Address: 6275 S Ave 8 1/2 E, Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: (866) 217-8111
# of sites: 228 (plus extended stay sites)
Full hookup price: From $10/day (RPI rate)
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Warnings: HOT summers, many permanent or seasonal residents
Yuma Lakes RV Resort is about 6 miles from I-8, about 11 miles east of downtown Yuma. Yuma is a popular winter destination for snowbirds due to the mild desert weather and its proximity to Los Algodones, Mexico.
The primary reason for our staying in Yuma is that the border crossing into Los Algodones is just a few miles west and that it is a city with most of the normal shopping and eating options one would expect. This Mexican border town is well-known for its low-cost, high quality, dental, vision and pharmacy services. The normal high temps here are in the 60's and 70's all winter, and the region has little rainfall during that time. Also, the sunsets can be spectacular.
This particular resort is large and has a sizable pond, Redondo Lake, at its edge. Bass fishing and birding at the lake is available all winter. Yuma Lakes is clean and well-maintained, with some green space scattered around the park, and most of the amenities you would expect, plus a dine-in restaurant on-site. There is an off-leash dog park, though it was about a quarter-mile walk from our site, so we never used it.
Golf Digest has ranked Yuma the 7th best city in the U.S. for golf, and all around the resort are excellent ATV and motorbike hills and trails, as well as several gun and archery shooting ranges. Also nearby the park is a lush date farm and store.
Yuma Lakes RV Resort is perhaps prototypical of a desert campground, with slender sites for squeezing in as many RV's as possible in the busy season, and gravel throughout. Even the picnic tables are extra-short to accommodate the space. There are a good number of palm trees scattered around the park, but few shade trees in the camping areas. Being remote from the city, there is very weak cell coverage, even with a booster. Verizon was minimal and AT&T was only slightly better, but its Internet speed was always bogged down as the entire resort must have been on it.
There are as many seasonal and year-round residents as there are transient RV'ers, and they function more as a sales organization than a campground. We heard from some RV owners that they were given a hard sell for buying a site there, and though they did come by our 5th wheel to take down our contact info and ask a few RV usage questions, we were not given a sales pitch. Yuma Lakes is one of the first resorts we have visited since the pandemic began that did not close down most of their amenities and group functions, including their on-site café. The problem is that almost nobody was social distancing or wearing masks, so we did not feel at all comfortable in using them.
They tout themselves as dog-friendly, and they do have an off-leash park. However, it is far removed from most of the resort and we never used it. In hotter times of year, you might not want to walk your dog on the gravel in the heat of the day, and there is little lawn to use.
The heat is HOT in Yuma, so plan your stay with the weather calendar in mind. Also, Yuma is very windy in the winter months. This park is place in the middle of farming land and any daylight excursion will include an obstacle course of farming machines, massive trucks and busloads of workers.
Last, Yuma does not have wealth of attractions to visit. It's a hot desert town a couple of hours away from Phoenix with little to see between them.
My initial inclination was to rate Yuma Lakes a 3 out of 5 stars, but in comparing them to others I've rated a 3, it just doesn't measure up. So, it is indeed a 2. We would only recommend this park to those who wanted to be remote from Yuma and who only planned to stay a few days in the winter season.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.