Quite frankly, the only RV parks we've come across which I've found a reason to complain about the site sizes are in California! This is the 2nd one. By the time we pulled our 40' RV into place, put the slides out, parked the tow vehicle, and hauled out our chairs, we had nowhere to put them! We wound up using the empty site next door to us, but we shouldn't have to! The park itself is nicely maintained and has a golf course attached. Considering the size of the park & the number of winter visitors, I was quite surprised to find there wasn't a fitness room. But there are restaurants, a grocery store, and other shopping all within walking distance of the resort. I found this park to be adequate for a night or 2. I personally could not spend the entire winter there in those narrow little sites. I wouldn't recommend this park for long-term stays, but would suggest it for the very short-term traveler. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Price reflects a weekly stay. Older campsite, city has grown up around it. Spots are quite small if you have slides on both sides of unit. Short timers can park in a gravel parking lot at a cheaper rate; no sewer there, but electric and water are available and these sites are bigger and right beside washrooms and activity hall. Nice little golf course, lots of snowbirds there for the winter, very friendly and welcoming. Wi-Fi accessible at office. Park happy hour on Thursdays with park entertainers who were very talented. We would go back again for a short stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I stayed in their dry camp area, which also had back-in partial hookup sites. Clean washrooms and showers. Free Wi-Fi, but it only works next to the office. I had to put the rain jacket on and sit there in the night on the bench next to the closed office. Kind of humiliating. Ugly, gravel lot, nothing spectacular, with a garbage bin sitting right in the middle of the lot. Park is close to the street. You can hear the traffic. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is primarily a long term park for snow birders. We've stayed here twice now and have found the park to be clean, friendly and generally well maintained. The streets are exceptionally wide although the lot sizes that we've been placed on have been narrow and short. We stayed here using Passport America which was willingly accepted. We will stay here again when traveling through but would not select it as a destination park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed 1 night in a pull through site which was level front to back, and side to side. Site was long enough for the truck and 5th wheel. Had good cable TV selection and the free WiFi worked great. This is basically a mobile home park that caters to RV's. Because of the earthquake, alot of the permanent rigs had shaken off their supports and we rock and rolled a little the night we were here. There isn't a lot to chose from in El Centro. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
$42 for full hook-ups and $33 for electric & water only. The only discount they offer is $1 if you pay cash instead of credit card. They have ten pull-through sites for over-night stops, that are concrete and level. Wifi is free and available only in the lobby; however, we were able to receive it in our RV as our site was right next to the lobby. 70-channel TV worked great. 1/2 mile from the Freeway, we could still hear the noise but it wasn't to bad. Military Base nearby which had aircraft flying over until around 9pm, now that was noisy. The showers and restrooms were old but clean. There is a 9-hole golf course on site, pool and hot tub. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice RV Park, clean and neat. We just stayed overnight. Did not use any of the facilities. It seems strange that we paid the maximum price because we were overnight only campers. Don’t think we would go back again, I felt taken advantage of. No discounts. We camped in our 5th wheel. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campground is over rated and too expensive. The WiFi was very slow, even though we were very close to the router. They put us next to a row of park models, so we had kids going right through our campsite and playing basketball in front of our motorhome. Lots of traffic noise from Interstate 8. Will not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate is Passport American. Nice park. Pool was very warm and the hot tub was great. Never made it to town as we were here only 3 days. Plan to return mid March to see the Blue Angels show. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We only stayed here 3 nights. It was noisy with the Navy jets, Blue Angels, practicing over the Park and surrounding desert. We had a pull through which was easy to get into but difficult to get out of. The site itself was level and near one of the lakes and was very quiet, except for the planes. The check in staff were courteous and helpful. Most sites were occupied by snowbirds and park models. We stayed here in a 37 foot fifth-wheel and would stay here again if passing through. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We faced the lake. Wide and long sites. WiFi weak and slow. Went out when the wind came up. Noisy ducks and geese at 4am. Office closed Sunday. But if no resident ducks and strong WiFi I would rate this park a 10. We camped here in a Motorhome.
