RV Life as an Introvert – RV Parks Reviewed

Here we are, heading out in Gorditto (see that open cabinet back there on the floor?
I had to install new cabinet clasps after this trip.)

I will only review places that we have stayed at or have first-hand knowledge of. I will keep adding to the list, with as many links as possible, so you have as much info as possible.

Curt Gowdy State Park in WY (visit in 2021): The location is somewhat remote and the landscape is beautiful. However, very few trees are located near RV sites, so very little shade for RVs. Trees were there, just not at the RV sites. The tent sites were placed close to trees. No internet, of course. Good for introverts b/c it is out and away from towns. There weren’t many people there, so we had lots of room. Not sure how it would be with more peeps. We were also there off-season and basically no one was on the lake. Plenty of space to wall and hike. Electric hookup only, and they had no dump station. The nearest dump station was several miles away in the next town, therefore, we could only stay a couple of days. It had some other issues too: no TP in the vaults (bathrooms), vaults instead of bathrooms, overflowing dumpsters for trash, no other amenities . We had to haul our trash out with us. Conclusion: Great place for those accustomed to boon-docking and that don’t need a dump station very often. Good for introverts in many ways due to being so remote. Beautiful landscape.

Gears RV park and Café in Aguilar, CO (visit in 2021 and 2022): Great place right on I25. We have only stayed there one night at a time on our way to other places. That being said, it was quiet (except, of course, for the highway noise – which is to be expected), the rates were fair, full hookups, the staff was helpful and kind, and the BBQ at the cafe was to die for. I can’t say much about staying long term. No trees or privacy, but the sites were not super close to each other (I thought they were close at the time, but have learned with experience that they, indeed, were not – LOL). Conclusion: not enough info to form too much of an opinion. Would totally recommend it for a night or two, though, on your way to and from other places.

RJ RV Park in Truth or Consequences (visit 2022): Nice folks. They provide showers, laundry, bathrooms, fair price, full hookups, and wifi. No trees and the sites are close together, however it was very quiet. We enjoyed our few days at this site, but it would not be a great place for introverts long term, due to lack of privacy. The best part of T or C is all the hot springs places to visit. I highly recommend the city/area just for that. Conclusion: The RV park is not for introverts long term, but definitely worth visiting the area for the hot springs experiences. We went every day. Our fave is the funky rooftop tub at the Charles Hotel and Spa downtown.

Faywood Hot springs Resort and RV Park in Faywood, NM (visit 2021): We LOVED our visit to Faywood, and wished we could stay longer, but had other places already booked to get to. There are plenty of trees, most of the sites have some room between them, the setting is rural, full hookups, showers, bathrooms, clubhouse/meeting area, great staff, all ages welcome, plenty of shade. I highly recommend this place for any and everyone. This place is an oasis out in the middle of a pasture, basically, which appeals to every little part of my introverted soul. LOL There only a limited number of sites, so it is quiet and restful – not too many peeps around. Keep in mind that the nearest town is 20-30 minutes away. There is a clothes-optional side (not my cup of proverbial tea), and clothes-required side – both for the hot springs and everywhere else inside those areas. There are lots of pools of hot springs of varying temperatures and sizes, some accessible 24/7 for those staying overnight. The settings and landscaping around the pools are rustic, native, and idyllic. There is the star chair a short hike away, which is basically a cute handmade chair built for two (situated on a hill) that is canted toward the sky for watching the (huge!) starry sky at night. There is also a spiral (not actually a labyrinth, as advertised – but who cares? It was wonderful) on the hill to walk through. I was able to walk/hike to these areas without seeing anyone else.

My Yelp review: Great place. I loved being out in the middle of nowhere with hot springs, but be aware that the closet towns are 20-30 minutes away. The gated facility has cabins, full RV hookups, and tent sights. It has a clothing optional side and a regular side. Some (not all) of the hot spring tubs (made of concrete, rock, and mortar) are clothing optional also. They have showers, bathrooms, laundry, and gift shop. Loved walking up to the rock circle and star chair. Peacocks and chickens roam around peacefully. And there are a LOT of birds and bird song in the area – loved that! The grounds and terrain and atmosphere were mostly peaceful and charming with trees and plants enhancing the placement of tubs, paths, etc. I loved that I could walk around at night in the moonlight to different tubs with the help of their solar path lights and not have to take a flashlight. You need reservations to get in, so call ahead. The only reason I am giving this place 4 instead of 5 stars is b/c of some noise issues with children. I prefer a very quite, meditative place – just my preference. The hot spring water was wonderful in all the tubs: “very hot,” “hot,” and “cooler.”

Conclusion: As RV parks/resorts go, this one was heaven for this introvert. Please do check out the chemical analysis of their hot springs water on their website, also, if that sort of thing is important to you.

