Palm Oasis RV Park and Resort

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Palm Oasis RV Park and Resort

Location

Installation
El Centro Naval Air Facility, El Centro, CA
GPS Coordinates
32.81768, -115.68015
Location Information
El Centro Naval Air Facility, El Centro, CA
RV Gate Coordinates
32.8112, -115.67228

Directions

Directions
Eastbound on I-8: Exit at 107 to Seeley. Go left/north on S29 to Seeley. At stop sign, turn right/east on W. Evan Hewes Hwy/S80. At stop sign, turn left/north on Bennett Rd and proceed to the main gate. (See GATE below) ---- Westbound on I-8 East: Exit at 111 and go right/north on Forrester Rd/S30. At traffic light turn left/west on West Evan Hewes Hwy. Turn right at second stop sign onto Bennett Rd and proceed to main gate. (See GATE below) ---- Eastbound on I-10/Palm Springs Area: Exit 145 to 86S/Westmorland/Brawley. At traffic light In Westmorland, turn right/south onto Forrester Rd. Proceed south approximately 20-miles to traffic light. Turn right/west on West Evan Hewes Hwy. Turn right at second stop sign onto Bennett Rd and proceed to main gate. ---- GATE: At the main gate: use the truck/RV entrance on the right side. After the gate, proceed to the left side of the Blue Angle display. At the first intersection, turn left/west on D St. Go past the Palm Oasis RV Park sign and the RV Park and park on the right side after the bus stop/prior to the car wash. The office is located across the street at the north end of the building. You must have your vehicle registration with you at check-in. After hour check in with the Camp Host at site 85 – across from the RV Lounge.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(760) 339-2486
Mailing Address
MWR, Bldg 318, Naval Air Facility, El Centro, CA 92243-5001 (Not for RV Park resident's personal mail)

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, DOD and 100% DAV
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted 1-year in advance for active duty and 6-months in advance for other authorized users. Call NAVY GATEWAY 1-877-NAVY BED (1-877-628-9233) and press #2 for Navy Getaways/RV reservations.
Internet Access
Free Wi-Fi available in the RV Park.
Mail Forwarding
No post office on base. No RV park personal US Mail delivery service on base. UPS & FedEx delivery to RV park. Post Office boxes and General Delivery available to Seeley (2-miles away) and El Centro (7-miles away).
Pet Information
There is a limit of two (2) household pets per site. Pets must be leashed and/or under the direct control of an owner at all times. Loud barking will not be tolerated. Pet owners are responsible for picking up after their own pets. Ball field's #1 and #2 and the new synthetic football field are NOT dog runs. The open area east of the RV Lounge and new fenced in area located behind sites 92-106 are for RV Park residents to exercise their animals.
Campground Information
Rates listed are for: Military - El Centro DOD Employees - Other DOD - Guests. Check-in: 8:00am to 4:30pm. After hour check-in: See camp host. Check-out is at 11:00am. You must have your vehicle registration with you at check-in. The number of vehicles per site is limited to two (2) -- the RV and one other vehicle. No trailer or personal vehicles (such as: motorcycles, dune buggies, golf carts and other motorized vehicles) are allowed to be parked behind the RV. Car dollies can be stored under the RV in the rear. Contact the Auto Hobby Shop for storage space. 760.339.2689 ---- Hookups: Numerous sites require extra length sewer and water hoses. Come prepared with extra hoses. RV Office does not provide these and they are not sold on base.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Water slide, Bowling, Club, Driving range, Go-cart track, Skate park, Auto shop, RV wash, Cyber cafe with WiFi.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Picinic Area
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Class VI
  • Movie Theater
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Palm Oasis Park
70
W/30,50A/S
$22-$28-$33-$35
N/A
$400-$425-$450-$475
Palm Oasis Park South
15
W/30,50A/S
$22-$28-$33-$35
N/A
$400-$425-$450-$475
Annex
21
W/30,50A/S
$22-$28-$33-$35
N/A
$400-$425-$450-$475

A popular winter destination where the base treats all RV'ers as V.I.P.s.

