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Old 08-24-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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good parks near Pahrump, NV?

I'm thinking of spending the winter in the southern Nevada area, perhaps Pahrump or Bullhead City? I'm not too familiar with this area and I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a cool rv park for me. Generally I like remote parks that aren't too noisy with 30 minute or so drive into town for supplies. I also like if there are national parks nearby I can explore, dark nights are a plus too so I can use my telescope. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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I would take a peek at Beatty, NV. there are three RV parks, including one at a hot spring. I like the Beaty RV Park. Mike, the maintenance man has a sweet polished Airstream. Grace Ann, the now retired manager (and still a resident) is a real hoot. It's just outside Death Valley. Go into Pahrump for shopping.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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I used to live in Pahrump, but from what you're describing I'd look at Beatty.
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:49 AM   #4
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Beatty..I have a vague memory of getting off the greyhound at that town many years ago. I got hired to sling hash at Furnace Creek, the Greyhound dropped me off there and I went to the nearest watering hole while I waited for my ride. Yeah, seems like a cool little town. I'm going to look into it. Thanks!
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Try Quartzsite AZ.Lot to do if you want to.
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You can boondock on BLM land for only $180 for the 7 months of winter.
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When I go to Pahrump I normally stay at Lakeside Casino RV park. Snowbirds from as far away as Canada come here for the winter. It's clean and you can go into Pahrump for shopping. They have a Walmart and HomeDepot. Not far from Vegas also. I put the webpage below for you t take a look.

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We like Pahrump and have a lot (currently for sale as we moved out of the area) at Nevada Treasure RV Resort.
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Depending upon how many services you want, you might try Katherine Landing CG in the Lake Mohave National Recreation Area (Lake Mead) just north of Bullhead City and not far from Laughlin, NV. There are no hook-ups, but the sites were typical National Park Service sites with vegetation screening in between them, and a low price-- especially if you get a seniors discount. In the winter, you can stay there for a month at a time. A bunch of Lake Mead/Mohave Lake campgrounds have the more basic sites for the committed boondockers, as well as commercial RV parks.

When we were there last winter, it was cool and very windy, but no problem with any frost. The sites are first come, first serve, but there were plenty to choose from. I don't know what sequestration has done for this park, however-- some have been hit hard.

We also stayed for two nights in an RV park in Bullhead City. It had all the amenities, but we don't much care for the cramped quarters of most commercial RV parks.

One fun place where we spent several nights was in the RV park in Shoshone, CA. (I think this town has a permanent population of about a dozen people.) Very low-key, with its own warm springs swimming pool, across the highway from a nature preserve, and close to both Pahrump and Death Valley NP.
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Depending upon how many services you want, you might try Katherine Landing CG in the Lake Mohave National Recreation Area (Lake Mead) just north of Bullhead City and not far from Laughlin, NV. There are no hook-ups, but the sites were typical National Park Service sites with vegetation screening in between them, and a low price-- especially if you get a seniors discount. In the winter, you can stay there for a month at a time. A bunch of Lake Mead/Mohave Lake campgrounds have the more basic sites for the committed boondockers, as well as commercial RV parks.

When we were there last winter, it was cool and very windy, but no problem with any frost. The sites are first come, first serve, but there were plenty to choose from. I don't know what sequestration has done for this park, however-- some have been hit hard.

We also stayed for two nights in an RV park in Bullhead City. It had all the amenities, but we don't much care for the cramped quarters of most commercial RV parks.

One fun place where we spent several nights was in the RV park in Shoshone, CA. (I think this town has a permanent population of about a dozen people.) Very low-key, with its own warm springs swimming pool, across the highway from a nature preserve, and close to both Pahrump and Death Valley NP.
I wish my trailer was set up for off grid but it isn't at the moment. It will be at some point in the future because I too don't like the cramped feeling of most RV parks. Yeah the more remote and dusty the better I say. Great suggestions, Now I'm thinking that little RV park in Shoshone would be cool to stay awhile. Maybe I'll just go down in that area in November and bounce around all winter. One thing I noticed is that there are alot of 55+ parks. I'm in my 40's so I guess I can't stay there, I have nothing against old timers, in fact I like them. Not sure what they have against people my age.
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If small, out of the way, and maybe a tad dusty-- yet within driving distance of Pahrump-- is what you like, the Shoshone RV park may be your thing. We made reservations in advance last February, but it probably wasn't necessary as they had space to spare, although it's not a big place. They have a nice library, a swimmable warm springs pool, large shade trees, and hiking trails at your doorstep. It is just across the road from the Amargosa nature preserve. A wonderful day trip for us was to the China Date Ranch, with its palms and museum. Also the obligatory but tasty date shakes and lots of open hiking in Death Valley-quality scenery just below it.

Shoshone RV Park - Shoshone, California

There is another hot springs in the area (I forget the name, it's the no-clothes one) with camping, but the facility was more of the typical commercial desert parking lot and I don't know about their hookups. Prior to this trip we weren't used to campgrounds that are big open gravel parking lots, but they are very common in this part of the world, including the overflow one by Furnace Creek in Death Valley NP.

The concession RV park at Katherine Landing north of Bullhead may be worth a try, but my personal preference would be Shoshone. We like the out-of-the-way places, as well.
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One thing I noticed is that there are alot of 55+ parks. I'm in my 40's so I guess I can't stay there, I have nothing against old timers, in fact I like them. Not sure what they have against people my age.
I have been told that the "senior parks, 55 and older" do not get tax assessed at the same rate, as there are no children to require school systems and school expansion. The assumption is that those over 55 have no school age children and use less services. So, the rates can be lower, as the park pays less tax on it's property.

At least that is what one park manager in a "senior park" in AZ told me. However, she also said that they could have a small % of childless people less than 55 and still be legal. You could always ask at any rate. I don't know how accurate any of that information is.
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