Y ‘all, the kids and I stumbled upon a hidden gem this weekend, for real! Since we didn’t have any baseball tournaments, we wanted to drive to San Diego to visit the beach but it was raining, so we headed to the Arizona/California border instead. Tucked away just off the I-10 along the Colorado River in Ehrenberg, Arizona – a short hour and 45 minutes from our house – is the Arizona Oasis RV Resort.
This place is legit amazing.
I’m not even sure how I stumbled across it. I was searching RCI for our timeshare options (because we are on a strict budget), then came across VRBO rentals, then Arizona Oasis! However I came to find this gem, I’m glad I did.
If my family is anything, it’s spontaneous. My husband was working this weekend (total bummer because he would LOVE this place), so I braved loading all 4 kids, some sleeping bags, pillows and food into the truck and headed out for the weekend.
Upon checking in, the Arizona Oasis staff was incredibly welcoming. We rented some totally affordable kayaks, stacked them in our truck bed, then headed down to our cabin.
Guys, the cabins are so cozy! There’s 5 o f them, nestled in the middle of the RV spaces, but within a super-short walking distance to the clubhouse which has restrooms, private showers, a food hall and events like poker, karaoke and concerts.
Our 2 bedroom cabin was all that we needed. The front room had a queen bed for me – with a small TV that had cable and movie channels – and a table for food. The second bedroom had two bunkbeds – the boys slept on one side, the girls slept on the other. Linens can be rented for an extra fee, but we brought our own sheets and blankets. Each cabin also had a small grill and picnic table outside, as well as porch swings. I felt like we were glamping!
After unloading the truck, we headed down to the beach which was a short walking distance, and were totally impressed. There were horseshoes, tree swings, an awesome lagoon, hammocks, and a wooden boat clubhouse. It was windy out, but the weather was warm – about 75 degrees – and the water felt great. Plus, the kayaks we rented for a small fee (the standing paddleboards weren’t available) were a great addition.
This time of year – a spontaneous, totally random weekend – most of the other campers were snow birds – elderly strolling the beach, wine and bear in hand, before heading to Arizona for Spring Training, then off to who-knows-where… but there was another family there with children. In talking with them, I learned they are a “full-time family.” The children are homeschooled and live with their parents in their RV. They had been living at the Arizona Oasis RV Resort for 3 months but were leaving the next day to move on to their next destination. In hearing this, my own children questioned why we couldn’t have that same lifestyle (umm – because y’all would drive me insane as students – plus, baseball is life!).
This time of year, we had the entire beach/lagoon to ourselves. The kids played with their sand toys, paddled around in the kayaks (but I wouldn’t let them go too far without an adult because the current was strong) and had a blast on the tree swings and waterslide (it was old and a bit rustic, and not too fast, but still crazy fun). In the meantime, I enjoyed some adult beverages while relaxing in the hammocks.
We BBQ-ed some hamburgers and brats (yes, y’all, we splurged this weekend… bad-for-you chips, soda, hot dogs, sweets…. all the stuff we reserve for special occasions) for dinner before the sun went down, then the kids tuckered out in their bunk beds while I watched some cable tv and movie channels on the tiny tv in our cabin before crashing out.
The next morning, we cooked some eggs, potatoes and sausage on the grill, packed up our truck and cleaned out our cabin, then headed down to the river for more swimming and sliding. Next, we headed to the resort’s heated pool and jacuzzi. They don’t advertise the pool as heated but it sure felt heated to me! We then showered before hitting the road back home. Such an easy trip!
All-in-all, this place was AMAZING and my kiddos cannot wait to go back. My 11 year old son is already requesting that we have his summer birthday party here – with him and his friends in one cabin, and the adults in the others. I really can’t argue against this. Plus, I imagine the warmer the weather gets, the more families come out to this Oasis. As far as camping goes, this place is the ISH! I can’t even say that bringing our toy hauler would have been better than the cabin rentals. The RV sites have full hook-ups and are closer to the beach than the cabins, but the cabins were super cozy and convenient.
Did I mention that down at the beach is a group bonfire area with chopped wood? The entire resort community gathers on certain nights for a bonfire and s’mores! How cool is that?
Anyways, here’s a little video showing just how much fun my little family had. I’m so grateful we stumbled across this place and gave it a try. We cannot wait to go back, and bring some friends with us! It truly is a hidden gem along Interstate 10! Y’all, do yourself a favor and visit this little oasis. Stay in a cabin or bring your RV. Either way, it’s a totally fun (and affordable) getaway – one we will make a habit of visiting.
Thankful. Grateful. Blessed!
Yours in health – JD