Casino Camping, Free Hot Dogs and a New State

November 1-7, 2018 – Only two months left of 2018. It’s amazing how fast the year has gone by but we are grateful for all the wonderful places we’ve been able to visit.  After spending a wonderful 5+ weeks exploring the great state of Utah it was time to head south to find warmer weather.

We drove from St George, Utah through the very northwest corner of Arizona to Mesquite, Nevada. Even though the drive wasn’t far, the decrease in elevation made a bit of a difference in the temperatures. With mid 70’s and sunshine in the forecast the Mesquite area felt like a good place to spend some time and regroup before heading out on our next boondocking adventure. 

All nights this week were free stays at casinos in Mesquite, Nevada. We spent three nights at Virgin River Casino, two nights at Eureka Casino and returned to Virgin River for two more nights.

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A sneak peak at Arizona while traveling on I-15 from Utah to Nevada. This route takes you 31 miles through the very northwest corner of the state. 

State number 20 since we started our full-time RV journey. We’ve both been to Nevada several times over the years for work and vacation but traveling in the RV offers up such a different experience. We have the perks of being a tourist and seeing the sights without the mad rush of a typical vacation. Being able to take our time, relax in our own recliners and eat home cooked meals is priceless. 

Casinos are great options for free overnight parking. Eureka Casino in Mesquite, Nevada allows RVs to stay “a few nights” per security. 

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The parking lot at Eureka Casino is fairly quiet, easily accessible and has good cell signal. We even had our own shade tree and fire hydrant. 

We sure didn’t have to go far to see a great sunset!

Palm trees and a colorful sunset. What a perfect ending to a great day. m

Another great casino in Mesquite, Nevada. Virgin River Casino allows RVs 72 hour stays in their back parking lot. The lot has ample room for many RVs and is well used. We saw many snowbirds from Alberta, Canada stopping to rest as they make their way to Arizona for the winter. 

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The $7.99 prime rib special at Virgin River Casino also came with a dinner roll and butter. According to the restaurant manager, 900 prime rib meals on average are served each Monday – Thursday and 1600-1800 each Friday – Sunday. Wow!

Menu at Sierra’s Buffet at Virgin River Casino. We didn’t dine at the buffet but the prices are reasonable, especially the prime rib/crab leg buffet on Saturdays for $15.99. 

Parking area at Virgin River Casino is located behind the casino and several hotel buildings. The gravel lot has ample room for RVs and provided a fairly quiet environment to stay for a few days.

Players club members at Virgin River Casino can play the “Spin N Win” game daily at the kiosks inside the casino. We won $12 worth of free play dollars, two coffees from Starbucks and four Hebrew National hot dogs. We are easily entertained…..

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Life is just better with palm trees. 

Road to the Gold Butte National Monument. We drove part way to the monument and then turned back as the road steadily deteriorated the further we went. 

Yee haw!! We really are in the wild wild west. 

The week at the casinos flew by. We made new friends while there and also met up with others that we had met before. It is always fun to share stories and learn about places others have gone to and the experiences they’ve had. Follow along next week as we leave the urban casino and head into the wilderness of Nevada. See you then!

 

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