Mesa Spirit RV Resort | Encore RV Park in Mesa, AZ (2023)

Catch the Spirit at Mesa Spirit RV Resort!

  • Age Qualified Resort
  • Number of Sites: 1667
  • Open/Close: Open Year Round
  • Need Help? Call: 877-570-2267

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Catch the Spirit at Mesa Spirit RV Resort!

  • Age Qualified Resort
  • Number of Sites: 1667
  • Open/Close: Open Year Round
  • Need Help? 877-570-2267


Located closely to Sky Harbor Airport, Tempe and Gilbert, and the beautiful Superstition Mountains, Mesa Spirit is a beautiful desert RV resort in Mesa Arizona. People stay at our resort because we offer state of the art amenities as well as the comfort of traditional RV camping. We are a hidden gem in the desert, that offers extensive activities and special events programs during the winter season. Events and programs are staffed and run by our Activities Director and many of our wonderful resident seasonal workers. with the assistance and support of the Activity Team.

Resort Amenities

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    Swimming Pool

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    Whirlpool/Spa/Hot Tub

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    Fitness Center

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    Pet Friendly

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    Mini Golf

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    Restroom/Shower Facilities

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    Laundry Facilities

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    Picnic/BBQ Area

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    Tennis Court

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    Ballroom/Banquet Hall

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    Game Room/Billiards

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    Pickleball Court

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    Bocce Ball

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    Dog Park

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    Computer Room

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    TV/Theatre Room

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Whether you're planning a retreat for a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at Mesa Spirit RV Resort. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

We currently offer the following activities:
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Woodworking
  • Dancing & Dance Classes
  • Entertainment
  • Silversmithing and Lapidary
  • Health and Wellness Events
  • Sports Leagues
  • Choirs and Concerts
  • Tour Groups
  • Chapel Services
  • Community Food Events
  • Annual Special Events
  • Glass & Wood Workshops
  • Bingo
  • Quilting
  • Card Games (cribbage, bridge, euchre, etc.)
  • Water Aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Painting Classes
  • Darts Tournaments
  • Bible Study Classes
  • Table Tennis
  • Zumba
  • Co-ed Exercise
  • Pickleball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Tennis
  • Bocce League
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi – modem recommended
  • Church Services
  • Horseshoes
  • Mini Golf
  • Happy Hours
  • Country Vendor Store


Our cancellation policies have been temporarily updated due to COVID-19. Please click here to review our current policies.

COVID-19 Liability Disclaimer
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious.

This property has put in place enhanced health and safety measures intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You must adhere to all property rules, as well as all health advisories issued by relevant governmental and health authorities, relating to COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene practices during your stay with us.

However, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place and there is no guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.

By your entry upon the property, you voluntarily assume, on behalf of yourself and any minors in your custody, all risks related to the exposure of COVID-19, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after entry upon the property. Neither the property nor any of its affiliates shall be responsible for any exposure to COVID-19.

Let’s keep our community safe and healthy.

General Policies & Information

  • Policies subject to change without notice.

Check-in/Check-out & Hours

  • RV check-in: 12 noon until dusk
  • RV check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Rental check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Rental check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Minimum check-in age is 55 years.
  • All RV guests must enter from the Main Street entrance and check in with Guard Shack.
  • No University Drive Gate access for new arrivals.
  • Please have guests contact resort directly for instructions during office hours if they will be arriving after hours. Courtesy Patrol is available to check them in after office hours and park up until dusk hours. $250 deposit to reserve and the balance is due on arrival.

In Season Business Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Sunday - Closed

Off Season Business Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

General Hours

  • Ranger Hours: No Ranger
  • Courtesy Patrol Hours: 7 a.m. to Midnight daily
  • Pool Hours: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Bistro/Café Hours: Varied hours for breakfast and lunch M-F during Season
  • Store Hours: NA
  • Pet Parks: Available 24 hours
  • Quiet Hours: 10 p.m. - 7 a.m.

After Hours Arrival

  • For late arrival arrangements, please contact our Reservation Department at (888) 726-8744.
  • Arrivals after dusk will be parked on curb with electric hook up.

