Saddle Mountain RV Park – This park has permanently closed
Date(s) of Stay: January 18, 2017 arrival, January 21, 2017 departure
Conveniently located 1/2 mile south of I-10, this RV park which is open year round is situated in the Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by several mountain ranges, the Belmont Mountains to the north, Saddle Mountain to the west, and the Palo Verde Hills to the south. There are 342 full hookup sites of which 62 are pull through sites with most of our sites being 60′ to 65′ long and 30′ to 35′ wide. Premium sites are paved while others are packed sand.They also offer park models for sale and rent. Near the registration office are two buildings which are labeled on the map as “dorms“. These are available for rent as well. A map of the park can be found here.
Rates can be found on their website. The daily rate is already discounted for Good Sam, FMCA, AAA, Escapees and Military. Note they do not take reservations.
When I called to make a reservation, I was surprised that they said they didn’t take them. Since this was going to be our last stop before boondocking in Quartzsite, we were concerned that they wouldn’t have any sites available. Didn’t need to be concerned as the park was pretty empty despite the upcoming RV show in Quartzsite. It’s a very nice, very clean RV park conveniently located off of I-10 basically in the middle of nowhere. Staff was very friendly and helpful when we checked in. We didn’t really like our site (#218) which was located fairly close to the sewage treatment plant which incessantly hummed. Since it was pretty chilly out and we didn’t have any desire to sit outside during our stay, it didn’t bother us but we would not want to be in that section of the park again.
Other reviews had mentioned the smell of a egg farm (Hickman Egg Farm) nearby. At first we didn’t notice it but during our stay the direction of the wind must have changed so the smell was quite noticeable. Complaints must be quite common because on the inside of the brochure they gave us at check in, there is a notice providing the email addresses for the county and state if you have complaints.
Size – 4/5
Sites were relative
ly spacious. Our back in site had plenty of length for both our 45′ rig and our van. We had no one on either side of us so difficult to judge the width.
Privacy – 2/5
Amenities – 4/5
Laundromat, propane, tennis courts, basketball courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, putting green, bocce court, swimming pool, exercise facility, showers and restrooms, dog run, BBQ area, activities center with big screen TV, DVD player, and pool table. Note the activities building is closed during the summer season June 1st-November 1st. RV Storage and indoor storage is also available. We didn’t explore any of the facilities so can’t comment as to their cleanliness.
Convenience – 2/5
Not much in town except for a post office and a gas station with a convenience store. The Tin Top Bar & Grill which seemed to have decent reviews (we didn’t try it) is located about 7 miles from the park. Nearest Walmart and other services are about 25 miles away.
Physical Surroundings – 3/5
Typical desert environment in the middle of nowhere.
Peace & Quiet – 2/5
There was some traffic noise from highway.
Utilities – 4/5
- Sewer –
- Satellite – good
- WiFi – no
t free, service is offered through Airebeam for a fee.
- Cellular signal –
- Over-the-Air (OTA) TV – 10 channels offered (according to the brochure)
- Power –
- Water Pressure/Quality –
What We Liked
– Convenient to I-10
– Large sites
– Wide, paved roads
What We Didn’t Like
– Egg farm odor
– Incessant humming from sewage treatment near our site
– Out in the middle of nowhere