Campground Reviews is now Available through the RV LIFE App on iPhones, iPads, and Android Devices.
Click Here to learn more.
28 RV Parks near Desert Shores, California
We did however find 28 campgrounds within 25 miles of Desert Shores. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Desert Shores in the left hand column.
Nov 2013 - $25.00
This park is under new management. It is getting a remodel which was OK with us as we were extended an awesome rate due to that. We had a roomy site with outstanding views of The Salton Sea. The owner and managers were incredible and made us feel welcome. We had our dog with us. I felt safe there and we were in walking distance to a casino and restaurant. We will return soon! - islandforce
Mar 2019 - $20.00
The resort was well maintained. They offer Good Sam discount and it wasn't until after I paid that I found out they also offer Passport. They will not refund any money. When making a reservation they require 50% paid and none of it is refundable. They have a little pond and the sites around the pond are the best. Not much of anything else is around this RV resort. For the price, it is really worth it. - RVpartyanimal
Feb 2019 - $17.00
Nice park with all of the amenities. Very clean pool. Great hot tub. Pond with fountain in the middle of the park. Nice social residents. Sites were tight to the point we were concerned about being able to open our slide without touching our neighbors awning. Picnic table was in disrepair. Management checked in with us several times to make sure our stay was pleasant. There were organized activities to include poker, karaoke, and food truck dining. A few residents had organized a hiking club and there may have been a biking group as well. Every afternoon about 4:30, management lights a community campfire. Lots of folks show up to swap stories, advice, and things to do/places to see. This park allows off leash dogs everywhere. While that may be different it was a very good experience. Everyone picked up after their dog, kept a pleasant distance from other dogs when walking, leashed their dog when thought necessary. The privilege was awesome and not taken for granted. CA-86 runs along the park but is not that noisy. What is noisy is Old CA-86 that is parallel to the front of the park. There are many farms and communities down Old CA-86. Their p/u trucks and blown out exhaust pipes are noisy. Also, the resort workers begin their day at 6am driving their ATVs around. Those woke me up several morning. ATVs, lawn mowers, and other loud contraptions should not be used until quiet hours are over. Location is the final issue. There is nothing around. A full service grocery store is 20 miles away in Palm Desert. Things to see and do are further yet. Just too remote for us but there were several folks that have snowbird there for many years. - FT Travelers3
Jan 2019 - $20.00
We found this to be a great park. Friendly campers (many seasonal) and friendly staff. Very well maintained park. Many fruit trees scattered around park. Close to highway, but we found noise acceptable. There is a noise barrier wall between the park and highway. The sites are quite close. We did however find the sites level. We will come back. - Dano
May 2015 - $30.00
This is an outstanding RV park right on the western shore of the Salton Sea. It's quiet, comfortable, and convenient. If you're an off-roader visiting Truckhaven and have an RV, this campground is for you - there is direct trail access right from the campground property. Or, if you are an Ultralight pilot, they have you covered too with a smooth, wide dirt strip between the park and the water! I stayed here for the first time this year, and couldn't believe what I've been missing. Dry camping/boondocking for the annual TDS Desert Safari? Not anymore! - pantherjeep
Apr 2016 - $32.00
Almost left in middle of the night. Went to use the restrooms, only to find a ungodly spider which since I looked up to see it is a camel spider. But to see the coming and goings in middle of the night by the two legged, was afraid to leave our windows open in the rv.
No matter what and how they remodel this park, new owners, they cannot change on what is happening outside their gates with the once great Salton Sea. It's dwindled down to a puddle, quicksand no fish and only dead or aging birds and people that either are too old or not enough money to move. Very sad to see and hear on how great this place had been at one time. I visited this same park in the '70's and it sure has changed. I guess drugs even made it out to the deserts. - SaltonCityBanchee
Mar 2016 - $30.00
This is an older park, but still pretty nice - if in need of some maintenance & modernization. Garland, one of the park managers, bent over backward to take care of me after I experienced electrical & water issues at the site I was originally given. The sites are pea gravel and very level. Water pressure & electrical service at the second site were good, but sewer odor from the septic vents scattered throughout the park was occasionally unpleasant. Also, sites only have one water connection each. That said though, overall this is a nice park with an amazing staff, nice amenities, great access to local wilderness activities, and easy rig access that just needs a little TLC to rate a top score. - pantherjeep
Jan 2016 - $11.00
This is hands down the park with the friendliest and best staff and the most welcoming fellow camper community we have ever seen. In our experience it even tops the well known hospitality of the Escapee parks.
