Spending the Winter as a Yuman

I have not blogged much this winter as we have done very little traveling since November.  This year we opted for a seasonal location in Yuma at The Palms RV Resort.  We checked out many of the resorts last year and decided this was the best resort in Yuma.  We were very fortunate they were offering a BOGO deal for first time visitors and we were able to rent 2 months and get 2 months free.  Taking a seasonal site was a great option for us this year since we were traveling with a puppy.  We could not have found a better place to spend the winter with a young dog than at this resort.  This has to be the most dog friendly location we have ever been to.  

What’s it like for a dog at the Palms RV Resort?  Let’s start with the awesome dog parks.


Small dog park.  Look at all that green grass!

There are two dog parks at the resort, one for dogs under 25 pounds and the other for large dogs.  I know this sounds sad, but this is pretty much where we spent the bulk of our time at the resort. We lucked out on day one by arriving at the small dog park at 3:30pm for the daily “yappy hour”.  I think we have only missed 2 yappy hours in 3 months.  This was the perfect location for young little Sierra to get socialized with other dogs.


Sierra’s BFF Dolly


We’re going to have to come back here just for Sierra!


Sierra’s boyfriend Milo

It was also a great place for the humans to socialize.


Happy Yappy Hour

We have met so many really wonderful people by visiting the dog park, many of whom will become friends for life.  In addition to the parks there is a walking trail around the resort and several grassy areas for them to play while on a leash. IMG_2711 There is even a dog wash station that is free to guests.  IMG_1693

The resort is a great place for us humans too (Yumans for those who live here).  The RV sites are large enough to give you privacy from your neighbors, all are level, many have partial shade.


Site 119 our seasonal location.

There is a full list of daily activities for those who want to stay busy.  There are 2 pools and a hot tub along with a cabana bar. There is a gym complete with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weights.  IMG_3618 There is shuffle board, a putting green IMG_2509and tennis/pickleball courts.  We enjoy pickle ball and it is played here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.IMG_2309  Speaking of Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, there is a group of bicyclists that ride on these evenings and they have their bicycles fully decked out with LED lights and music.


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  this group rides through the park

There are dinners and dance events as well as a winter concert series.  We have attended The Beach Boys and BeeGees tribute bands.


The Beach Boys tribute band was excellent

They were both excellent and the pricing was very competitive.  There many other events like pool parties and burger bashes, so many things that one only needs to leave the campground for groceries.

We have been thankful for the events at the park because Yuma does not have a lot of hiking to keep us busy.  If you come to Yuma you do need to hike Telegraph Pass.


View from the trail as we climbed up Telegraph Pass

It is approximately a 5 mile hike with views out across the desert.


Views from the top of telegraph pass

One of the best things to do while you are in Yuma is to do a day trip to Los Algodones, Mexico.  The border crossing is only 20 minutes from our resort.  It is a very easy day trip if you park your car at the lot just outside the gate.  The cost for parking is $6.  Los Algodones is the place to go for dental work, eye glasses and medications.  You can get a complete dental cleaning for $15. We like to go here early and get back across the border before 1pm before the line to reenter the USA gets too long.  We really enjoy this area of Mexico, it is very friendly and feels very safe.  We usually spend the morning shopping and enjoying a nice brunch/lunch. IMG_2389 The poor RV is going to be loaded down with our new treasures we have bought in Mexico.


We got a couple of these beautiful planters to put on the deck back home



About gizmogoeswest

I just "pre-tired" from my job of over 30 years as a nurse. John, my husband and Gizmo and Sierra our Shih Tzus are embarking on our 3rd cross country RV adventure. We are searching for awesome dog friendly hikes and adventures
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