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Emerald Desert RV Resort

Palm Desert, California


76000 Frank Sinatra Dr
Palm Desert, California 92211
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Sites: 251
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.77294
Longitude: -116.33612

Elevation: 158' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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115 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $200.00
Overall Rating:

Front desk needs greater experience to handle questions...also how difficult would it be to have a matching service to match tennis and pickle ball players.....don't know if the owners care enough to look at these reviews ....I have requested this sort of thing to them in the past when at the park. As others have said....expensive during the spring and during the tennis tournament at Tennis Garden....and the train and traffic is loud in the less expensive sites. If you have a small RV you may feel overwhelmed by all the large 35-40 foot 5th wheels and class A motor homes. We mostly go to the tennis tournament in March and play tennis and pickle ball.....only one tennis court left and it is line-marked for pickleball....tennis seems to be on the way out here. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $137.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very beautiful, high-end luxury level park, and the price reflects that. The park uses an airline industry style "dynamic pricing" system that will leave you mind boggled. Supply and demand is how they will describe it, but the concept of maximum profit for the park is all that you will understand. This park has everything that you could ever desire, so we won't go on and on about that. Just know that if you aren't happy here, other than with the price, then you just plain cannot be happy. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
00
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

Pricey but beautiful and immaculate every where you look. Office staff is excellent. This is probably our tenth visit to Emerald Desert and have already made our 20219 reservations. One negative: The longer you ait to make your reservations, the more it will cost you. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
300
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are no tables at any site..

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Review Count: 195
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $100.00
Overall Rating:

First the good, it is a beautiful park with lots of green areas and trees, the trees are trimmed so there is no danger in damage and it is easy to get satellite service. The clubhouse and pool area are nice and they appear to have a lot of activities to keep the full timers occupied. Now the bad, sites are too small in length for today's coaches. We could barely fit our 40' motorhome and car into the site. The streets are narrow and because of the small site size, cars are on the edge of the road. The trains and freeway are noisy. The checkin was awful, one person (nice) to answer the phone, check people in, and answer questions from full-timers, in a park this size this was a terrible first impression. Not worth the $100 a night for a "deluxe" site even in their busiest time of year. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Had two great walks, Indian Canyon (4 miles Murry trail)and Tahquitz Canyon (2 miles). Both where beautiful and water was running in both streams.

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

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

Similar to other comments - service was poor and slow, especially at check in. They can't help the train and highway noise but they have control over all the machines going in the middle of the day. It's a lovely (if expensive) facility, too bad they can't sort out the service side. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
121
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Three years ago we 'discovered' Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert. We were impressed enough by the facility and the reasonable rates to initiate and maintain a four month reservation for the winter seasons. Planning our 2018/2019 reservation caused us to reflect upon why we should continue to stay at Emerald Desert RV resort. The rates have have more than doubled since we first arrived three years ago (Over $2000/month for cheapest site for 2019): the WiFi is virtually non existent even though every year we had been promised it would improve - the response that for 'only $50/month' we can get Spectrum services is insulting considering what we pay: the Resort is NOT a secure facility as there is no control over access to the property (gates wide open during day): the staff, with the exception of one, are disinterested in addressing concerns or issues: 'special rates' such as Sam's Club and 'Canadians15% off' discounts seem not to apply to existing extended stay RVers: the facilities which admittedly are very well kept are minimal as are the activities offered. Noise from trains and traffic are also a detriment. Pads are small as are the roadways, making access and egress problematic. While I understand that the above observations are common to many parks, Emerald Desert is pricing itself into an 'elite/five star category' and, as such, I would expect much more and much better. Interestingly enough we have found a number of parks in this area that are, in every way comparable and in many cases definitely superior, to Emerald Desert and at HALF THE PRICE for 'long term stays'. We still like your facility here and with REASONABLE long term rates could accept the shortcomings mentioned above. I might add that my feelings are not unique as I have spoken to many with long time attachments to this park who will not be returning. Sorry to say goodbye. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $68.00
Overall Rating:

I will never stay here again. First, when I arrived, I stood behind someone else trying to get a better site and the 1 lady at the desk never acknowledged me. I stood there for 15 minutes until someone else finally walked in. Next, we get to our site and it is not level. Then I start setting up and the sprinklers come on making it impossible to setup without getting drenched. Then to top it off, I see ant piles all around my site plus no bench. Not impressed especially for the price. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

My only tip would be to look for another park.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

After staying for 4 years, the train noises got to us. Too many trains and whistles in the middle of the night. The tracks are adjacent to the park. Also the excessive landscape maintenance daily is not necessary, requiring mowers, blowers, and dust. Service is a little snobby at the desk. A picnic table is not too much to ask for at these rates. When you call for reservations, the rates change daily. The quote you get today will be different tomorrow. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Luxury
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

