Twenty minutes east of Grand Junction, the small town of Palisade on Colorado’s Western Slope is best known for their fresh produce, local wineries, and scenic hiking/biking trails. The nearby Island Acres Campground in Colorado River State Park used to be the closest place for RVers in town until November 2017 when a 14-acre resort opened to the public only a mile from the historic downtown.
Located off Interstate 70 and Highway 6 along North River Road, Palisade Basecamp Resort has five types of camping accommodations surrounded by vineyards, orchards, the colorful Book Cliffs, and the banks of the Colorado River.
You can choose between:
RV/Tent sites with full hookups
River bottom camping
Cabins and cottages
Country Home Suites
The resort has a range of RV sites each strategically angled for shade, views, and easiest maneuverability. They vary in size, price, and location, with the premium pull-thrus having the most convenient access to the resort’s amenities, while the River Bluff back-ins have the best views overlooking the river and surrounding valley of fruit orchards.
The pull-thrus can fit coaches up to 62 feet long, while smaller, cheaper sites are available for tents, vans, and motorcycles. They also have Vineyard Back-in sites and Overlook back-ins available; River Bluff and Overlook are the only two sites with full hookups during the winter season.
Their cozy new cottages are equipped with electricity and WiFi and they’re a short walk from the bathhouse. For larger groups, their two Country Home Suites are fully furnished with private patios and sleep 4-10 people.
Guests are welcome to use their pool, pet park, and modern bathhouses with restrooms. They have a new community shade and game shelter, a general store, and a playground for the kids. A dump station, propane filling station, and laundry facilities are also available on-site.
The RV sites are set among a large peach orchard and a greenhouse with freshly grown fruits and vegetables. You can also get local produce from the downtown Sunday Farmers Market during the summer or from the many stands along the highway. August is peak season for the town’s signature peaches and is celebrated every year with their Palisade Peach Festival (Aug 15-18, 2019).
Palisade Basecamp is only steps from the river if you’re looking to go fishing, kayaking, or on a scenic rafting trip. They’re also close to miles of hiking and biking trails ranging in elevation and difficulty. Walk along the Riverfront Trail for an easy stroll, hike the moderate Palisade Rim Trail for views of Palisade and Mount Garfield, or climb the steep summit of Mount Garfield for sweeping views of the Grand Valley.
Their rates vary depending on your site preference, weekend/weekday, and the season. During the winter, their RV sites are as low as $28/night and in the summer the premium spots are about $59 ($64 on weekends). They also have weekly and monthly rates available.
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Some RVers prefer a more quiet setting without kids running around everywhere. These 55-and-older RV parks are dedicated to traveling seniors and they have some fabulous amenities.
1. Sunny Acres RV Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Seniors and snowbirds love Southern New Mexico for its sunny year-round weather. This RV park is ideally located in Las Cruces with easy access to Interstate 10, I-25, and US-70.
The resort is 12 acres large and has 40-foot-wide spaces with full hookups. You’ll appreciate the wide gravel roads, laundry room, restrooms, and meeting room facilities. Discounts are available if you’re a member of AAA, AARP, Good Sam, or Escapees.
2. Waters Edge RV Resort, Punta Gorda, Florida
Southern Florida is another hot spot for senior RVers. Waters Edge RV Resort is a popular favorite for its central location between Sarasota and Fort Myers in Punta Gorda.
The resort surrounds a 20-acre fishing lake with over 100 RV sites for rent and for sale. They have activities planned throughout the year; from November through March, the events range from golf and water aerobics to game nights and Bingo.
The community comes together to celebrate events like Thanksgiving dinner, a Super Bowl party, and even a cribbage tournament. If you’re staying long-term, join them on an organized trip like dinner theater, a ladies’ luncheon, fishing, casino trips, or cruises.
3. Voyager Resort & RV Park, Tucson, Arizona
Voyager Resort is a quick stop off I-10 near Tuscon with over 1,500 spaces for RVs. The gated RV park has full hookup sites as well as park homes and hotel rooms.
