Best Snowbird RV Park Contest
Stay tuned to this page for more the 2016 edition of the Best Snowbird RV Park Conest, coming this Fall!
The 2015 edition of the contest is now over and we have a winner.
And the winner is...
...E Matzen of Madeira Park, BC, who submitted the below photo of Sunbream Lake RV Resort in El Cantro, CA! The winner receives $150 in Visa gift cards, and also a package of special gifts for their fellow Canadian park residents!!
Here's the description on the winning RV Park entry:
There are multiple reasons why this park has become a winter home for about 300 northerners, not the least of which is the location adjacent to a palm-tree lined body of water. It has a casual friendliness that immediately welcomes newcomers, the clubhouse is bustling with activities everyday, water volleyball is a highlight for many of us, as is golf at courses in the near vicinity. Its proximity to a city of about 38k means shopping is very good, a practical consideration! And, if you have a dog, this park is tops with its' huge pet area and adjacent fields with tractor roads available for long walks and biking with the pooch off leash.
There were many, many great submissions, here are some of our favourites:
Above: Val Vista Village in Mesa, AZ submitted by W. Cooper who says: "This park has the most fun activities."
Above: Alamo Rose RV Park, Alamo, TX, submitted by G. Heke who says: "This is one of the nicest, friendliest parks we have been in in 9 yrs as snowbirds."
Above: Caliente Springs Resort at Desert Hot Springs, CA, submitted by H. Shneider Who says: "On a 13,000 km RV tour through the western USA down to the Gulf of Mexico we found Caliente Springs Resort, a hot springs resort that certainly caught our attention. We had spent many years in the Kootenays of British Columbia treating our arthritis with hot springs visits and so we were particularly interested when we found Caliente Springs Resort. Initially it was the hot springs that got our attention but since that time six years ago we have not only enjoyed receiving relief from our arthritis but have made numerous friends in the park, have started playing golf again, have enjoyed hiking in the desert, participated in many social events and above all have renewed our enjoyment of life. Our park is very social, offering many opportunities for people to enjoy and broaden their horizons as well as socializing with some wonderful folks from all over - a great place to spend the winter!"
Above: Country Roads RV park in Yuma, AZ submitted by E. Henley who says: "It has been voted the best in Yuma for a number of times. It is a big park of about 1300 lots ; we own the parcel of land that the pk models are on, as well as the activity centre, bldgs, pools etc. It is managed by a board of directors, like a mini town. We have a lot of volunteers, fund-raising activities and all the sports,exercises,card games,educational classes and all activities you can think of. Best of all,one feels very secure,with 24 hr, security ,summer or winter. The park is paved and the streets are wide. From afar, one can spot the 30 yr. old palm trees swaying in the nice blue sky. There is a real estate office which rent pk models or takes care of the sales of park models or the new pit-set houses; there is a few private RV lots that one can rent out as well. Come and check this "55 and over community" of fun lovers enjoying their game of 'pickle ball' or "Zumba' in the pool! We have one of the biggest and best monthly markets in our park; Visitors are welcome to check it out every third thurs of the month, as well, as having the pleasure to listen to our local music jammers on the patio or just enjoying a great lunch! We are from Alberta; this is our 11th year in Country Roads. We can't wait to get to Yuma every winter to "play' and socialize with our Canadian and American friends!"
Above: Gulf Shores State Park in Gulf Shores, AL, submitted by K. Armstrong who says: "This is by far the best RV park we have ever stayed in. The sites are very large, spaced far apart , with lots of greenery. There are many miles of gorgeous back country hiking, and biking trails, and a beautiful white sandy beach with many areas unspoiled by buildings. Great surf fishing. The park has a fabulous pool with a splash pad. The whole area of Gulf Shores is reasonable with many fun restaurants, but it is still not a big tourist trap. It's five miles from the border of Florida so easily accessible to Pensacola airport. It is a biker, hiker, outdoor lovers special dream. One warning though, is that it is not as warm as Florida. The weather in winter can be jacket weather at times. It's a place that has to be lived ...the pull cannot be described."
Above: Happy Wanderer RV Resort, Indio, CA, submitted by P. Bronson, who says: "The picture tells it all.....as close to heaven as you can get!"