Reservation & Rates

  • Mandatory two night reservations required for weekends and 3 nights for holidays.
  • Single night midweek campsite reservations may be booked.
  • Prices and site location are subject to availability and can not guarantee exact site location.
  • The rates displayed do not include any applicable service fees or charges for optional incidentals.
  • To make changes to your reservation please call our Reservation Department at (877) 864-2728 and specify that you booked on line and provide Rez number.

Deposit Details

  • By using a cred card for a deposit, guarantee or payment, you agree to the following: If I used a cred card for a deposit or payment, I authorize MCH Mesa Spirit LLC, to charge any expenses incurred during my stay to that credit card or apply funds you have on deposit for incidents, electric or outstanding lot rent.

Daily/Weekly Stays

  • Your credit card will be charged a deposit of one night rack rate. Any remaining balance is due at check in.

Extended Stays

  • For all stays of one month or longer, a one month deposit up to a maximum deposit of $750 is required at the time of reservation. Balance due on reservation start date.
  • Monthly - $250 deposit due at time of reservation. Remaining balance is due on reservation start date.
  • Length of Annual: 12 Month stay- Background required and lease agreement to be signed upon approval.
  • Length of Seasonal: Any stays 3 to 6 months. Special rates apply for winter months.
  • Background Check: $50 per person (18 & over) $25 for each additional person.

Additional Stay Details

  • Tow Trailers: Tow trailers/storage trailers are allowed on RV sites, provided they fit within the limits of the site, and it is in good condition.
  • No Truck Camper or Camping Trailers with Canvas.
  • Sites Amperage: Mesa Spirit does not have any 30 Amp sites. Adapters are available for $20 (Price subject to change)
  • Retail Monthly RV Stay: Available for stays of 30 days or more. This is an age qualified resort. Each party must have one person 55 years of age. For any February bookings for 28 days, using a monthly rate group, Reservations for all length of stays are PAID IN FULL at Check in. Electricity is an additional charge for all stays that are 30 days or longer.
  • Cable: Free & included on all sites.
  • WiFi: Complimentary Wi-fi provided throughout campground. For best reception – highly recommend each guest to bring their own modem.
  • Honey Wagon: No Honey Wagon.
  • Storage: No RV storage available.
  • Golf Carts: Gas & Electric permitted. Licensed drivers only. All drivers must be over the age of 18.
  • Golf Cart Rentals: No on site rentals.
  • Propane: No Propane Sales on site.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • In the case of multiple sites booked, cancellation penalties apply to each site that is cancelled or changed.
  • No refunds will be issued for early check-out.
  • RV campsites: We allow full refunds for cancellations up to 2 days prior to your arrival date for daily and weekly reservations.
  • We allow full refunds for cancellations 60 days prior to your arrival date for daily and weekly reservations.
  • Rental accommodations: We allow full refunds for cancellations 7 days prior to your arrival date for daily and weekly reservations.
  • Daily and weekly reservations: for cancellations received less than the required notice period prior to arrival, your deposit will be forfeited up to one night rack rate.
  • Extended stays: For long-term reservations (28 days or longer), we allow full refunds for cancellations up to 60 days prior to your arrival date. For cancellations received less than the required notice period prior to arrival, the deposit amount will be held on account for a future stay. The only exception is a death or documented major family medical emergency, which will entitle the guest to full refund of the deposit if the cancellation is made prior to check-in. Refunds for death or extended hospitalization will be reviewed on an individual basis at the regional level.

Rental Policies

  • $250 deposit to reserve and the balance is due on arrival (refundable after check-out walk through)
  • $200 cleaning fee applies
  • 30-Day minimum stay required

Mail Services

  • The US postal service delivers mail directly to sites. There is a mail box for outgoing mail in a US Post Box located by the flag pole outside main office building. There are 2 postal offices about a 5 to 10 minute drive away. Our resort will be working with Parcel Pending to provide electronic lockers and offer a new package service. Beginning February 2020, guests can enjoy these great benefits with Parcel Pending lockers.
  • Office does not hold or take package delivers from Amazon, UPS, Fed Ex. All deliveries must be sent to guest site.

