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Texas RV Parks: The RV parks in Texas You Want to Visit!

RV parks in Texas often lap over into the “luxury” category that you so often find in southern Arizona and southern California. In general, we found Texas RV parks to be well designed and comfortable and very welcoming to visitors from the snow states. Texans have an endearing habit of calling such visitors “winter Texans, ” rather than “snowbirds,” a term that is common in other Southern and Southwestern states. “Winter Texans” is an inclusive term that signals the friendliness you can expect to find in Texas.

The following are the Texas RV parks my wife and I experienced on a 30,000-mile adventure that we undertook in search of our country and of ourselves. The trip is recounted in my book, In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road.

Karen and I passed through Texas from west to east on our road trip. We paused there long enough to spend the winter holidays in the lower Rio Grande Valley which -- surprisingly to us -- is on about the same latitude as Miami with a climate to match. The Texas RV parks that we encountered were:

Mission RV Park in El Paso. This RV park provided paved interior roads, 188 sites, 138 of them available to travelers, all with full hookups, 72 of them pull-throughs, wireless Internet access, cable TV, laundry room, RV supplies, LP gas for sale, tennis court, heated pool, hot tub, recreation hall. This RV park is a possible base from which to visit not only El Paso, but El Paso’s sprawling sister city in Mexico, Ciudad Juarez.

Fort Stockton KOA near Fort Stockton. A pleasant RV park with paved and graveled interior roads, 75 paved pull-through sites, 70 with full hookups, five with water and electric, laundry room, groceries, LP gas sales, restaurant, pool, hot tub, recreation hall.

Blazing Star Luxury RV Resort near San Antonio. A wonderful location from which to explore The Alamo, the River Walk and everything else that fascinating San Antonio offers. Located just down the road from Sea World. This RV park provided paved interior roads, 254 paved sites with patios, all with full hookups, 185 of them pull-throughs, wireless Internet service, cable TV, laundry room, groceries, RV supplies, pool, hot tub, recreation hall. A very pleasant campground under the trees.

Stinson RV Park near Zapata. A good RV park for an overnighter en route from San Antonio to the lower Rio Grande Valley. Gravel and dirt interior roads, 66 sites, all with full hookups, nine of them paved, ten of them pull-throughs, laundry room, recreation hall.

Victoria Palms Resort in Donna. An upscale, beautifully landscaped resort with attractive heated pool, 35,000-square-foot club house with restaurant, and grapefruit you could pick every morning from trees right beside your RV. This luxurious RV park provided paved interior roads, 628 paved sites with patios for travelers, all with full hookups, 42 of them pull-throughs, wireless Internet access, cable TV, laundry room, hot tub, craft center, recreation hall. Donna is a good location from which to enjoy what the lower Rio Grande Valley has to offer, and also from which to access popular South Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Padre Island reputedly is the longest barrier island in the world.

Colonia Del Rey RV Park in Corpus Christi. A good base from which to visit this fascinating waterfront city of high-rise office buildings and hotels with more than 113 miles of beaches and bay front, largest city on the Texas coast and sixth-largest port in the nation. Excellent fishing in local waters for redfish and other popular game fish. Also a good base from which to visit Padre Island National Seashore. This RV park provided paved interior roads, 150 sites with patios for travelers, all with full hookups, 121 paved, the rest grass, 100 of them pull-throughs, wireless Internet access, cable TV, laundry room, heated pool, hot tub, recreation hall.

Gulf Coast RV Resort near Beaumont. This RV park provided paved interior roads, 121 paved sites with patios, all pull-throughs and all with full hookups, wireless Internet access, cable TV, laundry room, groceries, pool, recreation hall.

If you’re considering exploring any Texas RV parks, I hope you’ve found these descriptions helpful. If you know of any other RV parks in Texas that I should add to this list, e-mail me at searchforamerica@msn.com

To read a great book about life on the road, including my travels through some of the great RV parks in Texas and neighboring states, grab your copy of In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road.