:
Uber or Lyft: Upon landing and collecting your baggage, head to the airport’s designated rideshare pickup zones and book an Uber or Lyft. For the most up-to-date info, check the Sky Harbor website.
Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport, providing another quick and convenient means of reaching our Phoenix location.
Public Transport: For the budget-conscious traveler, public transit via the Valley Metro system offers an economical way to get to our hub. You’ll find well-marked routes and easy-to-navigate options that make your journey straightforward.
Camper Vans Available for Reservation in Phoenix, AZ
Craving a cozy, intimate road trip with all the practicalities you could ask for? Meet Mavericks, your ultimate home-away-from-home on wheels. This gem is perfect for couples, small families, and friend groups. The Mavericks comes fully equipped with:
- A luxurious, queen-sized bed.
- A functional kitchen that boasts a 2-burner propane stove, dual-powered refrigerator, and a handy sink.
- Ample storage space for all your road trip essentials and souvenirs.
- A foldaway in-van table and benches, converting easily into your big comfy bed for the night.
- Fuel efficiency of 14-17 mpg and a range of technical specs for a smooth ride.
- An optional rooftop sleeper.
Traveling with a bigger crew or a family that needs a little extra room? Say hello to Mesa, our beloved Mavericks model’s expanded, tricked-out sibling. Perfect for those who never want to compromise on space or amenities, Mesa is about two feet longer than the Mavericks, allowing you to keep the rear bucket seats up even when the bed is down—ideal for families with car seats. When traveling in the Mesa, you’ll have the following at your disposal:
- A queen-sized bed that promises sound sleep under the stars.
- Advanced kitchen facilities featuring a 2-burner propane stove, a dual-powered refrigerator, and a sink with a 5-gallon water tank.
- Additional drawers and compartments underneath the back benches offer extra storage and organization.
- Aux and Bluetooth capabilities allow you to curate the soundtrack for your adventure.
- Optional rooftop sleeper accommodations.
- Fuel efficiency of 14-17 mpg.
Looking for the next level in campervan comfort and versatility? The Del Mar is the upgraded sibling of our popular Mesa model. Ideal for families, groups of friends, or any adventurous soul, the Del Mar is your ticket to a dream road trip. Here’s what makes it special:
- A queen-sized bed and an additional interior double bed make room for up to 5 sleepers.
- A kitchen outfitted with a 2-burner propane stove, a dual-powered refrigerator, a 5-gallon water tank, and a sink.
- Extra storage spaces, including drawers and compartments, to stow away your essentials and finds along the journey.
- The ability to stand inside the camper adds a whole new level of comfort.
- Tech-savvy additions like USB ports and Bluetooth capabilities keep you connected.
- An average fuel efficiency of 14-17 mpg, so you can focus more on the adventure and less on the fuel gauge.
Road Trip Ideas from Phoenix, AZ
Arizona is a state rich with natural wonders and scenic landscapes that beckon road trippers, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Starting from Phoenix, you are well-positioned to explore a diverse range of environments, each providing a unique experience that captures the spirit and beauty of the Southwest. Here are some road trip ideas that promise an unforgettable journey.
Grand Canyon National Park
No visit to Arizona can be considered complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon. Situated roughly 3.5 hours north of Phoenix, this iconic destination is more than just a gigantic hole in the ground. The Grand Canyon offers some of the most stunning vistas on earth, with viewpoints like the South Rim, North Rim, and Yavapai Observation Station offering different perspectives of the canyon’s grandeur.
Approximately two hours north of Phoenix, Sedona is like a spiritual oasis amidst the red rocks. The town is renowned not just for its stunning red rock formations but also for its vibrant arts community. Places like Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock serve as incredible hiking destinations and vortex sites—areas said to be spiritual energy centers.
