We only stayed here because of the way we planned our trip to Yellowstone. We paid $45 for a 30 amp site (we had reserved 50 amp, but somehow they were sold out by the time we got there at 3pm). The reservation was screwed up to begin with because they had my name and address wrong when they sent the reservation summary out a week prior. Even after contacting them, it still wasn't right. I was told "that happens sometimes". The wi-fi didn't work, and I was told "it works better after 10pm and before 6am". Really? I wonder why. There is no grass to speak of which combined with the wind makes it extremely dusty. The amenities include a pool which is the size of some hot tubs, a game room consisting of a couple overpriced games, a half court, and a playground. Bottom line: we only needed it to sleep, and we probably won't stay here again.
I really liked this campground. I wanted to give it a higher grade except they did have a few annoyances that kept me from doing so. First, the wi-fi was intermittent. When it worked, it was great. It just wasn't reliable. Being this close to YNP, I'm sure lots of people like to come back and post their pics on the Internet but couldn't. Second, they need to cut back the tree limbs a bit and enforce people not parking in the roadways. A combination of these made it quite difficult to get out. Lastly, the price. I think $70 (with KOA discount) is a bit much considering we only used it to sleep. But if people are willing to pay it, why not charge it? There were some pluses to point out, too. The staff was courteous and nice. I didn't have any problems, but when people did, they handled the situation fairly from what I could tell. The store was well stocked. The activities were decent (pool, mini golf, playground, etc). They had s'mores nights which were free and appreciated as I expected to pay a fee like so many other KOAs that nickel and dime you to death. We didn't partake in the morning or night meals as we thought they were a bit pricey. Overall though, it was a nice place to stay, and we would consider it again.
I was not impressed with this CG at all. When we arrived at 2pm, there wasn't anyone in the office to receive us. I understand that family run CGs may require the employees to do other things but at least hang a sign. The water was down for the afternoon and most of the evening due to a mistake by an employee and it took five hours to fix. The playground was over run with weeds, rusted out equipment, and infested with a beehive. The mini golf they advertise was pathetic. How hard is it to take a broom to it once in a while? Then, there was a lawnmower cutting grass about 10 feet from our MH at 6am. Really?!?! The cable was so poor, only 3 channels came in well enough to watch. But the worst thing is the WiFi. When I went to tell the front office, the owner dialed the number to the provider and handed me the phone to deal with them. I'm sorry but this problem should be taken care of by the business not the customer. I usually like to add a comment about something good about every CG I have reviewed. This one is really tough. The power worked good. I guess that's a plus. Oh, and there wasn't much traffic noise from the highway considering how close we were to it.
This campground started off bad, got better on arrival, got worse again, and finished strong. I wasn't thrilled about the advertised price but it was the only CG available in the immediate area that offered what we needed. I arrived on a Wednesday night. I told them I was buying a new RV and that the next few nights we'd have the new one. However, they would not honor the free night stay because the coupon was "two nights for the price of one and we changed RVs". Then I was told it didn't matter because the Thursday was a part of a holiday weekend. After I mentioned "this will reflect in the review", the owner was sent over to my RV and he straightened it out. He gave us our discount but defended his policy. Overall, it is a well run CG with an owner that cares. The reason it only gets an 8 is because of the attitude from the woman behind the counter, the advertised price, and their holiday price policy. Beyond that, the facilities were great all around and it's well run. I think if they didn't have so many employees, they could probably knock the price down a bit.
Beautiful campground with lots of activities planned. I only wish we were staying long enough to enjoy them. We only stayed there long enough to sleep. The only reason why I give this CG a 9 and not a 10 is because it was so far off the beaten path. We were traveling down I-90 and needed a place to stay the night. Earlier posts were confirmed about using directions instead of the navigation system. However, this detour took us about 15 miles off our route. I highly recommend this campground if it fits into your itinerary.