We arrived to stay a few nights and ended up staying two months! Monthly rate for a full hookup pull thru site on fine gravel is 325$ plus electric which was a total of 125$ in our case. If you want it any cheaper you have to boondock in the desert. But there won't be any WiFi which was included and mostly worked reasonably well.
We first went from a two night stay to a week and then to a month and in both cases the office staff honored our previous payment which is not very common.
The park has changed ownership a few times in the last years and no owner was willing to spend money for maintenance let alone invest in some renovation or improvements. Therefore the park has a pretty rundown appearance and we heard some stories about electrical issues. However, the management works hard to keep everything clean and resolve any issues immediately.
Our site was hassle free, very level and with good and stable hookups. The management kept an eye on leaving every other site empty to help with privacy. During our stay in December and January the park was only about 20% occupied.
We joined most of the dinners in the clubhouse for the excellent food and the friendly people. We got quite a few invitations to join some of the ongoing excursions or other events. Despite being about twenty years junior of the average other camper around we made a lot of new friends and felt very welcome and well integrated in all kinds of activities.
Lots of the campers we met return to this park for many years and we will join them in doing so.
One thing can be awful though: the smell from the Salton Sea being a mixture of dead fish and sewer can ruin your camping experience. That depends on the wind which mostly keeps the stench away but not always. - TheSchweitzers
Feb 2019 - $28.00
This campground looks the same as it did twenty some years ago. It appears the California Park system has accomplished little or no improvements. The restrooms here look their age. Showers are solar heated so on a cloudy winter day the water is cold. Most of the sinks don't work, and be careful sitting on a toilet -they wobble, and rock. There are about five electric sites available to overnight guests. Campground hosts occupy four electrical sites. This is a paved curb side RV parking setting. Parallel parking or back-in is an option at each site. Not so bad if most sites remain vacant. The upper loop is closed. The campground pretty much looks neglected and degraded like the adjacent Salton Sea, which is getting further away from the campground. - James Barr
Feb 2019 - $30.00
Only about 8 sites with full hookups, 4 face the beach (139-142) They are an odd size 20'x40' we managed to back out 37' 5th wheel in sideways. Fabulous view of the Salton Sea sunsets and sunrises! Great campground hosts. Sea is interesting. Doesn't smell good close up but didn't notice any smell at the site. Train and highway close by but no whistles here. Campground to the North is quite noisy I'm told. Stark beauty here. Enjoyed it. - AdrianaW
Jan 2016 - $30.00
Stayed in one of the full hookup sites. It was level pavement, with table and fire pit. Right on beach 100 yards from water. Great for bird watching. No wifi and decent Verizon signal. Only negative is road noise and trains. Would stay here again. - Budapest
Mar 2019 - $28.00
I would call this park serviceable. We had a reservation in the Mecca campground, but it was closed due to a water problem, so we were moved to this facility. It's more like a commercial RV park than a state park. It's basically a row of sites along the edge of a big parking lot. The sites are level but pretty close to each other. You do have a nice view of the Salton Sea, and it's just a short walk across the parking lot to the beach. (Beware: dogs are not allowed on the beach.) There are two sets of restrooms. One set appears to be for day users and is buggy and not very well kept. The other set is newer and quite well maintained. We didn't see any evidence of showers. We used this as a base to explore Joshua Tree National Park because the campgrounds there were all full. It worked well for that, although the shortest route, Box Canyon Road, was closed, so we had to drive around, which took about an hour. As state parks go, this campground is kind of disappointed, but, as I said, serviceable. - Thriller
Feb 2019 - $28.00
This is a very disappointing campground for any sort of RV experience. The full hook-up sites are crowded in a straight line with little spacing between the sites. The not so leveled sites are on the edge of a massive empty paved parking area, which is off limits to RV camping. All that empty space, and the park decided to crowd in the hookup sites. I stayed here because the hook-up sites in the New Camp loop were unacceptable. Only five hook-up sites there and one is handicap designated. The electrical hook-up is a small metal box with a damaged 30 amp outlet. There is no circuit breaker. The water hook-up was well beyond the unlevel paved parking strip. Attempting to sleep here is a challenge. About 800 feet away is a train crossing. Trains pass here numerous times day and night. Each one blasting its horn as if there was a major obstacle in its path. The kicker here. After paying the high price fee for a lousy site, one must pay to use the shower. Won't stay here again. - James Barr
