Yuma, Arizona – A Snowbird’s Best Kept Secret

Yuma, AZ, is an oasis in the middle of the Sonoran Desert that attracts visitors from all over the United States and Canada. Nestled in the southwest corner of Arizona between the Yuma and Gila valleys, the city lies just west of the Gila and Colorado River confluence. The warm climate, the endless sunshine, and the close proximity to Mexico makes Yuma feel like a snowbird’s best kept secret.

Yuma is the sunniest place in the United States. With 90% sunshine year round and temperatures that rarely drop below 25℃, Yuma claims the record for most hours of yearly sun by the Guinness Book of World Records. But it’s not just the record sun and warmth that keeps Canadians coming back here – Yuma’s close proximity to Mexico offers visitors the opportunity to experience authentic Mexican and southwestern culture.

With such a perfect desert climate, Yuma is also the date capital of the world and the largest date processing center in the world is located in Yuma. The dry, desert heat, also makes Yuma a prime location for outdoor events, like the Tunes & Taco Festival in April, the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival in November, and the Somerton Tamale Festival in December.

poolTableIn addition to its desirable climate and plethora of cultural activities, many think of Yuma, AZ as a bypass on the way from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego, CA, but Yuma is so much more than just a rest stop. With endless desert activities, perpetual sunshine, and a thriving cultural scene, many Canucks are taking up residence at one of Yuma’s many affordable RV sites that Encore RV Resorts offer in this region. With a variety of resorts offering unique amenities and community sizes, you can escape the winter cold for the sunniest place on Earth no matter what lifestyle you like. Encore RV resorts like Desert Paradise RV Resort and Foothill Village RV Resort, have the same convenient amenities as other larger resorts such as fitness centers, pools, hiking and biking trails, and game rooms. And with a smaller community of residents, it’s easy to make new friends and be as active or relaxed as you want.

At the larger Yuma RV resorts such as Araby Acres and Cactus Gardens, residents have the opportunity to take up short or long term residence at hundreds of different sites and acres upon acres of activities to maintain an active lifestyle. Scenic roadways, friendly atmosphere, and a calendar chock full of entertainment and group activities, there is no shortage of beautiful desert scenery and space to enjoy everything Yuma has to lakeoffer. The nearby Colorado River and Imperial Dam give residents great opportunities for fishing and boating, two of the many activities that Encore guests frequently enjoy. Heading out for a day trip across the border? The convenient location of Capri RV Resort provides guests endless opportunities to experience authentic Mexican culture and still be close to the comforts of home. The Yuma Arts Center, downtown farmer’s market, and casinos are also close by to all seven Encore RV resorts.

No matter which Encore RV Resort you stay at, you are no more than 20 to 30 minutes from the West Wetlands Park, which sits on the northwest edge of Yuma along the Colorado River. This 110-acre public park features a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, an Owl Habitat, equestrian trails, disc-golf courses, picnic tables, boating opportunities and more. Not too far from the West Wetlands Park is the famous Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park where visitors can walk through actual cells and solitary chambers of Arizona Territory’s first prison. Visitors can view photographs and exhibits of those who were incarcerated here for the 33 years that the prison was in operation. In fact, there were inmates who were imprisoned here and also helped to build the prison itself. In cooperation with the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, the Prison holds activities every February to coincide with Yuma Crossing Day, a day mean to highlight the historical eras of Yuma’s past, from the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s to the mid-1900s through living history re-enactments.

curlingWhether you’re looking for a smaller RV resort with those big amenities, or because you want to be within close proximity to casinos and outdoor activities, Encore RV resorts in Yuma are a snowbird’s paradise.

 

Araby Acres RV Resort, A Snowbird Oasis In Yuma, AZ!

