Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Working at 3 Rivers Resort in Almont, Colorado until the end of August!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

March Has Rolled In

After we left Needles, we headed south on 95 on the California side. Usually we travel on the Arizona side because it is not as wavy of a drive but we had planned to stop at Havasu Landing Casino which can only be approached on the California side.

Well, that is a bit incorrect, you can take a boat from Lake Havasu City over, but they do not have a road or a bridge that will take you across.

It was as wavy a road as I remember, so I was busy staying focused on the road ahead and not turning my head in any way to provoke the Vertigo to return.

We had planned to spend the night at the Havasu Landing RV Park but...

We were not impressed with the area and decided to continue to our next stop instead. We did stop at the casino and played a bit, walked out with more than we came in with so that was a plus. It is a very small casino and they have a great marina and the RV Park looked nice, but just not what we had pictured.

We headed for Parker to make a Walmart stop and boondock overnight at the Blue Water Casino. It is one of the most welcoming casinos to boondock at, the only disadvantage is it was well lit up at night, that could also be an advantage depending on how you look at it. We played a little, ate a little and then called it an early night and had a restful sleep.

Once on the road early the next morning, we finally made a stop at Daniel’s Really Good Fresh Jerky and tasted the best jerky we have ever had…flavorful, juicy and soft…just the way we love it! In the future we will not be passing by this place again instead we will make it a definite stop for more jerky.

Next on our travels was Quartzsite, it had calmed down quite a bit since we were there last. The crowds really thinned out and the deals are flying, but we could not find anything we needed. For the first time in our lives, I believe we have everything we need…NOT! But, it sure is nice that our shopping list is clear at this time.

After an overnight stay at the Tyson Wells RV Park, where we paid $25 for a water, electric and sewer with no frills on a flat, gravel site, we headed for Yuma.

Since we still had a few days to hang out before arriving at the Gypsy Journal Rally, we checked out the boondocking situation at the 3 nearby casinos.

Our first stay was at Quechan Casino located at 525 Algodones Road in Winterhaven, California, just under 10 miles from downtown Yuma. Enter at the South Entrance and follow the road to...

The area where they have ample amount of space to accommodate hundreds of RV’s.

This is the largest casino of the three, with plenty of slots, table games, and a few restaurants where we enjoyed our time. There is no charge, no requirements required to fulfill with the casino or security and no overnight limits.

Our next stop was just a few miles east to the Paradise Casino that is located at 450 Quechan Drive in Yuma, Arizona and is affiliated with the Quechan Casino. They have signs to follow to the back of the Casino where they offer...

A huge area off the pavement where you can boondock for an unlimited time also with no charge or requirements to fulfill. They had closed down an entire section of the casino since our last visit which really made it small and not so inviting.

Our last stop was at Cocopah Resort & Casino located at 15318 South Avenue B in Somerton, Arizona which is just out of Yuma.

They have designated numbered sites on pavement where after finding a spot, you must check in at the Gift Shop and pay $5 for 3 nights. Any nights after those initial three will then be allowed only if your Players Card points add up to their requirements.

Because we do not play our cards unless they have some sort of special going on, we were approached several times and were told that if we do not play our cards we will not be allowed to stay any additional nights. We informed them that we were only staying one night and did not want to play our cards which did not sit well with many of them. The casino was smaller than we remembered it to be and we do not like that sort of treatment, so we will not be returning any time soon, especially when the Quechan Casino is a much better choice to stay and to play in any future visits to the Yuma area.

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Wanderin' said...

Those casinos must really have changed their requirements from last year. I did hear that the Cocopah Casino no longer has their buffet. When we were there we were told just to come every 3 nights and pay for 3 more if we decide to stay. Nothing was said about a requirement. Was the RV area and the extra lot full or pretty empty because of it?

I had heard that Quechan was pretty strict about RVs staying there including no outside chairs and no barbecue. Also, I had thought they had minimum requirements so that must be wrong too.

Things sure change. Thanks for the update.

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

There were plenty of available spots at Cocopah and we were not informed about leaving our chairs or BQ out at the Quechan, we chose because of the openness of the area not to and not to even put our extra step out...it could easily just walk off!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Too bad these casinos are biting the hand that feeds them.

I'd go out of my way never to darken theire doors again, there are plenty of other casinos that will get my business.