Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Friday, February 8, 2013

RV Park Reviews – Emerald Desert RV Resort (Palm Desert, Arizona)



Overall:  8.5/10
This park has lots to do if you like activities and “resort” amenities with lots to do.  It was a 55+ park so no screaming kids were frolicking in the pool and there is no playground.  The grounds are very well kept and manicured and all the facilities are clean and modern.  It was in a nice location as far as grocery, restaurants, gas, etc.  A local RV dealer brings motorhomes over and parks them in front of the office for people to view.

The reason this park did not score higher was because of how close the sites are to each other. 

Site: 104
The price $42/night with a weekly rate.
50/30/20 electric worked fine.  Water and sewer were well placed.  The park has cable tv and wifi but the wifi was really poor at our site – the signal was not very strong and we were often disconnected or could not connect at all. 

Driveway and patio are paved but there is no picnic table, fire pit, or grill at your site.  There are gas grills at the pool for use (probably because the sites are so close to each other!).

There are more expensive sites than the one we chose but I don’t think there were any sites worth paying for more than the lowest price sites.  There may be a little more space but all the sites are fairly close together.  When I called to make the reservation, the gal on the phone quoted me the highest price site and I kept having to ask if she had any of the less expensive sites available.  So beware! 

Some people had to use leveling blocks under their front tires but our site was fine.

Amenities/Facilities:
Tons – a clubhouse, billiards/card room, library, quilting room, tennis courts, two golf holes and putting greens, two pools, jacuzzis, fitness center, and rental villas.

There are lots of activities – movie night, yoga, happy hours, free “mimosas and muffins,” jazz music by the pool, and seminars on quilting, painting, crafts, wellness, walking club, golf outings, and much more.

We went to the free “muffins and mimosa” on Saturday mornings and enjoyed the muffins, breads, cheese, and fresh fruit…and the mimosas…but did not participate in any other activities because we were busy seeing local sites and eating local food.  
putting green, office, and club house
library with free coffee

one of two pools....very nice
fitness center
Location:
There are two nice grocery stores nearby and plenty of eateries.  The park is located close to the interstate and is an easy on and off.  The downside is that you can hear the road noise during the night in the park.  And, the park is right next to a train track.

Spirit’s Two Cents:
The park has two dog parks – one is very long and great for playing “chuck it.”  The park is large so you can get a nice dog walk.  There are two ponds on the grounds but only one was clean enough for a doggy swim.  There are sidewalks outside of the park for a longer walk if you don’t mind the traffic.



The Ugly Truth:
There is a train that runs right behind the rv park and rattled our motorhome every time it went by…and it runs day and night.  The other problem was that sights were so close together and there is not much privacy.  The park was full when we were there so we always had neighbors and not much privacy.  Some guests complained of ant problems but we did not have a problem and the office will spray your site if you request.  

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