Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
USA map showing Tonopah, AZ location
The two RV Gypsies' adventures in Tonopah, Arizona
April 20, 2009
History bookTonopah is an unincorporated community in western Maricopa County, Arizona approximately 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix off Interstate 10. The community is near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the largest nuclear power plant in the country. Tonopah is on the Hassayampa River.

The name Tonopah derives from the Western Apache meaning Water For Us or Water For You, referring to its location in the Harquahala Valley, underneath which there is an extensive subterranean aquifer so that wells dug in the area never lack water. Another version of the name is "The community" derived from an Indian term for "hot water under the bush," because of thermal waters here. Prior to being called Tonopah, the settlement was known as Lone Peak. The area is also known to have been inhabited by the Yavapai.

Tonopah is surrounded by mountains on the north, west and south, and opens to the east into the Hassayampa River. One of the outstanding features of this area is the thermal water, which led to the opening of hot-bath houses in the 1930s.

Elevation: 1,490 feet - Population: 1,809

Saddle Mountain RV Park -
The new temporary yard for the home of the two RV Gypsies
Saddle Mountain RV Park sign on wall
the RV of the two RV Gypsies
Below: EL DORADO HOT SPRINGS - a rustic western mineral water spa located over an enormous natural subterranean hot spring.
El Dorado Hot Springs Sign
sign at El Dorado Hot Springs
SPICY HOT signKaren Duquette had a private one-hour hot mineral soak (in the outdoors), followed by a one-hour therapeutic massage. It was relaxing, but she thought this was a very strange place.
hot springs
Hot Springs yard
BELOW: A CACTI FARM
A CACTI FARM
A CACTI FARM
A CACTI FARM

look below for more menu options
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Arizona, 2009

Be sure to visit each of the six (6) sites for photos and history. You may visit these sites in any order your choose.

1. Photos taken out the window of the motorhome while driving from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Benson, Arizona - great scenery

2.Texas Canyon - Dragoon Mountains - giant boulders tower over the surrounding country side, many taking unusual shapes

3. Chiricahua National Monument- A "Wonderland of Rocks" - and a very rough hike

4. The Thing

5. Tonopah and Saddle Mountain RV Park (this page)

6. Eagle Tail Mountain Wolf Sanctuary

look below for more menu options

go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have visited ALL 6 of the above photo sections, please continue on to Southern California. Note: This same menu can be reached from the bottom of any of the above pages.

OR ----- Continue Navigation in the order of your choice
via the alphabetical or category buttons below

search for items on this webpage beginning with the letter A search for things on this website beginning with the letter B search for things/places on this website starting with the letter C search for things/places on this website starting with the letter D search for things/places on this website starting with the letter E search for things/places on this website starting with the letter F search for things/places on this website starting with the letter G search for things/places on this website starting with the letter H search for things/places on this website starting with the letter I search for things/places on this website starting with the letter J search for things/places on this website starting with the letter K search for things/places on this website starting with the letter L search for things/places on this website starting with the letter M search for things/places on this website starting with the letter N search for things/places on this website starting with the letter O visit places the two RV Gypsies have been that start with the letter P search for things/places on this website starting with the letter P search for things/places on this website starting with the letter R search for things/places on this website starting with the letter S search for things/places on this website starting with the letter T search for things/places on this website starting with the letter U search for things/places on this website starting with the letter V search for things/places on this website starting with the letter W search for things/places on this website starting with the letter Y search this website for things/places starting with the letter Z such as ziplines find anything starting with the letter Q on this website
 
photos/history Alaska from the two RV Gypsies
photos/history in Canada from the two RV Gypsies TOC-Countries and Cruices Cruises photos/history of continental USA by the two RV Gypsies
how Karen & Lee Duquette became two RV Gypsies
learn about Brian Lee Duquette
e-mail the two RV Gypsies Flashback to the past please sign the guestbook of the two RV Gypsies go to webpage built by Karen plus other RV pages
Art, carvings, murals, sculptures Caampgrounds the two RV Gypsies stayed in Gardens the two RV Gypsies visited Lighthouses the two RV Gypsies visited Links to informative sites for RVers Museums the two RV gypsies have visited
National Parks the two RV Gypsies visited Oddities seen by the two RV gypsies Restaurants the two RV Gypsies have visited helpful hints for RVers State Parks the two RV gypsies visited Videos taken by the two RV Gypsies
    Waterfalls the two RV gypsies have visited Wildlifethe two RV gysies have seen