The Best Resorts For RV Travel in December


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The lure of the open road and the comforts of home come together when you’re traveling in a recreational vehicle. You’ve already considered the best places to RV in December.

A key factor in planning an RV road trip is selecting RV parks and resorts. Before you hit the open road, there are a few things you should understand about RV parks.

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When it comes time to park and unwind you want an RV park that will make you feel at home. As any experienced RVer can attest, not all RV parks are created equal—the quality varies from budget to high end.

During the past several years we’ve had the pleasure of staying at numerous 5-star RV resorts. Following are some of the more memorable resorts for RV travel in December. Travelers exploring the country in an RV will want to put on the brakes and stay for a while at these RV parks and resorts around the United States and Canada.

These top rated RV parks provide the most discerning RVer with best-possible guest experience.

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

And be sure to catch up on all our recommendations for the best resorts for RV travel in September, October, and November.

Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Located 1.5 miles from the white sand beaches, Gulf State Park Campground offers 496 improved full- hookup campsites with paved pads and 11 primitive sites. Campground features 11 modern air conditioned bathhouses, camp store, laundry facilities, swimming pool with splash pad, tennis/pickle ball courts, horseshoes, volleyball, nature center, and weekly activities.

Boasting features that were not available on the old pier, destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan, the Gulf State Park Pier offers features such as indoor seating for concession area, indoor retail area for tackle and souvenirs, comfort stations at the midpoint of the pier, and wheelchair accessible rail fishing. The new pier has 2,448 feet of fishing space available along the rails.

The MotorCoach Resort, Chandler, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The MotorCoach Resort, Chandler, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The MotorCoach Resort, Chandler, Arizona

Newly opened in September 2016, The MotorCoach Resort located at I-10 and Wildhorse Pass (Exit 162) is the only exclusive, boutique motor coach resort in the Phoenix Metroplex. An unique plan, all sites are drive-in and face a common landscaped area and central patio.

Located on the site of former Baudry’s RV, The MotorCoach Resort offers paved interior roads and 32 large paved sites on eight landscaped acres. 50/30-amp electric service, water, and sewer are centrally located. Amenities include laundry, showers, bathrooms, picnic area, dog walking areas, 24 hour patrol security service, and Wi-Fi.

The MotorCoach Resort is owned and operated by its adjacent development RV SuperStorage, a Class A RV storage facility. The amenities at RV SuperStorage is available to RVers staying at the MotorCoach Resort, including propane, reverse osmosis RV wash and wax, and an on-site RV repair company, RV SuperService.

The resort is across the interstate from Wild Horse Pass Casino and other luxury amenities on the Gila River Indian Community including the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, Whirlwind Golf Club, Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, Phoenix Premium Outlets, and Wild Horse Pass Motorsport Park, a world-class racing facility for motor sports (yes, we hear the racing loud and clear).

Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona

A wide paved street will take you to a back-in gravel site. All sites are in the 50-60+ foot range. A popular snowbird roost adjacent to the Superstitions and in close proximity to Apache Junction and Mesa in the Valley of the Sun East Valley.

A Cam-An Resort, Canyon Vistas offers many activities, clubs, and events. Amenities include pool and spa, pickleball and shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, fitness center, arts and crafts room, computer lab and classes, stained glass and pottery and ceramics facility and classes, library, and large clubhouse.

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona

Located on the Valley of the Sun’s east side, this park takes in 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Mesa you will discover this Maricopa County park in a desert setting.

Paved streets and paved sites with many in the 55+-foot range. Back-in sites and pull-through sites in a semi-circle fashion with 50/30-amp electric service and water on the curbside toward the rear. Dump station available; no laundry facilities.

Camping reservations now available and highly advisable during the busy winter season. Reservations are limited to 14 consecutive nights.

Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA, Desert Hot Springs, California

Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA, Desert Hot Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA, Desert Hot Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA is the former Desert Pools RV Park. The park has been cleaned up since our last stay here two years ago. A fast speed internet system has been installed. Interior roads are asphalt and sites gravel. The 287 back-in sites are 65-feet in length plus extra wide. 50/30 amp electric service, water, and sewer are centrally located back of center. Wi-Fi internet worked well from our site (#175); locating satellite for TV was a breeze. Desert Hot Springs area Natural Therapeutic Hot Springs is where the campground derives its healing waters for its large swimming pool and three hot tub spas. The park is well maintained with additional improvements planned.

Worth Pondering…

Yesterday was history, today is reality, and tomorrow is opportunity.

—David Pearce

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