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Should you stay at Arizona RV parks or hotels for your trip?
July 20, 2022 at 12:00 AM
Image of a group of women staying in an Arizona RV park for the winter.

Planning a trip to the Southwest, there’s no shortage of places to stay in the Phoenix area. Between vacation rentals, hotels, campgrounds, and RV parks, finding the right place to let you have the best possible stay in Arizona is overwhelming. Especially if you’re a snowbird looking for a winter rental, it’s tough to balance affordability with convenience and amenities. Two of the most common places to stay are hotels and RV communities. If you’ve never visited an Arizona RV park before, here are some of the main differences between them and hotels.

RV Parks

An RV park in Arizona includes lots where visitors can park their RV for the duration of their stay. However, many also have park model RVs, so you can stay in a park even if you don’t have your vehicle. It’s a low-stress way to participate in a 55+ community without the commitment and upkeep of a recreational vehicle. Here are some of the standard amenities at an Arizona RV park.

Sunrise in the Desert 

Joshua Tree National Park

Exclusive 55+ residents

At an RV park, it’s easy to find exclusive senior communities. You don’t have to worry about the noise and disruption of families with young children. It’s easy to make friends with your neighbors and foster connections that keep you returning to the same park year after year.

Community-focused amenities

A vacation at an RV park surrounds guests with plenty to do and lots of amenities on the property. The features in a park are places for neighbors to come together to play games, practice hobbies, and relax just a short walk from where they’re staying.

Some of the community-focused amenities at an Arizona RV park include:

  • Heating swimming pools and spas
  • Grass putting and chipping greens and a driving range
  • Card room and billiards room
  • Ballroom
  • Church

An RV park is more than just a place to stay on vacation.

Park activities

Instead of searching for things to do on vacation, you can let the friendly staff plan a full calendar of activities. Avoid the stress and hassle of planning an entire Phoenix vacation; you can always rely on joining the park activities of the place you’re staying. Rock Shadows has no shortage of things to do.

  • Live entertainment and weekly dances
  • Group outings to the Phoenix area
  • Exercise classes
  • Baseball and shuffleboard games

Book a stay at an RV park, and find things to do every day and week.

Tomato Garden


When traveling during retirement, hotels may be your first instinct for places to stay. They’re convenient to reserve, and you can often find discounts through senior and retirement groups.

All ages guests

Anyone can book a stay at a hotel; they’re popular places for families with young kids. Convenient locations and attractive amenities attract families, young couples, and college kids on vacation. The result is often noisy accommodations without a sense of community.

Hotel amenities

Daily housekeeping is nice, but hotels may not have the right amenities for long-term stays. Guests may miss having full kitchens, laundry, and a living room where they can relax.

Daily rates

Even with savings through a booking site or senior groups, the daily rates at a hotel can quickly get expensive. Even with monthly rates, many hotels aren’t as affordable as RV parks.

Schedule a rental at Rock Shadows; we’re a 55+ RV park in Arizona that’s perfect for your next getaway.

Rock Shadows is a 55+ RV community managed by friendly staff and filled with activities that highlight the best about the snowbird and retirement lifestyle. We’re also a premier vacation destination in the Phoenix area because of our clean, comfortable, and affordable rental home and RV lots. Whether our guests stay for a month, season, or the entire year, we’re dedicated to making every guest feel welcomed and accommodated for their whole visit. Rent a park model or a space for your own RV and access the incredible community we’ve created through fun events, activities, and more.

Planning your winter accommodations or next vacation, make a reservation at Rock Shadows, a 55+ community RV park in Arizona.