Workcamping – Fountain of Youth Gate Keepers
RV park in the California desert after much winter rain.

Workcamping – Fountain of Youth Gate Keepers

Winter Workcamping at RV Resort

For the winter of 2018/2019 we were workcamping (work-camping) at the Fountain of Youth Spa and RV Resort in Niland, California. This oasis in the desert is an hour from any city large enough to have a Walmart. It has over 900 RV sites with your choice of full hook-up or dry camping, from daily to annual. In the park there are two swimming pools (one is saltwater), 4 hot tubs (one is mixed with mineral water from a natural hot spring), soaking tubs with pure hot spring mineral water, a gym, a pool room, bocce ball, tennis and pickle ball, disc golf, hiking trails, dog parks, laundry rooms, a market, a cafe and several activity halls that are always hoppin’.

Workcamper Opportunities

With a park this size, there are a variety of positions available for workcampers. We could work at the office, mailroom, housekeeping, cafe, market, maintenance, activities – we landed spots working the front gate through Workamper News.

workamping at front gate
Our office – front gate to the park.

At the front gate our main task was to greet the guest and direct them where they need to go. It was great to meet everyone that came into the park. Some of our other duties included: sign-in every vehicle that enters the park, raise and lower flags, check-in and out guests with campground software, manage the keys to activity halls and lock down activity halls and swimming pools at then end of the day.

Workcamping at front gate.

Workcamper Arrangement

We worked three 8-hour days per week each. Katie opened in the morning at 6:30 am and Jason locked up at 11:00 pm. The schedule was perfect and gave us four days to explore Southern California. In exchange for work hours we were paid for every hour worked and given a discount on the site. The more hours worked, the greater the site discount. The site came with water, sewer, power and cable. There was free park wifi and we were able to get a mid-strength connection with Tmobile, Verizon and AT&T .

workcamper workcamping RV site
Our home for the winter, our site at Fountain of Youth.

About the RV Park

The temperatures during the winter average in the 50’s at night and 70’s during the day. There were more cold, wet days than we expected in the desert, but most of the time we say gorgeous sunny days and amazing sunsets.

Sunset at the Fountain of Youth - Salton Sea in the distance
Sunset at the Fountain of Youth – Salton Sea in the distance

Fountain of Youth Spa and RV Resort has been in business since 1965. Many of the annual residents came here on vacation as children and now live here permanently. The guests are all ages and from all over the world, mostly U.S. and Canada. The owners and management team are good people and eager to always improve the park.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Brad

    I thought you were at a state park, I didn’t realize you were at fountain of youth. My RV group had a big dance rally there recently. Did you get to ride around the slabs?

  2. Hey I remember you! Are you two going back? Wish I had known you had this blog, we could have had some good chats about the lifestyle! Hope to see you again.

    1. ktrides2

      Hi! That would have been awesome, would love to chat! I’ll follow your blog to see when our paths may cross again. Happy Travels!

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