Sam’s Family Spa

After Champagne Lakes, we were supposed to spend three nights at Joshua Tree National Park. The day we were supposed to check in, the government shut down. There was very little information available as to if the campgrounds within the park would still be open and what services would be available, so instead of risking it and driving all the way into the park, we found an alternate place to stay for those three nights. We ended up at Sam’s Family Spa after I had seen a post from another full-time Airstreamer in which she raved about the facilities. It was a pretty place to stay and the pools were very nice, but one major drawback was the size of the sites. They were VERY difficult to back into, and not just because we were newbies. We ended up next to a couple in which the gentleman drives a truck for a living, and he said he attempted three different spots before settling on theirs. Sam’s allows you to choose an open spot (there are no reservations), get hooked up, and then let them know what spot you chose and pay, which worked out well with the difficulty of their spots. Desert Hot Springs is right outside Palm Springs, so we were able to grab lunch there one day.

Address: 70-875 Dillon Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Phone Number: (760) 329-6457


  • 175 Full Hookup Sites with Free Cable
  • Motel Accommodations
  • Wifi
  • Hot Mineral Spring Water Pools
  • Coin Laundry
  • Bathrooms with Showers
  • Volleyball, Basketball and Horseshoes
  • BBQ and Picnic Area
  • Dog Run
  • Store
  • Playground
The view from our site (site 329) was pretty great!
The four hot mineral spring water pools with varying temperatures.
Even with the government shutdown, we were still able to visit Joshua Tree.


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