Some places bill themselves as being in the ‘Valley of the Sun’. Yuma however is the ‘Home of the Sun’. Araby Acres RV Resort is located in the eastern outskirts of Yuma and is close enough to downtown to reach it easily. This Encore RV resort has 330 sites, including areas for park models. The people are very friendly and helpful in getting you settled in, plus a large number of guests are from Canada. Come see why hundreds of Snowbirds call Araby Acres their home away from home.

_15A8363-EditOne of the most pleasant areas in the park is the small lagoon surrounded by green grass and tall palm trees. Small water fowl puddle aimlessly, or pick insects from the grass. The wind in the palms sounds so much like the ocean surf. This is one of the nicest relaxation areas in Yuma. The ambiance of this area calls for a few park benches to relax on.

The two pools and hot tubs provide relaxing moments and also a cool-down opportunity if you’ve been sampling some of the more vigorous activities such as a good workout in the exercise room, or shuffleboard. Several guests enjoy participating in arts and crafts and wood carving.

Optional cable and WiFi access are available for a fee and a WiFi hotspot is located in the clubhouse. The ideal location in the park is south of the main office, where you’ll find a particularly quiet corner of the property to enjoy.

Many visitors are here to enjoy the sun and heat that they wouldn’t get back home in the _15A7665winter. Shopping is easy and abundant, and it’s an easy drive into Mexico at Los Algodones. There is plenty of paid parking so you can park and walk across the border for your shopping. The crossing of the border is hassle free on the way into Mexico. Leave early if you want to avoid long lines coming back.

Los Algodones is a medical oasis for thousands of visitors who hold their treatments until they get to Mexico where medical help is not only available, but at very low prices. Many also fill their prescriptions while there.

Yuma developed during the mid-1800’s taking advantage of the large amount of steamboat movement up and down the Colorado River. Settlers also took this route through Yuma to cross the river where it was narrower. Yuma is probably most famous for its Yuma Territorial Prison which didn’t need much fencing because, if you escaped, the desert would get you. This area usually gets about 3” of precipitation, and is blisteringly hot in the summer. Tours are available if you want to visit the State Historic Park. There are several quiet, easy walking or biking trails around town.

North and south of Yuma are massive acres of agricultural land. Vegetables, and hay grow several crops per year and drives along those fields can be very educational. Huge orchards of lemon, grapefruit, and oranges will provide scattered roadside stands for you ArabyAcresto pick up fresh fruit.

There are also date groves and stores for you to visit and purchase large packages of dates and enjoy the fabulous date shake whose sweet taste is amazing.

RVers will appreciate the flea markets and RV market places around town that have thousands of items piled hurriedly on shelves awaiting your discovery. There are all types of parts and pieces for the do-it-yourselfers.

The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge came into being after the Imperial Dam created scores of marshy areas which now provide good habitat for a wide variety of migrating birds. It is significant that this area has grown up a verdant attractive area, backdropped by the dry desert and mountains. This 26,000 acre preserve protects 30 miles of the lower Colorado River and can give you several days of entertainment as you explore. You will notice how quickly the plant varieties change as you move back from the river. Washes cut down to the water from the desert, and ironwood and smoke trees are home for the lizards and rabbits. On the higher ground the palo verde, creosote bushes, and ocotillo dot the landscape. Early in the day, or late, you could see the mule deer moving down for a drink, and sometimes the bighorn sheep from the mountains.

Araby_Acres_fire pit_rtmsYuma is a compact city with extensive spread eastward toward the mountains. The area has enough to interest you, whether for a month, or for the entire winter. Araby Acres RV Resort can provide an oasis to return to for rest and relaxation.

Canada 150: See How We Celebrated!

2017 marked the 150th anniversary of Canada! Encore RV Resorts celebrated Canada 150 by throwing several appreciation days across the Sunbelt to celebrate this major milestone!

All of our Canadian guests and US friends were invited to join us for a fun-filled day of activities, including bocce ball, petanque, shuffleboard tournaments, dancing, jam sessions and so much more.

Check out the recap video and let us know what you think!

