Ryan Robinson takes you for a ride in the passenger seat of his RV, off the grid, deep among the dramatic rock formations of the Utah Desert. Robinson and friends chill by the fire, tell stories, and of course, rig a one of a kind highline over the Looking Glass Arch in Moab, UT.
Southern California offers a variety of settings for winter visitors, but RVers wanting to spend the winter near the coast between Los Angeles and San Diego or further inland need to do their homework as the permissible lengths of stay vary by park, depending on local regulations.
Stays at Bonelli Bluffs RV Park in San Dimas in Los Angeles County, for example, are limited to 21 days. But the park is enticing to Snowbirds, who enjoy its scenic setting and rolling topography with 15 miles of biking and hiking trails, which will be used as the 2028 Olympic Mountain Biking Course.
There is also a 21-day limit at Dockweiler Beach RV Park in El Segundo. But while the park is right under the flight path for arriving or departing jets at Los Angeles International Airport, it’s one of only a handful of campgrounds in Southern California that is right next to the beach as well as a beach bike path that leads both northward to Marina del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica, and southward to Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beach.
Further to the north, Malibu RV Park in Malibu offers cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean and guests can stay up to six months, subject to campsite availability.
(Photo courtesy ofCampland on the Bay in San Diego, California)
Other Southern California parks near the coast that are popular with Snowbirds include Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Marina in Newport Beach, which has a beach along the bay along with watercraft rentals. Guests can stay for up to six months and must vacate the park for seven days every 180 days.
Guests can stay up to 90 days at a time at both parks, but must vacate their park for 24 hours every 90 days. Guests can stay up to a maximum of 268 days in a 12-month period.
At Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, guests can also stay up to 90 days at a time, but must exit the park for three days between each extended stay. Park amenities include a large swimming pool and hot tub, an onsite cafe, pickleball, basketball, bocce ball and cornhole, as well as an indoor/outdoor fitness center.
(Photo courtesy ofBonelli Bluffs RV Resort in San Dimas)
Further inland, there are several campgrounds and RV parks that are popular with Snowbirds, but permissible lengths of stay vary.
Other inland parks include Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, a Sunland RV Resort property where guests can stay up to six months at a time. Activities include pickleball, sand volley and water volleyball. The resort also has a state-of-the-art fitness center and offers live onsite entertainment, including tribute bands.
Most desert RV parks allow Snowbirds to stay the entire winter season if they have spaces available.
Other popular desert Snowbird destinations include Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, which offers organized activities and live entertainment to complement the resort’s outdoor pools and spas and sports courts.
Winter visitors to the Coachella Valley this year will also encounter a new resort, Coachella Lakes RV Resort in Coachella, which features an 18-hole championship putting course as well as heated swimming pools and hot tubs, a 24-hour fitness center, a clubhouse and business center, as well as pickleball courts and a walking path.
(Photo courtesy of Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, California)
RV resorts in more remote areas of the Southern California desert include the Fountain of Youth Spa RV Resort in Niland, near the east side of the Salton Sea, which offers many organized activities for Snowbirds.
Guests can also stay up to 270 days per year at The Springs at Borrego Golf and RV Resort in Borrego Springs, which is just outside Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Park amenities include a 9-hole championship golf course, an outdoor salt pool and spa, hot mineral baths, a spacious fitness center, tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts, lawn bowling, horseshoes, as well as catch-and-release fishing ponds and lakes and an outdoor amphitheater for live music concerts and basketball games.
El Centro area RV parks offering extended stays to accommodate Snowbirds include Desert Trails RV Park, Sunbeam Lake R.V. Resort and Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort, which features a 9-hole golf course and an 11-acre catch-and-release fishing lake stocked with striped bass and catfish. The resort is surrounded by wetlands and a bird sanctuary with an 80-acre lagoon.
Jeff Crider, President and CEO of Crider Public Relations, has been involved in covering the campground industry for over 25 years. Jeff has worked as a freelance writer for publications such as RV Business, Motor Home Magazine, Trailer Life, Highways and other Affinity Group Inc. publications since 1995. He has also successfully pitched many of the nation's top tier media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Financial Times, Reuters, The Associated Press and National Public Radio. In addition to writing, Jeff is also a talented photographer and humanitarian.