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Where to Camp this Summer

Get ready for summer, or as we like to call it, #100DaysofCamping. Did you know there are 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day? That means long trips, short trips, quick getaways, and all kinds of camping fun on the calendar.

A Thousand Trails Camping Pass is the best way to make the most of #100DaysofCamping. For a limited time, Good Sam Members save $200 off a Thousand Trails Camping Pass! Click here to buy, or keep reading to learn more about all the great locations you can visit with a camping pass!

One hundred days gives you time to cover a lot of ground, and luckily, Thousand Trails has camping destinations in some of the most popular travel destinations. If you don’t have a bucket list, you may turn to the internet for ideas. One list compiler is U.S. News & World Report, which regularly compiles “bests” when it comes to summer vacation options, so we will take a look at those and highlight attractions and camping options.

U.S. News & World Report likes to categorize destinations, so they have all kinds of lists like Best Historical Towns, Best Small Towns, and Best Beach Vacations.

Camping at Thousand Trails Verde Valley

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Indiana’s Ceraland Sports Park & Campground Rolls Out Recreation Fun

Welcome to CERA Sports Park & Campground, where adventure awaits. Nestled in the rolling heartlands of Columbus, Indiana, our sprawling 345-acre outdoor haven beckons RVers, families, sports enthusiasts, and nature lovers alike.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors with our expansive campground, boasting 324 campsites and six cozy cabins. These options provide the perfect blend of comfort and rustic charm for your stay. Whether you prefer pitching a tent under the stars, indulging in cabin comforts, or staying in your own RV, CERA Sports Park & Campground has accommodations to suit every preference.

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Pickleball, Golf, and More

For those seeking active pursuits, our park has an abundance of recreational delights. Take on the challenge of our brand new 18-court pickleball complex, where players of all levels can showcase their skills and enjoy thrilling matches against fellow competitors. Shoot hoops on our basketball courts, perfect your putt on our mini-golf course, or embark on a leisurely round of disc golf on our scenic 18-hole course, which winds through the entire parkland.

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Oceanside RV Resort: Experience the Best of San Diego

Conveniently located just north of San Diego, Oceanside RV Resort is a stunning coastal resort offering the perfect blend of beach access with the best of Southern California vibes. Oceanside RV Resort is the ideal choice for tent camping and RV enthusiasts, with spacious sites, well-maintained facilities, and easy access to the beach. The resort features a sparkling pool, a relaxing fire pit, and a fully equipped barbecue area, which is perfect for enjoying the sunsets after a day on the water, large gatherings, and making new memories.

Photo courtesy of Oceanside RV Resort

Additional resort amenities include mini golf, cornhole, billiards, arcade games, a Master’s themed putting green, and even boogie board and bike rentals. For pet lovers, Oceanside Resort has a charming dog park to ensure a comfortable SoCal stay for the furry, four-legged visitors, too.

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When not hitting the waves, the resort is also near local transit, including train and bus services, as guests can effortlessly venture into the city or nearby coastal towns and explore all that the San Diego area has to offer. Enjoy the convenience of San Diego’s attractions while staying in a serene, relaxing atmosphere that allows you to recharge and unwind or continue to hit the waves all year long at this ultimate coastal getaway.

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Iron Mountain Resort: Georgia’s Premier Off-Road Park

Come visit Georgia’s premier family off-road and camping destination, just north of Atlanta in Dahlonega. Iron Mountain Resort is located off Highway 52 in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. We have 4,300 privately owned acres of off-road trails for all machines and enthusiasts to enjoy. Trails range from mild to wild to suit all rider experience levels and preferences! We are open daily for trail riding, track practice (coming soon!), side-by-side rentals, and camping. Monthly drive-in movies, races, and special events are available as well!

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Discover a vast selection of 150-plus trails designed to cater to every rider’s preference and experience level, ranging from mellow to exhilarating. Our facility is open year-round, ensuring 365 days of thrilling trail riding, side-by-side rentals, camping, and exclusive monthly events.

At Iron Mountain, we’re all about getting outside and exploring off-road! We have 150 miles of GPS-marked and mapped, one-way directional trails. Iron Mountain also offers specific areas and trails for Jeeps and full-sized 4×4 vehicles, a single track for dirt bikes, and a dedicated obstacle course area coming in March.

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Montana Majesty at Indian Springs Ranch Golf & RV Resort

Camp under Montana’s big sky at Indian Springs Ranch Golf & RV Resort in Eureka. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the new resort puts campers in one of western Montana’s most scenic regions with state-of-the-art amenities and a slew of nearby recreation possibilities. 

