Dates Of Stay: December 27, 2015 – January 5, 2016
The RV park at Circus Circus in Las Vegas used to be a KOA campground. The KOA moved out to Sam’s Town on the outskirts of town, and for a while the RV park at Circus Circus was closed. A large portion of the park is now an outdoor festival area, but some of the RV park remains. It reopened in Fall 2015.
Let’s not mince words here; Circus Circus RV park is a glorified parking lot. The water and electrical hookups appear to be new and/or refurbished, but that’s about all that has changed. There were restroom facilities in the lot, but I did not use them. However, they appear to have been built in the 1970s.
Do not expect views or amenities here. There is a pool, but it was closed for the season when I was there during the week before New Year. You can easily walk to the Circus Circus Casino, but why would you? Everything $5 store, McDonald’s, screaming children, dirty floors and even dirtier gambling tables await you. The only candle in the darkness of the casino is the steakhouse, which actually has a very good reputation. Expensive entree prices kept most of the Circus Circus patrons away, and I had a lovely meal there on New Year’s Eve.
My stay at the RV park encompassed the days leading up to New Year’s, New Year’s, and a few days after. Therefore, the daily rate fluctuated greatly. As I booked in advance and for over one week, the rate for New Year’s Eve was $79. The days between Christmas and New Year’s were $49 per day. After New Year’s, I stayed an additional day for $29.
The only good thing about Circus Circus RV park is its proximity to the strip, but it is still a long walk due to construction and the outdoor festival area. It is an over 30-minute walk to catch the monorail at the SLS casino. It is about a 30-minute walk to the Wynn Casino in one direction, or the Stratosphere in the other direction. I drove my car most everywhere, because parking at the casinos is free, so I could have stayed at Sam’s Town or some other less expensive place on the outskirts of town. However, the only time the Circus Circus RV park is very convenient is on New Year’s Eve.
If you are going to be in Las Vegas in an RV for the new year and plan to participate in strip activities, stay at Circus Circus. The strip is closed to traffic on New Year’s Eve at 6:00 p.m., making it almost impossible to get around town on the congested side roads. The entire strip becomes a pedestrian walkway, and fireworks are set off from the tops of eight casinos at midnight. If you park in a parking garage on the strip before 6:00 p.m., you may not be able to exit until at least 4:00 a.m.
Circus Circus RV park was perfect for my plans on New Year’s Eve. I left the rig at about 9:00 PM and walked approximately one third of the strip, which took about an hour. I sat in an outdoor bar, sipped a cocktail, watched the fireworks, and walked back.
If I return to Las Vegas I’ll try Sam’s Town next time.