cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.
Things I didn’t know about Benson AZ: 20% of the railroad freight in the USA passes through in 60 trains a day. That is impressive. Except at 3 AM. We stayed at Butterfield RV Resort for 10 days and although the tracks are ¼ mile away, they sounded like they were going right thru the middle of the park.
That’s really the only negative thing to say about this otherwise perfect desert park. It is one of the best managed parks we’ve stayed at and the staff is super friendly and efficient. The park is immaculate with wide paved roads and sites and crushed gravel between nicely spaced sites. FHU is towards the back of the site which requires some extension tubing for sewer. They have a pine tree planted on every site…on the south side…right where your rooftop sat dish is. Portable sats would be fine and the cable selection is good.
Impressive list of amenities included golf driving nets, putting green, pickleball court, full sized observatory with nightly shows, rec room, club house and kitchen, library, fitness center, pool and hot tub. Winter snowbird season had a full calendar of daily activities. All in all an excellent experience, and you even get used to the trains.
Benson is a great home base to visit the S/E Arizona area. Tombstone is 23 miles away and a fun day trip with lots to do and see. Bisbee is another mining boomtown with a very cool undergound tour at the Queen Mine. Saguaro National Park is very cool with more cactus than we’ve ever seen. Military aircraft boneyard is nearby at Davis Monthan AFB and has a daily tour but requires at least 10 days for reservations to conduct background check. Plan ahead! Lots of wild west history in this area.
$34/night weekly rate with PPA discount
This park is situated about 1/4 mile from a double railroad track that has frequent trains on them day and night and there are several crossings that the trains sound their horns for. It is very loud and annoying in the park.
NOT PET FRIENDLY AND EXTREME TRAFFIC NOISE!!
I should have read the other reviews before staying here. If I could change staying at Butterfield RV Resort for the 17 days we paid for a premium site, I definitely would, even making the extra miles into the Tucson area. Here are the reasons.
1. The observatory is a joke. Just a large telescope in a dome. I can see more using my binoculars. We made the 1500 mile trip and the telescope was broken waiting on parts, then a super letdown on the quality of the site when it was repaired.
2. The water pressure was so low, that we had to fill our tank every day, and use our pump to take quick showers.
3. The WIFI is so slow that you can't use it, so virtually none here. The manager said that the park was full, but its poor engineering and planning. We were 6 spaces from the office and WiFi antenna.
4. Most people travel with pets, the rules here are too stringent to be pet friendly and taken to the extreme. My dog urinated a foot into a site corner and I was disciplined and lectured even though I apologized. So, if the dog pen is occupied you better make your dog hold it.
5. The pool and hot tub were advertised but under construction, so those amenities don’t exist here.
6. This park is up for sale, possibly because it is in a HIGH train noise area. The trains run all day and night blowing their horns and car traffic is heavy so road noise is almost as bad.
7. Customer service is nonexistent, the office and park staff are not responsive.
8. MARK THIS ONE OFF MY LIST.
The only reason I gave 4 starts is because of the current construction. I would have given 5 stars, since we stayed there just over a year ago.
We missed the observatory the first year, this year it was cloudy and windy.
So we will try again.
This RV park is a first class campground. The park, sites, restroom etc are very clean and well maintained. The Observatory was a splendid experience, this is no amateur telescope folks, we're talking University grade equipment with knowledgable operators that make the experience fun, interesting and educational. The park has tons of activities each day and the other campers were wonderful people. If you're passing through or snow birding this is must do stop.
We stayed at Butterfield RV Resort for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The site was paved, roads paved, nice pool and spa, clean bathrooms, and lots of fun stuff to see and do in the area including their observatory. I would highly recommend this park!
Very nice park with convenient location 1/2 mile off of I-10. There is a Safeway and Ace Hardware right around the corner. Exceptionally clean campground. Very helpful staff. Did not use their restrooms, but the laundry room and workout room were immaculate. Would definitely stay there again.
The park is clean and staff friendly. This review is primarily to ensure other dog lovers are fully informed about this park’s Dog Policy. The policy is strictly enforced by management & the long-term campers staying there. There are no exceptions even for handicap animals. Before we registered and signed the contract, we made the park aware of our handicap dog. We were told as long as we picked up after the dog immediately there would be no issues. However, we had long-term campers next to us personally confront us even though we immediately picked up after our dog. The sites at this park are rocked. We paid to stay one month. We left after 10 days even though we knew the park has a “No Refund Policy”. We were offered another site but felt moving within the park would not resolve the issue. We explained to the manager there were no hard feelings but we recommended they clearly explain to campers that the dog policy is strictly enforced. Here is this park’s dog policy as written in the contract when you register….”While you are in our park, please curb your pets. Walk your pets down the center of the road only. When walking to and from the pet area or other locations please keep your pet off of all other sites. Your dog should never be on another guest’s site (vacant or occupied) without permission.”
Easy off/on to I-10 in Benson. Near grocery store and Walmart, which is always a plus when traveling. Park is very clean and has a super friendly staff. Sites were immaculate! An added bonus is each site has a tree - something usually not found in RV sites in the desert and any shade is always welcome. Laundry mat, pool and spa are all close to sites and in great condition. Center sites are black top and clean. Didn't use the gravel but they all look nice and level too. Will definitely return to this RV site on another trip.
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