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Reviewed March 20, 2016

We are a family of three traveling with a 4 year old  in a vintage VW Westfalia Camper and Sam's Family Spa has been on our list of places to visit. We were previously camping at Joshua Tree Blackrock Campground and decided to try a night or two at Sam's Family Spa.

Researching other natural hot springs in the area this places seemed to be the best choice based on reviews and not being a 55+ resort and the love VW Westy campers. We met two other Westy owners who stayed in the camp.

Initially we drove there without a reservation because the site charges a $5 fee and being February we doubted it was full but on arrival there were only a couple number of spaces open. Sam's Family Spa has a large number or permanent homes and then full hook-ups and some overflow camping in the back. 

We pulled in around 4pm and the night staff was extremely helpful and super friendly. We paid for one night and drove around to pick out our site. We decided on site 133 because camping in the desert before we know there would be major wind storms and at least we would have the shelter of a permanent home to our right and backing in our VW Westy would be against the wind. Checkin was super easy, saved $5 but booking directly, Sam's Family Spa does not currently offer any Auto Club or additional discounts. Current rates for 02/2016 are $50 and it includes up to 4 adults, kids 4 and under are free and there are no fire rings except for propane or charcoal and no tents allowed as most RV places have this rule. If you want to set up a tent and have a fire I suggest you camp at Blackrock Campground in Yucca Valley. Since the pools and spa are open until 9:45 pm this is more of a place to relax in the natural (non chlorinated) hot water then go back to the campsite and retire early.

There are two bathrooms that also have showers that are super clean, we have stayed at $65-$90 a night places and even the KOA does not have nice and clean bathrooms like Sam's Family Spa. Showers and toilets have a keypad entry so there are open 24 hours with the cleaning lady cleaning about 10am-1030am but you can use the other toilet and shower or use the facilities inside the spa area also.

All the pools are filled with mineral water and even the showers in the bathroom with the exception of the cold tap water in the showers being supplied from the city. The swimming pool and round cold pool are chlorinated and the 4 oblong natural spa do not have any chlorine.

There are 4 spa, the round one being the hottest by California law it is at 105˚F/40˚C and the other 3 pools are slightly cooler with the 4th pool being child friendly, we even saw a 2 year old inside and our 4 year old loved it.

There are showers all around, again powered by natural hot springs and there is a dry sauna and a tiny steam sauna inside the mens room. I've seen better steam saunas but it's nice to have the options. There are an additional two showers inside the bathroom and two toilets and an urinal and a changing area and lots of hooks everywhere.
There are no lockers here so if you have an iPhone or any valuables leave them back in your camper and lock you doors.

The land itself is beautiful and we didn’t' expect the abundance of wildlife and the aviary that they have, there is a black swan, two cranes and plenty of ducks and even a turtle and plenty or koi and possibly carp or cat fish in the water. One bad thing is that there is only one entrance via the main office so if you are at the Kid's playground you have to walk all the way around and enter via the office in order to get to the pier/ wharf on the other side of the child playground. It would be better just to extend the fence around the playground once inside.

There are plenty of BBQ area and grills everywhere, from your traditional park type to smokers and plenty of tables and tables everywhere. There is a great store if you forgot to bring any charcoal or lighter fluid at a reasonable price we just packed up our Westy and parked in front and carried everything inside or else i would be a long walk to carry all out BBQ supplies inside. A great move for Sam's would be to have BBQs area located throughout the area rather than have us have to lug everything inside the fenced area.
You have to clean the BBQ but the smoker worked nice and albeit the strong wines that came in after 4pm it took a while to get the temperature up.

There is a VONS and Albertans 5 miles away it’s best you stop there first and load up on what you need then check into Sam’s Family Spa. Additionally if you need lunch or dinner there is a Thai Place and a couple Cal/Tex/Mex places around, we ate ate but always check Yelp!

The site has full hookups even though we don't use much. The important thing is that it had 110V and the 30AMP and 50AMP so regular people do not have to purchase a 30/50 amp to 110V adapter. Sie was clean again with no fire pits and no tents allowed even kids tents. We had that at Blackrock Campground but no electricity. There is cement pad which is a nice size and a small table and at site 133 the table wood is warped and bent but it was fine. Thai Palms Restaurant which we didn’t try and Don Tacorriendo which is just okay for Cal/Mex it's better to go to Casa Blanca Restaurant if you want $3.50 margaritas. The food itself is so-so. It's desert hot springs not Palm Springs or Los Angeles but you can get better ingredients at VONS and head back tot he campsite and cook better and cheaper.

Check Accuweather for weather forecast for wind conditions, when we stayed in 02/2016 there was the win and rain storm of the century, when we went to dinner w saw lightening hit the ground and strike a couple power pies knocking power out at Sam’s and surrounding area and several desert fires, we had dinner and waited it out but power back at the camp was out from 5:45pm until 9:30pm which meant all pools are closed including the hot spa and electricity supplying water from the well underground.

We will definitely go back and maybe try staying 1 week. The pools are the best and even the cold swimming pool is at at great temp that is better than most pools in Palm Springs.

Room tip: The desert winds comes in at night try to face the back of your rig south so it does not blow around so bad.
Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank Carlos S
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

Too many people...That is the opposite of a relaxing place to me... which is what I think of a spa. The hot jacuzzi smelled like pee... the rest were ok. The little kids pool was great for my daughter, who had a lot of fun jumping in.... but later on I found a little blister on each toe from landing on the very rough bottom of the pool...
I consider this place extremely expensive for the experience we had.

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Maria G
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Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

Mostly back in sites with full 50 amp hookups. My 41 foot DP and toad fit. Need a female connection for the cable but it works good. WIFI is good but costs $$. Sites are pretty level with hedges behind and palm trees in every site. The pools and spa's are really nice. Love the Averie and the pond with lots of ducks, swans, with lots of waterfalls are a nice touch.

Date of stay: January 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
2  Thank Chiefly1
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Reviewed January 7, 2016

great pools, family friendly, great for a day trip, variety of temperatures in the pools, not sure about the overnight accommodations, store staff very pleasant and helpful, fellow travelers interesting

Date of stay: February 2015
Thank kbbye
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Reviewed January 3, 2016

Staff is great! friendly, helpful, nice, kind, very accommodating, etc. nice RV and trailer park. has 3 hot pools for grown ups (and kids as well) and 1 big pool for kids, and the water was so warm that my 3 kids played until 9 pm although the weather was upper 40s... far from other business so it is a bit inconvenient if you don't have a car, but because of that it is very quiet and relaxing. just stock the RV well and enjoy the pool, picnic area, pond, hot spring water, and more this place offers.

Date of stay: December 2015
Thank tempprop
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