First Time RVing in Vegas

Talk about a dichotomy.  To go from a deserted piece of BLM land to camping at Circus Circus right on the strip.  Well when the Perkins’ change it up, we really change it up. So what does a girl do when she has full hookups for the first time in over a month?  Well I would love to say that I continued on with my conservation ways, but that would be a total lie. What you do if you are me is wash dishes with a full sink of water, start the ice machine, log into the free WiFi, turn on the TV for no particular reason, pull out the electric heaters, and take long, hot showers.  Basically all the stuff you couldn’t reasonably do when boondocking.  You also start cleaning things, not only because there is dust everywhere, but because you have unlimited water to use while cleaning.  The shower needs a good scrubbing, the windows are a mess, and everything needs swept or dusted.  Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way a neat freak, but the combination of dusty conditions with limited cleaning resources even goes beyond my comfort level. What does Lee do on full hookups?  He fills and dumps the black tank…5 times! Lee’s method of keeping the black tank clean is to drive some with the tank somewhat full to loosen everything up and then dump it when we get to full hookups.  Then he uses the johnny chock in the toilet to hold the valve open and fill.  He has timed it and it takes a little more than 10 minutes to fill the black tank this way, so he sets the timers and then stops it when its full, dumps, and repeats until the water runs clear.  This may seems a little like overkill, but I never have to worry about the dreaded poop pyramid forming and we have very clean black tanks, as these things go.  Have you noticed how all of my blog posts keep coming back to poop lol.

Getting here by the way was pretty easy.  We drove 95 north through the Mojave Desert and came in on the east side of Vegas pretty near the strip.  We turned onto Circus Lane and then into the parking lot that is the RV park.  Yes it is a parking lot with some rock dividers between the sites, but my expectations were so low that really it’s not so bad.  Our little divider next to spot 42 even has a tree.  The only bummer is because we are a 40 foot fifth wheel the back-in sites with lower rates cannot be used.  So we had to pay for a pull through site which upped the ante for 9 days to $494.  YIKES!! That is the most we have spent anywhere (except for one night in a KOA in Napa for $56).   The only good news is it is tax deductible and because Lee is working right down the strip at the Mirage will be easy to get him back and forth to work.  Plus I am within walking distance from a few casinos and of course right next door to Circus Circus.  And the view isn’t bad.  I will say that they really need a security gate here though, because we get walk through traffic and I keep the doors locked during the day.  I don’t exactly feel unsafe, but it’s not a residential area by any means and the security guy in a golf cart that rarely patrols at night doesn’t exactly instill confidence.

Here's our spot

Here’s our spot

Most of the spots have little dividers between them

Most of the spots have little dividers between them

We even have a little tree

We even have a little tree

From our front door

From our front door

Lee and I have been to Vegas many times, but we have never lived here, so although this time we stayed on strip this time we both know if we came back we would be staying farther away. We believe this is a serious contender for our winters, because of the relatively warm weather and hopefully work for both of us, but before we can make that decisions we needed to check out some RV Parks in the area and see what the rest of the town was like. We started out by looking at the camp grounds here.  There are less than you would think (we visited 9) and only two of those would I consider for a long-term stay.  The ones associated with casinos are parking lots and pretty expensive, the inexpensive ones are combination trailer parks and most were on the scary side.  The two nicest were the Oasis (which is the most expensive and aside from the gorgeous pool area was not that great) and my favorite The Las Vegas RV Park.    Lack of security was an issue in almost every park, but not only were we stopped at the Las Vegas RV Park, but directed to the office to get a pass before we drove around an took a look.  The woman working at the office was extremely nice and we got a wonderful tour.  They have a work out facility (first time I’ve seen that in a park anywhere), two laundry rooms with clean and most importantly functional machines, a nice club house, decent pool area, and the deluxe spots have some landscaping in between them.  Don’t get me wrong it’s not a state park or anything, but I really liked the people at the front desk and really liked the vibe.  Plus the monthly winter price ($655 including tax) was reasonable for this area.  They also charge straight city rates on electric with not to exceed amounts of $100 in winter and $150 in summer which is great.  The electric costs can add up.  And although the Oasis was ok, I much preferred The Las Vegas RV Park because it is in a neighborhood of condos and apartments with a nice Wal-Mart right down the street.  If we are going to live in an area then I want it to be livable.  Anyways, it was a good exercise because we really got to see more of the city outside the strip and also saw the stark contrasts between parks.

