Membership Campgrounds: 2 Western Horizon Parks Sold

Western Horizon Resorts (WHR), an owner and operator of private membership, RV resorts, and RV travel related services, purchased eight resorts from 2000 to 2005. From 24 RV resorts, WHR is now operating 11 resorts.

Indian Waters RV Resort in Indio, California, is one of two camping resorts recently sold by Western Horizon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In an earlier post (Membership Camping: 8 Western Horizon Parks for Sale), I indicated that WHR had listed eight of its recreational vehicle parks for sale, with a combined 1,839 RV sites for a total of $28.13 million. In a recent statement on their Website, WHR announced that two of these RV parks—Indian Waters in Indio, California and Ocean Shores Resort in Washington State—have been sold.

A privately held company, WHR was founded by Jim Loken and family in 1984 and was designed to provide RVers with “an exceptional outdoor vacation experience”. Following the sale of these two parks the corporation operates 11 resorts, 7 affiliated resorts, Vista Group RV Insurance, and two affiliated camping networks: Adventure Outdoor Resorts (AOR) and Sunbelt Resorts.

Indian Waters was sold to RV Management Services – Indio, LLC (RVMS), a RV resort operator with more than 15 years experience in the operation of more than 25 RV properties. The new developer’s improvement plans include a second pool, sewer to the sites on the north side of the resort, a pickle ball court, and a putting green. The park will close in April and reopen in November once construction is complete.

Ocean Shores was sold to K/M Resorts of America, a membership camping company with over 20 years in the camping resort industry. K/M operates eight resorts throughout Washington State—Beachwood Resort (Blaine), Columbia Shores (Chinook), Diamond Point Resort (Sequim), Maple Groove Resort (Randall), Ocean Mist Resort (Ocean City), Old American Kampground (Newport), Travel Inn Resort (Elma), and Ponderosa Falls RV Resort (Cheney). Ocean Shores Resort has been renamed Ocean Breeze.

Desert Shadows RV Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona, is listed for sale by Western Horizon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

K/M has committed to opening the resort year round. The resort is now open and will remain open through the improvement process. K/M has already moved in equipment and started their improvements to the property.

Home park members of these resorts will contact the resorts directly for their reservations. Non-home park WHR members may continue to call WHR central reservations to book their stay.

In their information release, WHR attempts to put a positive spin on the sale by stating that they are “delighted that these developers will bring improvements to the resorts.” According to the statement members should see little or no change to their membership privileges.

The sale of these two resorts along with the potential sale of an additional six raises many questions and future implications for WHR members and future members.

If, as Jim Loken says, all he is doing is selling the real estate, why do members no longer have access to the four parks he recently sold to Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS): St. George RV Park in southern Utah, Tall Chief RV Resort in Washington State, Valley Vista RV Park in Benson, Arizona, and Desert Vista RV Park in Salome, Arizona?

Hot air ballon soars over the recently sold Indian Waters RV Resort. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There is considerable information, misinformation, and confusion about membership camping. In order to assist the consumer in making an informed decision I have posted a series of nine articles.

Disclaimer: I am a member of Western Horizon Resorts but do not represent them or sell memberships.

Worth Pondering…

I am part of all that I have met

Yet all experience is an arch wherethro

Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades

Forever and forever when I move.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

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