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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!
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
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.
Their website is a bit misleading, it is not clear that the resort is open for members only. Not knowing that we called to make the reservation for 3 nights. When we arrived we were told that we should attend a 90 minute presentation. We attended the presentation, but we didn't buy the membership, so now we can't go there until we wait for 2 years and attend another 90 minutes presentation. Otherwise the resort is very nice, considering that it is in the middle of the desert. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The grounds are well kept, bathrooms are clean, there is a fenced area for doggies. If you have a fishing license, you can fish in the lake. They also organize all kind of community programs, bingo, pool games, live bands, etc, that we didn't attend, because of the pandemic. We enjoyed our stay there.
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.
We enjoy it
We would go back…. Only three analog channels with one coming in clearly that being Court T.V.
Found this place with the help of local. There are quite a few spots along the road, some easy to get to some a little harder. We found an awesome spot under some big trees. Pulled my 22' travel trailer in with no problems. Bring a lot of bug spray!!!! Fishing, hiking, ATV. Next to military base so was shockingly surprised to be woken up by the sounds of bombs going off and machine gun fire.🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 Crazy pre-war bridge with swastikas on it. Apparently this used to be an Arizona highway symbol, changed after the war.