Thursday, January 21, 2016

Quechan Casino Resort, 1/19/2016

Our check-out date (after a two-month stay) at Westwind in Yuma was January 19 and our reservation in San Diego was January 20. So, we boondocked (no hook-ups) at the Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, CA. It is located on the Quechan Indian Reservation at I-8, Exit 166 (Algodones exit). Los Algodones, MX, is only two miles south. 

The resort has a huge parking lot in the rear for RVs and trucks. 

Halfway between San Diego, CA, and Phoenix, AZ, it seems that RVers have found this to be a convenient stop. Here's the current deal (as of 1/19/2016): 
  • it costs $10 for up to three nights stay
  • pick up a Player's Card (free), photo ID required
  • purchase the pass at the Gift Shop in the casino (and post it on your RV window)
There was a current promotion whereby you would be reimbursed for 50% of losses up to $100 (for new visitors) the first day if you gambled at the casino. No additional purchases (beyond the $10 three-day stay expense) were required to stay in the parking lot. Although it seemed that many of the RVers had dinner in one of the restaurants and/or did a little gambling. We did, too. We heard from a neighbor RVer that this is the first year there is any charge to stay in the Casino parking lot. 

After checking in, we went for a long walk in the beautiful desert behind the casino. 

Sadie, our sweet doggy, loved the opportunity to explore the area. We all enjoyed it.

The casino resort has a luxury hotel (with pool and spa), restaurants, bars, entertainment, slot machines, game tables (16), game room, etc. Next to the Gift Shop is their Cultural Center that provides interesting exhibits and historical photographs of the Quechan Nation. 

We had a reasonably priced (and reasonably good) light dinner at the Ocotilla Cafe and then played the slots. We put a $20 into a Wheel of Fortune $.25 slot machine, was down to $1.50, and then won $70. We cashed out and were happy that our dinner and gambling expense was covered with a little left over. Nice!

Casino security checks the parking lot 7x24 which makes this place feel secure and safe. We headed out for San Diego in the morning. 

For additional information about the Quechan Casino Resort, check out their website.



  1. I've always wondered what it was like to do the RV thing. This was an excellent post. I know now! Even Sadie had a chance to run free for awhile and check out her new environment. I would've had a real difficult time trying to figure out the absolute funnest way to optimize our time!

    Marci Deegan @ Twin Pine