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December 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017

The desert location we found okay. The base has no assigned aircraft but many come here for the good winter weather to practice: including the Blue Angles Jan-Mar. It can be noisy at times but we are guest and if we don't like it then we don't have to stay there. The commissary is like the old corner grocery store: has almost everything, no problem parking and the staff is very friendly. Not sure what was going on with two groups that that come here every winter. Both groups seem to not like each other and seem to think they run the park. They complain about the management, camp host, and even the military command at the base. These two groups cause lots of friction for those staying near them. The security police was called a couple of times because one of the groups didn't like what was going on with the other group. These two groups acted very immature: like they were in grade school again. The facility commander and XO finally got involved and requested some from one of the groups to leave the base but didn't take any action on a couple other from the other group that were just a bad causing trouble. Management at the park need to get more involved with the rules and enforce them. There is no enforcement on where owners are allowed to walk their dogs. There are two dog walks available but most owners don't use them. Some sites are allowed to store lots of stuff/junk and management did not make them clean it up while I was there. Park roads need to be better marked to prevent wrong way driving on those that are suppose to be one-way. We found that the people working on the base were very friendly and were happy that we were there and using the facilities. The monthly cost to stay here is one of the best you will find with full hook ups.

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1 Jan - 3 Apr 2917

Wife and I had a pretty enjoyable snowbird stay for the most part. There is a strain on maintenance around the part but not bad overall. Joan and Doug are the best managers you could find. Too bad they don't have a camp host. There was a lot of contention going on between some of the long termers. It came to the point where the Base X,O. Had to call a meeting to discuss the problems. A few of us were very embarrassed about some of questions/comments brought up. Example... "Can the flight path be changed for the Blue Angels so they won't fly over my M.H.?" Unfortunately, most of the old timers won't be back next year. 

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3.0

Mar 10, 2017

Friday 3-10-2017. 1600Hrs, Check-in offices was closed for Blue Angels weekend. 1630Hrs Camp Host could not be found, (due to serious dental surgery that morning). Host dogs, auto, and golf cart were onsite, but we could not locate the Camp Host to check-in. Base operator did not have camp host phone number. Security did not have camp host phone number. After two hours we (RV1) and our guests (RV2) found available spaces and settled-in for the weekend. Dinged Hospitality and Overall Experience for these shortcomings.**NOTE!** Alert campers on Blue Angels Opening Show weekend that nearly ALL BASE FACILITIES will be closed on Saturday, including both pools, water play park, bowling alley & Kingpin, commissary, theater, and Staff/Officers Club/restaurant. NavExchange was open for the weekend, including the adjacent Subway sandwich shop. Found a great local Italian restaurant (Mozzarelli's) that would deliver food to the gate on Saturday evening, but it would be nice to have a list of authorized meal delivery vendors in the local area. I'm going back, due to the possibility of having access to all of the facilities mentioned above! It really is a Great Place to go!

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Overall rating 
 
4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0

3 MAR - 7 MAR 2017

This is not a destination RV resort, but it's good for a few nights en route. We had reservations and checked in on a Saturday. The camp host said the sites were numbered incorrectly and guided us to the site she said was ours but Monday morning MWR said that several of us were in the wrong sites. Oh, well. We were treated very politely on all accounts. Contrary to other reviews, our pad was 4" out of level side-to-side but we were able to handle it. The BX and exchange are VERY small, but you can stock up on the basics and it's only fifteen minutes to Walmart, Aldi, Lowe's, etc., in town. The theater was closed for renovations. As mentioned, the Blue Angels are based out of El Centro NAF in the winter and it was fun seeing them fly. 

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Overall rating 
 
4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

January 2017

Very nice military campground located conveniently off I-8. Staff is very friendly and even give you a folder of information when you check in. Level concrete sites that were just long enugh for our 42’ 5th wheel and truck. Nice space between sites and. No cable or wi-fi but our Direct TV and phone hot spot worked fine. Picnic table at each site and a nice dog park ( that has grass !). Walking trail around park and base is great place to ride your bike. This is a small base but has a commissary, exchange, bowling alley, pool, water slide, theater and playground. Park was very clean. Blue Angels practice here during the winter so was fun watching them from your RV site. We would definitely stay here again.

