Date of Stay: Many times. Date of this review is January 24, 2012.
Weather During Stay: Sunny and calm; high 68, low forecast for the low 40’s.
Site Description: 24 level sites on gravel at the back of a truck stop ¼ mile off I-8 and a mile from the center of Gila Bend. 19 sites are very large pull throughs, 5 are large back-ins. All sites have 30/50 amp service, water and sewer. Dumpster in the center of the park at the laundry room. 4 washers cost $1.00 each; dryers at 75 cents for about 40 minutes.
No office in the RV park. Pay for your site at the fuel station/convenience store up front. There are also a couple of fast-food type restaurants and a hotel next to the truck stop.
Rate: Regular price is $24/night. Passport America (with some date restrictions) and Escapees pay $12 night for 50 amp FHU.
Phone/radio/TV: Verizon service, both phone and aircard, is excellent in Gila Bend (check out the cell tower in the photo - you park right under it). Nothing is available on the TV antenna. No obstructions for TV satellite dish. Their advertised free WiFi worked well. NPR on 91.5 (with a little or a lot of static, depending on???).
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Flat gravel roads and sites at 790 feet elevation. The little park is surprisingly nicely landscaped with some native trees and flowering plants; the surrounding area is scrubby desert. Distant views are of arid mountains to the east, the truck stop to the west.
Lighting/Noise: Some noise from the nearby interstate and from the trucks coming, going and settling in at the truck stop, but not enough to overcome the appeal of the low price and convenient access. Night lighting in amazingly unobtrusive given the proximity to the truck stop.
Favorite Sites: Any of the pull throughs… all are long and spacious, easy in and out for our rig. No need to disconnect the Jeep, another plus.
Hiking/Walking: Nothing special. We usually plan to walk elsewhere.
Comments: Gila Bend is a convenient stop for an overnight and thorough cleanup with traveling between Catalina State Park in Tucson and boondocking in Yuma or Quartzsite. To empty the holding tanks, get out the dirt and have a nice, long, hot shower, we want a level, FHU site with 50 amps. Holt’s Shell RV Park (Exit 119 On I-8 Gila Bend) provides all of that at a low, low price, along with easy access to fuel and propane. No reservations, but plenty of convenience. Wish there were more solid, secure, no-frills, low-cost RV parks like this!