Snowbirds will love Fiesta Grande RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ

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Between Tucson and Phoenix is the small community of Casa Grande. Surrounded by desert and agricultural lands Casa Grande does not have the hectic jammed in feeling of the larger cities nearby. It is because of this that snowbirds flock to the beautiful Fiesta Grande RV Resort, perfectly located near the outskirts of town.

When you first drive into Fiesta Grande RV Resort you will be impressed at the long, wide entrance driveway leading to the office. You will likely be surprised to see a long parking strip capable of holding several RVs that might be lined up for registration, so unlike places you may have been where you perhaps park on the street blocking everything.

Next you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the friendly staff who go out of their way to guide you through the packet of information about the park and its 767 sites. After this, you are guided to your site, and carefully parked in the proper place.

Some resorts make long lists of activities, which sometimes do not fully materialize when you arrive. At Fiesta Grande RV Resort you can find an active quilting club, two swimming pools, a hot tub, a billiard room, a computer center and active computer club, fitness gym, FGand craft rooms and many meeting rooms in two different sites in the park for a myriad of room-oriented activities. Outdoors are the shuffleboard and horseshoe courts, mini-driving range for golf, putting green, and pickle ball.

They have a shiny wood parquet dance floor and dancing plus a myriad of great entertainers. For whatever spare time you have left over, their full-time Activity Coordinator will fill it in with a wide programme of classes, dinners, tours, and other projects. This park is known for fun and activity. All day long, from early till late, people are walking, and biking, with stops to visit others along the way.

The park is full of mature trees of many species offering a shady break when required from the warm sun. They are just part of the relaxing atmosphere. Its quietness is not interrupted by jet planes and constant helicopter noise such as found in southern cities.

Aside from being a pleasant peaceful park, its location is great for explorations. South a few miles is Picacho State Park enclosing part of Picacho Peak, an ancient volcanic formation. The hiking trail to the peak, while a bit strenuous offers great views of the surrounding desert. Incidentally, Picacho is Spanish for peak, so the English name is really calling it Peak Peak!!

Drive northeast of Phoenix to the Superstition Mountains where ancient lore speaks of a gold strike found by a Dutchman and then lost. The Lost Dutchman Mine has drawn many, many people seeking the fortune reputed to be there, and many supposedly vanished. A rugged crooked mountain drive penetrates these mountains on a route called the Apache FG2Trail. This was the route of an old stagecoach trail from Apache Junction and running through the Superstition Mountains. It’s paved to Tortilla Flat, and there are some rugged camps there. The best reason for going on this trip is the magnificent scenery you will see as you enter steep canyons with high cliffs, and top out on higher country for great distant views.

Eventually the road becomes rough gravel and descends into a deep canyon and then curls back out of it to ultimately reach a large reservoir, held in by Roosevelt Dam. This reservoir traps mountain snows and lets water out for irrigation. On the west end of the trail is Goldfield, a well-kept historic mining camp, dating back to 1890. It is a great place to inspect close-up the mining machinery of days gone by at the Mammoth Mine.

On drives from Casa Grande you will see it’s a town surrounded by mountains and desert basins. Some areas are covered with prickly pear cacti, and the sharp needled jumping cholla which is a plant to stay away from. Its sharp segments are said to jump to grab on to you. Well, maybe not, but once they get on you they stay and unless you use a comb, or two sticks to remove them you will find them stuck on your fingers too.

Almost everywhere is the monumental, great saguaro. For some of the best saguaro forests, drive south from town on Indian highway 15 where you can see many multi-armed saguaros. Of course, you are not far from Tucson and the Saguaro National Park. While in that area, take time to visit the Old Tucson Studios and walk in the ghostly tracks of famous western movie stars such as the great John Wayne.

Casa Grande is a nice central place to be in, and Fiesta Grande RV Resort is great place to hang your hat for a while.

Have you stayed at Fiesta Grande RV Resort? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!

