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Winterhaven , CALIFORNIA

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Price change.

The prices have changed it is $10 a night or three nights for $25 or 7 nights for $50. The Wi-Fi is very erratic.

Great for a stop over or 55+ snowbirds

I typically rate campgrounds as they fit into 1 of 5 categories. This campground will be rated as an “along the way” stay — grounds that you seek out for a night or two as a place to simply stay the night along your journey to regroup and get some sleep. Ratings for this category are based on: Cost: 4 Overall grounds: 4 Utility of sites (hookups, level ground, accessibility): 4 Noise: 3 Reservation Process/Ease of Getting a Site: 4 Layout: 4 Customer Service: 5

This spot is an exclusive 55+ snowbird community. However, they do allow overnights if you’re under 55+, just call to confirm before booking online. Online booking process is easy. Cost in mid-winter for AZ is reasonable at $38/night (before Good Sam discount) seeing how AZ campground prices usually skyrocket in winter months.

Check in was very easy and friendly. This is very evidently a long-term renters spot with basic amenities like horseshoes, dog run, wifi, etc. Due to COVID, showers were closed but bathrooms were open (we didn’t use them).

The layout of the grounds were very straightforward and easy to maneuver for a big rig. Long term spaces are back-in and most overnighters are put in the pull-thru spots on the far end of the park, abutting the Pilot gas station. Noise was moderate with train tracks nearby and the rumble of some air traffic and tractor trailers. Nothing too disturbing, though.

Our spot was gravel and level from side to side, though a bit unlevel front to back. We decided not to unhitch and it wasn’t much of an issue.

Wifi was excellent for streaming. Worth noting, some of our devices/router weren’t able to pick up the network, so we had to use a phone as a hotspot to distribute the signal. No big deal and maybe a fluke; it was otherwise powerful. Hookups were a little spread out but nothing our attachments couldn’t handle. They’re certainly big rig/slide out friendly.

There were plenty of open overnight spots on our arrival. The community seems to bustle in the morning with coffee at the office and lots of off-readers hitting the trail directly from the campground.

This is far from a nature setting, but as an overnight along the way, the facility is very convenient, just 1/2 mile off I-8. Would definitely use these grounds for an overnight again!

Would return!

Quiet little spot though plenty of people there. Friendly dogs, people said gets busy on the weekends. Quiet dusty/sandy. Would return!

Great stay over holidays

Well run park. Decent size sites. Hot tub, pool and laundry. Super clean showers, hot. Bake goods for sale daily.

Nice and quiet during the night.

I didn't choose to park right next to the lake but was on the other side of the dirt road. Real nice place to relax, camp out, ride my bike, all for free. Felt very safe and had no issues during the stay. Its close to town if needed also. Never saw bugs and wind was pretty calm

Great winter spot

Great people and great staff very well kept would return

Ice cream anyone

My first time here we arrived a week before our friend group to secure a good location before the busy thanksgiving weekend and we were the only ones out by the dunes, but the ice cream truck still managed to find us! 😂

There are a lot of regulars who come to the dunes for group camping, and some of them have incredible set-ups, our neighbors rolled in with an 18 wheeler filled with side-by-sides, a flatbed filled with quads, and a hauler filled with bikes, along with 6 big rig RV’s.

This place isn’t actually free you need to buy either a weekly or season pass which runs from November to April ($35 or $150) and the longest you can stay is two weeks without moving your set-up. You can buy a pass at any ATV store or shop, but there is no way to buy one once you’re out here. Rangers and border patrol make the rounds to make sure everyone has a pass, and obeys all ATV rules on the dunes and sand drags.

There is trash at the entrance, slightly inside are toilets. Cell phone service is 5 stars (we work from our RV and had no issues), you can pay to dump and fill up water at the RV park a couple miles from here. The sand is soft, heavy rigs may need to air down.

This is not only a beautiful place, it is also a way of life, and a must do for anyone with a way to get out into the dunes.

Basic campground,

This campground is more basic than resort. It has a small pool, laundry, level sites with full hookups, cell signal is good. It is close to shopping and gas, etc. the down side is the loud road noise as it is right beside the interstate. The sites are gravel with little to no landscaping.

Its nearly free

How awesome, a big grassy dog friendly place to park our rig with free Security. It was perfect, checked in when we arrived and handed them 10.00, them drove over to the lot and picked our spot. 👍🏼 it was quiet and safe.