Zane Grey RV Park in Camp Verde, AZ (2021 visit): We stayed three nights here in mid-November 2021. It was in the low 40’s at night, 70’s during the day. Cold to cool mornings and evenings. I wore a stocking cap and gloves for my morning walk each day at 7 – 8am. Sunny days. They also offer cabin rental. The cabins are up by the road, so not sure of the noise level up there. Camp Verde is very close and is a charming town to explore.

Pros: The camp was clean and orderly – immaculate, even. Long, narrow (but not too narrow) sites. The hookups were in a good position within the site and the water pressure is adequate. Lots of trees and shrubs to provide some privacy between sites. We used a pull-through site. They provide a plastic (therefore no grills allowed on them) picnic table, so bring your own table if you need somewhere to set your small grill. They provide free wifi, but only for the first 2 weeks. I think. Not sure about this. They have you sign-in using your own email address and create your own password, but they have you “purchase” the 2-week plan for $0. So, do you pay after that? Not sure. If you plan to stay longer and want/need wifi, you might want to call first about this. They provide showers, laundry, and bathrooms for guest use. The showers were wonderful – clean and nice and roomy with plenty of hot water. Shower/bathroom areas are obviously cleaned with vinegar, with I consider a good thing, as I am sensitive to bleach and strong cleaner odors. They have private (roomy, wooden) stalls with locking doors for each shower with plenty of places to hang stuff, nice fabric shower curtains, and a small bench in each stall. They provide a fire pit and group game area near the office with nice outdoor furniture. All areas are covered in pea gravel and are raked daily. The road through the camp is dampened with water each day to cut down on dust. There are trails that lead to the creek and run along the creek. Once around the whole, big loop (at a fast walking pace) took about 15 minutes. They also have a pet walking area, which I didn’t explore. They have twinkle lights wrapped around random trees throughout the camp, which provides light at night and looks quite charming. They go off at some point to facilitate sleep. I go to bed early, so they were still on when I went to bed each night, however, they are off during the night. Friendly, helpful staff and management. They escort you to your site when you arrive, meaning you follow someone on a golf cart to your specific site.

Cons: The wifi is incredibly bad. Do not expect to work online from this park using their wifi. Also (maybe due to the location?), our mobile hotspot didn’t work much better than their wifi while we were there, even though we used it successfully (we have a cell phone booster) everywhere else on our trip. We had to go into town to a library and use their wifi to get some online work done. You pay for the immaculate look of the park by having to listen to leaf blowers, rakes, and maintenance folks on their golf carts most of the day (granted it was autumn at the time we were there, and the leaves were falling, and they were trying to keep ahead of them). This is not a place to sit outside during the day to enjoy the quiet. We went to shower the first morning at 8:15am and they were closed for cleaning from 8am to 9am. Is it just me, or is morning the worst possible time to have showers closed for cleaning? The leaf blowing started promptly at 9am. Again, this seems a bit early in my opinion for folks who might like to sleep late (I don’t, but some do). Sites were not horribly unlevel, but we needed more leveling blocks for our class C front wheels than we had with us. Guess we need to purchase some more. Shrubs and trees between sites (for privacy) are more abundant toward the front of the camp and in those sites. Our site was more toward the back of the camp and there are fewer trees and privacy between sites back there.

Trails: The Creek Loop Trail is a good, level walk on mostly sand and dirt with some fallen leaves on top. The creek is beautiful. Trail #2 is not so simple. It is also without hills, but you will want some hiking shoes/boots for this one, most probably. The trail is all on the former creek bed, so almost the entire trail is smooth river rocks of various sizes, making for very uneven terrain. With fallen leaves on top of smooth river rocks, you will want to watch your step – especially if there is moisture and they are wet. Trail #2 could use some maintenance/grooming in order to make it a more friendly walk, even though I did enjoy the scenery and trees on both trails. Conclusion: Not for introverts long term, b/c of the noise and the sites are too close together. However, the park is outside of any town and the two trails can provide some alone time for introverts.

Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post (2021): We stayed here one night on our way home in mid-November. We called that morning and got a site for later in the day, no problem. Low 30’s at night, 60’s during the day.

It is conveniently located right next to I-40, so it is loud – which was expected. Clean and tidy place with cute vintage trailers and cars that were fun to look at, as well as other vintage touches throughout. The wifi sucked, but we are finding that that is pretty normal for RV parks.

Friendly and helpful staff. Very level sites. Full hookups. Loved the solar lights posted by each hookup area. We arrived at night, b/c we got caught in a traffic jam due to road construction, so the light was helpful as we hooked everything up in the dark.