The resort has their own bar and grill, 9-hole golf course, and heated pools. They also have outdoor sports like pickleball, volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, and horseshoe pits.
4. Venture In RV Resort, Show Low, Arizona
A scenic drive north of Tucson will lead you to this resort in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona. The RV park is at 6,300 feet in elevation and opens seasonally from May through October.
Some of the best trout fishing in the state is within a half-hour drive. Their facilities include a game room, laundry, a clubhouse, library, and access to bike and hiking trails.
5. Lakewood RV Resort, Flat Rock, North Carolina
Lakewood Resort lies off Interstate 26 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Their large shaded sites include full hookups, concrete patios, picnic tables, and WiFi. Discounts are offered for members of AAA, Good Sam, FMCA, and for seniors.
They also have a clubhouse, a large heated swimming pool, a catch and release fishing pond, and a dining area with a full kitchen. The resort is a quick drive to downtown Hendersonville, the local Cracker Barrel, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
6. Caliente Springs Resort, Desert Hot Springs, California
This mineral springs resort in the hot and dry California desert is a true oasis. Caliente Springs Resort has hot tubs you can soak in along with matchless views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Their sites are big-rig friendly and have full hookups and spacious patio pads. Cable TV and WiFi are available as well as laundry facilities, a clubhouse, and a couple of grassy, fenced dog areas.
7. Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona
You can play pickleball, tennis, billiards, or a round of golf on their 18-hole course. Afterward, cool off in one of their three swimming pools or Jacuzzis and soak in the mountain views. They also have card games, lawn bowling, and special events planned every week.
8. Mesa Spirit RV Resort, Arizona
Mesa Spirit RV Resort is about an hour north of Palm Creek Resort in Old Town Mesa. They have over 1,800 full hookup sites as well as park models for rent and for sale.
They host seasonal activities and amenities including a pool, fitness center, and laundry room. The historic town has lots to see and do including Mesa Grande Cultural Park and Papago Park.
9. Olde Mill Stream RV Resort, Umatilla, Florida
Central Florida has year-round sunshine and close access to big-name attractions like Disney World. Olde Mill Resort is about an hour north of Orlando with 427 sites, each with a concrete pad, picnic table, and full hookups.
The landscaped resort has mature trees, grass, shrubs, flowers, and lampposts that light up after dark. The Rec Hall and Clubhouse house their laundry room, billiards and more. They’re within a day drive of attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Gatorland.
10. Mission Bell RV Resort, Mission, Texas
In Southern Texas, Mission Bell Resort is only minutes from the US-Mexico border. Their amenities range from two saltwater heated pools to a dog park and a pet wash station.
Guests can also make full use of their laundry room, picnic areas, and library. Their current activity schedule lists a little something for everyone from Bingo and potlucks to quilt making and cribbage.
11. Pegg’s Adult RV Park, Long Beach, Washington
The Long Beach Peninsula is a scenic stretch of the Washington Coast. One of the most popular age-qualified resorts on the peninsula is Pegg’s Adult RV Park in Oceanside. From your campsite, it’s an easy walk through the dunes to reach the sandy ocean beach.
Long Beach claims home to the longest continuous beach in the country that you can drive on (at 28 miles). This area has lots of museums and local shops and restaurants, and every August they host the International Kite Festival. I highly recommend visiting the wacky and wonderful Marsh’s Free Museum to see Jake the Alligator Man, their quirky gifts, and antique coin-operated machines.
If you’re not bringing the RV, you can rent one of their cabins or luxury alpine fifth wheels. They have local artistic wooden sculptures throughout the park as well as a pond and a book exchange.
13. Tropic Winds RV Resort, Harlingen, Texas
Tropic Winds RV Resort is less than an hour from South Padre Island on the Gulf Coast. The resort includes over 500+ RV sites along with a swimming pool and spa, fitness center, and a clubhouse.
