8.6 Excellent
     
Surprise, Arizona

Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park)

Surprise, Arizona



Surprise, Arizona
Phone: (623) 584-0066

Sites: 2000
Recent Rate: $30 1/2016

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash yes
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem ?
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing yes
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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12 Reviews

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

All sites are privately owned and can be rented on a monthly basis either through Surprise Realty or directly from an owner if you can find an owner who is renting as all these listings seem to be restricted to the bulletin board in the Resort.
We rented through the Realty Company and the standard rate is $800 per month plus electric on a per day rate based on the RV length. For RVs of 36-38 feet in length the rate is a flat $3 per day or $5 per day for RVs over 38 feet.
The sites are very large averaging 45 feet wide and 60 feet deep although ours was deeper as we backed onto a perimeter wall. Each site is different as they are all privately owned. Ours was all graveled with a concrete parking pad for a car with some palm trees, cacti and grapefruit tree.
We found people to be very friendly although we found those in their owned sites to pretty much stick to themselves.
We don't recommend staying here in December as the Activities Office shut down the day before we arrived on Dec 12 and didn't open again until Jan 4. As a result you couldn't rent DVDs or buy any show tickets for January performances. They also don't host/organize a Christmas Day dinner. The pickleball lessons also did not resume until Jan 4.
Security is good here with no one being allowed entry to the Resort unless their names have been provided to the Security Gate at the Main Entrance.
The location is great for shopping with everything located within a few miles.
There are many clubs here each charging a fee to join. The pickleball fee is just $15 per season, Mah Jongg is $10, and the woodworking shop is $35. There is also a Lapidary room, Stained Glass/glass fusion, ceramics, Quilting, and Crafts rooms with each group having their own annual fee. The woodcarvers group was a small one and didn't provide anything in the way of materials or instruction. The above named activities did all provide some form of instruction & projects for newcomers. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
1434
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The best place to grocery shop is WinCo located less than a mile away on Bell Road.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

A quick caveat on Happy Trails. This is not an RV park with a Vacancy/No Vacancy sign out front. All lots are individually owned, and vary from a bare lot with a concrete pad to an 1800sq ft home with an RV pad.

Our first stay was 4 years ago for a week. We then left to explore Az and after a week away we returned for another two weeks. We now stay 6 months at a time.

I'm not sure where people come up with 'tight quarters' as the narrowest lot I've ever seen is 50' or so.

Beautiful grounds, great amenities, extremely friendly people. (you'll miss having people wave at you when you get home!) Yes, there are occasional 'happy hours' but realistically everyone is 55+ and extremely conscience of keeping things quiet.