Above: Paradise Park, McAllen, TX, submitted by D. Oakes, who says: "Lots to do and it's like a second family."
Above: Scenic Roads RV Park at Quartzite, AZ, submitted by M Cornelssen who says "We stopped there for a week three years ago and ended up staying for the season, and have gone back every year since.The people are what make a park and the people we met there have become family to us and we can't wait to get back every year."
Above: Ramblin' Roads RV Resort, Hope AZ, submitted by: S. Robertson, who says: "We love it because of the people and activities."
Above: Roadhaven Golf & Tennis Resort, Apache Juncion, AZ, submitted by J. Jones, who says: ""Roadhaven is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Superstition Mountains.Friendly and progressive culture Enjoy the sunsets on the beautiful red mountains!"
Above: Viewpoint RV & Golf Resort in Mesa, AZ, submitted by S. Dales, who says: "This beautiful park mixes RVs with Park Model homes and Manufactured homes in an incredible warm desert setting located in the east valley. The park offers amenities for everyone, whether you're a golfer, a ball player, a quilter or a photographer, to name just a few, the park has something to offer everyone. But the friendly people from all over Canada and the US is what makes this large park a wonderful community, bringing people back together year after year."
Above: Voyager RV Park, Tucson, AZ, submitted by D. Holloway, who says: "This is the best RV park we have stayed at in 12 years of Rving. It is very clean, the offering of activities is amazing ( 300+ ), great selection of pools 3 including a lap pool in the main center, 2 spas that work, wonderful craft areas, stained glass, fusion, wood shop, lapidary, silversmith all run by great volunteers, great hiking and biking close by!! Best RV park by far in North America!"
Above: Weaver's Needle RV Resort, Apache Junction, AZ, submitted by T. Francis, who says: "This park is great mainly because it has only 400 sites. Because of this, there are a great many planned activities that are well attended. This park has all the amenities a person could want and friendly people to share them with. The location of this park is very convenient to shopping, markets, medical facilities as well as recreational activities and a breathtaking view of the Superstition Mountain. Weaver's Needle itself is a 300 m column of rock has played a significant role in the stories of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine."
Above: Westwind RV and Golf Resort, Yuma, AZ, submitted by A Singer, who says: "Pool, 9 hole golf, hot tub, bar, lounge, restaurant,auditorium for concerts and dances and many activities, 1100 sites, well maintained, VERY FRIENDLY PEOPLE, pet friendly"
Above: Westwind RV and Golf Resort, Yuma, AZ, submitted by K Elder, who says: "West Wind RV and Golf Resort in Yuma AZ is an 1100 site park near the beautiful mountains on the East side of Yuma. It offers a large hall with many activities and entertainment evenings,clean resurfaced streets,good lighting,security,large heated swimming pool with very large hotpool, a friendly 9 hole golf course, bocce, volleyball, shuffleboard, pickleball, and many indoor games. Also these is rooms for woodworking, ceramics and other craft areas. There is a friendly staff on duty almost all the time and the park is right beside I-8 for the travelers, and also near good shopping."
Above: Yuma Mesa RV Park, Yuma, AZ, submitted by J Godfrey, who says: "We have the nicest people. Because it is NOT a 55 plus, we have an opportunity to mingle with all ages. This is a very active park which includes all without discrimination. Bring a smaller park it is possible to know most everyone. It is a dear heart and gentle people park."
To enter you had to post a photo of your park and include an explanation why your park is great along with the name of the park, and where it's located.. Your explanation about why your park is best should be about 100 to 300 words and be as descriptive as possible.
Official contest rules: The contest ends December 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM Central Standard Time . The winner will be randomly selected from amongst eligible entries on or around December 15th, 2015 at 10 AM Central Standard Time. The entry must include park name, location and a description as well as a photo taken at the park. Only one entry per person. Parks must meet basic requirements to be considered an RV park to be eligible to win, your friend's backyard, state or national campgrounds, or a Walmart parking lot won't count, just commercial RV parks. Employees and family of Medi-Quote Insurance Brokers employees are not eligible to win this contest.