The RV park is open all year with daily, weekly, and monthly sites available. You can learn more about Tropic Winds Resort on RV Park Reviews.
14. 81 Palms Senior RV Resort, Deming, New Mexico
You don’t have to venture far off I-10 to reach 81 Palms Resort in Deming. The senior resort has 106 long pull-thru sites with full hookups and access to their community amenities. They have spotless restrooms and hot showers, an indoor heated swimming pool, coin-operated laundry, and a pet run.
North of Phoenix, Sunflower Resort offers RV parking in addition to resort-style amenities. They have a swimming pool and spa, a Tiki patio bar with Happy Hour, an on-site salon and spa, and various activities like water aerobics, ping pong, tennis, and pickleball.
The resort is close to a golf course, as well as the NHL Phoenix Coyotes arena and NFL Arizona Cardinals Stadium at the nearby Glendale Sports Complex. If you plan on boating or fishing, you can easily reach Lake Pleasant about a half-hour north.
The main West Coast highway, Interstate 5, runs all the way from the California-Mexico border north to the Washington-Canada border. It connects most of the major cities from San Diego and Los Angeles to Portland and Seattle. It largely parallels Highway 101 and California Route 1, or more famously known as the Pacific Coast Highway.
Interstate 5 has easy access to countless RV campgrounds along its 1,300+ miles. These are five of the many scenic places where you can camp just off the highway in California.
1. San Elijo State Beach
San Elijo State Beach is one of many beaches in Southern California where you can camp by the Pacific Ocean. This popular beach is a quick detour off Interstate 5 and Highway 101 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea on the San Diego Coast.
The beach has campsites within walking distance of the ocean as well as restrooms, showers, a pet area, laundry facilities, a dump station, and a camp store. Their rates currently range from only $35 to $50 for a premium site with an ocean view and $60 for a site with full hookups. The campground gets crowded often, so reserving your spot ahead of time is highly recommended.
2. Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach is less than ten minutes off the interstate in Dana Point. The southern end of the beach has dry campsites (with no hookups) that can fit motorhomes and trailers up to about 35 feet. The northern end of the beach draws in picnickers, surfers, and volleyball players. The visitor center also has five aquariums you can browse to learn more about marine life.
Their current rate is about $40 a night and reservations can be made ahead of time through ReserveCalifornia.com.
3. Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
Castaic Lake Recreation Area lies north of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita. This state park has tent and RV-friendly campsites including some right along the water. The lake is popular among boaters and fishers; if you don’t bring your own watercraft, the park also has boat rentals available. There are hiking trails you can take for scenic views of the lake, as well as trails for equestrians.
The campground has a minimum stay of two nights with a decent rate of $20/night ($40 total). It makes for a very affordable place to stay (especially compared to hotels) while you see the many attractions in the Los Angeles area.
4. RiverPoint Landing Marina Resort
RiverPoint Landing Marina Resort is only minutes from I-5 along the San Joaquin River. It is centrally located and a day trip away from Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco, and the coast. Most of their sites are along the waterfront and all have 30/50 amp power.
Their rates range from $37-65, but you can also check their website for current specials. The resort also has a dump station, showers, laundry facilities, and free WiFi.
5. Mountain Gate RV Park
Mountain Gate RV Park is close to I-5 in Redding as well as many of the attractions in Northern California like Shasta Lake, Burney Falls, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Their RV park includes 122 sites with full hookups, cabins, a pool, playground, laundry facilities, and a camp store.
Their current rates for RV sites vary on the size of your rig. Small RV sites (21 feet and under) are $37 a night and large RV sites (22 feet and above) are $43 (plus tax). They offer a 10% discount for Good Sam Club members as well as AAA members.
Many casinos are not only RV-friendly but they have their own RV resort with an extensive list of amenities. These are some of the best places to park and try your luck at the slots or table games.
