Fantasy Springs Casino, located in Indio, CA, offers unlimited RV parking. Even though the entrance to the RV parking lot has a sign that forbids overnight parking, there’s dozens of RVs that park there long term. In fact, some of them look as if they’ve been there for months.
The RV lot is all hard packed dirt & gravel. During the winter months, when snow birds have flocked into the Coachella Valley, Fantasy Springs Casino becomes packed with RVers. There’s perhaps 60-75 RVs crammed into the lot, most of which have dug in for a stay lasting between a week to a few months.
Many RVers will extend their awnings, put out camp furniture, dog fences, and set up their gas grills.
Casino security does patrol the area, because I’ve seen them drive around a few times. I’m guessing, however, they don’t kick anyone out for staying too long nor for having their camping gear spread out. In fact, I’m not aware of security kicking anyone out.
Despite all that, the RV lot remains largely peaceful. RVers here seem to remain respectful to their neighbors, don’t have loud parties at night, nor bring any prostitutes into their rigs.
Sash and I stayed there for nine nights during the latter part of February and early March, 2019. We actually did not go into the casino, though normally we would have. It’s usually our practice to patronize the facilities when staying overnight at a casino parking lot. But this time, we were dealing with a lot of stress with Sash’s doctor appointments, client visits, and getting her Chevy Suburban built into an overland camper.
If you’re considering parking your RV here, make sure you check on the weather forecast. This part of the Coachella Valley gets pretty hot, and the RV lot offers no shade at all.
In terms of amenities, there are a few garbage cans at the RV lot, but they’re very small. You’ll more than likely have to haul your bags of trash to a gas station or some other dumpster. Otherwise, the closest propane tank fill is at the ARCO AM/PM station across the street. The closest RV dump station is at Valley Sanitary District, located on the other side of the I-10. It does not have potable water, however.
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