This is a park for school groups. There were at least 3 large groups during the time I was there. They were staying in a group campsite so the traffic within the RV camping area was minimal. There are plenty of hiking trails from easy/moderate to strenuous. There is nothing around the park . Nearest town would be Hollister. I did drive over to the coast traveling from Monterey to Big Sur. A very nice drive along the coast with visits in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea. It was a long dayt rip but well worth it. The park has basic amenities - electric at site, water fill up available and dump station as well. No phone, internet or TV reception. Sites were spaced nicely but no privacy between sites. I was in site 96 which had shade available part of the day from nice tree. I would stay again when in the area. Rate reflects Senior Pass discount. There is a park fee as well that was covered by the pass. I think it's $5 general fee. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. This is a former KOA campground in the newly minted Pinnacles National Park (from a National Monument). The new designation is increasing visitation, so reservations are recommended. This is in an isolated area, so no cell (Verizon) or Verizon data. Most sites will get satellite. The roads to the park are slow and windy, so be prepared to go slowly. Some of the sites have 30 amp and some 50 amp. We were lucky and got a nice 50 amp (good and strong) service. The campground is laid out very strangely, sort of like done by someone that has had too much to drink, but it works OK. There is not a lot of privacy, but it was quite and dark at night. The park is definitely a hiking park. If you are not a hiker, there is not a lot to see. If you are a hiker it is great. We enjoyed our visit, but probably will not return as we have “done” the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall, Pinnacles campground is good. Realize it is 30miles away from any major city (Hollister or King City) and there are no other camping parks in the area. There are quite a few tent campgrounds which looked nice but the hike to the showers/restroom is long. We stayed in the RV park section in a travel trailer which was pretty much dirt spaces and faded caulk lines. There is very little shade in the campgrounds and from walking the RV site area, sites # 91 and 95 are probably the best. The RV sites do have 30amp hook-ups, but that is it. For water, you need to fill your tanks at one of 5 areas. There is a dumping station on site which is nice. There is a nicely stocked general store and a good size pool in walking distance from all campgrounds. This is the 1st national park we have stayed at with a pool. The story goes it actually used to be a KOA property and now managed by someone else. I believe the campground is run separately from the Pinnacles Park itself. If you are a hiker, you need to drive from the campground over to parking areas to hit the trails. The trails are well maintained, but the caves might not all be open; check with the general store prior to hiking. Also, if you like camp fires at night, call in advance as extreme fire conditions did not allow us to burn anything i.e no wood fires or BBQ with briquettes. Gas stoves were OK. This place gets real hot, so bring plenty of water and coverings for shade. Finally, there are lots of critters as mentioned in other posts, so lock your food items up. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Spent one night here. I felt $36 was a bit pricey for a site w/electric only. Restrooms were clean. Campsites are well marked. Staff inside store knowledgeable and friendly. Showers are pay for use. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground, formerly privately owned, is now a part of the Pinnacles National Monument and is slowly being upgraded. A newly electrified area is nearly complete and waiting to be hooked up to mainline power source. Water spigots are scattered through the new area so you might need a long hose in order to fill your tank as you cannot stay connected to the spigot. We were the only ones here mid-week along with deer, wild turkeys, quail, and a bobcat. It was very pleasant and very quiet. At this time of year the store/registration area has very limited hours during the week, but you can self register. We stayed in the older loop where there are currently only a few sites with electricity. At this time non-electric sites are $23 and electric sites are $36. Golden Age passport is honored at 50% discount, and the Pass also waves the monument entrance fee of $5. There is a dump station, but potable water is only available from the scattered spigots (for filling only) in the camping area where a a long hose might be needed to reach your RV. Reservations can be made at "Reserveamerica", but I wouldn't bother during midweek in the winter and early spring. Access to the campground is only from the east side of the monument on Hwy 146, off of Hwy 25. Hwy 25 is a nice alternative to I-5 or Hwy 101 and we often use it as a crossover between I-5 and 101. It is a country road, but very negotiable for large rigs. Because of the curves speed is 25-35mph, but it takes you through cattle and horse ranching areas, vineyards and agriculture, and is green in the winter and spring. If you have the time, it is well worth the diversion. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a picturesque naturalist oriented park that can accommodate about 30 30+ foot RV's with 30A power. Has unique circular parking arrangement with electric only at each site. You can fill potable water at office. Office and general store has limited hours. Dump available. Lots of wildlife wandering through park. I have been here during Summer and the Park Rangers give great evening talks by firelight. Very quiet. Seasonal pool. I like this park, but can understand why others wouldn't. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is now part of Pinnacle National Monument and accordingly offers a 50% discount with Golden Age Passport. Nightly rate with electrical starts at $25 for two people and goes to $40 for 6 people, the maximum number of people allowed in one site. Water and dump available but only electrical at sites, side by side. There are three loops with electrical with 12 sites in each loop. Each loop has a central picnic table area and fire ring area, four of each. Several old rigs in Loops 92 and 93 that appeared to have been there for some time and unoccupied. Paved road to sites but dirt at sites. There is a pool. We checked the place out as a possible destination to take our grandkids for a few day. No cell phone service. Self-registration in process when we made our visit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This camp ground is next to Pinnacles National Park. The park is known for its condors breeding ground and rock climbing. The camp ground is rather rustic. The camp sites are arranged in a big circle, you set up like spokes of a wheel. Electric is at your rig, water is shared by a central spigot in the middle of the 'wheel'. There are three of these wheels. The camp ground manager is not the nicest person in the world. She is right, you are wrong even when you can prove that you are right. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The campground is in a quiet valley away from the sounds and lights of the city and around 25 miles south of the nearest town of any size. If you are looking for a quiet, away-from-it-all campground, this is it. This is a big campground with hundreds of sites and two pools. There’s a camp store and a restaurant. Just about all the sites are full hookups and there’s a fairly large 50 amp section. There are several pull-through sites, some back to back. We heard a lot about the local bobcats but didn’t see any. We did see prairie dogs, quail, deer, and lots of red-headed woodpeckers. Being away from the city we enjoyed sitting out at night counting the satellites as they glided overhead. We even spotted a few shooting stars. The electric boxes on many of the sites have big red dots on them. That means there’s no working electric at that site. Someone told me that the campground is working through those sites and fixing them. Also, there are plenty of annual residents in the campground. The campground is pretty much flat and open, but if you look around a bit you’ll note that the residents have gravitated to the sites that offer a bit of afternoon shade. Again, this is a big campground so most everyone should be able to find a suitable spot in spite of the “red dots” and the annuals. If you don’t need 50 amps and don’t mind being a bit of a distance away from the main activity center you might want to look at the area nearer the small adult pool and adult lodge. There’s a section there with some big, shady trees and you would pretty much have the adult pool to yourself. The staff is friendly and helpful. We were able to get Verizon 4G and satellite TV. It’s hard to believe that the coast with all it’s hustle and bustle (and Pacific beauty) is only 25 miles away over the mountain (and 60 miles away by highway). All in all, we like this place and hope to return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very remote and quiet. Wide paved main roads in the park and secondary roads are gravel. Most sites are level gravel, full hookup, 30 or 50 amp. The first 50 amp site we picked the circuit breaker prematurely tripped so we moved to Site 322 which is one of the newly wired 50 amp sites. That site had a constant 120 volts even with both A/C running; however, we have an auto transformer in use. Our Verizon was three bars & 4G. Satellite signal was easy-to-get. It's a long drive for anything, but we look forward to returning. We camped here in a Motorhome.
When we arrived we tried to find an electrical receptacle that we could use and it was a bit of a trial. Too many are out of commission and we finally ended up in their 50-amp section just because we didn't want to futz around. This is a good base to explore the area. We went to Monterey, Santa Cruz, and over to Pinnacles NP (what a special place.) This campground needs a lot of work to make it look nice. We did see a crew cleaning up the leaves and fallen branches one of the days we were there. Keep up the good work. On the other hand, the trees were huge, the spaces are large, and there was a neat trail to walk outside the camping area itself. We would definitely camp there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an RV Resort past its prime. Many advertised sites are closed or no longer have the advertised utilities. The facilities are old and worn. Campsites are very littered with everything from clothing to discarded utensils to used condoms. Full time or part time residents have erected various structures on sites creating the look of a hobo jungle in areas. I wouldn't bring young children here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is in a quiet out of the way location in the heart of wine country. We drove past huge vineyards and vegetable fields on the way to get here. The park is older and needs TLC; although, it has a nice club house and some