To sum up, we now have 3 other couples from our group of friends at home that now call Happy Trails their winter home. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Surprise has everything you could ever need. Restaurants, shopping, services etc. The town itself is extremely clean, graffiti free.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We rented a space for a month. Our stay was very enjoyable with all the staff and residents being very friendly and helpful. The grounds are beautiful and kept spotless at all times. Laundry was very clean and cheap and pools were wonderful. We did feel a little claustrophobic because of the closeness of all the spaces- but thats just us. We would go back. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Spent two weeks here, but left early. Spaces are way too close together as well as most are covered with tall awnings. We felt we were enclosed in an aluminum jungle. No views of anything except other RV's covered by aluminum. Lots of evening "happy hours" adjacent to our site and although they quit at 8 or 9 pm they became increasingly aggravating. These go on throughout the park. Nice, clean and well managed if you like your neighbors camping with you. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $25.00
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We stayed here for two months in the section called "The Ranch." Can't say enough about the friendly residents. Many owned their lots, others just rented. Everything is immaculate. Happy Trails is a very large 55+ park with LOTS of things to do. Don't think there is Wi-Fi. We had our own. Very nice golf course, several large swimming pools, and lots of fruit trees. Surprise is a suburb of Phoenix, so traffic was always a mess. Rate reflects monthly amount. Reserving space through the Happy Trails office will cost you more. Better if you can find a resident renting out their lot. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 93
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The best thing we can say about this park is the people are friendly. The rest, forget it. OK for many, just not our place of choice. Our lot was one street across from the golf course. We had four golf balls hit our MH. One of them broke out a light. The repair was at our expense. This was not reasonable to us. All our rental agent said was that we were responsible - not the people we rented from or "Happy Trails" either. Actually, we came to call it "Happy Hell" as that more accurately describes it to us. We paid $890/mo including electric for a space that was not even a covered lot. When we arrived, we had no "Welcome Package" as the rental agent said would be there plus no "greeter" as we were told would meet us. We had to ask the guard for a map and our check out date on the gate pass was incorrect. It took a week just to straighten out this mess. Will not stay here again and will not recommend it to any of our fellow travelers. The agent we had was not very knowledgeable or friendly. Bad experience all around. Many folks are very content here and we applaud them. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Each site is about 2,500 to 3,000 sq ft. many have a full carport cover and concrete pad over the whole site. Many have a shed or an AZ room. Some are Park Models. All are owned by individuals and some are available for rental by contacting the owners. It's very large, 18 hole golf course, 4 swimming pools, library, wood shop, many facilities, gated, patrolled, 55 and older only. Most rentals are for a month or more. Prices are about $600/mo depending on the location and amenities. Very friendly. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent 7 weeks here renting from a private party. This is a nice resort full of very friendly people. The facilities are all first class. That being said if you are looking for the RV experience you are going to be disappointed. This is a Snowbird community that some bring their RV's to stay in. If you like a lot of activities and get together's this is the place for you. This is a huge place so if you want to use the facilities you need transportation. Verizon air card was strong as was T-Mobile and AT&T phones. We liked this area of Arizona enough to buy a condo in town but probably would not stay here again. Not a knock on the park or people, just not our kind of place. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $50.00
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This is a unique park. The sites are all individually owned. One can try the reality company as they do have a rental section for some lot owners. Your site can vary in amenities from gravel to full Cassita with patio, W/D, toilet and shower, fridge. You have to negotiate the price and length of stay with the owner. We stayed for the winter and had a great site with BBQ, W/D, S&T, sink and fridge. Covered patio. The streets are wide sites large, staff friendly, many amenities and activities. The golf course is privately owned and not part of the park. This is a true retirement community with many living here the year round, even in the summer heat. We will be back next winter. In my opinion this is the best place in the Phoenix area. On asking others, the prices seem to vary from $550-1200 per month depending on amenities and location. The only negative is that it is located far from many of the Phoenix/Scottsdale activities as other than Gold and Spring training there is little going on in Surprise itself. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the finest RV resorts in the USA. Everyone and everything is first class. The resort is very well managed, with numerous activities available if you wish. The golf course is enjoyable, as are the pool and various spas. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely beautiful park. Well maintained and well managed. There are paved roads throughout, a large clubhouse, many activities, and wonderful pools. There is 24 hour security as well. A very diverse community with mobile units as well as park models. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Happy Trails is a seniors only RV Resort. Children can stay at the park for a week or two. The park has an abundance of activities to enjoy. Two large swimming pools and four spas. There are tennis courts, pickleball courts, pool tables, championship golf course, quilting and sewing clubs, ceramic and lapidary as well as a wood working shop. Close to shopping and 35 miles N/W of Phoenix. After January the park is very busy with snowbirds and professional baseball spring training in the area. There are RV lots interspersed throughout the park and have individual owners. Many lots are for rent on a daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal basic. The monthly price is approximately $550 to $600/month depending on whether the renter or the owner pays the electricity. If you like lots of sun during the winter and are a physically active individual, this would be an ideal location. Just go to the web site listed and check out the list of lots for rent. We camped at Happy Trails RV Resort ( A 55+ Park) in a Motorhome.

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