The devil's in the details. This campground has all the right aspects to make it a top notch cg (decent staff, nice playgrounds, nice sites, etc.) but lost out due to some laziness. The staff was friendly, cg store was great, but that was it. To keep it simple, here's a list of rants that you can use to decide if these are important to you. Dirty bathrooms and showers, unskimmed pool, pool hours (closes at 8pm even though the sun is still up and it's 90+ degrees, and they do ask you to leave), no cable TV, no free WiFi, water hookups were on opposite side, and lastly and most annoyingly, it is right on the side of a highway. At $40 a night, these should not be issues. I know they can't do anything about the highway noise, but it was really loud and should be noted. The dirty bathrooms, dirty pools and stupid rules are inexcusable though. The cg sited insurance reasons for the rules but that still doesn't fly. Change insurance companies to please the customers if you have to.
I wanted so bad to give this campground a 9 but a few things held it back; non level sites, small sites, and sites weren't maintained very well (grass not cut, etc). I was greeted very kindly at the front desk. They gave me either a military discount (10%) or stay 3 nights get one free. I took the latter and actually stayed an extra night. The CG was very, very quiet as we were in the very back section. The pool was small but nice. They are very pet friendly. I really enjoyed the free BBQ on 3 Jul (they also have free waffles every morning). The only negative experience besides what I already mentioned was our next door neighbors decided to rev their motorcycle engines at 1:00 AM Sun morning. I can't ding the CG for this but I can tell you I was quite upset. Overall it was a great CG that needs to work on the details to become a top notch CG. I don't understand why they were nearly empty on a holiday weekend.
Let me start off by stating that I expect to get basic service and amenities at every campground we visit. It's the details that set every campground apart. This campground was great on the phone, great checking in (we came in late, so checked in next morning), and the price was right. I was able to select my campsite (which I really like) and chose one in the very back of the campground for peace and quiet. The site wasn't exactly level but we were told that when we chose the site, so we can't complain about that. They have a very established nature trail that we used a lot. As I alluded to earlier, it's the details the make or break a campground for us. Here are the reasons this campground didn't get a 10: Wi-Fi was a strong signal but really slow: we sometimes waited 5 minutes for a page to load. The cable TV signal was bad: they knew about it but couldn't fix it and didn't tell us ahead of time. The playground could be nicer, no nets on the basketball hoops (again details), and there's some pretty tight turns. I would certainly stay here again as well as recommend this place to anyone. It just has a few things to fix in my opinion. Also, if you decide to come here, watch out for the giant pothole at the entrance.
Our experience here didn't start off well and didn't really get any better. It started off with a very rude attendant in the office. First of all, when she brought up the reservation, she asked me about my dog. She asked if I had the vaccination paperwork for him. When I said no, she got upset and said I had to fill out an affidavit about my dog, what his name is, what his vet's name is, where his vet is located, what kind of dog it is, what color he is, and many more. I thought this was overkill, but then she said that if I would have brought the paperwork I wouldn't have to do it. That's when I told her that it's not on their website. Then she gave me the rules listing. It was two pages long. Then she got mad at me for not knowing the license plate number for my vehicles (the other lady was very nice and went to get them for me while I was filling out paperwork). Then, when I told her I needed another windshield tag for the second vehicle, she said there wasn't two vehicles on the reservation. That's when I said "well, I don't know what to tell you, but there is." Her response was to repeat herself. What exactly am I supposed to come back with for that? Anyway, after I convinced her to give me a second tag, she wouldn't give it to me. I had to have my wife, in the other car come into the office to get it herself. The biggest things I disliked about this CG are the hundreds of rules. There is even a rule that your sewer hose must extend at least 6 inches down the pipe. You have to have some rules, got it. But they take it to the extreme. Also, it states on their website that you can bring your own canoe or kayak. However, there are signs up saying you can't use your own and must rent at $35 a day. They didn't have internet and the cable didn't work. The site wasn't level (luckily I had enough blocks). I echo previous posts about not having much for kids. I thought this CG was going to be promising. It has a great location next to a lake that you can't utilize to swim in or boat in (without paying for it). It was pretty quiet but that doesn't justify the price. What am I getting for my money? A pool and a view? I didn't use the restrooms/showers but my wife said they weren't clean. The cons definitely outweigh the pros and I will probably never stay here again.
