3 Parks near Gila Bend, Arizona
Jan 2015 - $4.00
This is a gorgeous desert spot for sunsets and solitude. The seasonal hosts are friendly and maintain the place in excellent condition. There are handicapped sites. Also there is a day use area. The best solitude is found away from the day use area. Bring water. Well marked signs off of I-8 west of Gila Bend. A kit fox visited us in early evening. - waterwoman
Dec 2014 - $4.00
No services but it's great for those of us who like quiet and solitude. Lots of room between sites. Petroglyphs are interesting but limited to just one outcropping of rocks. - LMandTinView
Aug 2014 - $4.00
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This spacious BLM campground is about 12 miles north of Interstate 8, with good paved-road access. There is one low-water crossing but, when we visited the campground, the water was only about 6 inches deep at the deepest part, so was not a problem. It might be an issue after a heavy rain. The interior campground roads and the sites are packed desert gravel. The sites are huge and very well separated. There is no significant vegetation for visual separation, but the sites are spaced far enough apart that this is not a big negative. You get a large flat space in the desert but, otherwise, you are pretty much on your on except they do provide a dumpster. There are also picnic tables and a fire ring. There are pit toilets but we did not use them. Bring everything else you will need. The closest water/dump/services are in Gila Bend about 30 miles away. There are camp hosts, but we hardly ever saw them during our 5-day visit. Many visitors camp to ride their ORVs on the back roads, and unfortunately off-road throughout the desert. We were concerned that the noise in the campground from the ORVS would be a problem, but most folks were considerate and did not ride through the campground. The petroglyphs were very interesting but are in a fairly small area. There are no defined hiking trails, but we had a great time just hiking out through the desert with a compass and GPS. We had very strong Verizon voice and 4g data. Satellite was not a problem since there are few trees. There is not a lot to do here but relaxing. We enjoyed our visit and will certainly stay again if in the area. - TheJim
800 S. Butterfield Trail Gila Bend, Arizona 85337 (map) | (928) 683-2850
Sites: 132 | Latest Rate: $36.00 | 85 Reviews
Feb 2017 - $36.00
First let me say they do have laundry facilities. That was important to us and I didn't see it in the other reviews or on the KOA list of amenities here. That could be because they're still updating the campground and the laundry room is fairly new. The washers and dryers are each $1.50, but the laundry room is clean and there is even a clothesline with clothespins and an ironing board and a great patio to sit on while you wait. I was impressed!! There is a large, clean, well appointed clubhouse attached. Everything here is in very good condition and the folks are helpful and friendly. The sites are gravel, but very spacious and angled so you aren't looking directly into your neighbor's camper. Unlike other's comments I found the wifi very good. We didn't stream (against the rules) but for checking email (and typing up this review) the wifi is better than most. Gila Bend itself is not a great place to stay or visit, but if you are passing through be sure to stay here. - Maraywil
Feb 2017 - $35.00
Daily rate includes KOA discount. New owners under the KOA moniker are upgrading the CG significantly (pool under construction, new restrooms, fresh landscaping). Go north off I-8 at exit 119, about a mile. Local access road is two lane in fair condition. CG easy to find with KOA signage and a big American flag. New owners very friendly and helpful. Credit cards accepted.
Tent camping sites are available but no cabins or yurts. CG roads are gravel with spots of asphalt, wide with gentle turns, no overhead obstacles. FHU-20/30/50. Site conditions vary as transition to KOA standards continue. Sites are spacious with desert landscaping, gravel and dirt, level with utilities at mid-rig, threaded, 4" sewer connection just above ground level. Picnic tables but no patios. Good satellite views. Open fires not permitted but BBQs okay. Adequate water pressure with good taste.
Minimal office store: snack food items, soft drinks, RV accessories. New restroom building still under construction. Single shower in rec-hall modern and clean (score "A"). No propane sales (gas stations in town have propane). Laundry room. Small playground. Free cable TV. Free Wi-Fi but limited bandwidth. Verizon coverage at "5-bars"; 4G coverage at "5-bars". No fitness room, pool still under construction, no game room. Notable railroad but minimal traffic noise. Recycle bins behind dumpsters.
Bug Report: see office for information on poisonous snakes, insects, and frogs/toads. Otherwise, small brown ants invading; pre-treat is recommended (early February). - StephenK
Jan 2017 - $34.00
Very nice KOA park located just off I-8. Sites are 100' x 55' level gravel. Free cable and wi-fi and picnic table. Park is very well maintained in all areas. Major upgrades are in progress including a pool and dog wash area. Nice dog park with grass. We would definitely stay here again. - travelswithpuppies
Nov 2016 - $12.00
LOVE this place! Convenient location on I-8 and surprisingly quiet with only minor truck noises (engine idling) which died off to almost nothing by midnight. At only $11.99 (+ tax) per night for full hookups using Passport America or Escapees membership, this is a real bargain. We originally were going to stay one night but decided to stay longer once we realized how nice a place this is. We found everything clean and well maintained.
All sites are covered with gravel and are level. Some sites have shade trees. Most sites are long pull-throughs with ample room to extend an awning. The single unisex bathroom available in the RV park area was clean. More clean bathrooms and pay showers are available at the gas station / truck stop where you check in.
Speaking of checking in: My suggestion is to park your rig alongside the truck scales located on the north side of the gas station (don't block anything) ,then go inside the gas station to register. If you pull into the RV park before you register, there's a risk you may unknowingly take a site already assigned to someone who's in the gas station registering too.
During our stay, there were maybe 8 to 10 long-term residents and their sites were kept clean and tidy. We noticed a few RV's dry camping (for free) outside the RV park area. A free dump station (with potable water) is available between the gas station and RV park.
Note that if you're considering a longer term stay here, the nearest grocery shopping and Walmart is some 41 miles to the north in Buckeye, AZ.
During our stay here the water pressure was 40psi and no-load voltage was 123. Both AT&T and Verizon had strong, moderately fast LTE signals. We'll definitely make this place a regular stop. - Gyropilot
Oct 2016 - $20.00
This park is a great overnight stay park. It is a little noisy due to the big rigs driving by, has no cable tv but the wifi worked well and we felt comfortable and safe. This park was cash only. - coachman28
Jun 2016 - $22.00
A very nice park and the people were very pleasant. Some shade but not a lot. - Susie Que