We have been in our winter home at Jojoba Hills RV Resort near Temecula, CA for almost three months now and are enjoying it immensely. I must confess to being a bit skeptical about the thought of spending so much time being stationary, at least the wheels on our home. But this new lifestyle, a wonderful blending of community and travel, suits us just fine. We have found an active group of caring, supportive folks that we bonded with immediately. I am pleased to call Jojoba Hills our winter home and wanted to take a moment to share a little history of this beautiful resort.
Twenty-five years ago a small group from a local chapter of an Escapee’s RV Club had a vision, one that many might consider reckless or foolhardy. Thank goodness for grandiose dreamers, those with a pioneering spirit, for this is what it took, along with a huge dose of tenacity, hard work, and synergy, to breathe life into Jojoba Hills RV Resort. What was once barren desert is now a sparkling little gem overlooking Palomar Mountain and the Aguanga Valley.
This small band of visionaries, men and women with a median age of 67, began the arduous task of clearing 145 acres of rattlesnake-infested hills and canyons. Although many tradesmen were represented, I learned that volunteers were transformed into whatever was needed – “salesmen became electricians or plumbers and hair dressers became welders”. Women who had never wielded a hammer stood alongside the men building the sheds and setting the forms for concrete patios. The “Rockettes”, most if not all women, painstakingly placed 25,000 feet of rocks into drains and culverts, securing the drainage system, all the while considering the aesthetics of the resort.
Over 292,500 volunteer hours moved 1.2 million cubic yards of dirt, 2700 tons of rock, built 5 miles of road, dug 35 miles of trenches, poured 119,000 square feet of concrete, etc., etc. Except for a handful of professionals who were paid a fee, the remaining crew did this back-breaking work for nothing more than coffee and their daily ration of homemade cookies…an immense labor of love.
My sense of reluctance at finding enough to interest me and occupy my time has been transformed into wonderment at all this resort has to offer. There are pickleball and tennis courts, a lap pool, hot tubs, saunas, a well-equipped fitness room, yoga class, photography club, art classes, sewing room, hiking club, book club, pottery classes, woodworking shop, and, be still my heart, a writers’ group. The list of amenities is extensive, not to mention the countless opportunities to volunteer, which is highly encouraged, as this resort is maintained by the generous volunteering spirit of its members.
Many of the founding residents are now beginning to move on to the next phase in their lives, but those who remain have the most delightful stories to share. I have found the most heartwarming sense of community here at Jojoba Hills, and have lived nowhere else where the support of neighbors is so pervasive. You cannot walk or drive by anyone without receiving a warm smile and a wave – the Jojoba way.
Temecula is only 17 miles away and has a great farmers’ market and lots of opportunity for retail therapy, if that is your thing. Jojoba Hills is surrounded by wine country and within an easy drive of San Diego, Anza Borrego, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree National Park. There are countless other adventures to be had across California. Death Valley is on our calendar for this winter, as is the Central Coast.
If you find yourself wandering around in the deserts of So. Cal, you might want to check out Jojoba Hills. They’re an awfully friendly bunch here. 🙂
65 thoughts on “Little Gem in the Desert ~ Jojoba Hills RV Resort”
That sure beats snowflakes! Great post, LuAnn. We will have to check Jojoba out sometime. Thank you for sharing!
Yes, this weather is pretty sweet right now!
What an amazing effort to create this paradise! It is beautiful LuAnn. The lead photo is stunning. 🙂
Thanks Sue. The history on Jojoba is pretty amazing.
Very nice narrative sharing Jojoba Hills. It is nice to know that you are happily settled in and enjoying all the activities and very friendly people. Everyone we met during our visit was very welcoming. The park is beautifully laid out and the facilities our first rate.
I have been pleasantly surprised at all this resort has to offer. 🙂
That was quite a task and you are enjoying every bit of their labor of love so to speak. With all the activities and the friendly and warm folks there, your three months stay must have felt like a whirlwind stay. We will be back out west next year so we will take into account your wonderful experience and great review of the place and the people. Thank you, LuAnn
We have been enjoying it very much, perhaps too much as our social calendar is always full. 🙂 I am guessing you two will be happy to be heading back west next year.
How fortunate to find the perfect blending of community and travel—that’s why we’ve loved our summers on Lopez Island, and our extended stays in our hometown of Ashland. The road still beckons, but it’s deeply nourishing to return to places that feel like “home.” Jojoba Hills sounds like a wonderful place! And beautiful, too. 🙂
You have described it beautifully Laurel. I was quite surprised by how much I had missed community. For now, this feels like a very good balance.
What a lovely sounding place. We’ll have to give it a try sometime. Thanks!
I think you two would enjoy Jojoba Hills.
Sure looks like a great place to spend the winter. We have rather vague plans for heading down through Death Valley, but cleaning up after evicted renters has thrown a monkey wrench into plans for now. To be determined, but I’ll have to touch base with you once we establish any sort of time frame.
What a hassle to have to deal with the eviction process and then the clean-up. Hope you are now behind all that Gunta. Please keep me posted on your plans. Would love to connect.
Thank you, Lu, for sharing this little gem of your little gem. With this information, why would anyone want to spend their “off” time anywhere else. I’m thrilled for you. It sounds perfect, and you sound happy. So glad for you and Terry.
Thanks Joan. We are loving our winter home. 🙂
Lovely header. I like the way you change your color scheme to match your headers.