Araby Acres RV Resort, A Snowbird Oasis In Yuma, AZ!

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Some places bill themselves as being in the ‘Valley of the Sun’. Yuma however is the ‘Home of the Sun’. Araby Acres RV Resort is located in the eastern outskirts of Yuma and is close enough to downtown to reach it easily. This Encore RV resort has 330 sites, including areas for park models. The people are very friendly and helpful in getting you settled in, plus a large number of guests are from Canada. Come see why hundreds of Snowbirds call Araby Acres their home away from home.

_15A8363-Edit One of the most pleasant areas in the park is the small lagoon surrounded by green grass and tall palm trees. Small water fowl puddle aimlessly, or pick insects from the grass. The wind in the palms sounds so much like the ocean surf. This is one of the nicest relaxation areas in Yuma. The ambiance of this area calls for a few park benches to relax on.

The two pools and hot tubs provide relaxing moments and also a cool-down opportunity if you’ve been sampling some of the more vigorous activities such as a good workout in the exercise room, or shuffleboard. Several guests enjoy participating in arts and crafts and wood carving.

Optional cable and WiFi access are available for a fee and a WiFi hotspot is located in the clubhouse. The ideal location in the park is south of the main office, where you’ll find a particularly quiet corner of the property to enjoy.

Many visitors are here to enjoy the sun and heat that they wouldn’t get back home in the _15A7665winter. Shopping is easy and abundant, and it’s an easy drive into Mexico at Los Algodones. There is plenty of paid parking so you can park and walk across the border for your shopping. The crossing of the border is hassle free on the way into Mexico. Leave early if you want to avoid long lines coming back.

Los Algodones is a medical oasis for thousands of visitors who hold their treatments until they get to Mexico where medical help is not only available, but at very low prices. Many also fill their prescriptions while there.

Yuma developed during the mid-1800’s taking advantage of the large amount of steamboat movement up and down the Colorado River. Settlers also took this route through Yuma to cross the river where it was narrower. Yuma is probably most famous for its Yuma Territorial Prison which didn’t need much fencing because, if you escaped, the desert would get you. This area usually gets about 3” of precipitation, and is blisteringly hot in the summer. Tours are available if you want to visit the State Historic Park. There are several quiet, easy walking or biking trails around town.

North and south of Yuma are massive acres of agricultural land. Vegetables, and hay grow several crops per year and drives along those fields can be very educational. Huge orchards of lemon, grapefruit, and oranges will provide scattered roadside stands for you ArabyAcresto pick up fresh fruit.

There are also date groves and stores for you to visit and purchase large packages of dates and enjoy the fabulous date shake whose sweet taste is amazing.

RVers will appreciate the flea markets and RV market places around town that have thousands of items piled hurriedly on shelves awaiting your discovery. There are all types of parts and pieces for the do-it-yourselfers.

The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge came into being after the Imperial Dam created scores of marshy areas which now provide good habitat for a wide variety of migrating birds. It is significant that this area has grown up a verdant attractive area, backdropped by the dry desert and mountains. This 26,000 acre preserve protects 30 miles of the lower Colorado River and can give you several days of entertainment as you explore. You will notice how quickly the plant varieties change as you move back from the river. Washes cut down to the water from the desert, and ironwood and smoke trees are home for the lizards and rabbits. On the higher ground the palo verde, creosote bushes, and ocotillo dot the landscape. Early in the day, or late, you could see the mule deer moving down for a drink, and sometimes the bighorn sheep from the mountains.

Araby_Acres_fire pit_rtmsYuma is a compact city with extensive spread eastward toward the mountains. The area has enough to interest you, whether for a month, or for the entire winter. Araby Acres RV Resort can provide an oasis to return to for rest and relaxation.

 

Visit the Mesa-Phoenix Area & Explore the Beautiful Southwest!

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Looking for a new winter home away from home? Well the beauty of the Arizona desert, its splendid colors, the unique flora and fauna, and the purple mountains will have snowbirds rethinking their tropical migration.

