Plus: Location is in a quiet neighborhood fairly close to the greater Big Bear community. Asphalt interior roads and parking pads. Mature pine trees scattered throughout. Picnic tables and fire rings. The few permanents appear clean and respectful. Large level sites - many are deep enough to accommodate the longest rigs and all are wide enough for slide outs. Extra space between sites (50 feet or so) adds a feeling of privacy. All hookups are easily accessed. Cable and Wi-Fi have good reception. Bathrooms are clean and relatively modern. No charge for using the shower. (Didn't see the laundry room if they have one) Minus: Older very plain RV park having no frills and no pull through sites. No grass or any attempts at landscaping. No office. The manager works out of her RV. Nothing of interest within walking distance. When asked, the manager had no maps of the area. The owner told me Hwy 18 up from Lucerne Valley had lots of switch backs but failed to tell me how Very Steep it is - up to 16% according to the California State Hwy sign. That is a factor that would prevent me from pulling my RV via that route again. Final analysis: Pine Tree RV Park is okay but if returning to the area I would check around to see what the competition had to offer.
Mother Nature and the State of Arizona have really done a great job at the City Of Rocks. The "Rock" formations seem to have an almost mystical quality which is felt as truly good Vibrations while the State has done a first class job in putting together a first class camping environment to go along with it. If you are going to be anywhere close then don't miss out on this one, especially if you have kids along or adults that still thing they are kids. I might add that both the park employees and the non compensated host were very polite and helpful.
The $25 rate was before Good Sam discount. They have a pressure washing station where I was able to wash my truck for no extra charge. One of the permanent residents washed my 32 foot 5th wheel for only $50. There is a very large hot tub located within the office/restroom/laundry building that is quite good. I gave this park a 10 because is is the best that this town has to offer which isn't much. Everything else I looked at were like parking lots. Holiday Palms RV park is the only park I would consider staying at if I ever had reason to find myself in Quartzsite.
The Bay Center/Willapa Bay KOA is located just off of highway 101 about 15 miles north of south Bend and 15 miles south of Raymond. The park is owner operated and good personal service was evident during our visit. The owner offered information regarding things to do in the area and came out to help spot me while I pulled into my site. The park’s gravel access roads and sites are all large, big rig friendly and easy to negotiate. The sites are boarder by grass and greenbelts populated by trees and shrubs native to the area. There is a short trail from the campground that takes you down to the beach. The really great attraction here is not so much the campground but is the picturesque village of Bay Center where the campground is located. We found Bay Center to be a charming fishing village that has yet to be discovered by any except the accidental tourist. The town appears to be dependant on the small fishing fleet and several oyster farms we passed on the way to the KOA. While there we enjoyed a good sea food dinner at the local restaurant and purchased a liter of freshly harvested local oysters from one of the oyster farms. Fellow RV’ers in a neighboring campsite had spent the day digging for clams on the nearby beach while others were enjoying crabs taken from the bay. We would advise anybody doing the Pacific coast trip or just looking for a great weekend camp spot to check out Willapa Bay and the KOA located at Center Bay.
Very clean and well managed. Not resort quality but a very good senior winter place to be. Lots of folks come back every year because of the very friendly guests and staff. I give it high marks for seniors wanting a good place to be in the winter.
I would have given this park a much higher rating then a 6 if it were not for these two complaints. Number 1. A family of 3 adults and 3 kids were watching the NASCAR races on their TV which they set up on the patio outside. The TV volume was up full blast and they were all yelling and screaming over the race. I complained about the noise to the security guard who said he would take care of it - but he didn't. Number 2. The pool had way too much chemicals in it and burned our eyes so that we couldn't use the pool. Other than these problems the park is first class.