<---Back To Map

Palm Springs – Thousand Trails

77500 Varner Rd.
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Ranger Station: (760) 345-2236

Cellular Data

Verizon Internet card works reliably here – 4G rocks!

Super Walmart 6 miles away in Palm Desert (6 Miles)

Postal General Delivery – General Delivery, Thousand Palms, CA 92276 – (6 Miles)

Legal Notes

Check legal RV limits for this highway – Riverside San Bernardina county Legal RV Map

RV Restrictions for all California – know your length limits before you tread in California. In California your RV weight limit is  20,500 pounds on any one axle. National weight code for Motorhomes on the Interstates: U.S. Code, Title 23, Section 127 allows buses and motorhomes a maximum single-axle weight of 24,000.

California Weigh Station or scales are for commercial vehicles and rental trucks, RV’s only have to stop if flagged down somehow.

California Rest areas allow parking for eight hours, some have dump stations.

Does California require I have a special license to drive an RV? Your state drivers license if it allows you to drive you RV is good in California for same type of RV use as permitted to you in your state. California drivers need an endorsement and meet medical requirements.

Winter time driving and chain requirement in California. – Please refer to this document in the section labled RV’s they say they may require both out and inner duals to be chained together under some circumstances. Use the document in the link above to get all the details. Too complicated for my brain, as my CPU is out of date, and I am shy on memory.

California Tolls suck but they are the law, and this is how you deal with them if you are wealthy enough to California. Gees with all these fees, it’s no wonder every one is said to be on government assistance.

Everyone needs fuel – List of California Truck Stops – Note: Riverside, Barstow and Palm Springs areas have the closest known truck stops to this park.

Points of Interest

Living Desert Reserve, $20 pp (10 Miles)

Palm Springs Air Museum,  Can take rides in the war planes for a big fee I am sure. Online Admission was $17pp  – (12 miles)

Indian Canyon, $9 pp Hiking – (20 Miles)

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Awesome view dinner was OK, but I last tried it in 1984. $26 pp or $36 with dinner. (25 mile )

Santa Rosa/San Jacinto National Monument – Free ( 15 Miles )

Salton Sea – (35 Miles)

Salvation Mountain – Free, but you might want to think about where you are and who you are around. (67 Miles)

Thousand Palms Oasis

Anza Boreago sculptures – Free to everyone (71 Miles)

White Water Preserve – Free last time we were there. (30 Miles)

Joshua Tree National Monument, If you go nowhere else, go here! – ( 45 miles)



This is a nice park, no two ways about it. There are a few things to note,  The park closes from Mid May until late fall. The park borders the rail road tracks and the freeway. They have church on Sunday mornings in the rec room, the room is an echo chamber, don’t bring your kids, the seniors find every squirm highly annoying due to the sound it makes when they move, I took my kids out per the request of thousand trails staff. We attend church off site and recommend the North gate community church for families – Directions. The rest of the park except the Adult center is setup knowing kids will be here, and is done well.

Park Pictures

Main entrance. (From the main road approaching the turn from the east the entrance is not visible, but is located right at the end of the arrows directing you to merge left.)
Main entrance. (From the main road approaching the turn from the east the entrance is not visible, but is located right at the end of the arrows directing you to merge left.)
Interior roads
Interior roads
RV Sales
If you need a new RV, they have a dealer on site in the park.
Some Sites
Some sites
Adults center and rec room
Rec room and adult center
Play Area
Play area at the adult center. The Dog walk is behind the fence on the left.
Class "A" RV's
Class “A” and big rig area. Still hard to get into if campers place the vehicles on the road area. We once had to give up leave the park because we could not put our 40′ Class “A” in due to the parking habits of other campers. People don’t want to move when settled in.
Rental Trailers
Rental trailers
Close up of rental trailers
Small sites
Small sites
Wash house
Wash and Laundry
Pull thru site
These sites can be very narrow, if you have a small rig, take the short narrow sites leaving the larger wider sites for the bigger rigs, as the wide sites are at a premium here.
Night Pool
Swimming pool in it’s night glory
Pool Hall
Pool hall, gives the ladies a place to put their men while out on the town.
Top load
Top load washers
Adult room
Adult room
Rec room
Rec Room
Dining hall
Family center
Food Service
Has a food service center, and store, but I never found them open.
The Wall
The wall in the front is the road, the freeway, and then the trains. If you are deaf, park near it and save the rest of the park for everyone else..
<---Back To Map