The first thing that struck me about this park was how typically desert it was – wide open spaces, austere, some cacti and desert vegetation and a view of the surrounding hills. The second most impressive feature was the Hosts – friendly and willing to help beyond the call of duty. A particular site was recommended by Ray (the host) because I wanted good access to the Wi-Fi (to upload some files) BUT it turned out our sewer hose was not long enough and Ray quickly found us a longer hose to accommodate the situation. Hickiwan Trails is a smaller park owned by the Hickiwan District of the Tohono O’Odham Nation people and stands adjacent to the Golden Has’an Casino that is owned by a different District. You will find some long-term guests here; RVers who use the park as a base to explore the surrounding areas (close to Organpipe Cactus National Monument; good bird watching and hiking); and short term visitors like ourselves. There is a casual open atmosphere in the park and everyone we came in contact with was exceedingly friendly. According to some of the folks I talked to, the park has improved greatly since Ray and Marsha took over the management. There are now periodic activities which there hadn’t been before and the facilities are upgraded and cared for. They recently had a Mardi Gras celebration and about 80 people came to enjoy the food and camaraderie. I heard different reports about the facilities. One guest said that she found the showers fine, but the other bathroom facilities (toilets and sinks) could have been cleaner. Another fellow reported that the showers were great. I found there was plenty of hot water and the water pressure was very good. There were four washers and dryers in the Laundry – all worked well and seemed fairly new, well maintained and clean. The rates are reasonable: $16.00 / day; $85.00 / week; and $285.00 / month including electricity and taxes BUT the park seems to be a hidden treasure. Road signs to its whereabouts are very limited and need to be expanded. We were very pleased with our stay here and there is no doubt we will return when we are in this area.
We contacted the park to see if they had space available and agreed to stay in the overflow for a couple of days until the new sites were ready. Five days later we moved onto a site where others were away and then a week later, the sites were still not ready. We decided to leave rather than move from pillar to post waiting for a site. The park is well treed and what sites there are, are well laid out. The sites and roadways are concrete but the surrounding neighborhood is questionable. The clubhouse, bathrooms or laundry were just in the process of being built and there were no activities. The owner tends to overbook the sites.
This is the third time we have stayed at Sunny Acres starting in 2002 and each time it gets better and better. Big beautiful sites; plenty of space between sites; well treed; well maintained; in-town and readily accessible to all desired amenities. It’s obvious the owners care about their park and their customers and that they are RV’ers. Bathrooms (showers) are to die for. Complete bathrooms with lots of room and total privacy; nice little laundry; and a comfortable meeting room with an outside patio. What more could you ask for? We are Escapees and had a 50% discount.
Big D is 3 years old but already shows signs of wearing as the concrete on the roadways and sites is breaking up. The park and the staff are very friendly and all the staff, except the Manager, are on-site. There are no planned activities and all activities depend on the campers to organize and run. There is always something going on and the campers did a great job. Parking your tow vehicle on your site is almost impossible. Initially, parking was on every other site but as the sites filled, vehicles that could not park on their own site, could not park on the roadways and were directed to park in spaces at the entrance to the park (often quite far from their camping sites). Many of the sites are too short and too narrow for really big rigs. Wifi is free and fairly good but is limited by the number of systems using the service.