I gave this campground a 6 because it does my number one pet peave of any campground. It nickel and dimes you for everything it can. I paid $75 a night and they wanted me to pay $5 a day for wifi? I thought that was ridiculous. The hotel down the street was advertising $59 a night and free wifi. They also advertise all of these great events for kids. What they don't tell you is that you have to pay for all of them. Some are $2 and some are $10. But they should all be included for $75 a night. Especially the mini-golf. They wanted $2 per person and the course looked like it hadn't been touched by a broom in a year. There are many sites along the river but they were all used by seasonals. Don't advertise it if you can't provide it to non-seasonals. On the bright side, it was quiet and it had a nice big field to play in. But that is not enough to make up the difference. I will only stay here again if I needed to stay in this area (which I probably won't).
You must be active duty or retired military to use this campground. Where do I start? I guess I'll start with the one good thing, which is the price. You just can't beat the price. Now for the bad, and the list is lengthy, so I'll just list them out. The sites aren't maintained at all, trash on the ground, office is only open 2 hours a day, no playground, horrible road (potholes everywhere), no Wi-Fi, no cable TV, tons of road noise from the road next to base, seasonals that have been here for years (supposed to be a two week max), and tons of bugs (mosquitoes). The last isn't because of being on the east coast in a humid environment either. It's because of all of the standing water. I have stayed here before out of necessity, this time was for airshow. There will not be a next time. The Air Force really needs to put some money into this campground instead of the 36 hole golf course which drains all the money away.
This park had a lot of promise; nice canopy of trees, wide sites, nice playground and pool, etc. But it failed in a couple of key areas. However, it ties in with the next one that I requested a site away from the highway, yet when I got there for late check-in, a sign told me (anyone) to pick a spot with a dot on it. There were two and the one away from the highway was taken. So I sat on the highway with jake-brakes waking me up all night long. In the morning, I found out that they had set aside a good site for me and they told me if I had called in, they would have told me what site it was. I didn't know I had to call in otherwise I would have. Just thought this was bad business. They did offer to move us, but between not wanting to completely disconnect and move again and not being convinced it would have made a difference for the noise anyway, we stayed put. had to put my jack as high as possible to get nearly level. Lack of cable was annoying in that there wasn't much to watch on Sat/Sun morning but info-mercials.
Only #2 in the nation? This park is fantastic and I can't imagine how any other park can beat this one. The hosts are terrific. The grounds are beautiful. The price is right. There are many fun activities for families and kids to do. They have a huge playground, mini-golf, basketball hoop, volleyball net, horseshoe pit, pool, fire pits, arcade, etc. My only complaint would be it's proximity to the highway and the noise from it, but it doesn't bother me at night because the a/c is usually on. Also, some people like the cg to be close to highways for easy on, easy off access. I have rated many campgrounds here and this is my first 10 that I have given. I can see why it's top rated and would recommend it to anyone.
This park is very nice. The people at the front desk were very friendly. They explained everything very well. I do wish they had more slots available. I had to choose between 50 amp with no sewer or 30 amp with full hookups but very tight quarters(so tight the slideouts might pose a problem). But I can't necessarily hold that against them. They might be trying to offer more alternatives for people that don't want to pay full price. Speaking of full price, it is very expensive to stay there. I think they are justifying the price by having so many recreational activities available. They have a petting zoo, go kart rentals, etc. I don't need all of that but it seems that I am paying for it anyway. I also want to comment on the highway noise. While it doesn't bother us for sleeping because we usually have the A/C or fans on, if you want to sit and relax outside, the noise is very noticeable and disturbing. The good: beautiful campground, nice staff, good Wi-Fi, good cable. The bad: price, need more dumpsters, early checkout (11am), highway noise. I would probably stay here again even with the price, which is overpriced. But the location and friendly staff make it ALMOST worth it.
I really wanted to rate this campground better than I did. I was excited to see that the whole campground was under a canopy of trees and according to the listing in Woodall's, they offered everything we wanted in a campground. However, it was a rocky start. The person checking us in (I think it was the owner) was not the friendliest person I've dealt with. She wanted me to fill out an address on the check in form. Well, I'm military moving across country and I'm living in my MH, so I don't have one. She said a box address would be fine. I don't have one. Then she said I must have something. Well, I don't. Then she wanted an old address. I don't understand how and why that would make a difference. Her attitude about this is what upset me. Therefore, I started to get an attitude back and threatened to go to another park. I know it wasn't a big deal but I hold customer service in very high regards. I feel it can make up for many shortfalls. Then she changed her mindset and became compliant and allowed me to not list an address. She said it was because in case the police needed to find me they would have a place to start. Well, she had my license plate number, phone number and credit card information. What more do you need? Anyway, the pros are as follows: cable, wifi, and very quiet. The cons: customer service, strange lot configuration, owner's dog (while very friendly) ran loose all the time. Would I stay here again? Probably not, but this cg isn't too bad for an overnight.
