Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA, Holbrook, AZ

I stayed here for 3 nights and would consider a long term stay at this KOA. The sites are spacious, there are nice amenities, there are many restaurants nearby, and the National Park is 23 miles away.

Although we had terrible weather while here, with winds gusting up to 50 mph, I could still see that this is a really nice KOA. I used the laundry facilities and the dog park while here. There is a well-stocked small gift and supply store that had some items I haven’t seen before. I purchased a small Route 66 keepsake box for the rocks I’ve been picking up or buying.

As you can see on the campground map, sites #31 and #33 are bigger than the others. Not sure why I rated as I don’t have a tow vehicle, but I got #33. It was very spacious and I only had neighbors on one side for a short time and no neighbors on the other side. They also have monthly sites here although she said, at this time, that there weren’t any monthlies available. The patio sites, which are more expensive, have wind breaks, as well.

There are a number of hotels and restaurants all within a mile and at least one of the restaurants delivers, according to one of my apps. Just a few miles down the road is Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood store. Mineral and rock items include huge pieces of furniture. When you check in to the KOA, hang on to the little brochure as there’s a coupon for free 1/2 pound of petrified wood from Jim Gray’s. I was able to find 3 nice pieces that totaled 1/2 pound.

You will be able to tour the nearby Petrified Wood National Park in a day. I drove 23 miles to the park entrance off of I-40 and started at the Painted Desert Visitor Center. There are about 11 stops along the way. The ranger at the visitor center marked on the map for me that there are 2 stops where a motorhome would be difficult but the rest of the stops had plenty of parking. After a 25 mile loop through the park, we ended up at Rainbow Forest Museum before leaving and returning to Holbrook on 180, another 25 miles or so. There are snacks at both visitors center but the one off I-40 has a cafeteria too with American and Native American style choices.

See this blog for more details on the Bark Ranger program at Petrified Forest National Park.

Campground map — sites 31 and 33 are extra big. I got 33 even though I don’t have a tow vehicle (just lucky I guess)
This is the dog walk area and on the other side of the park is the off-leash dog park
The patio sites, which cost more, have wind barriers.
Site #33 which goes all the way to the bushes on the left
Some touch and go weather on Wednesday
Historical Painted Desert Inn
Badlands
View from the window inside the Rainbow Forest Museum
I was able to make this whole trip in my motorhome with ease

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