Just five miles south of the Canadian border, the resort is nestled within Indian Springs, a vibrant community located between Whitefish and the Purcell mountains. Indian Springs offers deluxe accommodation suites and a premier 18-hole golf course. Encompassing hundreds of acres, Indian Springs has several outstanding real estate opportunities. 

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Going to Glacier

After settling into one of the well-appointed sites, adventurers will have plenty of choices for recreation. For an unforgettable day trip, head west to Glacier National Park, comprising approximately one million acres of surreal lakes and towering peaks. A drive along the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road leads motorists to unparalleled views of the surrounding peaks. The park is home to 762 lakes, many of which accommodate fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Hikers can soak in dramatic views by taking the Highline Trail, an 11.8-mile out-and-back hike that follows the Continental Divide. 

Lake Coocanusa was formed by the damming of the Kootenay River. Getty Images

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Stay at a Top Rated Good Sam Campground

Camp with the best. For 2024, a total of 164 Good Sam Campgrounds scored flawless 10/10★/10 Good Sam ratings based on our trusted and time-honored evaluation system.

Our rep teams travel across North America and check campgrounds for the cleanliness of restrooms and showers; environment, and visual appearance. Each category is rated on a scale of one to 10, and a star is added for exceptionally clean restrooms. You can also find top-rated Good Sam parks — along with parks that have a total ranking of 28 and higher — on our Top Rated Campgrounds page.

Parks With a 10/10*/10 rating:

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Alabama 10/10*/10 Good Sam Campgrounds

Ahoy RV Resort, FoleySugar Sands RV Resort, Gulf Shores

Full moon over the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction. Photo: Getty Images

Arizona 10/10*/10 Good Sam Campgrounds

De Anza RV Resort, AmadoGood Life RV Resort, Mesa
Arizonian RV Resort, Apache JunctionMesa Regal RV Resort ,Mesa
Sunrise RV Resort, Apache JunctionSun Life RV Resort, Mesa
Superstition Sunrise RV Resort ,Apache JunctionTowerpoint Resort, Mesa
Weaver’s Needle RV Resort, Apache JunctionValle Del Oro RV Resort, Mesa
Vista Del Sol RV Resort, Bullhead CityDesert Shadows RV Resort, Phoenix
Distant Drums RV Resort, Camp VerdeFar Horizons RV Resort, Tucson
Verde Ranch RV Resort,Camp VerdeMission View RV Resort, Tucson
River Sands RV Resort,EhrenbergRincon Country West RV Resort, Tucson
Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort, El MirageBonita Mesa RV Resort,Yuma
Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold CanyonDel Pueblo RV Resort,Yuma
Gold Canyon RV & Golf Resort, Gold CanyonVilla Alameda RV Resort,Yuma
Apache Wells RV Resort, MesaWestwind RV & Golf Resort,Yuma

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Celebrating the April 8 Eclipse: Find Out-of-This-World Festivals

Skywatchers across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are preparing to celebrate the total solar eclipse on April 8. Festivals and special events along the eclipse’s path will feature music, fun, and opportunities to observe the phenomenon as it casts its dramatic shadow.

During this rare celestial event, the moon will blot out the sun over parts of the South, Midwest, New England, and Canada. The resulting shadow will travel along the roughly 100-mile-wide “path of totality.” While the total eclipse will last mere minutes, there are plenty of opportunities to extend the festivities in the preceding hours and days. Consult NASA’s Total Eclipse website for locations and times for eclipse watching across North American states and provinces.

If you haven’t already made your travel plans, learn more about where to camp for the 2024 total solar eclipse and get the answers to some frequently asked questions. While campgrounds and hotels are booking fast, you can still attend a festival or special eclipse event even if you aren’t staying nearby.

Special solar eclipse glasses will be handed out at many events. Some will also offer a full schedule of entertainment, crafts, speakers, and more. While many locations are hosting festivals on the day of the eclipse, a few are taking advantage of the full weekend with three- or four-day events.

Here is a look at some of the 2024 solar eclipse festivities, along with some nearby Good Sam Campgrounds, taking place across the U.S.

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Good Sam Adventures: Add Thrills to Your Next Trip

Exciting Destinations

Turn your next vacation into an adventure. The following destinations put campers in some of North America’s most exciting spots for boating, hiking, biking, fishing, and more. Keep your eyes on this page for more adventures.

