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Even though James and I spend much of our time dry camping in our RV “Lance”, every few days into each trip we like to to head back to civilization. I can only “rough” it so long. In these instances we head to modern RV parks where we can get a good hot (and LONG) shower, replenish our water supply, have a night with unlimited electricity, and maybe even a gym workout if we’re lucky. Our stop at Willow Wind RV Park in Hurricane, Utah was just that.
Willow Wind has a great location, with lots of outdoor activities close by. Zion National Park is a short drive, and there are a couple state reservoirs nearby, too. It’s in the heart of Hurricane which the locals pronounce “Herkin,” and gets a chuckle out of me every time I hear it. There are restaurants, Walgreen’s, and groceries within reasonable walking distance. Willow Wind has a lot of full-timers here and stays pretty busy, so reservations are probably a good idea year round. Overall the park has a pleasant atmosphere and is well-kept and quiet. The spots each have a nice grassy area, and there are lots of trees around.
The only problem we had with our site was the location of the pedestal. With such a small campervan, we only travel with a 25′ power cord. The pedestal at our site was located around 10 feet behind the pad and on the passenger’s side.
Since our 30 amp inlet is mid-ship on the drivers’ side, we had to back off the pad considerably for our cord to reach. We had arrived after dark, so there wasn’t anyone working to request a new site. I’m sure they could have put us somewhere else if they had known. If this is going to be an issue for you, make sure you mention it when you make your reservations.
Probably the highlight of our time at Willow Wind were the bathrooms!
Here’s one of the bath houses. I know it’s a little silly to get excited over bathrooms, but after being in the wilderness for a few days, things like bathrooms excite me. Especially when you open the door and they look like this inside:
Oh and get this. You’re seeing the bathroom BEFORE it was cleaned. This apparently is the bathroom DIRTY! After taking these bathroom pictures, I came back over to the bathroom about an hour later. The cleaning person was just going in for the morning cleaning. I had to exclaim, “but, they’re already pristine!!!” Unfortunately, he needed to close it while he cleaned, so I couldn’t have my late morning shower there. Instead I had to trek to the main bath house at the park entry for my shower. I don’t have photos of that one, but it was just as nice.
Here’s the handicap bathroom in the bath house. Pretty fantastic.
As for amenities, they have a rather impressive club house:
Inside the clubhouse, there’s a big TV and lounge area, a piano keyboard, and a pool table in the upstairs portion.
While we were there alone, I could see how this clubhouse area would be handy when on tour with other RVing friends; a great place to socialize and hang out.
The gym, as far as RV park gyms go, deserves a shout out. See that cable machine James is checking out?
Functional trainers like that are always one of my first suggestions whenever I get asked for advice on stocking small-space gyms. You can do a billion different exercises with them, easily working your entire body. Think of them as an all-in-one strength training machine. I was quite happy to see this, along with the nice collection of high-quality cardio machines.
A couple other things to note:
- The internet was surprisingly functional for an RV park, though there are rules about no streaming video.
- We paid $35 per night, and that was with our Good Sam discount during the off season.
- The park is pet-friendly; we saw lots of people out walking their dogs.
- There are laundry facilities on-site and all were working and in good condition.
- There’s no pool or hot tub.
If you’re heading through the area or on your way to Zion and are looking for a modern RV park with full amenities, we definitely recommend Willow Wind RV Park. I know we’ll be back.
Because we simply cannot stay away from Zion!