weekend dinners. The folks here are very nice and there is a great feeling about this place. There are deer, bobcats, (so keep a close watch on your little dog) wild turkeys, coyotes, eagles, black birds...and lovely huge oaks and it is Very Quiet. The trees can be a problem if you have a high rig so be attentive! We damaged our trailer on a low branch which will cost us thousands, sadly....but live and learn. The electrical service is in dire need of attention. Some of the sites are getting electrical upgrades, but our site near the dry creek bed had repeated low voltage (below 105 volts) every morning. Fortunately, we have a wired-in electrical protector that shut off power when this occurred and showed us the lowered voltage so our equipment was not damaged. But I feel sorry for folks that are not similarly protected so we cannot recommend this park unless you have a shut off for low voltage or will not be using the power for devices that can be hurt by low voltage. When we stayed here in October, the grass on the sites was short, dry and covered with leaves...not really unpleasant but a rake would be handy. This location is a convenient distance to Pinnacles National Park which we enjoyed visiting the day after federal funding was restored. The price reflects that we are Thousand Trails members and stayed at a 30 amp site. 50 amp service is $5 extra per day. Verizon service was OK, helped by our cell phone booster. All in all, we loved this park because of the great wildlife, energy, and peace. We will come here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very rustic style campground (which I like), sites are dirt and pretty level. Finding shade may be difficult, but not impossible if you look. Satellite TV comes in good. This is a membership style park, although it has recently opened to the public and I hope to see some of the new funds going toward improvements.This park could be really great. There is a pool for adults only and a larger family pool. Ice cream social on the weekend and the serve dinner Friday night and breakfast on the weekends for a small charge. If you like pavement and green manicured lawn, this may not be for you. This place is quiet and away from town and freeways. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Oh what it could be. They have done some mowing since the last review but not a lot. 200 acres and very large sites with lots of open space. Beautiful old trees. Bobcats and deer are common visitors. Two nice pools, the adult pool and lodge are quite a ways from the sites. Free WiFi in the lodge but very expensive otherwise. I am told 20 years ago you couldn't hardly get a site, now in Aug it is nearly empty. Sites need more than just weeding, but if current grounds keeper is able to get the support it could be a completely different place next year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The park is really unkempt. Grass in all the sites is knee high, brush hasn't been removed, mostly just ugly. The current manager just left after only 3 months so there have been 2 managers this spring and funds are not being used to do much of anything. Horseshoe pits were overgrown and a team of members spent the week trying to clean them for a preserve sponsored tournament this weekend. Staff ignored requests to clear occupied sites of weeds and brush until three of us got our own weed-eater and cleared our sites. We were told the preserve maintenance equipment was broken and they had to go out and rent mowers and tractors after the manager left mid-week. The last time we were here the preserve was clean, trimmed and nice...not this time. Staff was friendly enough and they got down to business after the outgoing manager was off site. The bark park was okay, the exercise trail was not accessible, overgrown, the other facilities were clean and useable. 30 amp power was steady and no issues. Coyotes, deer, bobcat, cougar and squirrels, birds and owls call the preserve home. With proper care and maintenance the campground will be OK and we would return. NOTE: Do not approach this CG from I-5 Exit 334 (Coalinga), CA-198 and CA-25. The book gives these directions and the result is not pleasant. You find yourself driving over 100 miles of very narrow, winding and hilly two lane highway not designed for big rigs of any kind. There is a better way. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Boy what a disappointment. TT must really be hurting for money when they can't even cut the grass so you can get into sites. Actually it is the 50 amp sites that they don't mow so they can cut down on their electrical charges. The place was worth what we paid - $0. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm for Thousand Trails. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park if you like being out in the country. Very quiet, nice staff, big clean pool. Closest town with amenities is Hollister, a bit of a drive. But, if you want a peaceful, outdoor stay with plenty of wildlife to watch, stay here. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you like nature and lots of critters, this is the place, quiet and two pools, a spa and a very helpful and friendly staff. The Manager is into improving maintenance and the park is located in a very historical, quiet area with Bobcats, Deer, Coyotes, tons of Quail and lots of other birds. It is the nicest 1000 Trails central CA location! Not only do they have a fully functional store but the food at the main lodge is excellent and fun! We camped here in a Motorhome.