Petrified Forest National Park
Situated a 3-hour drive from Phoenix, the Petrified Forest National Park is a showcase of geological history. The park is home to one of the world’s largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, alongside historical structures, archaeological sites, and displays of 225-million-year-old fossils. You can walk among the petrified logs, explore the Painted Desert Inn and its murals, or take a backcountry hike into areas less frequented by visitors.
Though it requires a somewhat longer drive of about 4 hours, Monument Valley is worth every minute on the road. Situated on the Arizona-Utah border, this park offers some of the most iconic images of the American West. Known for its sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor, Monument Valley has been the backdrop for numerous Western films. Guided tours, often led by Navajo guides, offer deeper insights into these mythical formations’ cultural and geological history.
Major Destinations Near Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix serves as an excellent hub for exploring the diversity of Arizona’s landscapes and cultural sites. Within just a few hours, you can go from the buzzing city life to cool mountainous regions, historical landmarks, and art havens. Here are some major destinations that are a short drive away from Phoenix, including some new additions to consider for your next adventure.
Flagstaff is a mere 2-hour drive north of Phoenix and offers a complete change of scenery and climate. Nestled amidst the ponderosa pines and at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff offers a cooler, more alpine environment that’s perfect for outdoor activities. The Arizona Snowbowl becomes a skiing and snowboarding haven during the winter, attracting winter sports enthusiasts from across the state. In the summer, the focus shifts to hiking, mountain biking, and camping in the Coconino National Forest. Flagstaff is also home to Lowell Observatory, a key location in the discovery of Pluto, making it a unique destination for astronomy buffs.
Roughly 1.5 hours to the south of Phoenix, Tucson is a cultural and outdoor playground. Known for its vibrant arts scene, Tucson is dotted with galleries, artisan shops, and theaters that showcase local talent and southwestern heritage. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers an in-depth look at the flora and fauna that inhabit the region. For those interested in history, the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a historic Spanish Catholic mission, showcases stunning architecture and centuries of history.
Havasu Falls, AZ
Located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation, Havasu Falls is approximately a 4-hour drive from Phoenix and offers a unique natural attraction that’s well worth the trip. Known for its stunning turquoise waterfalls, Havasu Falls is an Instagrammer’s paradise and a must-see for anyone who loves unique natural landscapes. The hike to the falls is approximately 10 miles, so come prepared with sturdy hiking boots and plenty of water. Once you reach the falls, you’ll be rewarded with an idyllic swimming hole surrounded by lush vegetation and striking rock formations. Due to its popularity and the need to respect the land, permits are required, and it’s advised to book well in advance.
Zion National Park, UT
Approximately a 6-hour drive from Phoenix, Zion National Park in Utah is an awe-inspiring destination that captures the imagination with its massive sandstone cliffs and narrow, winding canyons. Known for popular hikes like The Narrows and Angels Landing, the park is a mecca for those who enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities. But you don’t have to be an extreme adventurer to enjoy Zion. The park also offers easier trails that provide stunning views without the steep climbs. The Virgin River carved many of Zion’s famous formations and is also an inviting spot for a refreshing swim or leisurely float. From Peregrine Falcons to mule deer, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts will find plenty to admire.
White Sands National Park, NM
White Sands National Park in New Mexico is like stepping into another world – well worth the 6-hour drive from Phoenix. The park features 275 square miles of gypsum sand dunes that look like snow against the backdrop of clear blue skies. It’s an almost surreal landscape, perfect for capturing stunning photos, particularly at sunrise or sunset. Visitors can hike through the dunes, go sand sledding, or simply enjoy a picnic while soaking up the otherworldly atmosphere. The park also has a visitor center that offers informative displays about the area’s unique geology, flora, and fauna, enriching your understanding of this remarkable natural wonder.
Camper Van-Friendly Campgrounds Near Phoenix
One of the greatest advantages of renting a camper van for your Arizona adventure is the flexibility to roam and camp in some of the state’s most picturesque locations. If you’re starting your journey from Phoenix, you have a variety of camper-friendly campgrounds to choose from, each offering its unique landscape and outdoor activities. Here are some highly recommended spots, including a few extra options for your camping delight.
Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Located about 40 miles from Phoenix, Lost Dutchman State Park offers a captivating view of the Superstition Mountains. This state park is steeped in legends and folklore, named after the famed lost gold mine. The park features well-maintained campsites suitable for camper vans, complete with electric hookups, water supply, and restroom facilities. Numerous hiking trails start directly from the camping area, ranging from easy strolls to challenging hikes, making it an ideal base for exploring the mysterious and scenic Superstition wilderness.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 West White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell, AZ 85355
Situated on the western outskirts of Phoenix, White Tank Mountain Regional Park spans almost 30,000 acres and offers a plethora of activities like hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park is famous for its large, white granite rock formations, which have been eroded to create “tanks” or small catch basins. Campsites are well-equipped with electrical hookups and easy access to trailheads. The Waterfall Trail is a must-visit, especially after rainfall when the desert comes to life.
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N Usery Pass Rd, Mesa, AZ 85207
Only a 30-minute drive from downtown Phoenix, Usery Mountain offers 73 individual camping sites. Each site is equipped with electricity, a picnic table, a barbecue grill, and a fire pit. Hikers will enjoy the Wind Cave Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, Fort McDowell, AZ
Located northeast of Phoenix, McDowell Mountain offers a more remote camping experience. This park is less crowded than others and is well-loved for its extensive trail network. There are 76 campsites, all equipped with electrical hookups, and several offer stunning views of the mountain range.
Grocery and Liquor Stores In Phoenix Stock Up For Your Van Trip
Fry’s Food and Drug
100 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Just down the road from our hub, Fry’s Food and Drug offers a one-stop shop for all your grocery needs. The store boasts a broad selection of fresh produce, meats, and pantry staples. If you’re embarking on a camper van adventure, Fry’s is ideal for stocking up on canned goods, snacks, and ready-to-eat meals that are easy to prepare in a van setting. They also have a varied liquor section, allowing you to pick up some wine or beer for those peaceful campfire nights.
340 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Also nearby, Safeway provides a variety of organic and gourmet food choices, perfect for those looking to maintain a balanced diet while on the road. The store’s bakery and deli sections are particularly noteworthy for picking up quick meal options. Safeway also features a liquor aisle, where you can find a diverse array of alcoholic beverages, from spirits to craft beers.
Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More, 1670 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
For a more specialized experience, Total Wine & More offers an expansive selection of wines, beers, and spirits. The store specializes in providing a wide range of options, from budget-friendly to premium labels.
Outdoor Stores in Phoenix For Your Van Adventure
REI Paradise Valley
12634 N Paradise Village Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Around a 15-minute drive from our location, REI Paradise Valley is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. REI has everything from hiking boots to camping gear like tents, sleeping bags, and portable cookware. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and can provide recommendations tailored to your specific outdoor activities. If you’re planning a trek through Arizona’s diverse terrains, REI is a must-visit for top-of-the-line gear.
Bass Pro Shops, Mesa, AZ
1133 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201
A bit further afield, Bass Pro Shops in Mesa offers an expansive selection of outdoor gear catering to a wide array of adventures. Whether you’re heading for a weekend of fishing at one of Arizona’s many lakes, setting off on a hiking expedition, or planning a camping trip in the desert, this store has got you covered. You’ll find everything from high-quality camping cookware to state-of-the-art GPS devices. Their fishing and hunting departments are fully stocked with all the gear you’ll need, including licenses. They also offer a wide range of freeze-dried and packaged food, ideal for stocking up your camper van.
Book Your Van With Escape Campervans Today
Your Arizona adventure is just around the corner. Whether you’re drawn to the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon, the unique geological formations in Sedona, or the diverse ecosystems in the various national and state parks, Arizona offers a rich tapestry of outdoor experiences.
Book your Escape Campervan today and let your desert exploration begin!