NICE park, friendly staff, parked facing lake on basically a pull through site. Pleasant surprise was the Friday night, all you could eat, fish fry for $8.95 per person. We stayed here for 2 days on our way to Mexico. Will return next year too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice park, nice big sites, super friendly residents, good Wi-Fi. Laundry room was huge and super clean. The only negative is the location, a bit far from town/grocery shopping. We would stay here again. Rate reflects Passport America. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I'll ditto the previous post in April 2011 although we didn't use the pool or spa, but it did look clean. The rest of the grounds were clean also. The park has numerous park models along with the RV sites. Since it is their off-season the park was relatively empty but can imagine it is pretty busy during the high season in Jan and Feb. The golf course looked interesting and appeared to be in good shape. Lots of water around so irrigation isn't a problem. Many sites will accommodate big rigs and we were in a pull-through with good electrical and water pressure. The sites are gravel/dirt so it can get a bit dusty in windy conditions. The park is in an isolated location away from El Centro and the Interstate so noise is not a problem. The price listed reflected Passport America. The directions listed in the Passport America book are incorrect. Trailer Life has the correct directions to the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had a pull through spot right in front of the lake so a beautiful view. The people were friendly enough and the park was beautiful. The pool was nice and warm, the hot tub needed a bit of cleaning. The bathrooms and showers were clean as well. The game room was very nice as well. This place has a little bit of everything for a price. Except WiFi Don't pay for it because it's horrible! This place is pretty much a retirement community that tolerates younger people and only kids for a certain period. The spot was a gravel pull through with no pad or grass around. All in all was a quiet couple nights. Played some pool, swam in the pool and fed some ducks. But there is lots more to do here for sure. We camped here in a Motorhome.
$33 rate was their 3 night special at that time. Their discounted rates change frequently. For a large commercial park the sites are large and level. If you have a bigger unit you will need to jockey back and forth to get into your site due to the landscaping. Nice pool and activity center, with fish fry on most Fridays. I really liked Rio Bend and would have rated it much higher except there was an occasional sewer smell and the area around the utility hookups was dirt and mud. We camped here in a Motorhome.
At first glance, this seems like a clean, friendly campground with a lot of appeal. It has a hot tub, a pool, a golf course and lots of activities for residents. But if you’re looking for a place to stop for a few days, this place has a lot of problems. We thought the $25 they charged us as Passport members was on the high side, but when we got here we were shocked to see the posted daily rate for a pull-through site is $70. WiFi costs $13 a day and the office advised us not to connect because it never works well. The golf course, a short, very tight nine-hole executive course, charges $40 for residents. We drove a few miles and played a full-length course that was every bit as nice for just $29. When we first phoned, we were told we definitely needed a reservation because the place was “filling up fast”. We had to pay the full amount, up front. When we got here, we found the place half empty. Because we were planning to arrive on a Sunday, we were told the office would be closed and there would be no one to help us. We had a terrible time finding our assigned site. We had to back in with just inches to spare between a tree and a hedge and once parked, we have to pull in the driver’s side slide to access the bins on that side. Taking a nap is impossible because there is a military base nearby and the flyboys love to practice their bombing runs right over the park. There is no privacy and with two open “fields”, the place becomes a dust bowl when the wind kicks up. Add to that the 11 pages of "rules" and it becomes hard to relax and have a good time. In four days, we never heard anyone laughing or having a good time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Well laid out park with plenty of room to drive in with a big rig. Maybe about 50% of this park is park units and not RVs. Lots of activities, music, large gym, pool, and so on. The freeway is close by so there is traffic noise. Also, a military air base. When we were here the Blue Angels started practicing at about 8am on Saturday. The duck hunters started shooting around 6am. But the weather was great for January. It is about a 15 minute drive to El Centro where you can find some good places to eat. I also drove to the Borrego State Park to hike. That was maybe a 30 minute drive. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rate reflects the Passport America rate. This is a very nice park with mixed-use sites including: mobile homes, park models and RVs. All sites are marked with trimmed bushes. They have an exercise room that is monitored by a worker. They have several amenities but we did not have time to use any of these. We had to move to a site other than assigned because the road was too narrow to back into the site due to a fire hydrant and the rig across the road. All roads are asphalt with gravel sites and concrete patios. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this park for 12 days and totally enjoyed it: so much so that we have booked for this winter for a month. Everyone was very friendly, including the staff. We are not golfers and so were concerned that maybe we would not feel 'included' but this was so not the case! We camped here in a Motorhome.