Winter temperatures in the Mesa-Phoenix region are comparable to the temperatures in Daytona Beach. Though Arizona also has a reputation for having the most stunning sunsets in the United States. But we’re going to cut the comparisons there because Arizona’s Mesa-Phoenix region has enough natural beauty and unique attractions to put it in a league of its own!

Golfing

Golf is a popular pastime in Arizona and Viewpoint RV and Gold Resort offers both an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course. The 18-hole course is a par 71, with hazards that demand strategic play, and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels.

viewPointWhat makes this course and resort special is its location at the base of the Superstition Mountains. So while you golf you will also be able to enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic mountain view.

Non-golfers can take in the scenery while hiking, biking, or walking along dry river beds through local parks. This age-qualified resort has it all, and is prepared to assist senior guests so they can fully experience all the perks that an active lifestyle has to offer.

Cactus League

In spring Major League Baseball comes to train across from the Mesa-Phoenix area. You can take in pre-season games between teams from the western divisions, including the World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs.

In fact, the Mesa Spirit RV Resort is less than a 20-minute drive from Sloan Park, which hosts the Cubs in spring. Mesa Spirit is also about a ten-minute drive from the Oakland Athletics springtime home: Hohokam Stadium.mesaSpirit

For sports fans it’s just a short trip into Phoenix to catch the Phoenix Suns play. Canadian hockey fans can travel a little farther if they want to catch the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale at the Gila River Arena. Keep your eye on the schedule —you may even be able to see your favourite Canadian team live in action!

Arts and Culture

The Seyenna Vistas RV Resort is minutes away from both downtown Phoenix and the Mesa Arts Center, which makes it a great home base for those exploring the rich culture of America’s southwest.

The area is home to a plethora of museums, galleries and historical sites where you can seyennaVistasabsorb the local culture and history. At the Mesa Arts Center, you can attend a variety of performing arts from music to comedy to theater, or visit the center’s museum which houses exceptional pieces of regional, national, and international contemporary art. Some snowbirds take advantage of their long stay and choose to take a class (or two) at the Mesa Arts Center.

Sports and Leisure

Arizona’s temperate winters make it ideal for active snowbirds who want to enjoy their favourite pastimes all year round. Monte Vista Village RV Resort has the facilities for you to swim, play tennis, pickleball, volleyball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes.

Nearby you will find opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the desert. Saguaro monteVistaCanyon, Roosevelt Lake, and Apache Lake are picturesque surroundings you won’t ever tire of exploring.

Monte Vista Village Resort is pet friendly, which means you can bring your faithful companion(s) with you to enjoy the scenic lakes and rugged mountains.

Enjoy all the attractions Mesa-Phoenix has to offer

Casino Arizona has all the excitement, food, refreshments, and games you’d expect and is located in Scottsdale, just outside of a number of Mesa-area resorts.

It’s hard to get a full sense of the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and Mesa-Phoenix area without visiting the Desert Botanical Garden. Along its trails you will discover the unexpected diversity of desert flora.

Another beautiful, but unexpected, attraction is Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights. This “jewel in the desert” is a local curiosity. Built in the 1920s, many people wonder why and by whom. The best way to learn the story behind this wonderful building is to visit, but be warned you will need to book your tour ticket well in advance.

There’s no doubt that this majestic desert has something for everyone, which is why it’s a popular destination for RV’ers and Canadian snowbirds.

If you’re interested in visiting the Mesa-Phoenix area, let us know in the comments section!

Tips & Tricks: Backing Up Your 5th Wheel

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There are a few parts of RV ownership – specifically, 5th wheel ownership – that are a bit intimidating. For one thing, it is a significant financial investment to purchase a 5th wheel, so that is an early hurdle that you will need to clear. Also, driving such a big rig down the road can be intimidating to those with no experience, as driving a truck and 5th wheel is a big departure from piloting a sedan. However, the biggest challenge to 5th wheel ownership for most people is going to be the issue addressed in the title of this post – backing up the rig.