They got rid of their golf holes. No one plays Pickleball here that we could find. Shopping is a drive away. Located in a semi-residential area next to the train tracks. Area attractions are not nearby. No sense of community unless you are with a group.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

When we arrived the temperatures were abnormally hot (over 40 degrees Celsius daily). Our first site had the trailer positioned such that it was in mostly full sun all day long and the air conditioner had a terrible time trying to cool our rig. I surveyed a couple of empty sites which had better shade and asked at the office if I could move to one of them. The happily accommodated my request and our air conditioner was able to cool much better. The entire resort is kept in pristine shape, although the street signs are very faded and definitely in need of replacement. A few downsides though: the noise of the trains that roar by on a regular basis, the poor wifi, and the lack of picnic tables at the sites. This still remains one of our favorite stops. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
305
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $68.00
Overall Rating:

For the nightly rate, even just a picnic set or table would be a welcome addition. The park was beautifully landscaped and well-maintained. We were fortunate to visit during their off-season (summer) and they gave us 2 sites to function as a pull-through. Interior roads are very narrow, though, and we had to disconnect our tow vehicle to get into the site. Very friendly office staff and it looks like they have lots of activities during winter months. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
400-401
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 157
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

We were at this park for 3 nights in May when it was mostly empty. I can imagine what it must be like in the winter months! But we didn't have many complaints, other than why no picnic table provided? For the price we certainly should have had that amenity. And we weren't sure why they have a no charcoal fire rule. The pool, on the other hand, has to be the nicest we've seen in an RV resort. The trees throughout the park were nice and gave us a little shade. We were close to the train tracks but the noise didn't bother us as much as it did others. We would come here again. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
105
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $74.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice RV park. Well groomed, nice grass in our area. Most all sites are back in. Roads are wide, so backing seems easy enough, but the park was very empty. We had site 302-303. This is a small area of sites, during of off season you can "double up" and use both sites as a pull though. There is a train track near by, can be bothersome, but it did not seem to bother us. FHU's very good condition, water and power. Pad are level, cement. Table, no fire ring. Did see some people with camp fires tho. There are fire ants here, we used a vinegar solution to keep them away. (the park will spray, but we have a dog) The park also recommends household cleanser around the wheels and such to keep them away from your rig. Dog park very well groomed and nice grass. T-mobile had very good signal, with Verizon being good. Park has nice trees in this area which may block onboard sat. signal, but there is good park cable with many stations. Wifi would hang even though the park was nearly empty for this type of park I expected much better wifi. Park has a lot of amenities. two pools, hot tub and such. We were here for an overnight stop off of I-10. Would like to return to spend more time. It is one of the pretties parks we have visited, very well kept. Would stay here again. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Wal-Mart nearby, with a large parking lot. Lots of nearby restaurants, office will give you a list on check in.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $74.00
Overall Rating:

The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. Our family of 4 enjoyed many of the resort's amenities, including tennis, swimming at their gorgeous pool, horseshoes, and bike riding around the serene property. The location offers easy access to the 10 freeway and within a 10 minute drive to the 111. There is also a very nice fitness facility and spa. Overall, it was a perfect getaway! We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We spent a day at the Palm Springs Tram, which was an easy 20 minute drive (one-way). If you enjoy hiking, we like the Indian Canyons that offer beautiful trails with towering palms. The Living Desert Zoo is also a nice place to visit, which is located in Palm Desert. If you have small children, we really enjoy the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert (located in nearby Rancho Mirage).

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

This is our second time staying here in April when most of the snowbirds have gone home. We stayed in the 'premier' section of the park (East side). It was 1/3 occupied at most. Our site was not long enough to park the truck in front of the trailer it had to be angled in. The grounds, pools, and facilities are very well kept. Kudos for all the grounds keepers. The interior roads are easy to navigate although when it gets busy with people parking outside of their site I can see it becoming difficult for the back-in sites. You are not allowed to wash your trailer/car on site so you are held hostage to their local cleaning service at $5-$10/foot so a 30 footer will cost you $150 for simple exterior wash. The train noise can get you some people but we got used to it and didn't really bother us. You also get highway noise so it is not the most quiet resort. This is one of the better RV resorts in the area so we would stay here again. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get your car washed at Executive Car Wash on Country Club and Washington - $20 for exterior, interior, tire wash and hand dry. Great value.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $101.00
Overall Rating:

This place is very nice but I am sorry to say there is nothing that can override the horror of this train that goes by several times a day and through the middle of the night. It is truly terrible. It feels and sounds like you are laying on the tracks. What a shame. Unless you are not bothered by trains and want to pay a ridiculous amount of money - skip this. We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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