Where Snowbirds Enjoy a Second Summer in Winter
It’s that time of year again! The birds are migrating south for the winter, and right behind them are the RV snowbirds. After all, isn’t that the whole point of having a house on wheels? So you can follow the good weather no matter where it goes!
Snowbirds love to head to the Southeast, taking up temporary residence in states like Florida, Alabama, or Texas, which stay relatively warm. Other options include the Southwest, where the dry climate allows for more temperate winters (as long as you’re not too far up in the mountains). Arizona is one of our favorite options for all you snowbirds this winter!
We rounded up the best RV parks in Arizona for snowbirds. Check them out below!
1. Desert’s Edge RV Park – Phoenix, Arizona
Highly favorited on RV LIFE Campgrounds, this RV park rocks a funky retro vibe with bright colors, making you feel nice and warm, even in the winter! This campground is loaded with amenities like a heated pool, hot tub, two dog parks, a dog grooming station, and a family fitness center.
All ages are welcome at Desert’s Edge, so younger snowbirds will feel right at home. It’s only about 30 minutes from the center of Phoenix, so you can head into the city whenever you feel like it. They offer great discounts for monthly stays, so park your rig and stay warm for the winter!
- Photo courtesy of Desert’s Edge website
2. Vista Del Sol – Bullhead City, Arizona
This is another spot that offers great specials for long-term snowbirds! Not only does Vista Del Sol have all the luxury amenities of a regular retirement community, but they have tons of activities for 55 + active adults as well.
Highlights at Vista Del Sol include pickleball courts, billiards, card games, “wine down” at the pool, bingo, yoga, line dancing, and other monthly events to keep you occupied the whole winter.
- Photo courtesy of Roberts Resorts website
3. Leisure Valley RV Park – Casa Grande, Arizona
Leisure Valley RV Park sure lives up to its name with all of its chilled-out activities. They’re decked out with a heated spa, 6 local golf courses, crafts, bingo, and card games. This family-owned, 55-and-over campground has everything you need to relax.
History and nature buffs will love it at Leisure Valley, a self-proclaimed “place to call home for snowbirds.” Nearby you can find the famous Hohokam Indian ruins as well as Picacho Peak State Park. There are also tons of restaurants nearby to enjoy an evening out.
- Photo courtesy of Leisure Valley RV Resort website
4. Canyon Vistas RV Resort – Gold Canyon, Arizona
This is the perfect RV park in Arizona for snowbirds who are more sporty! While still for the 55+ crowd, they offer seemingly never-ending options of sports.
Canyon Vista offers water fitness classes, woodcarving, ladder golf, geo-caching, a pet park with an agility course, and horseshoe pits – just to name a few!
- Photo courtesy of Canyon Vistas RV Resort website
5. Silver View RV Resort – Bullhead City, Arizona
Silver View RV Resort has premium sites on the bluff that offer gorgeous views overlooking the city and the Colorado River. Open to all ages, they have all your typical amenities and then some. Reviewers love the on-site deli that serves Boar’s Head meats and other simple groceries you may need.
- Photo courtesy of Silver View RV Resort website
6. Islander RV Resort – Lake Havasu, Arizona
Can you imagine RV life meeting the island life? Talk about a winter getaway. Situated on “The Island,” this lakefront property will blow you away. With beaches, boat slips, a boat launch, and a swimming pool, you’ll feel like you’ve driven yourself all the way to Hawaii. Snowbirds of all ages flock to Islander RV Resort for a “warm nest of sunshine.”
7. Black Rock RV Village – Salome, Arizona
What about wintering in the Arizona desert outback? At Black Rock RV Village, you’ll be smack dab in the middle of the peaceful desert. You can catch the gorgeous sunsets, join in on their weekly activities, or hang out with their desert tortoises, Minnie and Nala. All ages are welcome here and they offer seasonal rates so you can put down roots for the winter.
- Photo courtesy of Black Rock RV Village website
8. Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort – Casa Grande, Arizona
At this Arizona snowbird RV park, golf literally comes first. The entire park is wrapped around their very own 18-hole golf course. The sports amenities don’t stop there – they offer three pools plus courts for pickleball, softball, and tennis. Designed for campers aged 55 and up, Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort offers specials for snowbirds who book on their website in advance.
9. Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory – Benson, Arizona
Sitting at 3600 feet, Benson is known for its sunny and bright daytime temperatures of up to 76 degrees in the winter. You can reach Mount Lemmon in a few hours for skiing or head down into the Butterfield Stage Coach desert area.
Butterfield RV Resort & Observatory is the only RV park in Arizona for snowbirds that has its own onsite observatory. It is free to use for guests and perfect for stargazing in the desert night sky.
10. Tucson/Lazydays KOA Resort – Tucson, Arizona
Tucson/Lazydays KOA Resort is the perfect winter escape, filled with on-site activities and tons of other campers for blossoming friendships. On top of organized activities, golf, and multiple pools, there is also an onsite BBQ joint where people gather for dinner and drinks in the evening. Pet and kid-friendly, KOA welcomes snowbirds from all walks of life to escape the harsh winters in the north!
Find more RV parks in Arizona for snowbirds
Between the warm weather, RV parks filled with activities and amenities, and the gorgeous desert and mountain views, Arizona ranks high on the best places for snowbirds to spend their winters. Each one of these parks offers something unique.
For all of your camping and trip planning needs, look no further than RV LIFE Campgrounds and RV LIFE Trip Wizard. RV LIFE Campgrounds is a trusted source of campground and RV park reviews offered by camping and RV enthusiasts just like you. With its accompanying RV LIFE App, RV LIFE Trip Wizard gets you to your camping destinations utilizing RV-friendly routes specific to your RV and travel preferences.
Jennifer lives with her husband and their two cocker spaniels in a 29′ trailer in Mexico. She is one half of DashboardDrifters.com and the founder of RVSpotDrop, a web service for full time RVers.
I see so many glitzy parks $50. -$100 per night or more. That’s just looking to scalp unsuspecting snowbirds !
Sad I would rather boon-dock at quartzite than be ripped off.
Prithvi Camper says
Which is a better place for RVing: california or Arizona?
Judy hall says
The Leisure Valley ad is a bit misleading. I have actually stayed long term at this park.
First there are no crafts. Second the 2 young men that own the part are replacing all the RV spots with park models they are selling. Be aware, even if you reserve a spot months in advance you may not get that spot if the owners are able to sell a park model for that lot.
The public golf courses in the vicinity leave a lot to be desired.
Any local cottonwood rimrock camp verde long term rv park?
Just to have option long term only require electric water dump.
Mark Barrett says
Try Rancho Ventana in Blythe Ca.
Great park and golf course.
See web site
Bob Parish says
I agree with Judy, you missed the mark with Leisure valley, it should be at a bottom of a list, yes the park has done a little improvement but it is not a park I recommend, put a S in front of Leisure and it describes it.
Jacklyn Bucynski says
So we have a rustic little rv park in Chloride, AZ. Chloride Western RV Park is located in the oldest populated silver mining town in AZ and we are known for being clean and quiet. We do have many long term tenants but we do have Dry Camp and a few full hook up spots available for those traveling. We rarely have long term sites come available but on April 1st, 2023, we will have 2 spots open if you’re looking to relocate long term. Our website is under construction but if you google us, you’ll find numerous to give us a look. Happy Travels!