RV Park Review: WillowWind RV Park
City: Hurricane (pronounced Hurri-kin by the locals)
Rating: We rated this park ★★★★★ / ★★★★★ (5/5)
Stumbling Across WillowWind RV
When we decided to visit all of Utah’s national parks to help check off more of my national parks bucket list, we had no idea the area in and around Zion National Park is so popular. Finding a park with availability wasn’t easy. We wanted to stay closer to Zion, but when we planned our travel, six months before our trip, all of the RV parks were already booked. Lucky for us, finding WillowWind RV Park in Hurricane by default was actually one the best things to happen to us. We LOVED everything about this park, and we’d go back again to stay here without visiting Zion.
We stayed in a standard back in-site. If we could have sat outside the entire trip, we would have. That’s how much we liked WillowWind RV.
Hurricane is a great little town. It’s pretty; it’s clean, and it’s only a half an hour from Zion. Staying in Hurricane allowed us to experience more of a local feel without staying in the heart of Zion, which is tourist central. This park is about 30 minutes from St. George, and many of the people who stay here are full-time RVers or seasonal RVers. If I had to winter here, I’d be happy, because this park is pretty fabulous.
Major Points of Interest
This park is located near Zion National Park and a few state parks. We spent an afternoon at Quail Creek State Park paddleboarding. It’s only about 8 minutes away from WillowWind, and the park has a private kayak and paddleboard rental company on-site. Pat rented a board, and I used my inflatable Sol board. I recommend going to Quail Creek if you have the time. It’s under construction right now, but the construction didn’t impact our time on the lake!
The Park’s Amenities
Electric (30 and 50 amp)
WiFi (There is decent WiFi most of the day. There were a few times it lagged a bit, but I could still work online)
Restrooms and Showers
Grass lined concrete driveways
Satellite Service (available if you have satellite service. Be sure to pick a site deemed satellite friendly, or with fewer trees)
Gas-powered community fire pits
Group area with horseshoes
Ice for sale
The laundry room was just like all of the other amenities: clean and well taken care of!
Not Available At WillowWind
Fire pits at each site
A Picnic table at each site
What Did The Dogs Think?
Teddy and Pippa, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, give this resort seven out of eight paws up. There were grassy spots next to every space which were perfect for the middle of the night potty breaks. The dog run behind the office was the best dog run we’ve seen to date. It was gated, shaded, treed, clean, and lightly pebbled. We didn’t even go to the back pet run since the pet area by the office was so lovely.
The pups made friends in the park with two other Cavaliers named Coco and Milo. They had some playtime together, and every time Coco and Milo walked past us, they came over to play. It’s nice to meet up with other people who share something we love (the love of Cavaliers). In general, the people in the park were just as friendly as the dogs. There are a lot of full timers or long-time visitors here, and the friendly demeanor toward all of us went a long way!
The dogs chose to rate this with seven paws out of eight because their feet needed washing every night. The blacktop driving surface made their white feet black!
Other Things to Note
National parks are not dog-friendly. We knew this when we planned our trip, and we were going to do things where we could bring the dogs or leave them for a short time. When we leave them, we put them in a crate, and we turn on the camera that monitors the dogs. The camera alerts us if the temperature gets too hot or too cold so that we can keep track of our most precious cargo.
When we were having coffee one morning, we noticed an ad in the RV park flyer for a drop in doggie daycare at On the Spot Play and Stay. We don’t EVER leave the dogs on the road, so we looked up the ratings and then went by to talk to the owner before deciding to leave them for a day of play. It was the best decision. The dogs had a blast. They played outside the whole day with the smaller dogs, and a staff member was outside with them all day. The dogs weren’t crated, and they were able to socialize, run around, and have fun while we toured the park by shuttle. It was only $4.50 an hour per dog and worth every penny. Next time you stay at an RV park, check out the RV park flyer. We are glad we did! If you stay in Hurricane and bring your best furry friend, take along the dog’s shot records and give On The Spot Play and Stay a try!
If you are planning an RV trip to any of Utah’s national parks, you need to make your reservations at least six months ahead. Some places may require booking your stay a year in advance. We were lucky we found WillowWind RV Park, so for us, our planning window proved to work out in our favor. When you are looking at RV parks in and around the Zion National Park area, don’t forget to check out Hurricane, Utah and WillowWind RV Park! You will be glad you did!