TTN Preserve, clean and well maintained, lots of traffic, close enough to things to do to keep you busy. Pinnacles National Monument is a must do from this Preserve. TTN Preserves can be found in some of the most out of the way places, but close enough: not inconvenient. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very nice preserve in the San Benito Valley. The Pinnacles National Monument and numerous wineries are in the area so there were many things to occupy our time. With over 500 sites, it is one of the larger preserves, most of the sites have full hookups and are reasonably level. There are two pools, a country store and two lodge facilities, all of which are in very good condition. The Verizon cell phone and air card signals are quite good and many of the sites are satellite friendly. The paved roads are good and the gravel roads among the sites are not bad. On the downside, the area is very dry, so many of the huge older trees look to be in distress and the grass/weeds are difficult to control. The staff is working to control them but they do not have the large equipment to do the job properly. We enjoyed our stay here and will certainly return in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We really enjoyed our stay here! Of the Seven Thousand Trails we have been to this is our second favorite. The all you can eat Spaghetti diner was a bargain and was pretty darn good! We got a site under a HUGE oak tree. We called it our Sequioa Oak. It was magnificent. When we arrived four or five deer greeted us. That was pretty cool. Satellite worked great, AT&T not so good, but Sprint was fine. It seemed that everyday, everywhere we looked there were workers busy improving the place. More then I have seen at other TT's! I will be back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really did not care for this campground very much. As others have said, it seems to have a lot of potential if Thousand Trails would give it more attention. The staff was very nice, both at gate, and the store. The full hookups all worked as expected. But this place is really out there! It is very far to the nearest town. We left early because the place just seemed kind of icky. For one thing, our ATT cell phones did not work here. 2 of our kids' bikes got flats from all the puncture vine weeds that are all over. Half of the trees looked dead, & the other half (not evergreens) left leaves that had not been raked up in months. Most sites were closer together than most other Thousand Trails parks we've been to. They no longer offer horse riding. And just overall this park seemed to lack any character. We were here at the end of December 2008/January 2009, so maybe it looks better in the spring or summer. We did enjoy the Pinnacles which was about 40 min south of the Thousand Trails park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This Thousand Trails Preserve has a lot of potential but they really need some maintenance regarding the electrical service. Many sites are marked "no electric service" due to damage to the buried electric lines from the ground squirrels. We have been coming here for three years and have yet to see any repairs. It is a very quiet area and not too crowded. All the park personal are very friendly and helpful. The only cell phone service is Verizon. Roof mounted satellite reception is great. In the fall there are lots of leaves from the very large sycamores. We will continue to come here but will also keep sending messages to Thousand Trails management about the need of maintenance. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Spacious campsites, many shaded by huge trees. Well kept grounds. There were hundreds of RVs there for July 4th weekend, but it didn't feel crowded. This is a very clean, well cared-for members-only park with a well stocked store, family lodge with game rooms, ping-pong, putt-putt golf, shuffleboard, adult lodge with pool tables and a few exercise machines, weekend activities for kids, craft classes for kids, etc. Lots of beautiful trees. Very friendly and courteous campers. Nice and quiet at night. The park has a guarded gate and we felt safe enough to let our young kid bike around. People drive at 5 mph. Cellular service info: Verizon service only; good reception at the family lodge; very weak Verizon signal in Section I; better reception in Section C. Free Wi-Fi access at the family lodge, Wi-Fi at the campsite for a fee. It gets hot here in the summer (mid-80's to low 90's), but there is a fresh wind of 10-15 mph and many well shaded sites. Or pick one without trees if you want easy aiming of your TV satellite dish. The only con we noticed was that it can get a bit dusty here, so pick a campsite that's upwind of the dustiest roads. It's out in the middle of nowhere, with few restaurants nearby, so plan on cooking your own food. However, on most Saturdays and holidays they offer good, hearty and cheap breakfasts for a couple of bucks. Also burgers and hot dogs at lunch time on Saturdays. Ice cream socials are fun for the kids and adults too. We enjoyed our 4 day stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here for 3 weeks for nothing as it was a TT pk and had wonderful end site next to clubhouse. Clubhouse was nice however the one pool next to it was not open when we arrived and had to drive to the one that was open. In the 3 wks the other pool did open up for Memorial Day. They had a nice turnout for the Holiday dinner and band. You have to drive out for ATT Cell service and we had to use our Wilson antenna for laptop service. Groceries area a way to go for also. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.