Sam's Family Spa Offers Relaxing RV Getaway (1/9/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

Editor's Note: This story was written by Leslie Kelly for The Spokesman-Review.

Sam's Family Spais one of our favorite RV parks so far onour grand tourof the West. It's well-kept, quiet and the surrounding desert landscape is gorgeous. Then, there's the huge bonus of the on-site hot springs pools, free to guests of the RV park.

Yes, the California sun is almost always shining, but temps can dip down in the 40s and 50s in January. We were so ready to take the plunge.

The town ofDesert Hot Springsis filled with RV parks boasting hot springs pools, but a tip from a savvy local sent us to Sam's. She told us that Sam's is one of the only pools that doesn't add chlorine to its pools. It's been around long enough that when the law came down requiring that step, it was grandfathered in. What it does in the interest of safety is drain and refill its hot pools daily. Brilliant!

We discovered Sam's last winter when we were tent-camping atJoshua Tree National Parkand vowed to return with our RV. After a soak and a swim, a deeply restful sleep followed.

The park has more than 300 sites, many filled with big rigs, and some permanent housing. There's definitely a feeling of community, with the clubhouse offering regular movie screenings, field trips, yoga classes and more. The office doubles as a small convenience store and kids were lined up for soft serve ice cream when we checked in.

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