The Shady Dell in Bisbee Arizona provides vintage trailers from the 1940s and 1950s—all fully restored and authentically furnished. Shady Dell is one of the most fun campgrounds in the US and staying there is like stepping back into the 1950s, as you can see from my pictures below.
People sometimes ask me, “What is the best place you have stayed?”
It is difficult to pick the best place—or for that matter, the best meal, event, adventure, etc.
However, one of the most unique and memorable places I stayed was The Shady Dell in Bisbee Arizona. This place is fantastic.
Fun Lodging at Shady Dell, Bisbee Arizona
When I visited Shady Dell in 2011, I stayed in their vintage 1949 restored Airstream trailer.
Instead of a window or maybe a balcony, I had this lovely courtyard with fake plastic grass. Somehow that was just perfect.
I rocked out with some 45s from the 1950s.
Unfortunately, the is no longer there but you can choose from a dozen other classic trailers. All are fun!
Most but not all trailers have enclosed bathrooms with a private toilet and sink. A community full size bathroom and shower facility is on property.
All trailers also have air conditioning and heating units. Cooking, smoking, pets, or children are not permitted in any of the vintage trailers.
Below are pictures of some of the other Shady Dell trailers.
For more vintage RV funness, visit the RV Museum in Amarillo Texas and see our article 8 Great Things to Do in Amarillo Texas
Below are some other pictures from the Shady Dell property.
This instruction sheet was in the laundry room. I am so glad there was no atomic attack during my visit.
Dot’s Diner was built in the 1950s and served as a diner in Los Angeles. Now it serves Bisbee residents and visitors. Dot’s was packed for breakfast on the morning of my check out.
Hard to say which incredible trailer I would select next time. If I am by myself, I might select the 1952 Homemade at only $55 a night. The 1947 Chris Craft Yacht or the 1947 Tiki Bus seem like the most unusual and fun.