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4.9
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4.0
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5.0

7-10 Jan 2017

After staying at 29Palms FamCamp, we were pleasantly surprised with Palm Oasis. Staff was very helpful with after-hours arrival. Spots are back-in but are angled so fairly easy to back in. Also, pads and patio were concrete and the whole park was well kept. Laundry was cheap and clean, and there was also a free car wash. Blue Angels were here during our stay and it was enjoyable watching them. Commissary is small but well-stocked; however, the exchange isn't anything more than a shoppette. Overall, this is a hidden gem, as long as you don't mind being somewhat isolated (town is at least 7 miles away). 

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5.0

Oct. 2, 2016

Spent a weekend out in the Desert at Superstition Mountain OHV working an off-road race. The weather was terrible - (Heat and wind!) and all I wanted to do was get out of El Centro after we were done.....but I had already made reservations here because we didn't want to make the six hour drive back home after working all day. So we came....And I am so glad I did. The RV park is great - I had called ahead because I knew I would be checking in after regular hours. I was told what space to pull into and where to find the camp host. Easy peasy..... Great Camp Hosts! The best part of the whole park was the dog run! I've travelled a bit across through California - Nevada - Utah - Idaho and through to Michigan - and it's easily the best one I've ever seen. My dogs were very happy campers after spending the weekend in the desert with nary a patch of grass or bush to be had..... I'm not sure I will ever be in that area again - but if I am - I wouldn't hesitate to stop. 

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5.0

January 2016

This is a Great R Park. We took a chance in January 2016 and made reservation here. The first night we believed it was a mistake because of the Aircraft doing night ops. We found out the next morning that this only happens a few times a month. The other "RV'ers" where very friendly and helpful. The Camp Host does a Very Good job on assisting from your arrival to departure. We enjoyed it so much we stayed until after the Blue Angels Air Show in March. I have all ready made Reservations for December 2016 and plan on staying as long as I can!

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3.3
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

Febuary 2016

This is another park that where you end up being parked will affect the quality of your stay.  There are three areas; a new addition of eleven sites with full-length double-wide cement pads, the main section with pads and a patio, and the "tarmack" area, a parking lot with hookups about two blocks away.  We had mixed feelings about this park.  The host is a great guy, but there isn's a lot of communication between the Navy Lodging reservation site and the local personnel.  Making a reservation online won't work, you'll have to call, and even then you won't know where you'll end up on arrival.  The commissary is very small but has all the necessary items, but the NEX is very sparse, more like a shoppette with a uniform section.  Shopping is eight miles away with a nice mall area about 12 miles.  Entering the base, stop short of the gate so that the guards can open the truck gate to the right of the gate.  On the negative side, the aircraft noise, even if you enjoy the "sound of freedom" is excessive.  Most weekdays, the jets take off at 0700 and fly until 2200.  Since they're generally practicing carrier landings, they're low and slow, and the pattern is right over the park.  It's bad enough that there are nights when you can't hear the TV or have a conversation.  Surprisingly, the Blue Angels practice isn't a problem.  That was OK for a month's stay at $300/month, overpriced at the current rate of $350/month, and a joke at the future rate of $400 month.  Not worth a return trip for us.

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5.0
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5.0

November 14, 2015

Stayed for the one night only. The camp host was extremely helpful! He called us earlier in the day to find out our ETA, so as to make sure he was there (it was a Saturday) for our arrival. The camp seem pretty full. He gave us a pull through, we did not need to disconnect our tow vehicle. One suggestion to the grading scale above: an "NA" column would be helpful as we didn't observer the "facilities", just a thought........

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4.7
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4.0
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5.0

March 6 & 7, 2015

Stayed in the new RV park addition. Fresh landscaping, resort hookups. Local TV was from across the boarder. Satellite was great. Wash rack, free, open 24/7 across from recreation office. Dinning facility available on Sat and Sun. Added extra was the Blue Angeles practicing for the up coming air shows. Nothing like sitting outside your rig with a beer in hand watching them flying over head.

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2.4
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5.0
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1.0
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5.0
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1.0

8 January-8 March 2015

The RV park staff issued us a site for 2 months but after a month they decided that we had to move to another site after moving to the other site the staff decided that only 1 vehicle besides the RV could be kept on site so those with motorcycles be ware you will have to keep it at the Hobby Shop or somewhere else.

