The SaddleBrooke RV Club is a diverse group of nearly 100 adventurers who enjoy traveling in various “rigs” ranging from small camp trailers to 45-foot class A motorhomes. Many are “Sun Birds” choosing to escape the Tucson summer heat by traveling to cooler locations for the summer.

This September, a group of eight rigs enjoyed near perfect weather to join a SaddleBrooke RV Club sponsored rally and visit some of Arizona’s epic canyons.

It began with camping at Lake Powell near Page, Arizona, where the group took a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Nation reservation, one of several slot canyons owned by native families who have made a successful business leading tourists through these picturesque slivers in the earth. The time of year and time of day renders the colors of these impossibly beautiful places entirely different. Hence, visiting this location multiple times always results in a new and awe-inspiring experience.

Later, the group headed to Horseshoe Bend for a one-and-a-half-mile trek to the 1,000-foot sheer cliffs overlooking the Colorado River. This was another excellent iconic photo opportunity and provided an amazing perspective to complement the next day’s float trip.

On day two, the group went on a half-day float trip down the Colorado River from the base of Glen Canyon Dam through Horseshoe Bend toward the Grand Canyon but now at the bottom of the cliffs. The native guide provided a historical narrative and showed the RVers petroglyphs from previous centuries.

Upon leaving Page, some campers headed back to SaddleBrooke, and others went on to Williams, Arizona, to take the old, restored train from Williams to the Grand Canyon. This is the only train that services a national park and has a wild west theme complete with shootout, country music singers, a bar and even a robbery. Hey, even cowboys need to make a buck! It’s a relaxing and entertaining way to see the majestic Grand Canyon and not worry about parking.

The SaddleBrooke RVers finished the rally by heading to Winslow, Arizona, made famous by Route 66 and the Eagles song, “Take It Easy”, and taking a tour of Meteor Crater National Landmark, the best-preserved meteorite impact site on earth.

Anyone interested in learning more about the SaddleBrooke RV Club can check out its Facebook page and be on the watch for the upcoming website or email Pat Arruda, Club President at

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