81 Palms Senior RV Park (55+), Deming, NM

by: Mike O'Quin
April 11, 2019

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We stayed here for a week in April 2019. The RV park is located about a mile west of Deming on a dead end road, West Pine Street.

We left Tucson Airzona about 10am Thursday because the winds in Tucson and on the way to Deming had been blowing in the 60 mile per hour range. We arrived about 2pm and the wind was blowing but later it got up to 30 mph which made us glad we had left early. The wind was blowing most every day starting about noon.

The whole area is covered in pea gravel no grass at all. There used to be some trees but most of them have been cut down with the stumps sticking up about 4 feet. The roads are wide and the spots are all pull through. There is a building separate from the office in the middle of the park that housed the laundry, gym, recreation hall, bathrooms, showers, pool, and pay phone (I haven’t seen a pay phone for a long time). The only thing we used was the laundry which was clean and the machines all worked.

The hookups were conveniently placed and I needed only one section of sewer hose to make my hookup. There is no cable TV but OTA (over the air) was good with all the major networks. WiFi is limited to 300mb per day. For us this is unacceptable and after the first day it quit working and I didn’t bother trying to fix it. We have Verizon and using our iPhones as a hot spot was acceptable for most things.

The freeway is close by with the railroad on the other side. The noise from the freeway was constant all day but when the traffic on the freeway died down, about 2am that is when the trains start coming through every 10 minutes blowing their horns. We did not get a peaceful nights sleep while there.

This place reminds me of the 1990 song Signs by Tesla, “Signs signs Everywhere there’s signs”. This just seemed to give out a bad vibe. Every direction you looked there was a sign telling you what to do or no do. While there is nothing specific it just didn’t seem “friendly” and the poor WiFi and noise at night means I will not be staying here again.

Luna Rossa Winery is nearby. As you are leaving the rv park turn left on West Pine Street and go to the end of the road about 1.2 miles.

There is another winery, St. Clair Winery & Tasting Room, located on the other side of town about 20 miles away.

For breakfast we tried a little place in town called “Elisa’s House of Pies and Restaurant”.

At one point we needed some real WiFi so we got coffee at Copper Kettle Coffee Company. Their WiFi was good and the lattes were good.

For something to do in town visit the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.