Arizona Tribal RV Park Adding 100 Spaces
The 258-space Hon-Dah RV Park next to Hon-Dah Resort Casino near Show Low, Ariz., will soon be 100 spaces larger thanks to a $2 million federal grant awarded the tribe. The new spaces could be move-in ready as early as June 15 which is the anticipated date of completion barring unforeseen complications like bad weather, the White Mountain Independent reported.
White Mountain Apache Tribal Councilors, members of the tribe and others gathered across the street from the casino for a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating yet another project the White Mountain Apache Tribe's governing body is confident will boost not only their own local economy, but that of surrounding non Native-American communities as well.
Tribal Chairman Ronnie Lupe spoke with The Independent before the ground-breaking, saying he feels it is a win-win situation for the Apache people, the entire region and even the state.
Lupe said Hon-Dah is a destination resort for "patrons" from Phoenix, Tucson, the Eastern Seaboard and even worldwide because of the unparalleled scenery and climate of the White Mountains.
Lupe said that the people who will occupy the 100 new spaces will not only contribute to the tribal economy by living at the RV park, but to surrounding communities as they shop, go out to eat and bring their friends to the area for visits who will likewise do the same.
All of that activity will generate revenue boosting the regional economy, Lupe said.
"I am honored to once again speak to you about an area that is dear to our hearts," he said in his speech. "In years to come houses will be built, perhaps new industry will come to this area. We already have people signing up for the new RV spaces. This is a place they can (camp) and bring their children, their grandchildren, it is one of the safest places for people from all over the U.S. and beyond the oceans to come and be with us. We have lakes and streams and fish, it is beautiful here in the winters. Some of the people who have trailers here, you can see they are covered, but they will return in the spring.
"They have a romantic view of the Apache in Europe. I have always said that we are the aboriginal people, beyond compare. We should be proud of our governing body for taking this opportunity."
Lupe said he gets calls from people every day wanting to come to the White Mountains to enjoy the clean air, clear rivers, streams and lakes, wide open spaces and unspoiled, natural stands of pine trees. He says there is no other place that compares with what the White Mountain Apache Tribe has to offer; no other tribes have the state-of-the-art facilities as exist at the RV park noting there are currently 400 -plus applicants hoping to get one of the new spaces coming available next June.
The new RV spaces will reside within a 16-18 acre plot of forest adjacent to the existing park. Lupe said Hershall Gregg Sr. with Salt Creek Excavation, an Apache company, will do all the grading and clearing for the new sites. According to Lupe, the goal is to keep as many of the pine trees as possible in place because they want to maintain the pristine, aesthetic appeal of the natural surroundings.
DD Haught Construction of Payson is heading up the project.
The expansion includes a new laundry facility, a new manager's studio apartment and 24/7 security.
Tribal Facilities Director Emerson Craig said the first things that have to go in before winter hits are water and sewer lines followed by phone, electric and other utilities in the spring.
Lupe said he has been in cooperative discussions with Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside officials to see what all parties can do to boost local economies.