After touring parts of the city we still weren’t feeling like the “new us” here until Lee decided we should go see the Valley of Fire.  Both Pam and Cori mentioned it to us as a day trip and Cori was married there, so we made the 1 hour drive north, paid our $10 per vehicle admission and wow.  This is definitely the type of place we like to be now and the day was not only beautiful, but it helped ground us in a way we really needed.  So here are the pictures. you can tell by the smiles on our faces what fun we were having.  We absolutely want to go back and stay at the campground we saw there.  Plus there are two hikes we weren’t really equipped to do, although we did take the petroglyph trail which was really amazing.

I've seen this picture so many times, glad we got to take ours

I’ve seen this picture so many times, glad we got to take ours

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The “beehives”

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Taking a queue from Debbie and taking pictures through things

Emulating Debbie and taking pictures through things

One of the things I really liked is you can climb on the rocks or walk out into the desert. Very cool

One of the things I really liked is you can climb on the rocks and just walk around.  Mostly no prescribed trails.

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You simply couldn't take a bad picture. My favorite kind of place

You simply couldn’t take a bad picture. My favorite kind of place

For the first time I saw pools of water in the desert

For the first time I saw pools of water in the desert

This piece of land was largely untouched because only the native americans knew where the water was

This piece of land was largely untouched because only the native americans knew where the water was

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I was fascinated by this rock in a dry gully and climbed down to sit on it

WE started down the petroglyph trail which is flat, mostly pink sand, and only .75 miles out and back

We started down the petroglyph trail which is flat, mostly pink sand, and only .75 miles out and back

The remaining petroglyphs were very cool and Lee was wonderful at spotting them

The remaining petroglyphs were very cool and Lee was wonderful at spotting them

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Even without the petroglyphs the rock walls were amazing

Even without the petroglyphs the rock walls were amazing

And there was a ton of greenery in the canyon

And there was a ton of greenery in the canyon

Amazing formations carved by wind and water

Amazing formations carved by wind and water

Even an arch. Go all the way to the end and then turn around and you will see it.

Even an arch. Go all the way to the end of the canyon and then turn around and you will see it. Look in the middle of the picture.

This area was where a bandit called mouse hung out

This area was where a bandit called mouse hung out

There were several water catches here

There were several water catches here

A huge rock with petorglyphs

A huge rock with petorglyphs

A cave above

A cave above

 

So so cool

My new favorite rock ….So so cool

Had to hug it

Had to hug it.  I know total nerd

 

Some other really neat ones in this area

Some other really neat ones in this area

Lee liked this one because it looked like a wave

Lee liked this one because it looked like a wave

And even got up to do a little surfing :)

And even got up to do a little surfing 🙂

What an amazingly cool place

What an amazing place

After the petroglyphs we drove down towards the campground and saw this amazing view

After the petroglyphs we drove down towards the campground and saw this amazing view

 

Seriously, put this place on your bucket list.  I had heard people talk about it, but never expected anything this great and we are definitely going back.  They also have an RV campground with big sites with electric/water (dump station on site) for $30 and a smaller campground with no services for $20 a night.    The campsites are right in the rocks and was pretty empty in February .  It was a wonderful day and I can’t believe that as many times as I have been to Vegas I never went here.  One of the many benefits of really staying in an area instead of just passing through.

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14 thoughts on “First Time RVing in Vegas

  1. Great post. I love Vegas and appreciate the information and the great pictures. We will have to go to that state park next time we are in Vegas. Thank you again for all the great, informative information. I love reading your post. You do a wonderful job . Enjoy your time in Vegas.

  2. I’ll bet it was a bit of an adjustment after Quartzsite! Makes you really enjoy those full hookups after!! Love your pics at the park, especially your “window” pics!! What a gorgeous playland! I’d be all over those rocks! Thanks for the park reviews, nice to know for the future!

  3. Looking forward to full hook-ups and lots of water to clean away the dust…😃
    The Valley of Fire looks awesome, glad you checked it out!

  4. Have been following along for a while. Always a great read. Mt. Charleston is also a great place to visit although it’s more of an escape from the summer heat. Loved going on the trails in the summer when we lived there. There is usually snow at the top during the winter and small ski slopes. There is a nice lodge on the way up where you can stop and have hot chocolate. Totally different experience but that’s what makes Vegas interesting!!!

  5. As usual, another great and informative post. Did you notice in your pic with the arch, the “critter ” peering over the top looking at you?

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