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We stayed here one night. It was not big rig friendly. We had to pull up on the patio so as to be able to open our slides. It was a pull through site, but we could not pull through due to two large palm trees at the front. They are in the front of each pull through site. The price was expensive although they had a pay for two nights and get a third night free which we did not take advantage of. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant at the park was good. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stay in the park as part of a camping group. In years past they were quite helpful to groups but now seem more interested in selling park models than in catering to groups. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is clean and well maintained. Staff is helpful and friendly. We were assigned a pull-through site which had a very nice view of the small lake. There is a small pet walking area that has grass. Sites have small concrete slab and a few small shade trees. A little dusty. Some additional gravel at the sites would be nice. We did not use the other facilities (pool, fitness center, cafe, laundry). All looked in good condition. There are a large amount of park model homes in the park for what appear to be longer term residents. We enjoyed a nice weekend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great park for golfers. Unfortunately, I am not a golfer and was irked that I was not able to access the beautiful river front areas. My stay was helped by the fact that I was assigned drive-through space 11, located next to the lake and close to the central facilities. The fitness center was not close, however, as it was on the opposite side of the park. We didn't use the hot tub because it was too small and crowded. One of the showers I had to avoid because it had been urinated in. The motorhome next to us was noisy, be it their dogs, their kids, or the women. In the future I will favor senior citizen parks. The wireless internet I paid $4 for did not have a strong enough signal to allow me to connect. The office is very friendly to deal with. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Tremendous desert park. Even has it's own executive golf course. Terrific pool, nice club house. Some of the outlying spots feel barren, but if you reserve in advance, you can get spots closer to the clubhouse with vegetation and trees. Many pull through sites. I personally prefer this to SunBeam Lake, though that is also a nice park (just on the other side of I-8). For off roaders, take note that you must trailer to OVH areas: no park riding allowed. Superstition OHV area is about 20 minutes away. Note: If your rig is more than 10 years old, they usually won't let you in this park or Sun Beam Lake. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Large well maintained park with wide roads and big gravel sites with cement patios. Not all sites have tables though, and office hours are short. Surprisingly quiet despite proximity to highway. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were there during the off season. Daily temperatures in the 110+ degree range. Friendly staff. Not much shade. Most of the facilities were closed due to off season. Nice pool. It will be a repeat park for me when I am in area. Probably quite nice in cooler weather. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a very nice park. We stayed here during the summer, not the best time with the
114 degree temps, but it was quiet and the staff was always friendly. The facilities are clean and the pool was a refreshing break from the heat. We wouldn't mind staying here during the winter sometime but we hear it gets pretty busy with all the snow birds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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This is a mixed park of seasonals, snowbirds and overnighters. Sites are all well kept,
level, long and wide. There is a golf course but we didn't look at it at all. Had dinner at their cafe and food and service were good for a reasonable price.
No road noise. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not as lovely as the website pictures depict, but still very nice. Spaces are level, gravel and not too close together. Cable TV connection. Security gate with intercom for late arrivals. Office staff was friendly and helpful. The best overnight spot within 60 miles. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Lady that checked us in was extremely RUDE! This place is a snow birds haven so I'm sure for them it's a great place but don't bother to stop if your just passing through. The lady was so annoyed that she had to explain the system to us and that we didn't already know. When we asked about the laundry I thought she was going to kick us out. I get it lady you're old and grumpy! The park itself was decent. They aren't very friendly towards pets either. Out of the 30 RV parks we have stayed at this was by far our least favorite! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Second time here for two day stays - once in 2010 and now in Nov 2011. In fairness as a response to others’ previous reviews from 2010, the new site management could not have been more helpful. From moving my original dates and sites per my request as well as quickly coming over in a golf cart from their home to the office to check me in when they saw me arrive after hours. I declined their offer of piloting me to the site as I am familiar with the park. Cannot comment on the pool/hot tub however the Wi-Fi, admittedly slow during daylight hours where we were (maybe a neighbor doing mega downloads), was not useless and the price was right (free). While El Centro does have many Spanish language stations of course due to its geographical location, 99% is certainly an exaggeration, eh Senor? Be advised you are 2.5 miles away from the Naval Air Station, thus you will hear/be annoyed by jets taking off during non “quiet hours” and they will be necessarily low that close to their runway. Intentional buzzing, etc., is left to the Mojave. All the RV parks in the area will be affected by this, however Sunbeam is the closest. In my two stays I did not notice manure smells but that may be seasonal fertilizing in nearby fields. I also did not see helicopters “looking for illegals” which would be highly unlikely 9 miles from the border. I found Sunbeam to be clean enough for a “desert” spot, quiet, large sites, good utilities, and all in all a good stop for that area. It could stand some grassed pet areas and the storage lot could lose some unsightly trash. We will go back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We arrived New Years Eve with the activity director and office manager announcing they were leaving. They couldn't put out notices because management wouldn't supply paper. Pool was shut down suddenly by the County, with no explanation. We were just ordered out of the pool. I ended up with painful little red bumps after using the hot tub and pool. Office said, ridiculous, it has to be something else. Stayed out of the pool, bumps went away. They have no activities in the afternoon. Wi-Fi is useless, we had to get hard-wired. Cable is 99% Spanish. They advertise a lounge with a big screen TV. It's actually in the main hall with no chairs other than metal foldouts. If you come to this park, you should come with a group or family. At 4:30pm all the private campfires start. (Don't be expected to be invited to sit around a fire, it's exclusive to each fire.) The reveille increases with each glass consumed. Everyday the Blue Angel jets fly so low the trailer shook, and by night you are treated with the military helicopters flying low looking for illegals. Did I mention the smell of manure occurring every time the wind blows? Or the dust invading the trailer? No we won't be back; in fact we are leaving one month, 3 days early: saying goodbye to our $100.00. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is fairly nice and has wonderful seasonal residents. It is an average desert RV park and sites consist of gravel and a small concrete pad. We really liked alot of the residents and they were so friendly. We thought it would be nice to book and stay here for and extended stay in 2010/2011. We went to the office and tried to book a site only to be told by the office staff, "We cannot book you into a site as we have to book our regular snowbirds for 2010/2011. Please call us on April 1st, 2010 and we will book you in." I called on April 1st and spoke with the same lady who once again told me the same thing but now the date was May 1st 2010 to call back. I asked why and she said, "We are in the middle of booking reservations and cannot deviate from the schedule. If you don't want to call back on May 1st, I can't help you." She finished by saying, "But, I'll let you know, we will probably be all booked for next year by May 1st by people who have stayed here before." I replied, "I have stayed in your park and was following your instructions to call back on April 1st!" She concluded by saying that she was busy and could not spend any more time on the phone with me and if I didn't want to call back on May 1st then she would be happy to take my name off of the list. I told her that with the customer service skills displayed in the reservation process, we would not feel comfortable staying in this park. Upon speaking with many of the residents here, they say that the management browbeats the staff and belittles them and the result is in the way the staff deal with customers. A nice park but not worth jumping through the "hoops" by the office staff. Saved our time, plan to go to Rio Bend nearby. They are VERY friendly and helpful. They can't do enough for you and it shows! We will not return here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here for a month. The sites are spacious. The campground's facilities are wonderful. The spa and the pool: just awesome! All around we were pleased and had a good time: except our view really put a damper on things. A few other campers and I went to the manager to complain and it didn't help. It was like they really didn't care. Also, one Saturday, at 6:15 AM, a cement truck came to pour a concrete slab. Are you kidding: 6:15 AM? We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Even though I called ahead the day before, there was no one in the office. Finally, the manager, I believe, came over and got me a site. The pool was closed and it was hot, so she gave me the site for $20. Good Wi-Fi and TV. Large level gravel sites. Must go through the county park to access the resort. No signage at the park entrance. So be aware. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice, big, clean park. We used it just overnight. Make sure you call first, there is no way to get into the park without a code to open the gate. I would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We agree with the previous reviewer's comments. This was a beautiful park, even during June, when it reached 105 degrees both of the days we were there. We had the park to ourselves, as well as the large, clean pool to ourselves. The facilities are well-maintained. Because it was the off-season, some facilities were closed and construction was taking place. However, we enjoyed our stay. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We would love to return and stay longer during the cooler months. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a beautiful spot. It was nice to have a lake in the midst of the desert! Beautiful RV Resort. The roads are really wide, which made if very easy to maneuver into our site. The sites are all very wide, too, and are perfectly level, with clean gravel, a large concrete patio, and your choice of 20/30/50 amp electric. All of the amenities (pool, spa, rec hall, pool tables, card room, library, computers, etc.) were well-maintained and clean. And Phyllis & Phill (the park managers) and all of the staff were friendly and very helpful. We stayed for a week, but would love to come back here and spend a winter season! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Primarily a seasonal resort with mostly snowbirds, but they do have a number of nightly spaces available. Nice pool and clubhouse with lots of organized activities in the winter. The staff is friendly and the restrooms clean. Pull throughs are saved for short-termers. The shade trees are a little sparse. Nice widely paved roads. Good library with clubhouse supplied computer for Internet access. Free WiFi available too. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.