Best Arizona Campsites to visit this Fall!

As we mentioned in a previous post, fall in Arizona is a great time to road trip to some of the lesser known spots in the state. That goes for camping as well! The weather is cooling down enough to camp here in the southern parts of Arizona near Phoenix and Tucson, but not enough to prevent you from camping up in northern Arizona! So on that note, we’ve compiled a few of the best camping spots both close to home and a short road trip away. There’s no need to worry if you’re a camping novice—you won’t need a 4×4 to reach these easily accessible campsites.


1. Lost Dutchman State Park


We start our journey close to home in the shadow of the Superstitions. If comfortable desert camping with access to amenities like showers, grills and flush toilets is what you seek, Lost Dutchman State Park is the place for you! Simply take the 60 east and exit at Idaho Road. Head north until you hit Apache Trail and take a right to experience the true beauty of the Sonoran Desert.


2. Lynx Lake Campground


Don’t want to head all the way to Flagstaff but still want a cooler climate? No worries! Visit the lovely Lynx Lake Campground in beautiful Prescott, AZ. Just make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time as this one is very popular due its remote, serene atmosphere while remaining only 15 minutes from the city of Prescott. Plenty of spots to grill or fish on the lake along with drinking water and toilets available onsite.


3. Ashurst Lake Campground


When you’re ready to head a little further up towards Flagstaff, it’s hard to beat the scenic views and peaceful surroundings of Ashurst Lake Campground. While you won’t be blown away by many amenities, the natural beauty will more than make up for it.


Are you ready to hit the road and see what all the AZ fall camping fuss is about? Contact Carlife for an oil change and a tune up before you head out and don’t forget to have an awesome time!


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How to create your own Car Emergency Kit!

As any parent knows—especially those with boys—it never hurts to be prepared for anything. Nobody wants to have to clean up their kid’s bloody nose or a bruise with whatever napkins and hand lotion you can find in the glovebox! This is why it’s so important to have a car emergency kit ready to go for whatever life throws at you and your family.


Here’s a great car emergency kit checklist to use as a baseline!


□ Baby Wipes

□ Children’s and Adult Ibuprofen

□ Instant ice pack

□ Various assorted Band-Aids/bandages

□ Children’s and Adult Acetaminophen

□ Antacids

□ Migraine medicine

□ Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes

□ Benadryl

□ Eye drops

□ Anti-nausea medicine

□ Bottles of water

□ Bug repellent

□ Cortisone Cream

□ Antibiotic ointment


Find a nice little box with a lid that will slide under your car’s seat, the trunk or another little spot tucked out of the way. You’ll probably get much more use than you think out of this handy car emergency kit—especially if you have kids! You may have to skip a few of the medications due to the extreme heat we experience in Peoria and the rest of the valley that may cause some medications to lose potency. Check the packaging for each medication for more information.


Don’t forget to keep up to date on maintenance for the vehicle you keep your family and newly created car emergency kit in and visit our Carlife Glendale/Peoria location for all of your oil change needs in Peoria! Contact us today to schedule your maintenance appointment.


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Great Trails Around Phoenix For Your 4×4

Don’t be one of those people who buy a 4×4 and never put it to the test! If you own a four wheel drive truck, Jeep or other SUV that has been sitting patiently in your garage since you bought it, here are a few trails for both beginners and more experienced off-roaders! It’s a great time now that the weather has begun cooling off to truly enjoy the outdoors. Need a tune-up and/or a check on your tires and suspension before you hit the trails? Schedule your appointment with CarLife Phoenix auto services experts in Glendale, Gilbert, or Scottsdale.


Four Peaks


If you live in Mesa, Gilbert or Apache Junction, you probably see the Four Peaks pretty clearly on a daily basis. Isn’t it about time you see them up close and personal? This easy to moderate trail is about 3 hours each way if you decide to do the entire trail with multiple side trails to explore. You’ll see off-road vehicles of all types cruising through these breathtaking mountains. As soon as you get off the highway (Hwy 87), and get on the dirt road (FS 143), you’re on the trail! Click here for more details.


Apache Trail


This trail is rated easy, so it’s great for you first time off-roaders! It begins paved and gives way to dirt with blind curves and tight switchbacks so still be careful! You’ll get treated to awesome views of the Salt River from above along with Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Take Idaho Road north through Apache Junction and take Highway 88 northeast to get to this trail. Click here for more details.


Sycamore Creek


Another easy to moderate rated trail, Sycamore Creek is located on the north side of the Four Peaks Wilderness and the creek is less than a mile from the highway so you’ll get plenty of time to enjoy it! Click here for directions and more information.


Be sure you come prepared anytime you go off-roading, even if it’s just a quick outing. Better to be safe than sorry! It’s always a good idea to bring tools, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, food, water, emergency blankets, along with a shovel, tow strap and a flashlight.


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Road Trip Tips to Keep Your Kids Calm!

So you’ve finally planned that family road trip for the ages, but now the terrifying reality that you’ll be stuck in a car with your kids for hours on end sets in. It doesn’t matter how smoothly your vehicle is running, if the whole family isn’t happy and entertained it might be a bumpy ride. Well never fear! We’ve compiled a few ideas to keep the kids entertained and in turn, keep the parents calm.


Toys & Games


Bring out the classics! Who remembers the etch-a-sketch or the aquadoodle? Make a “busy box” for your kids full of little card games, toys, legos and more. The box lid could even be a playing surface! Books are obviously great too–for kids who don’t get car sick.


The Creative Spirit


Let your little ones harness their inner creativity! Have an old digital camera you don’t mind getting roughed up? Give it to the aspiring photographer in the family, or pick up an instant film camera. Sketchbooks, notebooks, sticker and activity books are also fun choices. Another fun idea might be bringing along a white board with some dry-erase pens! All the fun without the mess!


Good ol’ Technology


If good old fashioned toys, games and creativity don’t do the trick, thankfully there’s technology to fall back on. We’re all on our devices too much as is, but when you can’t beat them.. join them, right? DVD players, laptops and mobile devices can be a godsend on road trips or at the shop while you’re waiting on your Phoenix auto service before you leave. These devices are sure to keep the kids entertained with movies and games. Just don’t forget the headphones!


Are you getting ready for your ultimate family road trip? Contact us today for all of your Phoenix auto service needs and schedule an appointment at 602-850-8300!


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