Backing up a 5th wheel is a challenge on multiple fronts. For one thing, the rig is rather large, so you may feel nervous moving in backward into an area that you can’t really see. Also, the rig is going to move in the opposite direction as your vehicle, so you will have to learn how to ‘dance’ with the 5th wheel in order to place it in exactly the right spot.

If you are struggling to back up your 5th wheel successfully, or if you would just like to have some tips in mind before trying for the first time, review the points below.

It’s All About Opposites

As mentioned above, you have to think ‘opposite’ when you want to back up a 5th wheel. At first, the fact that the 5th wheel moves opposite of your vehicle is likely to throw you for a loop, but you will get used to this factor relatively quickly. Try to find an open parking lot or another safe place to practice backing up and you will start to naturally respond to the way the trailer moves in reverse.

Go Slow

You don’t need to be in a rush to back up your 5th wheel properly. Take it slow, especially at first, and only keep moving back when you are confident in the direction that you are going. Don’t worry if other people are watching or even waiting – it isn’t worth pushing your 5th wheel into a bad spot just because you are trying to get out of the way.

Have a Spotter

This is perhaps the most important piece of advice that you can receive. If you are backing up your 5th wheel into any kind of a tight spot, have a trusted spotter and use them to direct your movements. If necessary, pick up some two-way radios to communicate between the cab and the spotter with ease. Or, if you prefer not to use radios, develop a few hand signals that you can use to make sure you are on the same page. Of course, you don’t want to back up into your spotter, so make sure you can see them at all times while the vehicle is in motion.

Stay on Driver’s Side

If at all possible, work on backing into spots that are on the same side of the vehicle as the driver. It is more difficult to go to the other side, as it will be harder to see as you back up. An experienced 5th wheel driver may be able to go the other way without too much effort, but stick to the driver’s side until you have confidence in your skills.

Spend Time Practicing

Just like any other skill in life, the only way to master backing up in your 5th wheel is to practice on a regular basis. If you are willing to put in some practice time in a nearby parking lot (or even in your own driveway, if it is big enough), you should be able to develop your 5th wheel backing skills in short order.

Have any tips of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments section!

Story courtesy of Snowbirds & RV Travelers Magazine

Mesa Spirit – The Mega RV Resort with Down Home Hospitality in Arizona

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RVers know it’s a treat to find an RV resort that offers great amenities and activities and has the feel of a close-knit community. At Mesa Spirit RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona, they have it all: 1,667 spaces with full hookups and a seasoned, friendly staff. Thousands of returning visitors call this their home away from home.

Everyone Welcome!

Travel 30 minutes SW of Phoenix, just west of the stunning Superstition Mountains and you’ll find Mesa Spirit RV Resort. This age-qualified community is pet friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your fur kids behind. You’ll see all shapes and sizes of RVs here from camper vans to big rigs. For those who don’t want to make the drive down, Mesa Spirit has homes for rent and for sale. And, it’s only 25 minutes from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway International airport. Being a snowbird has never been easier!

Sense of Community

Bernice Gruchalla is a snowbird who has come to Mesa Spirit every year for the past 43 years. “The people here are fantastic,” she said. “I’m 103 and the weather is great and the activities keep me very busy. I enjoy taking the bus tours to the casinos.” Bernice loves the sense of belonging she has at Mesa Spirit. “People know me. It’s like living in a small
town It’s great to see the same people every year. I know most of the staff and residents. It’s the best park in valley.”mesaspirit_5-1

Lyse Dorrington is a Canadian from Victoria, BC who comes to Mesa Spirit for five to six months of the year and has for the past 16 years. “I don’t have a car,” she said. “I fly in and take the light rail system and buses everywhere. The park takes us out twice a week
to get groceries. I bought my place in 2001 and I love the weather, it’s almost always sunny.” Lyse is also one of the volunteers at Mesa Spirit. “I run the Mahjongg and Euchre games every week. I’m also the librarian. We lend books on a trust system. You know your neighbors here. You feel part of the community and you can be as social or as private as you want. There’s always free coffee and really nice people in the main office.”

