Campground Review- Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area – La Quinta, CA

Blake picked Lake Cahuilla when we were finishing up in Camp Verde, AZ. He wanted something near water (he didn’t realize it was a cement basin that is responsible for watering acres and acres of farmland) and with a good view. It is also the mecca for golf – if you’re into golf!

Turns out, this place was perfect… except he didn’t check the weather. The temps were above 105° every day we were there. Southern California was going through a heatwave!

Anyway, I digress.

This campground was closed due to COVID for several weeks. They opened back up May 1st. We arrived May 2nd! 😉 AND it was marvelous! We were the only ones there (plus 2 other RVers dispersed throughout the campground).

We wanted a FHU spot and were able to snag one since their host just left – yes, we got a host spot! 😀 (Blake doesn’t like to conserve water if he doesn’t have to). The rest of the sites are water and electric.

PRICES: Nightly: $20 – primitive / $25 -developed site / $35 – developed with electric / $40 – FHU
Weekly: $115 – primitive / $100 – overflow / $150 – developed / $175 – develped with electric / $200 – FHU
14 day stay max. $2/per pet per day.
*Photo to the right is the price list for everything they offer.

Dump is on site, costs $20 (ouch!)

This campground also has Equestrian camping for those who are interested! 🙂

May 1st – October 1st : Campground is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. First come, first serve is what I was told.
October – April : Campground is open all week and will take reservations.

Trash is right by the entrance to the campground area. There are several dumpsters throughout the park.

I’d like to note that we were there during COVID so nothing was open. They have a pool, restrooms and a playground for kids. You can fish if you want also.

Below are our requirements when searching for a spot. Yours may be different. These categories are what we consider important.

SIITE QUALITY: 4/5 – Sites were level. All sites were different sizes and could fit different rigs. We had site 40 which was pretty big and shaded by 2 trees. Other sites had fewer trees/less shade. All sites had a cement patio except primitive camping.

PET FRIENDLINESS: 2/5 – Pets are allowed and there are places to walk them except the big patch of grass in the middle of the campground. Another bummer is it’s $2/day per pet. *We didn’t realize that until we arrived, unfortunately.

CELL SIGNAL: 5/5 – Cell signal was great for AT&T (67mbps down / 16 up) and Verizon (7mbps down / 12 up). Pretty sure Verizon had congestion.

THE VIEW: 5/5 – The view is what made this stay so good. We had a view of the water and the Santa Rosa mountains behind it. No other RVs in the line of sight either! If this park was packed, you’d want a different site (site 66 or 67 or H2). 😉

LOCATION: 4/5 – We particularly liked this park because it was on the outside of Indio. It was a 20 minute drive to Sprouts. 30 minute drive to Whole Foods. BUT we didn’t mind that. If you want to be in the center of things, then this isn’t your park. It is close to a bunch of golf courses though.

Overall, we would’ve enjoyed our stay here for another week but the heat was too much. We aren’t creatures of the heat. I’m not sure how the locals deal with it. The vie was great and everything you would need is a 20 minute car ride away. If you want a FHU/host spot, call ahead and ask before arriving. I have a feeling those are usually taken. We got ‘lucky’ because the place had just reopened.

Safe travels everyone! If I forgot to add something, just comment below and I’ll add!

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