Pet Policy

  • Pets Welcome. 2 pets max per site. Pets now allowed on all sites. No size restrictions, please double check with property for any aggressive breeds. Pets may also be permitted in rentals, please check rental tab for more information.

Campground Services & Information

  • Packages mailed to Mesa Spirit will only be received via Parcel Pending. Resort personnel will no longer be accepting packages. To learn more about the service visit or call 1-855-316-4756. To sign up, visit
  • This is an age-qualified resort. For age-qualified resorts, a fourteen-day limit on guests and children applies.
  • All RV sites are 50 amp. Guests with 30 amp rigs will need a 30 amp adapter. (Sold by campground if customer does not have one for a cost of $20
  • All rates are based on a party of two. Extra guests are charged at a rate of $4 per day, per person.
  • We will do our best to hold the campsite specified in your confirmation letter. However we cannot guarantee that a site change will not occur.
  • Electricity is billed for stays of thirty days or more.
  • This is an age qualified resort. Each party must have one person 55 years of age.


Is owning an RV park worth it? ›


RV parks also tend to offer higher yields to owners than other commercial property investments. As stated above, investors can expect a 10% to 20% return on investment. Lastly, as an RV park owner, you're providing a great spot for people to relax and enjoy leisure time.

What makes the best RV parks? ›

A great view, or even some trees and nice wooded areas, are much better than a parking lot. Picnic Tables and Firepits. Another basic yet crucial element of camping is enjoying a campfire and having a meal on a picnic table.

How to build an RV park from scratch? ›

  1. Develop a Business Plan. Begin your new enterprise by developing a business plan. ...
  2. Find a Location. Select an appropriate parcel for the RV park. ...
  3. Hire a Landscape Architect. ...
  4. Obtain Required Permits. ...
  5. Begin Construction Work. ...
  6. Complete Signage and Facilities Testing.

What is the downside of owning an RV? ›

CON: RVs can be high maintenance

RVs require a lot of upkeep. You need to keep on top of cleaning, which includes dumping RV waste. You also need to make sure fluids are topped up and tired are inflated. Then of course, there could be occasional repairs that need doing.

Is it financially smart to live in an RV? ›

It is financially smart to live in an RV. Living in an RV means living a lot smaller with a lot less stuff. You have less room for everything – clothes, toys, tools and more saving you a lot of money. Along with less space, you save on utilities and home-improvement projects if you own your home.

What is the best RV length for parks? ›

What's the Ideal Length of an RV for Visiting National Parks? If you're not sure of the ideal length for national parks, you'll want to choose an RV between 25 and 30 feet long. Most national parks will accommodate RVs between those lengths.

What is the most popular RV class? ›

That's because Class C motorhomes are more popular in the RV world. They can hold more people, and they can be found at a more affordable price point. Class C Motorhomes are built on a truck or van chassis with an attached cab section, while Class Bs are built within the dimensions of a customized van.

What is the best length RV for state parks? ›

First, if you are in the market for an RV or trailer and know you want to spend most of your time traveling to state parks, look for one that is 35 feet or less.

Is an RV park passive income? ›

Turn Your Hobby into a Passive Income Earner

RV parks are among the highest-yielding investments of all real estate classes. Once you invest in property campgrounds, you may receive returns of between 10 to 20% on your money.

Where is the best place to start an RV park? ›

Look for an area that has other attractions nearby, such as hiking trails, lakes, or beaches, since they may attract more campers. Make sure the plot has level ground throughout, or else you'll need to have it flattened.

Where is the best place to build an RV park? ›

Look for a spot on your land where an RV can easily get in and out of from the access road. The spot should be fairly level so the RV isn't leaning to the side. If there are trees on the access road or on the site, make sure to trim any low-hanging branches so the RV can clear the space.

What is the life expectancy of a RV? ›

Owners who regularly use their RV or motorhome may expect a lifespan of around 200,000 miles. That being said, you could increase your RV or motorhome's lifespan up to 300,000 miles, on average, as long as the driving conditions are not unduly arduous and you maintain it in good condition.

What is the lifespan of a RV? ›

The short answer is that the average lifespan of an RV is around 20 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Is it cheaper to live in an RV or buy a house? ›

Living in an RV can be cheaper than traditional home ownership because RVs require less space and utility usage, resulting in lower costs for heating, cooling, and maintenance. Additionally, RV living encourages a simpler and more minimalist lifestyle that can lead to fewer expenses related to possessions.