Feb 2017 - $30.00
We stayed here a couple nights during the week in early February. We enjoyed this campground and the Salton Sea. We plan on visiting again and staying longer. There were plenty of open spaces. At the same fee entry point, and within walking distance, are two campgrounds: Headquarters and New Camp. We stayed at Headquarters. There is a large parking lot. On the east side of this lot are 15 pull through full hookup sites. Your front will face the sea. These sites are very close, separated by tall palm trees. They are closest to CA-111 and train tracks. The highway noise was minimal. The trains were frequent and loud. They use their horn. If you don't like train noise, you will not like this campground. There are an additional 3 dry spots at a the NW corner of the parking lot. The visitor center and restrooms (no showers) are at the south end of the lot. New Camp is close to CA-111. There are 25 parallel sites around a loop. Most are dry but a few are water and electric. These are much more spacious than the ones at Headquarters. Except for 47, 48, and 50, there are no sea views at New Camp. The showers, which require tokens, are at this campground. - Neil and JoAnn
Mar 2018 - $1.00
I'm not sure how this place made it to R V Park Reviews. It is not an RV Park. It is not even BLM property. It is private property owned by the mining company that is no longer working the area. Having said that, this place was perfect for us. We do like to 'Dry Camp". Be aware. There are NO SERVICES. Users of this land respected the spaces. It was not crowded. It was clean. The ground was hard packed sand, flat and level. The scenery is spectacular as it is situated on a bit of a bluff. Nearby Borrego Springs has limited services but enough so you don't have to leave the area to shop. There are lots of BLM areas around but we feel this is the best place to stop. We would return in a heart beat. - Rollin Ollens
Mar 2017 - $1.00
Rockhouse Trail (also known as Rockhouse Road) is an area of dispersed camping in Anza-Borrego State Park. This is an easily accessed FREE boondocking area off S22 and about a 15 minute drive into Borrego Springs. If you like desert scenery and a degree of solitude and can do without all the amenities that come with standard campgrounds, this is the place for you. There's room for lots of rigs and you can set up close to a neighbor or far apart, whatever suits you and your neighbor's fancy. Any size rig will do fine here as long as you're careful - some tracks can be sandy. Be aware that there are NO services here, not even trash dumpsters. Come in with a full fresh water tank and empty holding tanks. Be a conscientious camper and pack it in and pack it out. Ground fires are not permitted here, but you can have a fire in a metal container of some sort. We had good cell reception with AT&T. After your stay at Rockhouse you can dump your tanks, fill fresh water and take showers at Palm Canyon Campground near the Visitors Center in the park proper by paying the $10 day use fee. - BruceandKathyWA
Jan 2019 - $40.00
My wife and I are full time RV'ers, and we visit a good many parks. This is one of the more attractive parks that we've been in. The sites are wide, level, and covered in well maintained (clean) beach sand. The sand looks nice, However it rained while we were here and it was difficult to keep the sand outside, for the wet sand tended to stick to our shoes. But this is the desert and so this would be a rare problem. The sand is very attractive. The sites are also bordered on three sides with tall trees that do a nice job of isolating you from your neighbors. You can see this clearly from Google Maps satellite view. We easily got Dish satellite locks. The park is a little tight having only back-in sites. I had to bend the fifth wheel nearly 90 degrees to back into my site. Not terribly difficult, but it is nice when it it can be done easier. The host helped me park the RV and she was obviously experienced at doing so. If I had taken the time to better position the trailer it would have been possible to park the pickup alongside the trailer (it was raining). I was able to park in front, but would not have been able to do so if the trailer was any longer (it's 30 feet). I think some sites are a little longer. There is a pool and a spa, but the heat was not working in these during our stay. The restrooms and showers were very clean. My only real complaint was the lack of connectivity. There is no wifi and cell service was not usable. Phone service would come and go, but mostly be gone. The host told me that there was a hot spot at the office, but I couldn't detect it the one time that I tried to use it. It's obvious that this park is someone's pride and joy. It's very nice. - Tom Blocker
Feb 2017 - $12.00
Very nice park with reasonably sized sites, friendly personnel, super clean and well-maintained. The only 'ding' here is absolutely no Verizon service, and no convenient grocery stores. There are two markets in Borrego Springs, about 16 miles away, with limited groceries. - Katy29
Mar 2016 - $30.00
