The Yuma area, including southwest Arizona towns such as Quartzsite, most likely have passed Phoenix as the No. 1 destination for RVers in Arizona, according to the Yuma Sun.
The reason why is simple: the addition of more RV resorts, according to sources quoted by the newspaper.
Currently, there are more than 140,000 RV campground spaces at more than 90 RV parks in the Yuma area, which also includes the communities of Wellton and Winterhaven.
Meanwhile, the number of RV spaces in the Phoenix area, including popular snowbird destinations Mesa and Apache Junction, has remained steady at around 102,000 for years.
It appears RV campground occupancy in Yuma County will end up around 69.5% this month, according to Dunbar Norton, a consultant interviewed by The Sun.
In January, RV resort occupancy in Yuma County was 82% and the peak occupancy rate for 2003 occurred in February, at 88.8%, Norton reported.
Occupancy rates in Yuma County drop off beginning in March each year as the desert heat starts to become intense, he added.
Meanwhile, officials at Bonita Mesa RV Resort, for example, are anticipating an average occupancy rate of 90% during the coming busy season, the newspaper reported.