What is the cheapest way to live in an RV? ›

The Cheapest Way to Live in an RV is Usually to Stay Put

The first are RV owners who don't travel. The second are those who practice cheap RV living by purchasing extremely low cost RVs (like used campervans and truck campers), and constantly boondocking free on public lands.

How much should I spend on an RV to live in? ›

RV Living Monthly Costs

The total monthly cost for RV living is around $2500 to $5000 per month, depending on the type of RV and lifestyle. Your monthly expenses would likely include gas, food, insurance, electricity, health insurance, phone and internet plans, entertainment, repairs, and maintenance costs.

How do people make money living in an RV full time? ›

Many RV travelers take workamping jobs to supplement their income, work in a retail store, run a campsite office, landscape, or manage campground staff. Temporary RV campground jobs are a great way to save money on your stops and give you the chance to meet new people!

What size RV do most campgrounds take? ›

Approximately 98% of national park campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 19 feet long. You still have a good selection if your RV is smaller than 25 feet more than 90% of parks permit that length. The number of available campsites drops if your RV is 29 to 32 feet long since about 80% of parks will let you in.

What is a normal size RV? ›

Generally, Class A motorhomes run from around 25 feet in length all the way up to nearly 45 feet. Larger families and retired couples might need the living space of a 40-foot rig that provides more of the cozy comforts of home.

What is the common RV size? ›

On the small end, the average RV length for a travel trailer is about 12 to 15 feet. On the large end, they can reach up to 30 feet or so.

What type of RV is best for full time? ›

Ultimately, the best RV for full-time living is going to be an individual preference. Some solo travelers are content in a conversion van. Others prefer a large Class A motorhome with multiple slideouts, a large kitchen, and similar amenities to a traditional house.

Which RV is built the best? ›

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What class RV is easiest to drive? ›

Generally, a class B RV is the easiest to drive if you're new to RVing. Most aren't much longer than a pickup truck and can easily maneuver into parking spaces and gas stations. If you're looking for the easiest transition into RV driving, choose a class B camper.

What is the longest RV allowed on the road? ›

  • Maximum RV width 102 in.
  • Maximum motorhome length 40 ft.(45 ft. on some highways)
  • Maximum trailer length 40 ft.
  • Maximum RV height 14 ft.
  • Maximum combined length for two-vehicle combination, 65 ft.

What size RV do I need to live in full time? ›

There is no perfect size for full time RV living, but factors to consider include where you want to camp and what features you need. If you need a bunk room, a 40 foot fifth wheel may be right for your family. For true minimalists, a 20 foot travel trailer may provide plenty of space to live.

What size RV is allowed in Yellowstone? ›

In Yellowstone National Park there are no height or length restrictions inside the park; however, large RV sites are limited and can be hard to find. A good rule of thumb is you should be 40 feet or less, but Yellowstone National Park does have space for your big rig that is larger than 40 feet.

What rental income is passive? ›

The IRS considers a rental activity to be passive if real estate is used by tenants and rental income (or expected rental income) is received mainly for the use of the property. In other words, owning a rental property and collecting rental income is considered passive and not active in most cases.

Do RVs appreciate or depreciate? ›

Like all vehicles, RVs depreciate over time. You can determine an RVs depreciation by the vehicle's age, mileage, wear and tear, and the type of RV you own. Class A and Class B vehicles depreciate similarly, while Class C RVs depreciate more slowly and hold value slightly better.

Are RVs an asset? ›

Like many other vehicles, most RVs are depreciating assets. Many factors such as age, mileage, and wear can increase the rate of depreciation, and while there are some rare instances, RVs are overall not an investment if you are looking to get your money back or even make money.

How often should you start a parked RV? ›

Usually out at least once a month for a week or three. I run the engine once a month until the coolant temp gets to around 200 degrees.

Why are RV parks a good investment? ›

#3 Low Maintenance & Long-Term Growth Potential

RV parks require minimal maintenance, which can reduce operational costs and lower the need for major repairs over time. Additionally, RV parks are an excellent long-term investment thanks to their potential for increasing property values with steady market growth.