Dusty and dry – which is to be expected b/c it’s the desert. They had trees for shade, but not a lot – which is to be expected b/c it’s the desert.

They provide showers, bathrooms, and laundry for guests, although we couldn’t get the door code to work for us to get into the showers. We tried the wrong door? Not sure, so we showered in our RV, b/c we just needed to get going. I think they also have a pool, but assume it was closed due to it being November.

Would stay here again as a quick one-nighter right next to the highway. Conclusion: Not so great for introverts for long term use due to traffic noise and lack of privacy in the park between sites.

Justin’s Diamond J RV Park (2021): Pros: Full hookups and big sites. Trees for shade at each spot. Relatively level sites. Beautiful views of the AZ landscape. Lots of wonderful trails to hike. The trails are well maintained and beautiful to walk. Laundry, pickle ball court, mini-golf, and mail boxes to receive mail. They honor Good Sam’s discount. Good price. Well maintained grounds, landscaping, and sites. Friendly and helpful owner/staff.

Cons: Very noisy due to the highway being so close (probably not so bad at the back of the park, however we paid a “premium” price for a pull-through, and they are all at the front of the park near the road). Also very noisy due to shooting range/skeet shooting a few miles away. On Sunday morning at 8am, the pops from gunshots started sporadically and very quickly became a constant barrage of gunfire for over and hour and a half. This is NOT a good place for those liking quiet on a Sunday morning. Weekday mornings were not quite as bad. The hookups are right at the street edge of the pull-through sites, meaning you cannot pull your rig very far into the sites. No showers or bathrooms for resident use. Conclusion: the gun shot noise is pretty bad on Sunday mornings, but okay the rest of the time. This park might be okay for introverts if you were able to get toward the back of the park and not by the road, however, be advised that most of the sites on the back are for permanent residents and may not be available for part-time RVs.

Turquoise Valley’s RV Park (2021): We stayed two nights at this park near Bisbee, AZ. Full hookups, showers, restrooms, laundry. Quiet and restful atmosphere. Showers and bathrooms were clean and well-maintained. It has tall, skinny trees – so very little shade. However, it’s the desert, so a lack of trees is to be expected. Friendly, helpful staff/owner. Located almost right on the Mexico-AZ border. Weather was 40’s at night and 70’s during the day (November 2021). Great rates. Large, level sites. Nearby Bisbee has a cute, touristy downtown – great for walking around and shopping. It has a reputation for fast internet. I must admit I don’t remember whether it was or not. Conclusion: At the time we were there, it was very quiet even though there wasn’t much privacy for each site. It would be only okay for introverts, but would do for short periods, probably.

Siesta RV Park (2021) Las Cruces, NM: This place is showing its age, however, it has great views and full hookups for a wonderful price. The water pressure is high, so use your water pressure regulator for hookups. Each RV spot had a tree and most had a picnic table. It is in a great location that is just outside Old Mesilla. We biked very easily to Old Mesilla for the farmers’ market on Sunday morning. The manager, Mike, was very friendly and helpful. It has dated laundry, bathrooms, showers (also great water pressure!), and a small shop – all of which could use an update, however, everything worked fine. Over all, I consider our stay there a good one. Conclusion: This park was quiet and restful, even it dated. If you got a site toward the back side, it would be more private, and the views are great out the back of the park.

Western Way RV Park Resort (2022) Tucson, AZ: We stayed about two weeks here, but only b/c we booked online and would have had to pay the full amount anyway. This is considered a “resort” RV park, therefore it provides showers, pool, hot tub, library, pool tables, meeting hall with dance floor, plenty of weekly events on their activity calendar, etc. This park is mostly a mobile home park with a few sites used by RVs. We were on a corner by the clubhouse, so we got LOTS of foot and golf cart traffic. The sites are super close, and we are packed in here like proverbial sardines. This is definitely a 55 and older park, in fact, I might call it a 70 and older park. Everyone is very social and the park-wide most seen afternoon activity seems to be sitting in the “front yard” and visiting. Conclusion: This park is definitely not for introverts – unless you could maybe get a site far away from the clubhouse, and I’m not sure there are any. The back sites may all be mobile home sites (not sure). This park is most definitely for older, senior extroverts. Those folks would be very comfy here.

Sunny Acres RV Park (2022) Las Cruces, NM: We stayed about a week here. The sites are big, they are not too close, and there are plenty of trees. Except for the 3 days of sand storms we had, it was a very nice stay. They offer bathrooms, showers, pickle ball courts and gear, and a laundry for resident use. It was quiet and nice. We were on the outside edge of the park, and I enjoyed not having folks on all sides of us. Conclusion: This park could work for introverts if your site is on the outside edge of the park.

