About Munds Park RV Resort

Munds Park RV Resort This RV Park and campground immediately adjacent to the Coconino National Forest, located 14 miles South of Flagstaff, Arizona in the cool pines of Munds Park, Arizona.

Escape the summer heat at an elevation of 6700 feet, and make us your vacation or summer retreat.

Our park is the perfect central location for the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, NAU, Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater. Munds Park is widely regarded for its variety of outdoor recreation opportunities in all seasons. The Munds Park town has a collection of trails surrounding our town designated for hiking, mountain biking, and ATVs. It is an extremely popular summer destination for off road and All-Terrain Vehicles

Ours is a friendly park, that welcomes everyone – including, recreational vehicles, big rigs, Truck campers, pop ups, park models, and seasonal residents. We are close enough to Phoenix (less than two hours) to make it convenient to escape to Northern Arizona from the stifling heat of the Valley of the Sun. In our humble opinion, ours is the finest RV park in Northern Arizona.

Why the name Munds?

Our RV Resort and our community, along with many other areas from Flagstaff to Sedona were named by and for the Munds family.

Did you know that in addition to Munds Park there is Munds Canyon, Munds Mountain, and Munds Mountain Wilderness? Who was all this beautiful country named for? Obviously it was a family that left its mark on the Arizona landscape and in Arizona history.

The original Munds to move to Arizona was William Munds, born in Kentucky in 1835. He migrated to Oregon, married, had four children-Jim, John, Neal, and daughter Melvina — moved down the Pacific coast, took a turn to the east, and ended up in Nevada. The wanderlust was still strong, and the Munds family found their way to the Verde Valley. They were cattlemen, and typically their herds wintered in the Valley and summered in the high country.

Jim Munds married Hattie Loy. Jim and his brother-in-law John Loy were responsible for constructing the road that eventually became known as Schnebly Hill Road. John Munds raised horses. Youngest son Neal was, unfortunately, a personification of the adage, “Live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse.” Neal was a wild child.

When he was 18 (teenagers were not too smart – even back then) he took a dare to ride a nasty tempered outlaw horse. The horse ran into a tree, almost snapping Neal’s head off, and then fell on him. Dead at 18. Brother Jim, who had married Hattie Loy, didn’t manage to make it to a ripe old age either. In 1891 he was accidentally shot in the head by his own rifle.

While herding some horses, he had leaned his gun against a fence; when he returned he carelessly leaned down from his horse to grab the gun. It discharged, striking him in the head. Another young Munds death!

John Munds made up for his brothers’ early deaths. He lived to be 83. In 1899 he was elected Yavapai County sheriff. But probably his greatest claim to fame was his marriage to Frances (Fanny) Willard.

Frances Willard Munds was a woman ahead of her time. (See photo) She was born in 1866, the eighth child of Joel and Mary Grace Willard. She was educated at the Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, graduating at age 19. Frances returned to Arizona where she taught school in Pine, Payson, and Mayer before marrying John in 1890.

John and Frances had three children, two girls and one boy. Typical of the age, she stayed home and raised the family, although even then she was active in women’s organizations, especially those working for women’s suffrage. She was a born politician. She was actively involved in getting the legislature to pass bills granting women the right to vote. These were vetoed by Governor Brodie and later by Governor Kibbey. Frances reached out to the miners union where in a “quid pro quo” the union would support women’s suffrage in return for women’s support of labor issues.

She was elected chairman of the state suffrage organization. In 1912 Frances helped organize a successful petition drive for a ballot initiative to allow women’s suffrage. She then got support of 95% of the state’s labor unions. When the Democratic and Republican parties hesitated, Frances threatened to throw the union support to the new Progressive Party. That was pretty convincing. The initiative passed by 3-1 in every county (except Mohave).

Frances went on to be elected state senator in 1915, only the second woman in the country to be elected to the legislature. (You go, girl!) After leaving office, she remained active in politics until she died in 1948. Frances Willard Munds was inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame in 1982.

Written By Loretta Benore