“ BENSON KOA, 9.5 mi to Kartchner Caves & 35 mi to Tucson. Come & enjoy large level pull thrus, quiet high desert w/beautiful scenic landscape & mtns. Warm days cool nights. Big rigs & modem friendly. Great family get-a-way. See & experience the SW at its b „
If you are ever in the vicinity of Tombstone Arizona - you know, just on the off chance that you may end up there one day, then I'd like to recommend somewhere to stay. I spent a couple of days at the KOA (Kampgrounds of America) site at Benson Arizona. We chose this campsite for a number of reasons. First of all it was the nearest campsite to Tombstone and the surrounding tourist attractions and secondly, it was a KOA site. During my 3 weeks in the US I had stayed at several KOA campsites and had been impressed by their facilities and friendliness. The Benson KOA was no exception to this rule! The campsite was impossible to miss as it was VERY clearly signposted from the main highway and well signed from there on in. The campsites also have huge tall signs that you can spot a mile off - hard to miss! The Benson KOA was laid out in the same manner as all the previous sites we had stayed at. The main office building contained the check in desk, a small cafe and the shop where you could buy groceries, postcards, ice etc. This campsite had a bit of history as the building was over 100 years old - very old by US standards! It used to be the Los Alamos Ranchitos which was a working ranch. The land was later sold and turned into a campground with the original house being turned into the office. When we arrived I popped in to register and pick up the keys as we had already reserved our accommodation via the KOA internet site (absolutely fantastic!). We weren't staying in a tent or a camper van (RV in the US). No we were staying in a camping cabin, which is a feature of most of the KOA sites. A camping cabin is a one-roomed log cabin that has a porch, air conditioning, a double bed, bunk beds and a table. Not much you might think but you don't actually need anything else! All we needed to supply was bedding and as it is so warm in the US, a couple of thin cotton sheets is enough! We were quickly checked in and
given a map of the surrounding area, an information leaflet about the site and tourist information. This was another feature common to all KOA sites - they make sure that you are well informed! Our cabin was close to the facilities so we didn't have far to go for a shower and there was plenty of space to park our car right next to the cabin. Our cabin was absolutely spotless and had little extras such as shower gel, shower cap, tissues and even flowers, none of which we had received in other KOA sites. The facilities were absolutely spotless and there were plenty of showers available not to mention sinks and mirrors. It was hard to believe that you were in a campsite as it was more like being in the ladies in a department store! Each cabin has its own picnic table and BBQ so you can cook your own food instead of having to go into town or getting a takeaway. We took full advantage of the facilities and had a great BBQ followed by a couple of beers on our wooden swing seat on the porch! A great way to watch the sun go down. This campsite stood out from the others for several reasons. Even though it was quite busy it was still really quiet. KOA campsites have strict rules that children are kept under control and not allowed to wreak havoc round the site. Quiet hours are also enforced but as they are sensible hours from 10pm to 8am, no one has a problem with them. This campsite also had a lot of wildlife. Baby rabbits surrounded our cabin and there were a good number of lizards running about as well. It gave you something interesting to watch while you were drinking your beer! The site had a lot of facilities that I didn't get time to use as we were out sightseeing for most of the day. A full list of facilities is as follows - 24 hour bathrooms and laundry (laundry was very cheap!) Indoor games room (pool, arcade games) Fishing pond! Modem connection Gift and grocery shop Hot tub and pool Mi
ni golf Outdoor game equipment Playground It was quite amazing the amount of facilities they had for what seemed like a small cosy sight. What is even more surprising is that this cost £20 a night. Split between 2 people that was pretty good value but as the cabins sleep four people it could be amazingly good value for money. Next time you are touring the US seriously think about staying at a KOA instead of a motel. It works out cheaper and you get a lot more facilities! Benson KOA Kampground 180 Four Feathers Lane Benson AZ 85602 www.koa.com/where/az/3133.html firstname.lastname@example.org 6th instalment of Machars tour of the southern US!