April Adventure: Total Solar Eclipse

It’s never too early to plan for your spring vacations, and skywatchers won’t want to miss the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8. During this rare celestial event, the moon will blot out the sun across a long swath of North America, plunging the landscape into darkness.

The spectacle first appears over the skies above Mexico’s Pacific Coast around 11:07 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, crossing Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick, and Labrador-Newfoundland, exiting North America at 5:16 p.m. Newfoundland Daylight Time. Consult NASA’s Total Eclipse website for locations and times for eclipse watching across North American states and provinces.

If you’re planning to camp in a region affected by the eclipse, don’t hesitate to make your reservations today. Check out some of the campgrounds that lie in the path of the eclipse, and get some tips on fun and safe eclipse watching.


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Georgia’s Talona Ridge: A New Kind of Luxury RV Resort

There’s an expanding swell of tourists and adventurers making an appearance in the mountains of North Georgia. A family-owned development firm, OneStone, has taken on the task of transforming the heart of Gilmer County into a true destination for luxury RV travelers from all over the country. Talona Ridge RV Resort is already hitting many travelers’ “top 10” lists of luxury RVing destinations.

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As for the epic location in which the Resort now resides, no longer are these hidden gems of exploration — such as the wineries, the hiking/biking/jeep trails, the Cartacay River, Carter’s Lake, the BigFoot Museum, Springer Mountain (Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus) to name a few — going to be bypassed by the roaming RVers traveling through North Georgia.

Photo: Talona Ridge RV Resort

The gated Resort can take up to 141 big rig RVs and will treat clients to several top-notch amenities. These include a luxury pool and hot tub year-round, pickle ball courts, an intentionally designed dog park, fully paved sites, an exquisite event hall with an adjacent terrace, and a lookout deck in just one corner of the prestigious panoramic view.

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7 Things to Know When Camping to See the April Eclipse

If you haven’t already made travel and camping plans for the total solar eclipse of 2024, time is of the essence! During this rare phenomenon, daytime will seemingly change into night for a few minutes in 13 states stretching from Texas to Maine. The following FAQ will help you decide where to camp for the best eclipse experience.

When Will the Total Eclipse of 2024 Take Place?

The total eclipse will take place on April 8 in the early afternoon hours. Texas will experience the eclipse around 1p.m. Central Time, while Maine will see the eclipse around 3:20 p.m. Eastern Time. Although the total eclipse will last only a few minutes at most, many locations will experience several hours of a partial eclipse.

Camping in Arkansas in the path of the eclipse. Photo: Kerri Cox

If you’re camping, make sure to note that April 8 is a Monday, giving you the perfect chance for an extended weekend stay. Depending on where you camp, you may need a reservation for the evening of the 8th; otherwise, you might have to check out of your campground before the eclipse. 

Where Are the Best Locations to See the Eclipse?

The total eclipse will be visible in parts of these 13 states, primarily in the Central and Eastern U.S.: Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. It will also be experienced in parts of Central Mexico and Eastern Canada.

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Pechanga RV Resort: California Fun in a ‘Hidden Paradise’

Uncork vacation adventure in the hills of Temecula, California, between San Bernardino and San Diego. Pechanga RV Resort puts guests within close reach of stellar golfing, high-flying casino action, and a slew of vineyards that welcome visitors for tastings. 

Situated amid lush landscaping and plenty of shady trees, the resort pampers guests with ample amenities. Take a dip in the pool, hone your skills in the putting green, or let your pooch run loose in the fenced pet area. From the resort, the surrounding mountains form an inspiring backdrop. 

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Comfort in Wine Country

Pechanga RV Resort treats guests to ample lot sizes. Choices include the Presidential, with a picnic table, gazebo, barbecue, and fire pit; and the Chairman Elite, which includes all of the above along with a fire pit and large grass area. Sites also are available in pull-through versions and are 18 x 67 feet. All 210 available spaces have full hookups, with 20, 30-, and 50-amp power. The RV Resort amenities include immaculate restrooms and showers, cable TV, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, courtesy patrols 24/7, and a guest shuttle. Nearby, the Pechanga Gas Station, Mini Mart, and Baja Fresh offer added convenience. 

Odds in Your Favor

A short walk from the RV resort, the Pechanga Resort Casino rolls out 200,000 square feet (equivalent to 3.5 football fields) of gaming fun. Hit the 5,500 state-of-the-art slot machines. Choose from 15 different table games, including blackjack, baccarat, and Pai Gow.

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Good Sam Introduces 10/10*/10+ Rating

Good Sam is taking it up a notch when it comes to guiding travelers to the best campgrounds in North America.