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(Updated: January 10, 2015)
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3.2
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0

Jan. 2015

KBUG (Know Before You Go). When entering the base via the far right lane in an RV you will currently fall into a ridiculously deep dip right in the middle of your turn. If you value your jacks or your tow, go slow. In the past it has been SOP to exit the base via the lane that you came in (out through the in-door). Currently there is a sign indicating that this is what is expected. However, recently a gate guard declared that from now on RVs can depart using the far right hand lane and thus avoid the pit when leaving. Big rigs trying to gas up on base – the height of the awning is not posted. If you know you rig and want to chance it anyhow add a half a foot plus some bounce when your tires go over the one of a kind spill barrier surrounding the pumps or say goodbye to vent covers.

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(Updated: December 30, 2014)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Dec 22-31, 2014

This is a winter destination park for many. There were several sites available the whole time we were here. Quiet base, galley was good and cheap. Campers had pot luck get together for Christmas and was outstanding as well as very friendly campers, we enjoyed it alot. Gilbert is camphost in site 85 and does a great job and will visit with you. Facilities clean and sites are good. New sites are finished and open. They appear to separate long term and short term in different areas, but not a big deal I guess. Will definitely stay again. No WIFI in campground, have to go to Take 5 at Exchange facility and WIFI was a little slow. ATT cell 2 and 3 bars.

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4.5
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4.0

June 22, 2014

Well I have to start to say I was here in June, HOT, HOT, HOT. sites are easy access, good room. The base is so small it surprised me. The only negative comment is when I used the showers there was no hot water, maybe since I was not in season it was turned off. Could not enjoy much since this time of the year the temp was about 108 daily. Time to move on to San Diego.

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Nov 2013-Apr 2014

Due to several circumstances, we had to spend the entire winter here. Gilbert, the park host was outstanding and went out of his way to help make our stay enjoyable. He watched our rig when we were away and even closed our slides during high winds on one occasion. Thanks Gilbert! Also, Joann and the staff in MWR are great as well. Our site, #22, had recently had an electrical upgrade but some of the old wires are laying on the ground. Water pressure can be up and down depending on the time of the day. Electrical quality is the same. Our surge protector kicked us us off the grid a few times due to low voltage. Propane is available at the Auto Hobby Shop and is very reasonably priced. You like the "Sound Of Freedom"? Well, this is definitely the place for you. When the active runway to the southwest, the jets use a left downwind, flying right over the park. F-18's flying in the pattern with the gear down get very loud. The Blue Angels arrived in January and we got a great air show several times a week. Free movies at the base theater Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The dining hall is available to retiree's when the Oasis Club is not open. We will back.

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5.0
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5.0
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Dec 9-13, 2013

A.B. left this review using the Directory software: - Great campground Staff was very professional and friendly. A well kept secret. They just opened up a new section of camp sites with full h/u. The base theater shows current movies free on Wednesdays to all hands. We will stay here again when we leave the east coast to CA.

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4.2
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5.0
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4.0

Jan 2014

Nice FAMCAMP. Looks like many are there for the winter but there was always some open spots. We were there for a week and nice weather the entire time. The exchange is currently being redone so only a small part was open. Some plane noise but not bad and they did not fly late night. Great value if you are staying a month at $300.

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Nov 20, 2013

P.A. left this review using the Directory software: - Very quiet base. You almost wonder if anyone is assigned there. They have cement pads and everything around it is bare ground. It rained over night there was at least 4 inches of water around the pad and power pole. Some gravel would be nice. One nice thing is they have a wash facility big enough for your RV right across the street from the campground and it is FREE.

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(Updated: May 26, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0

Nov 2012- May 2013

Approximately 15 new sites being added to park. Management stated that estimated time of completion is September 2013. The club house and laundry facility need upgraded. Laundry (operated by NEX) in need of new machines and new plumbing. Older sites in park have mature shade trees and shrubs and have level concrete pads. Water pressure good. According to management, older sites are to have new, larger concrete pads poured after new sites completed. Holiday dinners at the galley good value. Weather here is excellent. Plenty of things to do in the valley, many festivals, (Honey, Carrot). Many local parades. The Imperial Valley Desert Museum has many free events such as talks on local geology and guided hikes. Easy drive to San Diego, Yuma and Borrego Springs (Anza Borrego State Park) and Glamis Dunes. Small pool at Mirage Club upgraded and now open. Commissary small, but well stocked.

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