Saturday, December 2, 2023


Have you ever spent the night in your RV in a free casino parking lot?

Many casinos across the United States offer free overnight parking. Some even have RV resorts and campgrounds on-site, while others offer just the bare minimum. Have you ever spent the night in your RV in a free casino lot?

If you’re stopping at a casino or are a casino camping newbie, check out these books:

American Casino Guide provides not only information on casinos, it has a gambling primer on slots, video poker, blackjack, craps and other popular casino games as well as RV, hotel and restaurant information.

Casino Camping: Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos is also a great guide and provides a lot of information, particularly for RVers.


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Neal Davis (@guest_256551)
1 month ago

May one day. DW likes to gamble a little now and again. I fail to see the point of voluntarily taxing myself.

ReneeG (@guest_256328)
1 month ago

Most definitely! Of course, the deal is one of us fixes dinner while the other goes in to play the one-arm bandit until $10 is gone. Needless to say, the other is back before dinner is ready.

Mikal H (@guest_256169)
1 month ago

Have never stayed “for free” but have stayed at “pay for” casino campgrounds.

John Connaughton (@guest_256152)
1 month ago

Not overnight, but we stayed at the one across the river from the Arch, St Louis, for several hours so we could take the train over and go to a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, while passing thru on our last big RV trip in May.

Brad (@guest_256130)
1 month ago

We have not stayed in a casino’s parking lot but we did stop at the St Croix Casino 7 years ago where they had a nice RV park in Turtle Lake, WI. It was a very nice park! My trip record says we paid $20 a night there.

Roy (@guest_256119)
1 month ago

Casinos are among our favorites and we’re not gamblers. What we love about casinos are they generally have great restaurants. They use to be cheaper than any other place around, but that isn’t as true so much these days. It is nice to be able to get a meal without having to drive anywhere else and, after driving for a few hours, that’s a real plus. We even stay at casinos where we pay for overnighting.

DW/ND (@guest_256115)
1 month ago

The Shooting Star casino at Mahnomen, MN (a wide spot in the road!) has a very nice full hookup, patrolled campground. There is also dining and a hotel. I don’t recall the price, however it was reasonable. There was also a shuttle to the casino if desired, altho it is only about a block walk.

Matt Colie (@guest_256100)
1 month ago

We have availed ourselves of casino parking a number of times. We are travelers more than campers so spending money just to have a place to sleep is not in the cards. We love the out-lot at Casino Queen in East St. Louis (across the river from the Arch). They are not all that good. We pulled into one and were just settled in when a reefer truck joined the pack… We tried to relocate, but the rent-a-cop said we had to stay in that area. So, we didn’t, rather than dinner and a lounge act, we fired up and found another location without a reefer truck.

Ron T (@guest_256096)
1 month ago

Once only so far. It was the only port in the storm so-to-speak. We had been delayed five days by a mechanical issue and re-routed from BC to Alberta by wildfires. It was a July weekend so between Banff and Jasper parks and the Calgary Stampede going on we couldn’t find a campground with an open spot at any price. DW saw a casino sign so we drove in and found other RVs out at the edge of the parking lot and joined them for the night. We’d had no access to a dump station or shower all this time so it wasn’t until the next night back in the USA that we felt like real human beings again.

Bill Mason (@guest_256094)
1 month ago

Yes! In Oregon Klamath-Mo-Ya north of Klamath Falls and Chinook Winds on the north coast have free boondocking and the casinos are completely Non-Smoking. 7 Feathers Casino had free parking but only a tiny non-smoking room. Food at all three is fairly good and fairly priced. None are gated but security seems good.

Steve H (@guest_256082)
1 month ago

The two nicest FHU, “not-free” casino RV parks we have stayed in were in Verdi, NV, just off I-80 west of Reno, and Granite Falls, MN, west of Minneapolis on MN 23. Both were gated, separated from the casino parking, concrete paved, nicely landscaped, and very safe!

Our favorite casino RV park is Black Mesa, NM, just east of I -25 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It has gravel pull-thrus with 30-50A electric hookups, a water fill-station, and a dump. But, best of all, it is exactly a day’s motorhome drive south of our home in Colorado when we are heading for snowbirding “resorts” in AZ.

Impavid (@guest_256079)
1 month ago

We’ve stayed in casino parking lots and also in casino campgrounds. The price was right at zero dollars and we’ve usually gotten ten or twenty dollars in free play. Always ask for permission and where to park and we’ve found they all have security so we sleep easy. With a players card – which is free – you get a discount in the restaurants and although the meals aren’t bargain priced like they were 30 or 40 years ago they’re still reasonably priced.

David Crymes (@guest_256073)
1 month ago

We too are snowbirds and have always stayed at Indian owned casino’s on our trip south. In the past we found them inexpensive and the food was good and a value. Now, we have quit patronizing as the food and RV parks are more expensive than the typical RV parks and restaurants. The buffets ended with COVID and were replaced with fifteen dollar burgers.
With fuel at five dollars a gallon we just look for the basics as we travel to and from the desert southwest.

Steve H (@guest_256072)
1 month ago

We stayed in an Idaho casino parking lot that offered free 30A electric hookups before July 1, but no water or dump. It was perfect for our travel trailer that had no solar or generator. After June, the casino charged $20/night for the electricity.

Richard (@guest_256071)
1 month ago

If it fits our travel path. We don’t gamble other than lotteries. Wife can’t stand smoke. We might eat if their rest./buffet is notable. It’s just another friendly parking lot to us.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_256063)
1 month ago

We stayed free in a lot at Cactus Pete’s Casino in Jackpot, NV. Pleasant stay with not much noise. We went in and had a very nice dinner. Next time through we actually stayed in the RV park. Nice place.

Bob P (@guest_256060)
1 month ago

Not in an RV, but in a semi I did. After a delivery to the casino I inquired about a truck stop or big box store I could take my mandatory 10 hour break at, they said just pull over to the edge of the parking lot and relax. I did and one of the best nights sleep on the road I’d ever experienced.

Patty (@guest_256057)
1 month ago

We have before as overnight er getting home. We don’t gamble and I can’t stand smoke, so we never go inside one

kat (@guest_256052)
1 month ago

Free? No. We have paid for full hook up in a casino parking lot, right along the Mississippi River. And of course we went in the casino for dinner and to spend $2.00 each (yes 2 dollars) at the casino.

Skip (@guest_256048)
1 month ago

No. Shady place to camp like Wal-Mart parking lot.

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