Sans End RV Park (2022) Winterhaven, CA (just outside Yuma, AZ): We stayed a couple of weeks there in March of 2022. This RV park is just over the AZ/CA border in CA and right on the Mexico border. The park is just south of the little, sleepy (read: dying) village of Winterhaven, CA. I loved the small-town feel of the area. Candice, in the office, was super nice and super helpful. Weather was hot and windy most days with sand storms on those windy days, however, due to diligent efforts on the park’s part, the roads inside the park were watered down most days, so the dust storms were not right on top of us. It did get cloudy a couple of days, which cooled everything down quite a bit. It sprinkled rain one day.

The park itself was nice. It has plenty of palm trees, and they house plenty of wildlife (one of my fave things). I put out my bird feeder block (pls note that I did not get my block on Amazon, and I do not get any money from them. I just wanted to let you see what I use. I got mine at a local Wal-Mart) and watering trough for birds (large flower pot tray with a rock in it to keep it from blowing away) and wildlife and had plenty of takers. There were plenty of birds, lizards, and prairie dogs partaking in the seed and water I had out.

We had a site on the edge of the park that looked out over a field. That whole area around Yuma is mostly farms and fields. It was nice to get to look out our back window at some green growing in a field, and b/c we were on the edge of the park, we only had a person on each side of us. We had no one in front or back of us. The extra breathing room was great.

The park was well-kept, clean, and offers pool, hot tub, showers, laundry, game room, meeting room. The sites had some space between them and some grass in several areas. There were not any privacy screens (shrubs, fences, etc.) between sites, but because of the bigger sites, we didn’t feel so squeezed-in.

The park has an activity calendar printed out that Candice gave us at check-in, and it’s pretty full. There are lots of great activities on there. My partner, who is highly motivated by food (LOL), loved the weekly ice cream social, the morning coffee and doughnuts, and the Saturday morning biscuits and gravy treat. They have a stitching/quilting group weekly and even offer ukulele lessons each week. As an introvert, I did not attend any of the activities, but he really liked the variety of things to do. The one time I did venture near the swimming pool, I noticed there were only two peeps and lots of nice silence. So if you’re an introvert who likes pools, this one might work for you.

Drawbacks included two highways nearby and train tracks, so the noise level was pretty consistently loud. The wi-fi sucked, just like in most RV parks, but we ran into a problem we’ve only encountered once before (and probably for the same reason). Even our T-mobile hotspot would not work in this park. We called T-mobile several times to see what they could do to help us out, but they were never able to tell us why we had so many issues. I assume they simply don’t have good coverage in that remote area and just didn’t want to admit that. To get any work done online, we had to go into Yuma and go to a coffee shop or the public library. We did not get to stream any of our fave shows while staying there, and my partner and I had several conversations about how spoiled and entitled we are as American humans, to think that we have the right to stream whatever and whenever we want.

Conclusion: As an introvert, I did okay at this park. I didn’t like the noise but was able to deal with it. We had polite (quiet, nonsmoking) neighbors while there, so that probably helped. I wish the wi-fi would have been better, but I loved the terrain/environment. I loved the wildlife and bird watching. And although I am not a fan of wind and sandstorms, having grown up with them, I still liked our time there.

Lazy D Mobile Home and RV Park (April 2022) Parker, AZ: We stayed a week there in April 2022. This is an inexpensive, bare-bones place, IMO. All ages are welcome, and it is only $17/night or $290/month and then you pay for electricity also. That’s a wicked good price.

No wi-fi, but they do provide one shower per gender, two bathroom stalls per gender, and a laundry room. The facilities are very dated, but serviceable. The park is quite lacking in atmosphere. We are surrounded by rocks, pavement, and concrete. There are a few plants on the property, but not many, and none near us. As someone who values greenery, this is not an easy place for me to be.

This is a mobile home park with some spots for RVs. It’s a big park, mostly full of long-termers. Being near the entrance of the park, we get lots of traffic by our site (which also means exhaust fumes).

Weekends can be noisy, but most the time the noise level is not too bad. It is hot (not helped by all that rock, pavement, and concrete) and dry (it is the desert, so to be expected). Our mobile hotspot worked okay in the area, which is a good thing. It was nice to have Parker, AZ just a couple of minutes away for shopping. We had a difficult time contacting the office due to it seldom being open (and no one answered the door bell) when the sign said it was supposed to be, and the voicemail for the office was full. Pls note that the office only takes cash for payment.

Conclusion: There’s not much privacy there, but the price is right. Not much greenery either. And as we are learning with most RV parks, the experience is going to fluctuate due to neighbors (are they quiet? do they smoke? We are nonsmokers) and your position in the park (do I have rigs on all sides, just two sides, are there trees for shade at my site, are we on the outside edge of the park, etc?).

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