Very friendly, helpful owners and staff. Great showers/restrooms. Sites are wide and deep with shrubbery in between for privacy. New pool will be excellent when ready by May 1st or sooner. A bit out of the way with town of Borrego Springs about 20 miles away. Seven pound bag of ice ($3) available on site. Only downside: wifi limited to 4 hours max per day with absolutely no streaming. After 4 hours system cuts you off till next day. But, we drove to the library in town (excellent 24/7 wifi) and were on-line and streaming. - Robertg7
Apr 2012 - $20.00
The price is right. Pool was kind of cold, but I swam in it once, my kids several times. Walking distance to a store and a beer bar. Friendly staff invited us back for a big July 4th weekend bash they do. We would come back next desert season. Manager said there were some plans to improve a few outdated areas of the park. The park is 45 years old, but is comfortable. No playground, but lots of kids enjoyed the pool. - Dave from California
Feb 2012 - $20.00
Great camp for the price. Dirt parking. Nice and level. Good layout if you want to camp with a few friends close to each other. Easy walk to a market and the "Iron Door", a beer bar. Friendly to off-roaders. Pool was freezing cold, but my kids did not mind. We stay here once or twice a year. Usually don't need reservations. Lots of spaces even during peak season. - Dave from California
Jan 2019 - $60.00
Found this place last season. Thought we would give it a try. They have rules but that's what makes this place safe for our family and friends. Most of the rules are commonsense anyway, and they ensure that people are respecting other campers. The staff is exceptional and go out of their way to please. The sites are large and nicely laid out. The place is completely fenced and staff ensures dirt bag wannabe gangsters stay out by issuing car tags to all guests. Tired of getting gas and camping stuff ripped off in the desert? This place is a good solution. On the big weekends this is the only place to be. No music blasting all night long. It wouldn't be bad if we liked the tunes. The showers and bathrooms are clean and well stocked. Pool is subject to a little sand when the wind is blowing, but the staff works hard keeping things clean and sanitized. They have a lot of special events which we look forward to participating in next season. We highly recommend this place especially if you frequent OW. They are an environmentally conscience, you are not allowed to use holding tank chemicals while attached to their sewer. At check-in they will check your black water tank to make sure it is chemical free. This process is not a problem for us. - Desert_dog
Mar 2018 - $65.00
My family and I have been camping here since they opened about 7 years ago or so! We love the family atmosphere and the park is clean! The kids have so much fun jumping in the pool and we enjoy relaxing in the huge spa after a long day of riding! We have spent almost every holiday there during desert season. We like the pull thru sites too! We also enjoy walking to the Cafe for a burger and beer! Bring your own off the ground fire pit or rent one from their office. - KWhite2018
Jan 2010 - $40.00
We chose the Blu INN so we could store our trailer on site and just pull onto a spot when we traveled out on the weekends. The first weekend we decided to stay on the campground will be our last. We paid for a month of storage on the 1st and camped on a site for 4 days on the 15th. On day 3 we decided to eat the monthly storage fee and we pulled our property off the site completely. The owner of this property is arrogant and flat out rude. We had a guest come through the gate and they didn't check in as there are no signs at the gate to check in. The owner came around in his truck and was rude and belligerent to our guest; who actually had come to see the site with his father to potentially camp out for their next trip. He put his fingers in my guest face and my wife's face and warned them that it was private park and they better check in. About 10 minutes later another guest came in the site driving a Borrego Ambulance as he was on duty. He did not check in either and again the owner came in his truck, beer in hand, and warned my guests to check in. We spoke to the two other renters across from us and they had similar experiences with the owner the night before. In the morning I discussed the behavior with the attendant at the front desk and informed her we would not be camping or storing any longer at the Blu Inn. When we checked out the owner was sitting in the office and did not even attempt to discuss my concerns regarding his behavior with my guests and my wife. We respect the fact that as the owner he is trying to keep tabs on who is in the park for the safety of his guest, this is why we chose to camp there instead of in "the desert" but his arrogant, rude, obnoxious behavior was inappropriate. If I want that type of behavior I will take my chances camping out in the open rather than paying for it. The pool was freezing and cloudy, the jacuzzi was 80 degrees and you needed tokens to shower; which we didn't know until we were in the shower undressed. Not worth the money for a hookup and rude owner - madirain