CP Campground Review – Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, AZ
A lovely & spacious county park campground just East of Phoenix in Mesa, AZ.
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
Very nice sites here with just a few dings. Sites are large simple packed dirt, either pull-through or back-in with spacious “sitting areas” containing fire-pit, large concrete picnic table and grill. Sites are very well separated and very sunny, surrounded by dense & pretty cactus landscape. Each site has 50Amp and water (no sewer). Sites on East side (42 through 61) have full views of lovely PassMountain while a few on South end (29 through 37 or so) have small slices of valley views too. Only real ding is that some sites, especially pull-throughs or inner loop are rather uneven requiring leveling blocks to get close to flat. Nicest and most private sites are outer-facing back-ins.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Simple, but nice facilities here. Large, clean flush toilets and individual (very spacious) shower stalls with separate bench area. Only slight ding is regular showers have somewhat low water pressure and somewhat annoying spray head (Note/ the disabled shower has a detachable head & better control). On-site dump station.
- Location = 4.5/5
This is a great location. You are right next to Mesa/E.Phoenix and all it’s associated shopping, plus you are only ~15 miles from the fabulous Supersition Mountains further east. There are ~30 miles of hiking/biking trails only a short drive from camp, plus playground, archery range and picnic areas around the park. Only slight ding is the nearby firing range which does create some background noise during the day. Lots (and lots) of birds in this park, so a great stop for birding enthousiasts plus park offers tons of programs.
- Pet Friendliness = 4.5/5
Another great pooch park. Lots of space to hang out in camp plus fully dog-friendly trails all around. The only dings are that there are *alot* of large cholla cactus around (hard on the paws -> be sure to hike with pliers) plus the main portion of hiking trails are not accessible directly from camp but require ~1 mile of driving or walking on the main road to access (not a huge deal, but a small inconvenice if you like to hike 2x/day). There is a short 1/2 mile nature trail in camp off site #37 and many folks take their dogs to romp in the group campground space by #58
Overall Rating = 4
BONUS ALERT = Camp deep in desert nature just a few miles east of Mesa, AZ
Summary: All the Maricopa County parks around Phoenix are quite lovely and Usery is no exception. It’s a spacious park situated in a handy location on the East side of Pheonix in Mesa, AZ. The campground itself is in a small valley surrounded by desert and pretty Pass Mountain that dominates the view. Sites are large and spacious dirt although several (especially pull-throughs and some of the inner-loop sites) are rather uneven. Each site has lovely “sitting area” with picnic table, fire pit/grill, very good separation and dense cactus surroundings. The most spacious and flat sites are the outer-facing back-ins. You are in a great location close to shopping in Mesa and only a short drive (~15 miles) from the lovely & wild Superstition Wilderness to the East. Lots of hiking/biking trails on-site although they require ~1 mile walk or drive from camp and often get busy by mid-morning. This campground seems to be a bird-magnet with tons of on-site birds and even a dedicated “bird-watching site” (very nice). Only dings are the nearby firing range which does provide some background noise during the day plus there is alot of large cholla cactus (be careful for the paws). Campground is very popular in winter so definitely book ahead to get in. Overall a lovely park and, together with McDowell up north, one I would certainly return to if passing through the area.
Extra Info: Full Verizon signal (both 3G & 4G). 73 sites with water/50Amp electric (no sewer) all reservable on-line. Sites cost $25/night. The park does get full in winter, but has a small overflow parking lot (no hookups) by the visitor center if main campground is booked. On-site dump station.