This has to be the nicest Escapee park. I didn’t know they had all those activities. It is so different from the one in Livingston. When we stayed in Livingston twice, we did get to meet, talk to and hear Kay and Joe Peterson, the founders of the Escpaees Club. Makes me proud to be an Escapee member.
Enjoy your “winter” home. Sounds like you will be busy for ages to come.
We have only been to a few Escapee parks but have heard that Jojoba Hills is on the top of the list.
Wow LuAnn it sounds like a fantastic place! So much beauty and so many activities! Sounds wonderful! And you are so close to the wine country too! Thanks for sharing what you’ve been up too! 🙂
It is quite lovely Nicole.
Thanks for the glowing report on Jojoba Hills. Sounds like a great place to stop on our way to San Diego.
I’m so glad you like pickleball too! There are places to play in San Diego and Hans and I are finding it to be an excellent addition to our fit lifestyle!
I am becoming quite addicted to the game. Lisa, I am having some trouble recently getting my comments to your blog to go through. Also, do you know how I can subscribe to MR so that I receive an email every time you post? I tried subscribing twice and still no luck.
Thanks for sharing this great information. You’re giving me all sorts of new possibilities to chew on as we start this retirement thing!
Glad to be of help! 🙂
Your writings about this place have me intrigued. I would love to see it and experience it. Alas, I have no RV and do not see one in my future. However, it sounds like the ideal place to Winter and that you have found your spot. Always enjoy your posts.
Thanks Gale. We feel it is the ideal place to be if one should want to winter in So. Cal.
It sounds like a great place and I would love to go there and drop your name into conversation, you know ‘friend of the stars style’. Pickleball sounds interesting as well, I’d have to find out more about that, it is amazing what people can do with determination and a dream.
This is quite an interesting place Ste J, much more active than I would have ever guessed. Hope all is well with you.
Yes life is pretty much as it always is, but then again the year is young. I hope life is treating you a treat.
My life is busy but can’t complain. Hope you are enjoying your job.
What a place you’ve found Lu Ann ! No end of things to join in with .. or if not soak up those beautiful surroundings …. aah …
Yes poppy we consider ourselves very fortunate. 🙂
Gorgeous images, LuAnn. No wonder you call this a gem in the desert, and what a history it has. A labour of love indeed. It sounds as though you are really spoiled for choice with all those activities to choose from. Have a wonderful time in your winter refuge. xx
Thanks Sylvia. We are enjoying our stay at Jojoba Hills.
can you spell ‘envy’? I’m green with it! what a wonderful life you are leading.
You and your lovely wife are welcome to visit us anytime. Ready to escape winter yet?
So glad to hear you have been enjoying your winter stay at Jojoba Hills. We may have to check it out next winter. Escapees are a friendly group and we’ve always felt extremely welcome anytime we’ve attended an Escapees event or stayed at a park. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Is the Pacific NW on the summer agenda?
Jojoba Hills is a beautiful resort and we were made to feel like part of the community immediately. The Pacific NW is on the summer agenda. What are your plans for the summer?
We’ll be heading back to CO to visit with daughter and then later in the summer IL to see my dad. Next winter is in the air as Al and I are a little at odds. Let’s see who wins LOL!
My money is on you! 🙂
I have been facinatated watching people play pickleball. I haven’t had the opportunity to play, but need to do so. Looks like you have enjoyed the game!! How fun to find an activity that we enjoy so much. Glad you and Terry are enjoying the area!
Thanks Sheila! I have become quite addicted to pickleball.
Enjoy life in your desert oasis. Indeed, it sounds like paradise.
Thanks Lisa. 🙂
A bunch of visionary people made a difference! How amazing! Beautiful photos of this special place, LuAnn!
Thanks so much Amy. Hope all is well with you.
You have created a lovely tribute to Jojoba Hills. It was so nice to be able to stay there and meet you on the pickleball courts.
Thanks Cheryl. Loved meeting you and playing pickleball. Come back and visit sometime. 🙂
What a great story, we stayed in the Benson SKP Co-op and the people were incredibly friendly there too. Jojoba looks like a prettier place.
We have been to both. We do believe Jojoba has a lot more to offer and the grounds are a lot more attractive.
Always love hearing stories with a great sense of communal sevice, living, and harmony. Sounds like Jojoba is a perfect place for it. I miss California already. 🙂
It is a wonderful place to be within California. Hope to see you again one day in sunny CA. Have some grand adventures in Greece Rommel. 🙂
I just saw your pictures on Pam’s blog. It made me think how I missed so much of our failed plan. 😉 Oh well, stay safe and have fun in California.
I must admit that I wish we had had the chance to do some hiking. Things do happen for a reason and I still believe we will hit the trails together some day. The very best to you my friend.
Sounds lovely LuAnn. Bet you’re warmer than we are!
It is in the low 70’s here. 🙂
Sounds perfect. Looks like you are enjoying yourselves.
We are Carol, more than I had imagined. Hope all is well with you. 🙂
Doing well thanks, LuAnn. Cold but sunny today. Loving the wintry, rolling Suffolk countryside. ☺
Sounds like you found the perfect spot!
It was a wonderful day with Pam and John. We hope to do lots more exploring in Anza Borrego yet this winter.
Being stationary somewhere warm is better than being stuck in cold weather for the winter. 😉
You can start RVing along now. LOL
I am beginning to get hitch-itch. How have you been?
I’m thawing out from the usual long cold winter that we get here.
Maybe next winter you can pass by to pick me up & take me with you to a nice warm part of the country. The kids, hubby & the pooch can fend for themselves. 😉
That’s a deal! 🙂