Location: Desert Hot Springs, California
GPS: 33.92339, -116.43405
Price: $22.50/day (with Passport America 50% discount)
Overview: The RV Park is located about 6 miles from I-10. There are numerous RV parks in the area, and very few “rustic” camping options. We chose this park because they offer a Passport America discount.
Date/Temperature: We stayed here December 10-17. Highs in the mid 70s, lows in the low 40s
Noise: This is a very quiet park. Even at 50% occupancy, noise was never an issue.
Amenities: This park has more amenities and activities than any we have visited this year. There is a heated pool, three hot spring tubs, recreation hall with daily activities, putt-putt course, library, and more. They offer guided yoga, craft classes, pool volleyball, pickle-ball and communities meals. Even though the amenities and activities are aimed at a 55+ crowd, they gladly accepted us.
WiFi/Cell: Our cell service (AT&T) worked perfect in Desert Hot Springs. Our mobile hot spot (T-Mobile) also worked great. The park provides Tango Internet connection for $2/day – like most parks, this service was mediocre and frustrating.
Grocery/Errands: The park is 5 miles from downtown Desert Hot Springs. This is a bustling small town with farmer markets, grocery stores, restaurants, thrift stores, and unlimited fast food options. At just 10 miles away, Palm Springs provides shopping in line with any large city (without “large city traffic”). We took advantage of their Walmart, T-Mobile, Apple store, and specialized health food store.
Entertainment: Aside from the park activities, we found many fellow RV bloggers and fulltimers in the area to socialize with. We also spent a day hunting for treasure at locale thrift store. Hiking is another activity there is no shortage of in and around Desert Hot Springs. We hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Araby trail.
Our Overall Experience: We spent a week at Desert Pools RV Resort and the time flew by. Upon arrival we ran into our one and only hiccup during the stay. At the first spot we set up camp, the power running to our 30amp connection was very week. It would power our lights, but the AC unit would struggle to turn on. The staff wasn’t very knowledgable about the issue, however they were extremely kind, responsive and helpful in getting us to a new spot. We enjoyed our stay thoroughly. The Passport America discount is only good for a maximum of 7 days; otherwise, we would have extended our stay for an additional week.
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