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10 RV Parks In The Southwest That Snowbirds Love

Many full-time RVers head south for the winter to bask in year-round sunshine.  Having the freedom of a home-on-wheels makes it easy to avoid icy roads and freezing temperatures, and instead spend the season laying by the beach or exploring the desert of the southwest.

For trip inspiration, we found RV parks from Texas to California that are open all four seasons.  They’re also highly rated on RV Park Reviews by fellow travelers.

1. Holiday Palms RV Park: Quartzsite, Arizona

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Holiday Palms RV Park in Quartzsite, Arizona.

Quartzsite has been long known as a destination for rock and mineral enthusiasts.  The Western Arizona city hosts eight major gem and mineral shows, as well as flea markets and more throughout the year.  Several fairs and events are coming up in early 2018.

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Holiday Palms RV Park is centrally located from most events.  They have 244 full hookup sites and maintained facilities including a library, laundry room, spa, and car wash.  The park also offers various activities for guests, like potlucks and pancake breakfasts. (Read more here.)

2. Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort: Elephant Butte, New Mexico

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Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort. 

In Southern New Mexico, this resort is ideally located less than a mile from the state’s largest lake.  They offer pull-through and back-in sites on two levels: with the Upper Level featuring paved roads, and the Lower Level with gravel roads.  All spots have full hookups and local TV channels.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park is within walking distance.  The lake’s renowned for its excellent fishing for bass, walleye, blue catfish, and trout, among other types.  It’s also a boating paradise with three marinas and rentals available (including house boats, jet skis, and skiboats).

You can also go hiking and golfing in the area, take a dip in local hot springs, or enjoy water sports like kayaking and canoeing. (More details.)

3. Paradise By The Sea RV Resort: Oceanside, California

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Paradise By The Sea in Oceanside, California. Photo via TripAdvisor.

As the name suggests, Paradise by the Sea Resort is a coastal heaven for RVers.  The park’s a short walk from the beach in Oceanside, an hour north of San Diego, and a quick drive to attractions like Legoland, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm.

They offer 91 full hookup sites with 72-channel cable TV and complimentary WiFi.  Guests are welcome to use their heated pool and spa, as well as the newly remodeled restrooms, games in the recreation room, and laundry facilities.  They also provide trash service three days a week and recycling once a week, and a full-service mail and package room. (More info here.)

4. Maverick Ranch RV Park At Lajitas Resort: Lajitas, Texas

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Maverick Ranch RV Park near Big Bend National Park, Texas. Photo via TripAdvisor.

Maverick Ranch RV Park is part of the massive 27,000-acre Lajitas Golf Resort, located in-between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park in southwestern Texas.

The desert oasis has 101 RV sites (some pull-throughs) with full hookups and WiFi access.  Their pet-friendly facilities include restrooms with private showers, laundry rooms, a general store, dump station, and a swimming pool for guests.

A variety of activities are offered across the resort, including: spa treatments, shooting, mountain biking, a free Longhorn Museum, Jeep rentals, and a world-class par-72 golf course. (Read more about this park.)

5. Chula Vista RV Resort: San Diego, California

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Chula Vista RV Resort, a lovely park along San Diego Bay. Photo via TripAdvisor.

Chula Vista RV Resort has a beautiful location along San Diego Bay.  Over 200 pull-through and back-in sites are available at the park, some with views of the water and all equipped with full hookups. The resort has paved roads, concrete pads, and its own 552-slip marina.

Also on-site is a general store with a ladies boutique, picnic area with BBQs, swimming pool, and spa.  RVers can utilize the resort’s laundry room and full restrooms, and enjoy waterfront dining at their two restaurants: Galley at the Marina and Dolphins Fish House. More info.

6. Rancho Sedona RV Park: Sedona, Arizona

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Rancho Sedona RV Park is a short drive from Cathedral Rock. Photo via TripAdvisor.

Rancho Sedona has nicely spaced RV sites in a quiet woodsy setting along Oak Creek.  Each space includes full hookups, a picnic table, cable TV, and free WiFi access.

Shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the park.  The iconic Cathedral Rock is also a short ten-minute drive away.  You can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and fishing in the area as well.  More info.

7. Havasu Falls RV Resort: Lake Havasu City, Arizona

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Havasu Falls RV Resort is a slice of paradise. Photo via TripAdvisor.

This RV resort is easy to find along Highway 95 near the Arizona-California border.  They have level pull-through and back-in RV sites with full hookups (50-amp), clean gravel patios, picnic tables, and plenty of room for slide-outs.  Many sites also have gorgeous views of Lake Havasu.

After spending the day at Lake Havasu State Park a short drive away, take a dip in their year-round heated pool and unwind in their patio area with BBQs and chairs.  In their large recreation hall they offer morning coffee, a pool table, board and card games, and projection TV & movies.  They also have a large modern laundry room, restrooms with showers, and accept guest mail for RVers. More details.

8. Eagle View RV Resort: Fort McDowell, Arizona

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Eagle View RV Resort in Fort McDowell, Arizona. Photo via TripAdvisor.

Just east of Scottsdale, Eagle View RV Resort is far enough away from the hustle of the city but still close to great restaurants and attractions.  The resort has 150 full hookup sites with beautiful views of Four Peaks, part of the Mazatzal mountain range.

Amenities include a swimming pool, dog run, fitness center, complimentary pastries and coffee in the mornings, and a clubhouse with an HDTV, pool table, computer room, and library.

If you feel like trying your hand at blackjack or poker, Fort McDowell Casino is less than a mile up the road.  The park’s also a short drive from the town of Fountain Hills, which is home to great dining options, golf courses, and one of the largest fountains in the world. Read more about this resort.

9. Nevada Treasure RV Resort & Spa: Pahrump, Nevada

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Nevada Treasure RV Resort. Photo via Yelp.

Nevada Treasure RV Resort has a Polynesian feel with palm trees and gazebos.  They offer 200+ large sites, each with full hookups (50-amp electrical) and a concrete pad for your tow vehicle.  Most of the sites can accommodate multiple slides and RVs up to 45 feet long.  Some of the upscale sites also have modern stainless steel BBQ grills.

From the main lobby, RVers have access to their family bowling center, which includes a bar and grill, as well as the fitness center, convenience store, and pool area. More info.

10. The Springs at Borrego RV Resort: Borrego Springs, California

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The Springs at Borrego RV Resort. Photo via TripAdvisor.

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort offers a peaceful winter retreat in the California desert, where the sun shines over 300 days a year.

By day you can soak in their mineral baths with water sourced from their deep well, or go for a round of golf at their 9-hole championship course.  After dark, the desert’s unpolluted skies make the perfect backdrop to gaze at stars and constellations.

The Milky Way is a common sight here.  The resort has an astronomy park with the opportunity to view stars with your own telescope, or you can take part in one of their scheduled star parties.  The charming village of Borrego Springs is designated as one of only ten Dark Sky Communities in America, and the only one in California.

The resort offers pull-through and back-in sites with full hookups.  They also have a large grassy pet area and recreation center with a pool, workout center, and laundry facilities.  On Tuesday nights from November through March, The Springs also hosts “Campfire Night Tuesdays” in which they provide the hot dogs and s’mores. More details.

See also: Great Winter Snowbird Destinations In The Southeast on RV Life

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