Outdoor activities include:
ATV off-roading on miles of public land accessible from the park
Swimming in our HEATED pool and relaxing in the new spa
Golfing on our 9 hole, par 3 grass golf course
Horseback Riding and Horse Boarding
RC (Remote Control) battery powered car race track
Bean Bag Toss
Shuffle Board (planned for 2018 season)
WE OFFER OUTSTANDING OFF-ROAD RIDING
Desert Palms RV Resort in Salome is characterized by our ATV enthusiast customers as having one of the finest selection and greatest number of off-road trails in Southwest Arizona. Just the right combination of flat desert land, nearby mountains, abandon mine buildings, natural features, bull-horn sheep, dry washes, and distance from international borders makes Salome a favorite location for establishing a home base for exploration of surrounding BLM and AZ State desert and mountain land. In addition, Desert Palms is located just 1/2 mile from the Salome waypoint on the recently defined Arizona Peace Trail (https://arizonapeacetrail.org) which further enhances our attractiveness as a home base for ATVers.
Many current residents with ATVs and two local Salome ATV clubs welcome newly arriving folks to join them on both established and private rides. Membership in the "Desert Palms Four Wheelers" and the Salome "Arizona Desert Riders" is easy to accomplish and will present the opportunity to participate in frequently occurring sanctioned rides. These clubs sponsor "poker runs," gatherings at remote locations, and ride leaders with experience in the local area who consider safety on the trail of paramount importance. Ask about contacting these clubs at the Desert Palms front office.
If you want to be a little more adventurous, there are hundreds of geocaches within 5 miles of the resort. There is also an organized group in the park that creates and seeks out geocaches in the area - challenging and fun.
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RC TRACK RACING
Remote Control (R/C) racing has evolved into a full-service highly popular winter season activity at Desert Palms. We have resident enthusiasts that have created a professional quality 20,000 square foot track with hard packed dirt raceways, wooden barrier fences between raceways, an elevated 8' x 20' operator's stand, racing software that announces the progress of race leaders to 1/10 of a second as the race progresses, and spectator seating. Construction of a Rock Crawler course started the Fall of 2018 and continues to evolve as rock crawler enthusiasts get new ideas. A track barrier overlay to the main R/C track that accommodates smaller sprint car racing was incorporated in early 2019 to recognize the increasing popularity of these smaller R/C cars. Experienced R/C owners and racers help newly interested R/C owners get involved by reviewing features to consider when buying new R/C cars, help with R/C vehicle maintenance, and suggest R/C racing tips in both formal classes and informal chats during the winter season.
Desert Palms also has a smaller oval track for Sprint Cars in addition to our 1/10 scale racetrack. In addition to the 1/10 scale track that is capable of hosting an R/C Circuit Event, Desert Palms has a "Rock Crawler" course and a 1/18 scale "Sprint Car" track. The Sprint track is shown in the foreground of the picture and the Rock Crawler course can be seen in the background of the picture. All three courses are routinely being improved by the enthusiasts who use these courses.
SWIMMING POOL and SPA
Swimming in our HEATED pool and relaxing in the spa has been a favorite activity for those who have an interest in water aerobics and those who simply want to luxuriate in the pool and spa during winter months. Target temperatures for the pool are 86 degrees and for the spa are 102 degrees.
A new above ground spa with an easy access ramp.
Desert Palms has a full sized driving range to help golfers maintain their long game and a 300 yard 9-hole green grass short course we call a "Pitch and Putt" to help golfers maintain their short game. There is a small charge for the driving range, but the Pitch and Putt is free to Desert Palms residents. Golfers who want to enjoy the fun of golfing without the task of traversing a long yard regulation course will find the Desert Palms Pitch and Putt both entertaining and challenging.
The Desert Palms Executive Golf Course gains in quality each year as new grass is added to existing well-established grass. There are still some fairway spots that need additional work, but, the Greens are as lush as they have ever been with expectations of continued effort to keep them lush. Note the thick grass carpet of the #5 Green which is similar to grass growth on the other Greens. Although there are many Park Models and 16-Wides around the golf course, there is still plenty of room for their more mobile cousins. A reservation before the season begins is your best assurance of nabbing one of the available sites that border the Golf Course.
The picture below shows golf competition winners in our 3-day "Game Day" event that occurs once in the Winter and once in the Spring.
Some tenants enjoy playing the local 9-hole County maintained Greasewood short course about 5 miles away that is a desert course with grass tees and greens, but desert fairways. Other tenants supplement this play with occasional trips to the following green grass courses that are all about 50 miles away: (1) Emerald Canyon Golf Course in Parker, (2) Wickenburg Country Club or (3) Los Caballeros Golf Club in Wickenburg, (4) Sundance and (5) Verado courses in Buckeye, and the (6) Blythe Municipal Golf course in Blythe, CA. Bottom line is there is lots of golf either at Desert Palms or within a reasonable distance from Desert Palms.
There are 5 courses in Sun City open to the public, 3 in Sun City West, and 3 others in Surprise which are all about 100 miles away. Check www.teeoff.com for cost and addresses of these course and 60 other courses in the Phoenix area.
We have an active hiking group that meets each week during the snowbird season (November thru March). Hike to many interesting areas including historically significant sights and possible desert sheep sightings.
HORSEBACK RIDING AND HORSE BOARDING
There are many trails around Salome that are well suited for horseback riding. Horse boarding for RVers is available in the Salome area at Spirit Ranch which is about 3 miles west from Desert Palms RV Resort and about 1/8 mile north of the Ironhorse Cafe on the SR 60 highway. Check their website at spiritranch.net or call 928-916-0177 for the types of currently available boarding services and accompanying rates. Spirit Ranch can typically accommodate 15 horses during the winter season. They also have a few dry camping spots, but these are usually filled by long term customers. Advanced reservations are suggested for both short and longer term horse boarding stays. The accompanying picture shows the "Arena" at Spirit Ranch.
A Community Firepit with lots of wood fuel is located on a cement pad near the Hobby Shop. A scheduled weekly gathering gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie typically associated with a firepit without the danger of fire to other RVs and their awnings. More frequent gatherings are possible for groups of four or more residents.
Ladder Ball is another popular activity and we have a weekly tournament.
Horseshoes are played on regulation pits and we have weekly tournaments.
BEAN BAG TOSS
Bean bag toss is a favorite sport, especially during one of Desert Palm's Game Day Marathons.
Croquet has been set up as a Game Day activity in the past, but has gained in popularity to the point we are considering locations to leave it set up permanently.