Riordan Mansion State Historic Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

The Riordan Mansion is a feat of architecture that was built back in 1904 by the Riordan brothers, an ambitious pair of lumber barons who were instrumental in the early growth of Flagstaff, Sedona and the rest of northern Arizona. At 13,000 square feet, the duplex-style mansion was nothing less than spectacular for its day. It had indoor plumbing, which featured hot and cold water. The mansion also had central heating and electric lights, both of which were practically unheard of at that time. 

The Riordan Mansion is located at 7,000 feet, so bring plenty of clothing layers to adjust to sudden changes in weather. Average seasonal high temperatures are as follows:

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Weather
Spring 43-80 F
Summer 43-82 F
Fall 16-60 F
Winter 17-45 F
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Nearby Cities
Sedona, AZ
Williams, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

There's no camping at Riordan Mansion; however, you'll find plenty of RV parks and campgrounds nearby. Because of the altitude, the cold temperatures, and the precipitation, visiting the area in an RV is highly recommended over tent camping; with an RV, you'll have all the protection you need from the elements and a nice warm heater.

If you need to rent an RV, then check out the local RVshare rental page. Here, you'll find all of the major types of RVs, from fifth wheels and travel trailers to Class A motorhomes. For some great RV camping options, check out the selections below.

Black Bart's RV Park

Black Bart's is a pet-friendly spot with 178 spacious RV sites. There's plenty of walking room to stroll around and a dog-walking park. Rates start at $55 per night with discounts for seniors, AAA members, military, Good Sam, and long-term stays.

Black Bart's RV Park

Location: Flagstaff, AZ 

• Water hookup: Yes (potable water is available)

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Restrooms, laundromat, general store, steakhouse

Kit Carson RV Park

Kit Carson RV Park is situated within a ponderosa pine forest, which provides beautifully scented air and plenty of shade. It's close to a lot of local destinations of interest, including national parks, pubs, and historic landmarks. Daily rates start at $42, and there are discounts for seniors and long-term stays.

Kit Carson RV Park

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Laundry, mailboxes, showers, picnic tables

Canyon Vista Campground

This is a campsite run by the National Forest Service. The area is peppered with gorgeous trees, including ponderosa pine, aspen, and oak. Sweeping views of the San Francisco Peaks are a feature of this campground. Camping costs $22 per night per vehicle of eight or fewer people. 

Canyon Vista Campground

Location: 8 miles southeast of Flagstaff, AZ

• Water hookup: no

• Electrical hookup: no

• Sewer hookup: no

• WiFi: no

• Pet-friendly: yes

• Other amenities: fire rings, cooking grills, drinking water, picnic tables

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What to Do at
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Inside Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The Riordan Mansion is a marvel of construction, and much of the elegant duplex is as it was when it was first built. While within the grounds, you can take one of the guided tours, which are given every hour and impart interesting information regarding the Riordan family and the history of the mansion and Flagstaff. You can also do a self-guided tour of the grounds or wander around the visitor center, which contains numerous exhibits that explain many facets of the house, the family, and their history. Additionally, you have the opportunity of viewing the abundant wildlife in the park, including juncos, ravens, hummingbirds, and lizards. If you get hungry, break out your picnic provisions and set up a nice lunch on one of the tables in the parking area.

Outside Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Outside of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, you'll find plenty of other attractions. Many of them are close by and convenient. You'll also find lots of good eating thanks to the park's location in Flagstaff.

Restaurants

Lone Spur Cafe

The Lone Spur Cafe is a delicious cowboy-themed restaurant with decorations and food that you'd expect to find on a western ranch.

Type: Western Americana

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Sakura

If you love world-class teppanyaki-style Japanese, then check out Sakura. They also have a wide selection of sushi choices available.

Type: Japanese

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

My Pita Wrap

This locally-owned restaurant serves up fresh and tasty Mediterranean dishes, such as shawarmas, gyros, salads, and more. 

Type: Mediterranean

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

NiMarco's Pizza

NiMarco's Pizza has been serving up pies to the Flagstaff community for over 40 years. The joint's got a healthy selection of pizzas, salads, appetizers, more.

Type: Americana, Southwestern

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Campus Coffee Bean

The campus Coffee Bean is a great choice if you're looking for a wide selection of both coffee beverages and dishes. They've got lots of breakfast choices, sandwiches, Mediterranean dishes, and salads.

Type: Coffee House, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Deli

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Shopping

Flagstaff Mall

The Flagstaff Mall is one of northern Arizona's largest and comprehensive shopping centers. This enclosed facility hosts over 60 retailers and restaurants. 

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Old Town Shops

This shopping center is a bit smaller and less cookie-cutter than the Flagstaff Mall. It consists of 10 locally-owned stores and eateries.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Aspen Place at the Sawmill

Aspen Place at the Sawmill is an outdoor shopping experience situated in a location that was once home to a sawmill. At Aspen Place, you'll find lots of retail stores, restaurants, and even a day spa.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff General Store

The Flagstaff General Store is a boutique-style business that sells new and refurbished products from local artists and craftsmen. You can also buy craft beer and wine.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Sightseeing

Pioneer Museum

For more history of the area, check out the Pioneer Museum. It features temporary and permanent exhibits that bring to life the rich history of this part of Arizona.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Lowell Observatory

Built in 1894, the Lowell Observatory is dedicated to researching the mysteries of the skies and educating the public at the same time. While there, you can tour the facility and use the telescopes.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

The Arboretum at Flagstaff

The Arboretum is dedicated to exhibiting and protecting flora native to the Colorado Plateau and northern Arizona. There are 750 different species of plants located on the Arboretum's 200 acres. Tours and lectures occur regularly. There are also summer concerts and summer camps.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

The San Francisco Peaks

The San Francisco Peaks are volcanic mountains that reach as high as 12,633 feet. The peaks include Agassiz Peak, Fremont Peak, Humphreys Peak (the highest), Doyle Peak, Schultz Peak, Abineau Peak, and Rees Peak. There are lots of hiking and biking trails as well as scenic drives that allow you to experience the majesty of the area.

Location: 24 miles north of Flagstaff, AZ

NAU Art Museum at Old Main

This art museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting diverse expressions of art from many different cultures. It's located on the Northern Arizona University campus.

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

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How to Get to
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Coming from the south, east, or west, you'll want to eventually get onto I-17 and head north toward Flagstaff. I-17 becomes South Milton Road and leads you directly to the park. If coming in from the north, head to downtown Flagstaff and eventually get onto S Milton Road, which will take you to the park.

Entering Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The Riordan Mansion has winter and summer hours of operation. For Nov. 1 - April 30, the mansion is open 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). For May 1 - Oct. 31, it's open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Adults : $12

Ages: 14+

Youths : $6

Ages: 7-13

Kids : $0

Ages: 0-6

The Riordan Mansion is a great place to visit in your RV. It's an impressive site that preserves a unique piece of Arizona history. Make sure to give yourself enough time to explore the site and the nearby attractions, and please send some of the photos you take to [email protected] At RVshare, we've got a travel blog where we may feature some of your shots.