We have been coming here for several years and usually stay a few months to be near family, as well as, enjoying the area. Twentynine Palms is definitely a high desert climate. When you come to a climate area such as this, you need to be prepared for the arid climate, low and extremely high temperatures, high velocity winds, blowing sand and dust. We have been able to tolerate those conditions by using portable room air purifiers, a small room humidifier, and absolutely two air conditioners. And never, never go off somewhere and leave your awning out unless you want it destroyed. During a stay a few years ago, we were sitting out on a beautiful calm day when a rogue gust of wind destroyed our awning and support arms in a fraction of a second – an expensive lesson was learned. We have only been here for four days so far on this two month stay and we wanted to write this review before we became too complacent and overlook things that bring discredit to the RV Park and the Marine Corps. Yes, it is true that the RV Park has a lot of homesteaders; active duty and base employee’s that have been here for years. We have no problem with that as long as it does not prevent short stay visitors from getting a site. You can read about the physical characteristics of the park in other reviews – some sound pretty dismal. What is sad to see is the curbside appearance of the homesteader’s sites. In order to improvise for the lack of patio slabs many have installed wooden pallets to serve as a patio for their outdoor living activities. The alternative is dirt/sand which presents many other challenges. Next negative: it is difficult to believe the amount of traffic that uses the RV Park as a thoroughfare to and from the adjacent housing area. Not only is there a considerable amount of traffic during the day, as well as night, but many are traveling faster that the posted 15 speed limit. Fast moving cars are kind of scary to encounter when walking your dog, especially at night. And finally, let’s talk about pets. The RV Park has clearly written rules and regulations regarding pets, however, those rules seem to be ignored by RV Park and adjacent housing residents. It is sickening to see the amount of pet feces in the pet walk areas and the dirt areas surrounding the park. There is one homesteader who completely ignores the on-a-leash regulation. Another topic: We are from the east coast and do not have base decals on our vehicles. Previously, you were required to obtain a permanent decal or temporary base pass for the duration of your stay. We must give a big kudo to someone who made the decision to change that policy. Retiree’s no longer are required to have the decal or pass. It is our understanding that only active duty are required to have base decals. Oh, by the way, the monthly rate at the RV Park is going up to $375 per month on April 1st.
V.O. left this review using the Directory software: - Overall I enjoyed the FamCamp - notwithstanding the hot desert. The base facilities were wonderful. The park itself was excellent and very comfortable.
First, one must realize this IS the desert, so be prepared for sudden wind / sand storms !!! (don't leave your awning out or windows open). Yes, we've been on the road for over a year, and while this is certainly NOT the best of military campgrounds we've stayed out, we took things in stride...and made it a wonderful couple of months. However, these are suggested improvements: Check in: Courteous, but not much information given out. Could use some area / base maps. Cable TV: The office should advise upon check in that the military book is incorrect...........there is NO cable TV. They should be able to offer a phone number for the closest station for long term stays if you want TV. Road conditions into the campground - sure could use some ashphalt !!! Hospitality at Hashmarks (SNCO club) - we found to be outstanding. Made some "pals". The gals "hosting" the club went above and beyond to make sure everyone was served and having a good time. Miss them. Golf: Not a bad "track", however the course wasn't in the greatest of conditions (we did consider the fact that it was winter). However, for just about the same price you can find a bargain by driving about 45 minutes to Palm Springs area. All in all, for the price and willingness to drive to LA or Simi Valley (hotel overnight stay) we look back at the winter stay with fond memories. God Bless Our Troops !!
I have been to Twentynine Palms twice and am here now, and I don't see that it needs cleaned up at all. There are a lot of Marines who live here and work on base and some of the trailers are pretty old, but after a month or so, they are all covered in the same tan dust and look pretty much alike. A week after I moved in I was told to remove a rope because it was an eye-sore. It was left by the last folks, but I removed it. Not going to argue. They are building a new gas station, so the directions above are a little outdated. After passing main gate, turn right at first traffic light, head south until you see the Home Store on the right. Park in that lot and walk across the street to the Housing office. I would call for reservations, they are almost always full. Oh and don't go off and leave your awning out, I've seen two rigs who thought they had them tied down the wind whipped them right off. It comes up suddenly!
You must drive thru housing to get to campground. Campground is clean. Has full hook-ups. Lots of places to bike ride. Real close to Joshua Tree Nat park. No picnic tables or fire rings at campsites. Has a lot of snowbirds. Reservations recomended. Joshua Tree National Park within 5 miles. Great spot in spring to see wildflowers bloom in the desert. It would have been nice to have a picnic table to eat outside on. And a fire pit for the kids to do marshmallows. Has a nice playground for the grandkids. Lots of sand that blows with the wind.
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