Friday, 6 March 2015

Campground Review - Cibola, AZ

Oxbow BLM Campground, Arizona

Why we chose here?  It was close to Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Location: 3 miles south of Palo Verde on highway 78. Don’t follow the signs to the Cibola Wildlife Refuge. There is a sign “Colorado River” and boat ramp, turn up this unsealed road and head for the river.

Sites: quite a few in different areas.

Facilities: Primitive toilets, nothing else – no water

Groceries: Shop before you come.

Reservations: No

Cell Coverage / WiFi: Verizon & AT&T – only in the afternoons

Price Paid:
$15 cash per night (14 day limit per 4 weeks) or a yearly pass that covers 4 different BLM sites nearby for $75. There is a camp host here who can sell you the annual pass.

Date of visit: March 2015

Other:  Great views from our site overlooking the river. You can dump for a fee at the RV park in Cibola which is on your way to the Refuge.

There are signs to the refuge after you drive over the bridge. Turn left towards the Refuge office, it’s a fair way, you need to go through the town of Cibola, turn right and keep driving until you see the refuge on your right. The visitor centre was never manned the three times we went there, even during “opening hours”. Do the auto tour which starts to the right of the visitor centre. Depending on the time of year, there are a number of species of birds to be seen here.

Would we come here again? No, there are areas across the river before you get to the refuge where people where camping for free. $15 is expensive for what you get, which is nothing.

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