3 Parks near Palm Desert, California
Jan 2016 - $89.00
We love Emerald Desert RV Park and come at least once a year for 2-3 weeks. The landscape and amenities are great. Lots to do in the Palm Springs area and lots of fantastic restaurants. The park has three dog parks, pickle ball courts, putting green, and a heated swimming pool. There is a laundry room. Although there is no propane sold at the park, a propane truck is in the park almost daily. - Jo Ann Hobbs
Dec 2015 - $79.00
The ONLY down side is the train noise. Stay as close to Frank Sintra Drive as possible. I will say we didn't notice it so much during the day...and once asleep, it never woke us up. Beautiful, beautiful park. I only gave 4 stars on value due to train noise. So nice! - User3274
Dec 2015 - $70.00
We are here for the month of December on a special. Park is very clean, lovely landscaping. Many trees so we can't use our satellite. Wi-fi works well. Park does not have alot of activities but has 2 pools, fitness room, boccee ball, billiards. Staff is very nice and helpful. Dog park which we don't need but nice. Concrete pads, grass in between. - Jane-D100
Feb 2016 - $1.00
The Thousand Trails Palm Desert resort is convenient to the freeway and to shopping and activities in the area. There are also lots of activities to do at the resort.
Because of the drought, there is no watering of the grass and as a result, what little grass there is seems to be turning into sandy areas. If high winds are predicted, be sure to close your windows as the fine sand will cover everything inside (and outside) - and some will come in even with windows all closed!
The palm trees are nice to have in the park, though they do contribute to challenges in getting parked. We parked in one of the pullthru sites which are to the left as you enter the park; we didn't think our 43' motorhome would fit in the back-in sites on the other side of the park. If you have a long rig, you may want to particularly look for a site in the row (or rows) that have 3 palm trees across, versus the ones with 2, as they are significantly deeper.
We tripped the breaker at our site on a Sunday afternoon and couldn't get it reset. A call to the ranger station brought someone over immediately and he changed out the electric hookup in just a few minutes. - pattic777
Jan 2016 - $1.00
For snowbirds who are Thousand Trails members, this is an excellent value for a place to escape winter. Not sure how I would feel if I had to pay a premium to stay here, though.
The spots are close together, and always full. There are more people in this park than I have ever experienced at a TT park - always very busy. If you're the social type who likes to meet lots of people and join in activities, it's a great place. If you're claustrophobic, like being alone, or have a large rig, I'd keep looking. On walks I saw large class A's practically shoehorned into the back-in sites.
I loved the palm trees more than I thought I would. There are lots of them, and some fruit trees, too, which the park encourages you to pick. What isn't paved or asphalt is sand. Not a big deal. At other parks it's dirt (or mud!), gravel, or pine needles, all of which will track into your rig, so I don't know what others are complaining about.
The Pros: Perfect Verizon service, really well-maintained hook-ups (if awkwardly placed - first time I've ever needed a power cord extension), sparkling rest rooms, several pickle ball courts, awesome weather in January, great view of snow-capped mountains, UPS and FedEx delivery direct to your site, friendly staff who bend over backwards to help.
The Con: OMG, SO noisy at night! Not the campers - this is the usual quiet, considerate TT crowd I'm used to at all the other parks. But there just is no escaping the traffic noise. At the suggestion of the ranger, I parked all the way in the back of the park, but the freeway just never sleeps. I'm probably more sensitive to this than some others, because I've never lived close to a busy road, but even with all my windows closed, I can still hear it at night.
I rated this an 8 instead of a 10 just for that reason. I will come back here for my required time out from the park I consider my winter home, but this would not be it. - Karen On The Road
Sep 2015 - $54.00
I don't see how this park is even open. No WiFi except for at certain buildings, not what the website said. The whole place is a dirt patch in palms with hardly any grass. But there were plenty of stickers and thorns that we pulled out our two dogs and my wife. I plugged in my 50 amp and it sounded like the wires in the post were crossed. That was when we packed up and left. I would never go back or recommend to any one else. - Roadrunner53