Diamond Desert West Valley Casino Boondocking (Glendale, AZ)
This casino, that is in the process of a huge expansion due to be completed this year, offers free overnight dry camping for up to 7 days. All you have to do is go into the security desk and show them your id and a copy of your plates and a description of the vehicles. You are able to operate a generator from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM. However, in the 7 nights that I “camped there”, generators were being run until at least 10:00 PM with nothing being said as far as I know. There is quite a bit of security and if you want a ride over to the casino, all you have to do is call! We all felt quite safe parking there and leaving our RV’s there during the day while working.
I picked up a player’s card and got $10 in free play that actually lasted me about a minute on one of the slots. There are no table games or bingo and no poker yet but by the end of the year the 75,000-foot expansion should be finished and it will become a full-service casino with all the games and restaurants that other large casinos in AZ offer. We did go over one evening for hamburgers and they were excellent and reasonably priced and with the player’s card, we even a 15% discount. They offer free coffee and soft drinks anytime at the wide-open drink vending machines. While working at the stadium for spring training in Peoria, this is a great option for me for a couple of 7 day stays. It is only about 8 miles from there to the employee parking lot.
The casino is operated and owned by the Tohono O’odham Nation. I mentioned this tribe by name as one of the seven that traces their roots to the area around Casa Grande with it’s ancient 3-story structure as it’s cornerstone. Again, this was not a bad place at all to hang out between shifts at the ballpark.