Location: Desert Hot Springs, California
GPS: 33.90211, -116.36185
Price: $25 (with the 50% Passport America discount)
Overview: We stayed at Desert Pools Resort during our first week in Desert Hot Springs. Since the Passport America discount is only good for 7 days, we had to switch parks if we wanted to stay in the area. This led us to Sky Valley Resort (only 5 miles down the road).
Date/Temperature: We stayed here December 17-23. The average highs were in the upper 60s and lows in the med 40s.
Noise: There are many permanent residents with dogs at this park. The barking isn’t excessive, but it’s more than we’d prefer. The full hookup sites are packed like sardines and the neighbors are talkative – both friendly and annoying.
WiFi/Cell: Our AT&T cellular service is sketchy at the campsite – at some parts of the park there is no service, at other parts have full service. Our T-Mobile hotspot has absolutely no service here. The park provides free wifi and its surprisingly fast. We can stream Netflix at peak hours with no buffering. We were also able to update 200 listings on our Etsy shop with no frustration.
Grocery/Errands: Like our review of Desert Pools Resort, there are many shopping opportunities within 10 miles of the park.
Entertainment: The hot spring pools are the highlight of this park. We soak nightly, rotating from pool to pool depending on what temperature suits us. There is a moderately sized dog park with shade trees and a poop bag dispenser. We also took a day trip to Joshua Tree – an hour from the resort.
Our Overall Experience: Our week at Sky Valley was relaxing and easy. We were able to do four loads of laundry, get an oil change close by, ship packages to the front desk, and veg-out in the hot springs. The first impression of the resort wasn’t pleasant. We were immediately turned off by the number of trailer homes packed together; but we loosened up to the eye-sore and really enjoyed our stay.
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