Great place to stay overnight. Staff was nice. Nothing bad to say for an overnight. However, they are lacking in facilities. While it's great they have wifi(I'm using it now), they need cable tv in every spot and a better playground. It can also be loud sometimes with the truck stop nearly across the street. I would stay here again without a question, but only overnight. But then again, most people don't stay for an extended period of time in Tucumcari NM unless they live there.
For the price, you can't beat this campground. Unfortunately, you have to be military or government employee to use this campground. They don't have many pull-through spots (20 or so) and the Wi-Fi is only good on half of them. But it's clean, well-maintained, and very quiet. I also wish they had a limit for non-active duty people using the facilities. I am active duty and on orders, and I have to use the overflow (non pull-through slots) because they are full for the weekend.
I'm really trying to like this park. This was the second time we've stayed there. We like the lake and the hiking. People are surprisingly quiet on a holiday weekend for a county park. The price is right and being first come first served made it a great option for late planners. Here are my gripes: They have a window for checking in, however they don't use it. I was asked to pull ahead so I don't block one of the two lanes entering the park. There were already too many cars parked in the "pull ahead" area, and nobody was beside me or behind me. When I asked where I was supposed to pull ahead to and mentioned all the spots were filled, he told me "it doesn't matter, I just don't want you blocking the lane". My response was "so it's ok to block the lane as long I do it down the road and have to walk all the way back?". I don't think he was getting the concept, but that's ok. This was a minor complaint. My biggest complaint was about all the extra fees they charge. They charged us $10 a day for our car. If it were towed in, it would have been included. It would have been towed if my didn't have to run to the store really quick. I wanted to just disconnect the RV, take it outside the park, connect it up, and drive back through. But they said I'd still have to pay. I also have a well trained golden retriever (which couldn't hurt a fly if he tried) and I had to pay $3 a day for him. Did he really cost the park $3 a day in "maintainance"? Not to mention the constant baggering about being on a leash. So, the extra charges, the constant baggering and lack of firepits in the full hookup area are the reasons this rating is a 7.
Terrific park! We stayed here while getting some work done on our MH at CW. Simple check in, nice pool, and well maintained facility are just a few of the great assets of this park. They have a nice restaurant that is nice enough that many locals tell us they go there just to eat. If you want, they offer free delivery to your RV. They even provide you with a free newspaper on your doorstep every morning. We didn't notice any road noise at night, and only heard the train once. The next morning we were going to go to CW, but one of our hydraulic jacks wouldn't raise up. A very nice gentleman in a golf cart (not sure if he is the owner, manager, or employee) got a 6 foot long pry bar we could borrow to get the jack raised. It worked and we were on our way. We were planning on going back home after the work was done on our MH, but we liked the park so much, we decided to stay one more day. I would also like to add that if you don't have a computer with you for their wifi, they have four computers inside that are already logged in for use. If I ever come through Bakersfield again, I would definitely stay here again. I don't give out many tens because I feel there is always room for improvement. So my real rating is 9.5 with the only drawback being lack of shade.
Pros: Quiet, nice location, nice facilities, friendly staff. Cons: Horrible pet areas, no option for fire pits, cable has static on a few of the 20 channels. I stayed in a premium spot that costs a little extra but I feel it was worth the extra money. It provided a little extra room on the side of the RV. I wanted to mark the score down to 8 because the pet areas were so bad but because not everyone would be affected by it, I decided to give it a 9. The sand used stinks from what might be years of pet use. All they would need to do is freshen up the area by laying new sand down.
