Sam’s Family Spa – RV Site Review – The Good, Bad & Ugly

Last Updated on December 20, 2021

Address: 70875 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
Phone: (760) 329-6457

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I visited Sam’s Family Hot Springs Park in early April and I am eager to go back again.

I was told on the phone that the RV park is never full, which makes checking in easy. All I had to do was show up find a good spot then register. I have only ever stayed in the RV park, not the hotel, but this place is exactly what a desert oasis should be like. As the name indicates, this is a “family” spa, filled with very active kids and their parents. This is not the place for a romantic getaway. However I personally really enjoyed my stay.

The Good:

  • Four mineral water small pools set to different temperatures. The hottest is 104 degrees. These pools are powered by natural hot springs no added chemicals!
  • There are also a dry sauna and a tiny steam sauna.
  • There is a larger family pool filled with city water that has reclining beds and chairs and you can always find shaded areas.
  • The park has its own lake with an abundance of wildlife. There are black swan and cranes, as well as plenty of ducks, fish, and turtles in the water in a beautiful setting.
  • I found the bathroom to be clean, with keypad activated toilets and showers that are open 24 hours.
  • The sites have full hook-ups for water, electricity, and sewerage. There is a limit on only one sleeping unit per site. It had 110V and the 30AMP and 50AMP.
  • The RV park check-out is pretty flexible and you can use the facilities all day on your check-out day.
  • There is a VONS five miles away so it is best to load up there before you check-in. Alternatively, there are several dining options around in a few miles distance, a Thai place, some Mexican restaurants, and a Burger place that caters for breakfast through to dinner. If you plan to stay longer, you can visit Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, or even a casino.
  • The staff were very friendly and accommodating and altogether it was a nice experience that I am more than happy to recommend.

The Bad:

  • There is not much to do in the area. You will need to drive for everything. Joshua Tree is about an hour’s drive away.
  • It’s a very family-friendly place. If you come on holidays or weekends it is packed and full of kids. They are basically taking over the large pool and screaming, jumping all day. I guess if you have young kids this is a place to bring them, but if you want peace and quiet, come during off-seasons and during school days.

The Ugly:

  • What I didn’t like that the nightly cost for an RV site is $55 now (it was $50 a year ago) and they offer no discounts. Nothing. No Good Sam, no Passport, no deals nothing. It’s not really worth it for me to spend days here when the Golden Village Palms with more amenities, cleaner, and with less wind – offers awesome deals all the time. What I don’t understand, the park is basically empty during off-seasons but still no discounts. If they would offer weekly deals I would most definitely spend more time here.


There is a Verizon tower in the park so Verizon is Awesome. I also had a good Sprint. AT&T is weak.

Will I Be Back?

 I will but only for a night here and there when I am in the area. 

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