The Great Outdoors

One of the great things about Arizona in the winter, is being in the great outdoors. The Grand Canyon is a four-hour drive away and makes for a great road trip. For something closer to home, take a hike at Usery Mountain Regional Park, a short 25-minute drive from the resort. The lower trails here are great for hikers of all ages and abilities.

Riverview Park is 15 minutes from the resort and has a Community Fishing Program, which means you can fish to your hearts content or four trout and four catfish a day, whichever comes first. Riverview is also the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs.

Golf Anyone?

For some, Mesa, AZ is a golf mecca. Beginners and pros alike flock here for the courses and the breathtaking views. A backdrop of blue skies and mountains makes your day on the course even more memorable. Golf once a week or once a day, there are enough courses here to keep you busy. If you don’t want to drive, the resort has a golf simulator.img_2381-1

Some of the courses within 30-minute drive of Mesa Spirit Resort include the famous Las Sendas Golf Club, as well as Longbow, Dobson Ranch, Kokopelli, Toka Sticks, Superstition Mountain, Apache Creek and Painted Mountain. You can also visit ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort, a sister Encore property that boasts an 18-hole championship and a 9-hole executive course that will satisfy players of all abilities.

Get Out and About

Mesa was made for getting out and about and having fun. Go soaring high in the Sonoran skies in a hot air balloon, or skydive from 10,000 feet! There’s even indoor skydiving. Hop on a bike, or the back of a trusty steed, or jump in a Jeep or Hummer and tour the area.

For something more laid back, head out wine tasting, take a boat cruise, visit the Phoenix Zoo or tour the Desert Botanical Garden. There’s an olive mill for great olive oils and plenty of area farms where you can buy everything from peaches to pumpkins direct from the farmers. Ask about the Fresh Foodie Trail.

Shop until you drop and then head to the spa! There are several great places to shop here. There are malls and downtown Mesa has several unique boutiques and shops as well as salons and spas. As for casinos, there are at least 10 within an hour of Mesa Spirit

Resort Activities

Choose from over 30 activities at the park. Join a sports league, take yoga, join a pickleball or bocce league. Try your hand at silversmithing, singing, water aerobics, tai chi slider_aquabelles-2-1. . . the list is almost endless.

Cathy Quintero, Activities Director, makes sure there’s something for almost everyone here. “We have dances every couple of weeks,” she said. “Happy hour is every Tuesday and we make homemade pizza and sit out by the pool. Everyone comes to the country store too. It’s like a flea market with handmade crafts and food. Everyone loves to buy trinkets, and sit around and eat while they hobnob with friends.”

As for events, tribute artists, comedians and entertainers are brought in on a regular basis.

Amenities

Amenities can make or break your RV experience. At Mesa Spirit, you’ll find a fitness
center, swimming pools, whirlpools/spas/hot tubs, laundry facilities, horseshoe pits, a mesaspirit52-1ballroom and banquet hall, a library, tennis and pickleball courts, mini-golf, and much more.

It’s all you really need to make your RV stay feel like home.

Tips & Tricks: Are you prepared for a flat tire?

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Story & photo courtesy of Snowbirds & RV Travelers Magazine

Your bags are at the door. You’ve mapped your route. The RV is packed. Before you head south for the winter, remember to take care of the tires that are going to get you there.

It always happens at the most inconvenient times: on a snowy, narrow mountain pass, on a Sunday night 60 kilometres from the next town, or a mere hour into your three-day journey south. With all the kilometres and pressures we put on our RV tires, getting the odd flat tire is considered part of this mode of travel, but there are ways to help prevent flat tires in the first place, and ways to be prepared when it happens.