Overall, I liked the park. It is very family friendly with lots of activities to do, close to the beach, and the front desk personnel were very friendly. The only reasons why it didn't get a ten was their lack of discounts, military, Good Sam or AAA, and the fact that the park doesn't allow customers to choose their site. The way they choose sites for you is by the time you made the reservation. I don't think this is fair because not everyone can predict and plan a trip 8+ months in advance to get the good spots. I would have even paid a little more money to get a spot closer to beach. Instead, I was 100 feet from Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway, listening to cars all night long. I know they can't move their location, but charging different rates for the better spots would allow for the possibility of getting a better or prefered spot. The loud cars and lack of being able to choose the spots may not be a big deal to some and for those people reading this review that feel that way, consider it a 9.
I really can't complain too much about this CG. There really wasn't any major problems to speak about. But there were some little annoyances that add up to me ultimately not enjoying our time there. Some of them are under the control of the CG, some weren't. First of all, it was hot. I mean really hot. Every day was over 100 degrees. This is the aspect that isn't under their control. However, not allowing people to enjoy the lake (i.e. swim in the lake) is ridiculous. "No human contact allowed" is well marked all over the place. I don't understand this. I understand it's the primary drinking source for Santa Barbara, but I would hope they would still treat the water regardless before it hits Santa Barbara homes. If a bear can take a dip in the water, why can't I? The second issue I had was with the fees. Sure I got two dollars off my rate being military. But $6 a day to have a car there is ridiculous. If you tow the vehicle in, you don't have to pay anything. But if you drive it in, $6 a day. Then they want $3 a day for my dog. Are you kidding me? What does the dog do that makes the CG spend time, effort, or money on the fact that my dog was there? I picked up his messes, not them. An then there's the pool. I have been to park pools before where you had to pay to swim. I'm good with that. But it's not a flat rate here. It is a dollar per hour of use, per person. If you get a family of 5 that wants to cool off in the pool, your paying $5 an hour. When you do that for two hours a day times 5 days, that's $50 in pool fees. The last bit that annoyed me was when I registered. They gave me a list of open spaces I could choose from. As I went through, there were many open spots that weren't on the list that I would have rather had, but they didn't offer them and they couldn't give me a valid reason why when I asked. I think they were holding them for friends personally. Overall, it was a decent CG with better than average security. Would I go back? Maybe when it's not so hot and we could enjoy the couple of trails they have and do some kayaking on the lake. For the money though, you won't find a nicer CG in this area.
Location is perfect! Beautiful views, away from the city, close enough to enjoy the city, these are just a few of the things we enjoyed about the park. Of course there are the same two negatives that everyone else has mentioned: cost and space. There are really only two RV parks within a short distance of San Francisco. While $76 a night is cheaper than staying in a hotel in SF, I think they are price gouging because of their location. We didn't use any of the facilities and noticed that not many other people used them either. For simply parking the RV for the night, cable (which was poor quality and only 20 or so channels), power, and sewer, the owners are certainly rolling in the dough as the place was packed. With the amount of money they are charging and how busy it was, I can understand from a business perspective why they don't cut back on available spots to provide more space. People (like me) are spending the money anyway. But the spaces are REALLY TIGHT! The facilities (what I used or saw anyway) were clean and well maintained. Checking in and out was a breeze as well. Regardless of what you drive into town (toad or pull vehicle) consider taking the taxi. We were planning on taking a taxi to the MUNI station a few miles away, but the park has a deal with a local cab company and for $30 to Pier 39 and the return trip is $35, why not use it. Heck, it will cost you $25 a day just to park you vehicle up there plus gas, wear and tear, and possible accident (they are crazy drivers). Just make sure you call about 45 minutes before you need them. Would I recommend this place? Yes, if they wanted to visit SF on a budget. This park gets an 8 only because of price and space.
The good things: beautiful campground, good rates for the area, nice courteous staff, discount for military and for paying cash, quiet. The bad things: pool only open on weekends (how hard is it to open a pool for the day?), lack of play area for dogs or kids (I'd like to see a small grassy field or something), horrible pothole at the entrance nobody tells you about until after you hit it (no worries if coming from other direction, but not told), restrooms had no soap or paper towels, showers had to be turned on every 15 seconds, stream isn't much of a stream. Overall: It is a nice place if you want peace and quiet and don't have dogs or kids. It would be nice if they invested in WiFi Internet.