1. Lakeside Casino and RV Park, Nevada
This casino in Pahrump is a quiet place to stay west of Las Vegas. They have 159 full hookup RV sites that surround a 7-acre man-made lake stocked with bass for fishing.
The lake has a waterfall, dock, boat launch, and sandy beach. RVers can also use their swimming pool, hot tub, and frisbee golf course.
2. The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park, Oregon
The Mill Casino overlooks Coos Bay on the Oregon Coast just off the scenic Highway 101. They have a range of RV sites with full hookups including pull-throughs with bayfront views.
The casino provides a free shuttle service up to the casino or into town. RVers can also access their fitness room, pool, showers, laundry, and spa.
3. Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, Washington
Quinault Casino only has dry campsites, but they are still the best deal you’ll find on the Washington Coast at only $5 a night ($15 on Friday and Saturday). Guests can stay up to 14 days at a time and use the swimming pool for an additional fee.
They have easy beach access and lots of things to see and do nearby in Ocean Shores. Try your hand at blackjack while you’re at the casino or grab a bite to eat from one of their cafes.
4. Casino Queen RV Park, Illinois
Casino Queen is conveniently located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and has unrivaled views of the Gateway Arch. Their RV park includes full hookups and a free shuttle service to the casino.
Make a day trip into the city to see attractions like the Arch and Busch Stadium. You can read more about camping in St. Louis on Do It Yourself RV.
5. Pechanga RV Resort & Casino, California
Pechanga RV Resort is a short drive from Temecula Valley Wine Country and Old Town where you can find historic 1800s buildings, antique shops, and restaurants. The resort’s 206 full-service sites can accommodate any size RV and include access to their pool and laundry facilities. They also have presidential sites with estate-style fencing and gazebos.
The casino has 24/7 gaming, and restaurants like a steakhouse, oyster and sushi bar, and a pub that serves high-quality BBQ. Play their 18-hole golf course or get a massage at their spa to unwind.
6. Gold Ranch Casino & RV Resort, Nevada
Gold Ranch Casino’s RV resort is west of Reno along the Nevada-California border. They have 105 spacious full hookup RV sites in a peaceful setting surrounded by mountains and trees.
Relax in their heated pool and Jacuzzi before heading up to the casino and restaurants. You can also fuel up at their gas station or grab snacks and beverages from their 24-hour convenience store.
7. Little Creek Casino & Resort, Washington
Little Creek is only 15 minutes from Olympia and easy to access off Highway 101. They offer full hookup RV sites next door to the casino with access to their laundry room and showers.
They’ve also expanded to include a par-72 championship golf course, spa, and a variety of dining options. Try their buffet for breakfast or the seafood bar for shrimp or oysters.
8. Paragon Casino Resort RV Park, Louisiana
This casino resort in Central Louisiana has something for everyone in the family. Your kids can enjoy their slides, arts and crafts, and video games while you take the free shuttle up to the casino or play the 18-hole golf course.
They also have a spa, cinema, and a few restaurants to choose from. Their RV park includes over 200 sites with concrete patios and full hookups.
9. Durant / Choctaw Casino KOA, Oklahoma
Few KOAs are located right next to casinos; this one in Southern Oklahoma has over 4,000 slot machines and 80 table games. They also have activities for the kids like a movie theater, laser tag, arcade, and bowling.
Go for a swim in their heated pool or get a workout in their fitness center. They’re only about a half-hour drive from Lake Texoma, a popular place to cast a line for catfish and smallmouth bass.
10. Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast, Mississippi
Hollywood Casino has a hotel and an RV park with full hookup sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Their RV sites include a free shuttle service to their casino and two free wristbands to the pool area, which has a lazy river, hot tub, and a swim-up bar.
The casino has a few restaurants on-site, a marina, and an Arnold Palmer designed golf course. There are also lots of local shops and restaurants only about 5-10 minutes away in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
You can easily find casinos with campgrounds by planning your trip on RV Trip Wizard