It does not take an actual house on the installation to call Fort Huachuca “home.” At Apache Flats Recreational Vehicle Park, many patrons do just that whether it is for one night or 90 days, the stay limit.
The RV park has 56 parking sites with concrete pads and pull-throughs which enable a driver to park without backing in. Each parking space has a 30 or 50 amp plug and cable.
“When you are pulling a big rig … it is nice to be able to come around and pull straight through your pad and park, rather then having to back in and back out, especially in a fifth wheel,” said Apache Flats Recreational Vehicle park manager Sharon Blakley.
People eligible to use the 12-year-old park are active-duty military, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and contractors working on Fort Huachuca.
“We have our snowbirds in the winter and sunbirds in the summer coming out of Phoenix and Tucson to get out of the heat, so we are pretty busy year round,” Blakely said. Apache Flats takes reservations 60 days in advance,” Blakely said.
“We can accommodate the largest RV that they make because all of our sites are about 60 feet long,” she said. “We have generous spaces, so you have a little space between you and your neighbor which makes it very comfortable.”
The office building located in the middle of the park houses the laundry facility, restrooms and showers.
“It is a beautiful facility and … we are surrounded by the mountains here so it makes it very nice and very quiet out here,” Blakely explained, adding that having a dry concrete slab to park on is a big plus over the dirt and gravel most places in the area have to offer.
Blakley touched on some of the accommodations patrons have easy access to such as the commissary, post exchange and golf course as well as the security of staying on the installation.
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Crone who has been staying at the park for awhile said, “It is good, clean, spacious, priced reasonably and [offers] good service. The people that run it are very nice and accommodating. It is convenient living and working on post.”
Blakley said the park is generally busier in the winter than in the summer, saying this summer was slower than usual and speculating it was due to high gas prices. This winter, she expects to be 100 percent full, as usual.
“The people who come really enjoy it. We do a lot of activities especially in the winter months,” Blakley said. The park offers a weekly social hour, and one can often find patrons playing cards in the evenings.
“We teach line dancing, go out as a group to dinner and [enjoy] various activities in and around the community, so we do keep very busy. If I have someone come in who knows how to do crafts [I] have them teach a craft class, so when my guests come in I try to find out what’s their interest and what their talent is and get them involved in what is going on here,” she said.
In the past, Blakley has had guests teach other guests how to make Kachina dolls, weave baskets, quilt and other things. “We try to make it a little family atmosphere and get people to come in and enjoy what we are doing here and if they have some talent to share with us, it’s a lot of fun,” Blakley added.
During the winter months Blakley strongly suggests calling and booking reservations 60 days in advance saying the park gets very busy. “Sometimes it is difficult to get everybody in, but we do our best.”
For military personnel, a park stay costs $18 a night, $112 a week and $420 for 30 days. For all other patrons, it is $20 a day, $126 a week and $485 for 30 days. Fees include water, electric, sewer and cable.
For more information or reservations, call 533.1335.