In Tonopah we stayed in the Tonopah Station RV Park which is essentially a parking lot behind the casino. It was adequate for an overnight stay, but not someplace where we would want to spend a lot of time. It was certainly not a resort. The staff was very friendly and the food was good and reasonably priced. There really is not a great selection of places to spend the night in Tonopah, so we were grateful to have this place.
From Tonopah we took Route 95 south to 160 then south to Pahrump then Homestead RD to the Lakeside RV Resort.
Pahrump, Nevada is an hour west of Las Vegas, and an hour east of Death Valley National Park. Pahrump truly is the heart of the desert and the perfect place to enjoy the best of Southern Nevada. Pahrump was originally inhabited by the Shoshone. It was slowly inhabited by American settlers in the late 19th century.
They reportedly chose the name for Pahrump after the original indigenous name Pah-Rimpi, or “Water Rock,” so named because of the abundant artesian wells in the valley. Because of the artesian wells, the new inhabitants of Pahrump Valley began a number of large ranch-style holdings, mostly over 1000 acres (4 km²) in size. On these ranches, alfalfa and cotton were grown, and livestock were raised. (Wikipedia)
We had found Lakeside Casino and RV Park in 2006 during our first year on the road full-time. It is truly an oasis in the middle of the desert. When we first turned onto Homestead Rd in 2006 we were wondering if our travel guide had given us wrong directions. The road just headed out into the desert. There was nothing on each side of the road nor apparently ahead. We were just about to turn around and head back into town, when we saw a flag pole and decided to continue. Since 2006, Pahrump has expanded tremendously and the drive our to Lakeside Casino and RV Park does not seem so desolate.
The Lakeside Casino and RV Park is rated the #2 RV Park in North America and has earned the Good Sam’s 10-10-10 star rating. It’s a great place to overnight and the prices were reasonable. It’s a Passport park so a three night stay is very affordable. Parumph is one of my favorite desert towns. We thought about settling there in 2006. Since the late 1970s, Pahrump has grown almost exponentially, increasing from about 2,000 residents in 1980 to 36,000 in 2010.
If you are in the area, don’t miss staying at Lakeside Casino and RV Park.