of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley
of the Sun,”this northwest valley park is a recreationist's
dream. The park offers many activities, such as camping,
boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife
viewing. At the Lake Pleasant Visitor Center, guests learn
about the history of the area and desert wildlife. Step
out onto the balcony surrounding the Visitor Center to
get a beautiful view of Lake Pleasant and an up-close
look at Waddell Dam. The breathtaking views offer visitors
a great place to relax, whether it is from a boat or shoreline
Pleasant Regional Park offers 148 sites
for RV and tent camping. Each "Developed
Site" has water, electricity, dump station, a covered
ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Each "Semi-developed
Site" and tent site has a covered ramada, a picnic table, a
barbecue grill and fire ring. Restroom and shower facilities
are available at both types of campsites. All sites in the
campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tortoise Campground has 76 campsites, 25 Developed Sites,
41 Semi-developed Sites, and 10 tent sites. 20/20 Amp hookups are at all sites
Campsite Panoramas - See each campsite at Desert Tortoise Campground. Click a campsite number below.
Roadrunner Campground and
Picnic Area offers 72 sites for RV and tent camping. All sites are Developed. Large
groups can reserve the Desert Tortoise Group Campground.
Campsite Panoramas - See each campsite at Roadrunner Campground. Click a campsite number below. (most of the campsites were full when I was there so, I will get the rest during the summer when the campground is empty)
Campground includes a parking area for RVs, picnic tables,
The use of this area is by reservation only and requires a commitment of
Pleasant Regional Park also has shoreline/primitive camping
during most of the year, depending on water levels.
Maricopa County Parks offer visitors the opportunity for
star gazing throughout the park system. They even provide
the telescope. You will view and learn about the moon,
the planets, deep space objects like star clusters, nebulae
and galaxies. Bring your own chairs and snacks. The whole
family will enjoy the program. No pets allowed. These
programs are conducted by Tony La Conte of Stargazing For Everyone. The cost for the program is only the
$5 per vehicle park entry fee.
central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (SR 74). Exit
Carefree Hwy. and travel west 15 miles to Castle
Hot Spring Road. Travel north to Lake Pleasant Regional Park