To recognize Good Sam Campgrounds that go above and beyond in terms of customer experience, Good Sam has launched its new 10/10*/10+ Campground Rating.

The new criteria separates campgrounds that have exceeded the expectations of the established 10/10*/10 system based on ratings, recreational items, services, social amenities, and anything else that goes into creating an unforgettable camping experience. Enjoy the best campgrounds that Good Sam has to offer.

—Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort in Oregon

10/10*/10+ Parks for 2024


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68 New Good Sam Campgrounds for 2024 Adventures

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With the new year comes a slew of new Good Sam campgrounds in some of North America’s most beautiful destinations. Check out this batch of 68 campgrounds that have recently joined the Good Sam Network. You can also visit new Good Sam Campgrounds in the Southwest and Southern States.

Good Sam members get a 10 percent discount at Good Sam Campgrounds. While planning your trip, consider all of the campgrounds in the Good Sam Network. Not a member? Purchase a membership at any Good Sam Campground or sign up online.

Find new Good Sam Campgrounds in:

ArkansasMissouriSouth DakotaAlberta
ColoradoMontanaTennesseeBritish Columbia
DelawareNew JerseyUtahNew Brunswick
IdahoNew YorkVirginiaNova Scotia


Riverside RV and Camper Park, Houston

On the banks of the Little Susitna River, this park treats guests to a true Alaska camping experience. Cast a line into the waterway for world-class salmon or enjoy the nearby town of Houston.

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Unearthing the Fountain of Youth in Niland, California: A Desert Oasis Beckons

Nestled within Southern California’s arid landscapes, the Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort in Niland, California, is more than a myth; it’s a tangible and captivating destination. Let’s explore the history of the Fountain of Youth and the myriad attractions in the surrounding area.

The Mythical Fountain of Youth: A Real-Life Discovery

The concept of the Fountain of Youth, promising eternal youth and vitality, has intrigued humanity for centuries. Although the Fountain of Youth in Niland doesn’t grant immortality, it offers rejuvenation. The natural hot springs in this region are reputed for their therapeutic properties. Visitors can immerse themselves in the soothing mineral-rich waters, enveloped by the serene desert surroundings. These hot springs hold the power to alleviate stress and tension, making a visit to the Fountain of Youth a perfect retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Soothing hot water in the Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort.

Things to Do and See in the Area

Hot Springs Relaxation: The centerpiece of the Fountain of Youth is the revitalizing hot springs. Renowned for their healing properties, these mineral-rich waters have a long history of attracting visitors in search of relaxation and well-being.

Desert landscape around the Salton Sea.

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Florida’s Terra Ceia Village RV Resort Expands With More Fun, Luxury

On the heels of a major expansion, Encore Terra Ceia Village RV Resort gives guests more reasons to stay and play in this lush corner of southwest Florida.

Located in Palmetto on Florida’s Gulf Coast between Tampa and Sarasota, Terra Ceia Village RV Resort recently added several amenities along with new, roomy sites. Guests can use the resort as a launching pad for day trips to surrounding attractions, from Walt Disney World to Seaworld to Longboat Key.

Big Expansion

The park hosted a Grand Opening event on November 4th showcasing all the major improvements made to accommodate guests and add more fun, including the following:

The addition of 190 new sites, with plenty of room for slideouts along with picnic tablesA new swim area with a pool, deck, and pavilionNew clubhouse with ample gathering space and restroomsNew state-of-the-art fitness centerNew restrooms and bathhouse4 new pickleball courts.

Terra Ceia’s new pool and clubhouse.

In addition to the main clubhouse, an activity center on the resort’s west side gives guests additional ways to relax. There’s a screen porch along with a second pool as well as shuffleboard courts.

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5 Places to Explore Around Salina, Utah

If you’re making your way out west and looking for an enchanting detour, then Salina, Utah, might just be worth the pit stop. With plenty of serene and scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, golf, and more, it’s a great excuse to stretch your legs and stay a while.

To help give you some inspiration for an improvised itinerary, here are 5 places to explore around Salina, Utah.


1. Fishlake National Forest

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The largest freshwater mountain lake in the state of Utah, Fishlake National Forest is a haven for bird watching, hiking, trophy fishing, or just taking in the sights of the serene aspen landscape. With hundreds of miles of motorized trails, diverse vegetation, and a diverse ecology of wildlife, there’s plenty to explore.

