Shadow Hills a ‘Base Camp’ for Music Festivals
April has gone from being a “shoulder season” month to the busiest time of the year at Shadow Hills RV Resort, thanks to the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, which take place at the neighboring Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
“These music festivals generate an incredible amount of business, not only for us, but for businesses throughout the Coachella Valley,” said Paula Turner, who co-owns Shadow Hills RV Resort in Indio with her husband, David.
While the 120-site park fills up with snowbirds during the winter months, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals not only bring RVers, but tent campers who fill up every patch of grass in the resort, according to a news release.
“The music festivals bring in large numbers of tent campers that we normally do not have here,” Turner said. “We were at capacity during Stagecoach as well as the first and second weekends of Coachella.”
But while Stagecoach typically brings in country music enthusiasts who live within a 10-hour drive of Indio, Coachella brings in music enthusiasts from across North America and around the world, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Egypt, Mexico and South America.
Turner’s Coachella campers included Louis Mitchell, a 30-year old who flew from London, England to Los Angeles with three other friends and then traveled to Shadow Hills RV Resort in a rented motorhome, which they left onsite at the RV resort.
Since Turner had arranged for a shuttle company to provide affordable transportation for her festival attendees throughout the day and night, her guests didn’t have to worry about drinking and driving or trying to find parking at the Empire Polo Club.
Tara Diburro, a 30-year-old Studio City resident, said she also liked being able to tent camp in a shady location at Shadow Hills RV Resort and take a break from the music festival.
Turner said she changes her park rules during the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals to accommodate her guests’ needs.
Turner also provides her guests with free coffee and offers them breakfasts, lunches and dinners so they don’t have to worry about cooking. Breakfasts during the second weekend of Coachella included hearty breakfast burritos with side order options that include yogurt, country potatoes or fruit, while lunch featured barbecued pulled pork sandwiches and chips. Dinners included barbecued quarter pound cheeseburgers or Polish sausages with a side of corn on the cob, potatoes or chips. Vegetarian options were also provided for each meal.
“We really try to accommodate our festival guests so they have an enjoyable experience,” Turner said, adding that one of her French guests enjoyed camping so much that he now plans to buy an RV.
Shadow Hills RV Resort received an “A” grade in overall guest satisfaction in 2012 in a national online survey by GuestRated.com. More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts completed reviews in the GuestRated.com online survey, grading their experiences at 3,200 independent RV parks and campgrounds.
For more information about Shadow Hills RV Resort, please contact Paula Turner at (760) 360-4594 and visit the resort’s website at www.ShadowHillsRVResort.com. Shadow Hills RV Resort is affiliated with the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts a travel planning website at www.Camp-California.com.