How profitable are campgrounds? ›

How Much Do Owners and Investors Make? Your campground business can have an ROI of 10% to 20% or 25% to 30% as per the factors mentioned above. Residential real estate, for instance, will yield an ROI of 10% and stocks 7%.

What state are most RVs made in? ›

80% of recreational vehicles in the world are manufactured in Northern Indiana in the U.S. The epicenter of RV manufacturing is specifically Elkhart. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the manufacturing of RVs in America is a $50 billion business.

Where are most RVs built in the United States? ›

In the U.S., about 85 percent of recreational vehicles sold are manufactured in Indiana. The industry has a 32.4 billion dollar annual economic impact in Indiana and supports 126,140 jobs and 7.8 billion dollars in wages.

How do I set up a permanent camper? ›

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  1. Choose Your Site. ...
  2. Clear the Area of Debris and Clutter.
  3. Check Your Travel Trailer With A Level.
  4. Place Leveling Blocks Near Your Travel Trailer's Tires.
  5. Bring the RV onto the Blocks.
  6. Install the Wheel Chocks.
  7. Slowly Start Lowering The Tongue Jack.
  8. Install Any Stabilizing Jacks.
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Are RV parks recession-proof? ›

RV parks are often considered a recession-proof asset class due to their low operational costs, steady rental income, and tax benefits.

How profitable is owning a campground? ›

Owning a Campground Income and Expenses

Campgrounds typically create a return on investment between 10% and 30%. Your particular profits depend on how much work you are willing to put in and your expertise in the industry.

What is the best state to own an RV park? ›

The best RV-friendly states in America are Florida, Texas, Montana, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, New York , and California.

How many campers can you fit on an acre? ›

#1 – Number of Campsites per Acre

A general rule of thumb is to have 10 sites per acre. Some municipalities will limit the number of sites between 10-15. Many permit requirements give minimum measurements of how wide and how long each site should be.

Is the RV craze over? ›

The year 2021 was a record year for RV sales. And the start of 2022 followed in its footsteps. However, as the year wore on, we saw the RVing and RV life popularity drop off and sale decreased. Looking ahead to 2023, many people are uncertain about the future.

Is the RV industry slowing down 2023? ›

Summary. The RV Industry is expected to see a big drop in RV sales in 2023. Margins also peaked in 2022 and will likely come down this year. Variable interest rate debt rounds out CWH's risks.

Are RVs losing value? ›

After three years of ownership, your RV is likely to be worth approximately 30% less than when you purchased it. After ten years of ownership, your Class A RV will depreciate to less than half of what you paid for it.

Can you live at a campground year around? ›

Can You Live Year-Round in an RV Park? Yes, many people choose to live in their camper in long-term RV parks. People may travel for their job and need to be in one location for an extended time.

How do I start a successful campground? ›

How to Start a Campground or RV Park
  1. Pinpoint what kind of park you want to open. ...
  2. Create a Business Plan. ...
  3. Secure a loan if needed. ...
  4. Research the region. ...
  5. Get the permits. ...
  6. Build relationships with your community. ...
  7. Create a website and find software. ...
  8. Marketing.
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What makes a campground successful? ›

Personalized attendance to each lot owner will create a good rapport with the work campers. Sporting events, fishing, and guided team-building exercises will help draw customers. Creating a tranquil environment while offering engaging activities is a sure way of promoting a campsite business.

Which state is number one in RV sales? ›

The highest number of RV sales by state is Indiana ($6.8 billion), California ($2.2 billion) and Texas ($1.8 billion).

Can you live in an RV full time in Arizona? ›

Arizona is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and full-time RVers always see it as an enticing option. We compiled a simple list of the best reasons why Arizona is one of the new RV meccas, and what to do if you would like to call it your official home.

What size camper can you live in? ›

Motorhomes that do not exceed 45 feet (540 inches) in overall length or 8.5 feet (102 inches) in width may be registered in California.

Are RV resorts profitable? ›

Owning an RV park can be very profitable with successful parks making anywhere from $50K – $100K annually. Depending on factors like location and amenities, an RV park can make far more than this.


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