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Houston: A Stellar Snowbird Destination

Where you can find a rodeo, space rockets, and skyscrapers in the same town? Welcome to Houston, America’s fourth largest city, with a subtropical climate and a distinctly Texas attitude. Houston offers a wealth of diverse experiences to explore, including a world-class Museum District, abundant parks, and a thriving arts scene.

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Meander the Museum District

Nearly 20 museums await you in Houston the Museum District, and half of them offer free admission. You might find yourself examining one of the Menil Collection’s Picassos, gazing up at a dinosaur skeleton in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or paying solemn respects at the Holocaust Museum Houston.

You can learn about human health, Buffalo Soldiers, the Slavic culture, and so much more. If the kids are among along, make a stop at the Children’s Museum. When you’ve had your fill of halls of treasures, venture outside to Hermann Park, a 445-acre green space featuring a railway, pedal boats, and a Japanese Garden amid a natural landscape.

The Bloch Cancer Survival Plaza in the Museum District. Photo: Viephoto Studio

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Snowbird Escapes: 70 New Sun Belt Good Sam Campgrounds

Good Sam offers more ways to save for snowbirds motoring through the Sun Belt this winter. We’ve added the 70 parks to the Good Sam Network, giving you more value for your buck as you explore Southern destinations like New Orleans’ French Quarter or the Houston Space Center.

Good Sam members save big with the 10 percent discount at Good Sam Campgrounds. While exploring, discover all of the campgrounds in the Good Sam Network. If you’re not a member, joining is easy: Simply buy a membership at any Good Sam Campground or sign up online. Before making reservations, check each campground’s seasonal information to determine availability.

Find the new Good Sam Parks in the following states:

Alabama     LouisianaSouth Carolina
GeorgiaNorth Carolina

Boardwalk to the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.


Sun City RV Park, Elberta

This new RV park in Elberta puts guests close to beaches, restaurants, shopping, and waterparks. Free Wi-Fi, a new pool, showers, and laundry give the amenities they need for a great stay.

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Explore Southwest Florida With Encore Resorts — for Up to 50% Off

Two Encore Resorts in Southeast Florida invite travelers to enjoy state-of-the-art amenities in warm Sunshine State weather at a fantastic discount.

Brand-new Tranquility Lakes RV Resort offers Lakeside Camping in the fun-filled community of Cape Coral. Up the coast in Palmetto, Terra Ceia Village RV Resort has a grand opening of a major expansion scheduled for November 4. Terra Ceia puts guests within reach of some of Florida’s top attractions, including Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Busch Gardens.

Both resorts offer promotions to give guests up to 50% off camping costs (see bottom of article). This offer presents a rare opportunity to sample the snowbird lifestyle at a big discount in gorgeous locations.

Tranquility Lakes: Cape Coral Camping at Its Best

RV Camping on Tranquility Lakes.

The city of Cape Coral enjoys a reputation as one of Florida’s top vacation playgrounds, with lots of golf courses, sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, and family-friendly attractions. RV travelers can enjoy it all by booking a stay at brand-new Tranquility Lakes — limited amenities available. Nestled along the shores of a 90-acre lake, Tranquility Lakes boasts RV sites with concrete pads and 50-amp, full-hookup pedestals. Each site has cable TV and picnic tables, the perfect setting for outdoor dinners during sunsets.

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Arizonian RV Resort: Adventure and Amenities in the Sonoran Desert

Arizonian RV Resort sits in beautiful Gold Canyon between the bright lights of Phoenix and the tall peaks of the Superstition Mountains. Surrounded by Sonoran desert landscapes, the resort cultivates a friendly 55+ community with a slew of amenities and activities to keep guests busy. 

Camping Options

With more than 400 sites, Arizonian RV Resort gives visitors a wide range of camping options. Guests can stay in full-hookup sites with 30/50-amp power with ample room for slideouts. Paved patios at each site give travelers room to relax. Wi-Fi for overnight guests connects RVers to the world outside. An on-site laundry room has plenty of machines to keep your clothes clean. The park offers daily, weekly, and monthly rates, so campers can plan a vacation that fits their style. 

Arizonian Park Models.

Travelers can also purchase an existing park model or install a new unit. If you fall in love with the area, you can become an annual resident. This enables you to enjoy year-round seasonal activities. 

Active guests can stay busy at the park’s pool, exercise room, or putting green. Bocce ball, shuffleboard, and pickleball courts fuel competitive juices, while an art room, wood shop, and ceramic shop give guests a chance to cultivate hobbies. Choose between two clubhouses for games and social occasions. A dog run gives your canines a chance to blow off steam.

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