While towing my new 5er across the prairie, the weather started getting a bit more than I was comfortable with. At 103F and blowing 40mph it was getting rather sporty to share the road with big rigs, so I started looking for a place to call it a day. Moments later I saw the 'Camping' sign and a Cabela's sign under it, and knew I had found heaven. The park is small, and tough to maneuver my 40' rig into a spot but I did find one. Only one staff person who goes to lunch at 3 to 4 PM so plan accordingly. Helpful and friendly, she got me signed up and let me know there is a shuttle to the main store, if I needed it. For the mobility impaired that is a nice touch, but for the rest of us it is an easy walk of a hundred yards or so if slightly up hill. Hookups were easy to interface to, no problems there. One kind of wierd thing: each site pedestal has a clipboard with RESERVED written on it. This makes you think it is not available, (that it is "Reserved" but if you look close they ALL say that, but some have a name written under the RESERVED!) Those spots are actually reserved, the clipboard is a Reserved for "BLANK" sort of affair. If it is reserved it will have a name, but if there is no name it still says reserved even thought it is available! Couple this with a sign that says find a spot and come back to fill out the form, and include your payment (this is out front when staff person is there or not) and confusion quickly sets in. I saw more than one customer drive through, see Reserved on every pedestal and LEAVE thinking the park was full. I mentioned this to the staff member who checked me in, and she was a bit defensive about it. I don't think I got through to her she is turning away business. I think they should loose those signs altogether or at least clip a paper under it saying "FOR YOU!" under the reserved sign.
This place is pavement and gravel, a scattering of trees, but mostly it is just asphalt in the front half and gravel and dust in the rear half. Friendly staff, and a "Manager Cat" named Mabel who is quite a character. Very limited items for sale in store. Ice when they do not forget to go buy some and restock it. Close to the Fair Grounds, but not easy walking distance since even though you can see it over the fence from your RV you can't walk there. You have to go a 1/4 mile around to the back gate if they will even let you in there. If your working the fair they generally will, if your attending it you have close to a mile to get to a gate that will allow you entrance. Walking distance to Buca de Bepo Italian, a couple chain Mexican watering holes, Panda Exp, Petes coffee, The Habit Burgers, (VERY GOOD), and a longer walk to Red Lobster and an Outback. Within a mile of Allied Trailer and many others if you need parts or want to shop for stuff, they also do service. Overstreet Auto also does RV work and they are within a mile or so. A visit to RV Doctor George is a treat and you might just find that widget or whatzit you have been looking for because he has been parting out trailers and RV's an buying out old and failing parts places for decades! Lots to do in Sacramento and surrounding area. Nothing to do at Cal EXPO RV Park.
I had stayed here in the past and found it somewhat crowded, and this stay was no different. The spots are somewhat hard to hit because some folks on the opposite side are right to the edge of the street, and trust me the spots are none too deep even for a 31' 5er like mine. My rear bumper was over the curb by a good three feet onto the small grass divide. (Hey, at least I did not have to run the stabilizer down as far.) Because the spots are so shallow, I had to park my truck next to the trailer and there was scant room for it and the other folks next door. I ended up with a door ding on my Pickup when the wind grabbed the door from the neighbor. Staff seemed friendly enough but I did not get the impression they know their park or their size limits very well. Spaces level side to side but not quite front to back, no biggie and it promotes drainage if it rains. Wind can come up in moments, so don't leave your awning out unattended while you go to the store. My neighbor almost lost his like that. I visit this park each year for a Convention in Vegas, so it is convenient and yet not in the thick of things. Food at Sam's is great, several good restaurants in the Casino, Great Buffet. The East Side Canery Casino next door, Across from Wal-Mart, and down the street from some RV supply places if you need to find some parts to fix stuff. Bus Transit stop nearby.
Very helpful and friendly staff. I had come here last minute after another park had booked me into a space I could not possibly fit into, and down the row from a guy who was literally tuning his fully unmufflered Supercharged Ski Boat (yes the kind with the 3 foot pipes coming off the header), at 9 p:30 PM no less. River Run was an oasis. Very VERY clean, well run, and the staff were more than helpful, considering I showed up without a reservation and had a rather large 5er to park and expand. Good Park and good neighbors, but it is not really walking distance to much to eat. Bike yes, car yes, walking is kind of limited. Nice path along the river, and amazingly clean bathrooms. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good location, not too far from the freeway, but far enough not to hear it much.
Great hot tub and pool. Pull through site was not that hard to negotiate, but it was less than easy. Good shade but sites are pretty close together in my row. I could not get my awning all the way out because I had to space the rig for the slideout. On the door side, I had a brand new 300K Class A Prevost next to me that was only there as a sales model for the RV show next door at the Fairplex. They set up some of the nicer ones at the RV Park, unfortunately the put me right next to one so I was a bit crowded. It was not like they did not have other spaces, but a minor point. I was here for a couple days and the park was really kind of nice. I did not see much activities for the kids, but a good pool area. Would stay again.
Stayed here during a maintenance issue on my truck, and was pleasantly surprised at how nice the place was. Nice pool, clean, etc. They had just done some asphalt work in the park, so the sand and sticky asphalt issues were somewhat of an issue, but not to the point of a major complaint. Friendly helpful staff. Near Boomtown Casino, and Cabella's Sporting Goods, and only minutes from Downtown Reno. Would stay again if I need a place in Reno, maybe for the Rib Cook Off.
We stayed here in July for a long weekend in our new Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler. There was a good line checking in and a bigger line by the time we finished checking in, so a very busy weekend. Great Park, cool in the summer months, great shade in most spots. Full Hookups including 50 amp and WiFi. We had an end space and it was worth the extra cost. It had a very nice bench, a porch swing, fire pit and a picnic table, great shade as I said, so much so we did not even put out the awning! Escort to site made hauling our very large and tall rig to the site much easier since he knew the corners and clearances better than the front desk folks. Lots of activities for the kids: petting zoo, ice cream social, pancake breakfast on Sunday, Hay Rides! They also offer guided tours of San Francisco through a company, so you can leave your rig and toad and get a good idea of the city before you start your in depth exploration. Lots to do in Petaluma: pretty town, very cool downtown area to explore.