PREVENTING FLAT TIRES:

Check the pressure

Before you begin packing up your RV or motorhome, have the air pressure checked on all of your RV tires, including the spare tire. RV’s often sit for long periods of time before they move onto the highway, and between trips, tires can lose a significant amount of air pressure.

Under-inflation is one of the most common causes of flat tires, and it can also lead to uneven tire wear as well as poor handling and fuel economy.

If you have a travel trailer, once it’s fully loaded, be sure to weigh each axle to confirm that the gross vehicle weight (GVW) matches the recommended tire pressure.

Check for weathering

Depending on how and where they’re parked, RV’s can be exposed to the elements, and that can impact a tire’s condition. Inspect the sidewalls for cracking, feathering and fading. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause the rubber to deteriorate, and weathered tires aren’t as fit to handle heavy loads at high speeds and hot temperatures.

Check the tread

While you might only have eyes for your sunny American destination, remember you may have to go through at least one Canadian snowstorm. To reduce the likelihood of a blowout and for optimum grip and handling in cold temperatures and on snow, ensure you have at least 3.5 millimetres or 4/32 inches of tread depth left on at least all-season M+S (mud and snow) tires.

PREPARING FOR FLAT TIRES:

The only thing worse than getting flat tire on the way south, is getting a flat tire late at night in the middle of nowhere and being unable to change it yourself. Fortunately, with the right equipment handy and a bit of know-how, you can usually get yourself back on the road in no time.

Check your ‘changing a spare tire’ equipment

Some RV’s come equipped with a standard jack and/or tire iron to help you remove a flat tire, but some models don’t. Be sure you know where your equipment is, and know exactly what you have.

In a best-case scenario, you would have on hand:

  • Accessible, well-inflated spare tire in good condition
  • Jack or ride-on ramp
  • Chock (for double-axle trailers and to keep other tires in place)
  • Tire iron
  • Cones to place around your RV as a warning to other drivers

For your safety and to help ensure your tire can be repaired in the future, only use inflator kits and sealants after educating yourself on how and when to use these products . If you get a flat tire, the best thing to do is put on the spare and get your RV to the nearest tire service centre.

Practice changing a tire

Now that you have everything you need to change a flat tire, practice once or twice on the driveway so you’ll be confident if you need to do it on your own in an emergency.

Golf During the Winter at ViewPoint RV Resort

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ViewPoint RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona features both an 18-hole championship and a 9-hole executive course that will satisfy players of all abilities. The par 71, 6,374-yard Championship Course, opened in 1996, provides a fair test without the extremes of desert target golf. Relax and enjoy the tree-lined fairways, immaculate greens and strategic bunkering of the courses.vp

The sounds of rippling streams or cascading waterfalls will remind you why you play the game. If you’re a beginning player or you’re working on your short game, you’ll love our 9-hole executive course. This is a great place to take the youngsters or to enjoy a quick nine when time is short.

“This is traditional golf,” says Frank Samprone, the Director of Golf Operations, “it’s not overwhelming for the average player, but it still provides a good degree of challenge for the better player. Our pace of play is _15a5365-1excellent. An 18-hole round rarely takes more than four hours. It’s also a great course to walk.”

If you’re looking for an equipment upgrade, the Viewpoint ProShop carries full lines of clubs, equipment, accessories, and fashionable men’s and women’s golf apparel.

_15a4854-1ViewPoint’s golf facilities also include Fat Willy’s Clubhouse Pub & Grill, with spacious banquet rooms and a quaint little bar and grill that will surely quench your thirst or appetite before, during or after your round on the links. The Terrace Green Event Center with its elegant decor and stunning scenery can be the perfect setting for any group event including: weddings, receptions, golf outings, and social gatherings.

Visit the ViewPoint  golf website for tee times, course information, and more: http://www.viewpointgolfresort.com/course/