I would have given this location a higher rating, except for mgmt's priorities when it comes to providing accessibility and improvements. I stayed out at the end of "K" section as it was the only location that I could get my Air Card (Internet) to work. "N" section access road had been washed out due to recent storms. When quizzed about when the road would be fixed, managers response was "when it stops raining." Further, "if you do want to park up in "M,N,P" sections, you do so at your own risk" meaning that you have to go all the way around the park to the Emergency Exit gate. If it rains "you may find yourself stranded-unable to leave or return to your RV and have to find alternate sleeping accommodations at your own expense!" Even in an case of a Medical Emergency, crews will NOT be dispatched to help you. You sign a statement to that effect, before being allowed to park out in these sections. Just why this preserve doesn't fix the road or simply CLOSE all access is almost beyond belief. However, for the two weeks I was there, they continued their projects of putting in a very extensive NEW underground irrigation system and building fences around some of the eyesores in this park. Over 75 sites had no working electric or water service down in the "K" section.
It's unlikely that I can add anything to the previous posters, except that I'm parked in the ONLY pull-through site on the property. And while it has only a 30 amp electrical service, it is isolated from the rest of the campground, and right next to the dump station (that looks as if it has never been used). It is so quiet and peaceful here that the most noise I heard was that of the wind and the squirrels. This was intended to simply be a stopover for one night on my way north, that with the help of one of the Park Rangers (super friendly guy), he was able to get me this site for TWO nights. This is my first time here, but certainly will return. It's like finding a "gem" that you never knew existed (and almost afraid to tell anyone else about) for fear I may never be able to get a spot again. The grass is lush green, and yes you can hear a train once in awhile, but it's the "quiet" that will probably get you more than the noise!
This is not a Big Rig friendly park and over half of the park is for long term residents. Rules are different for the long term users than for short-term guests. When I made my reservation I stated the total length of my rig and was told: "No problem you will have plenty of room to park your toad." WRONG. A 40ft motorhome and a Jeep Grand Cherokee cannot park all within the confines of their longest pull-through sites. While no one was parked within 10 sites down the row I was in for the entire 10 day stay, I wasn't allowed to park my car in the space next to mine unless I was willing to pay another $38/night. This was my first and LAST time that I will ever stay at this facility. One staff member was quite understanding and friendly, while the other staff member (seemed there was only two working in the store/reservations) was rude and told me NO when making certain requests that the other staff member had told me YES.
This is probably the friendliest Thousand Trails Preserve 21 out of 57 of them I've stayed in. The Staff was positively the helpful and their willingness to make my stay here was like no other. The other campers just seem to go out of their way to say hello and strike up a conversation when out walking. Within just a few minutes after I got parked in my space, my "new" next door neighbor came over and introduced themselves and for the next two weeks we did things both inside and outside the park together. I had never met these folks before but like me are snowbirds. They are from Vancouver Island while "home" for me is in Western Washington, just 175 miles apart, plus a little "pond" also known as the Straits of George. I'm really sorry to have to leave this wonderful area and all the new friends I've met. This is my 3rd visit, but will not be my last. I just can't understand anyone giving this location anything less than 5 stars. I guess they won't be using membership parks for very long--too bad--cause what Palm Desert lacks in gorgeous views with wide paved streets and plush grass (which cost upwards of $50/night or more, they more than make up for with dependable utilities and super friendly staff & guests.
I've reviewed all the older reviews, and one point I want to make is that the manager with the cowboy hat is no longer here. He has been replaced with two of the nicest people I know. Just this last year the owner has done some major upgrades to the park including widening the access roads and replacing asphalt pads up against the lake with concrete (32 this year and more coming next year). Grounds are very well maintained and the year-round people take "pride of ownership" as if they owned their own spaces. (I know because I became one of them this year, after a years' wait). Park is installing their own high speed Wi-Fi system and it will be FREE beginning about 8/20/08. A new shopping mall with a new Safeway Store is going in directly across the highway from the park. (Easy walking distance for most people.)
Welcome relief after spending 4 months at the "plush" Buckhorn Lake Resort. Unlike Buckhorn this park has a very extensive Cable channel network. Sites were a bit muddy and standing water in the one I was in, after Ice storm hit this area. I would return here in a heartbeat. Staff very friendly & helpful. They sell gasoline, diesel & propane at very reasonable prices with a well stocked store on site.
Found the park to be VERY quiet till the highway construction workers started working at 7AM. Highway noise was negligible and my RV site was alongside the southbound On-ramp to I-15. Others have rated this park and I almost didn't stay because people complained of highway noise. I have excellent hearing (not deaf). Will definitely stay here again.
Except for a few trains, very quiet park. Lots of very tall shade trees making Satellite & Internet very difficult. Recommend spaces 115 thru 121 if Satellite is required. 37 Cable channels included with site rental. A lot of extended stay rigs here. Park was created in 1959 but well maintained and very scenic. Have stayed here before and will return again.
Rates are whatever you want to negotiate. They claim to offer Escapees discount, but don't know who or what they are. Claim to be Passport America, but rates are no where near what directory says (they are much higher than all of the Camping Directories. This is okay for a one-night stand, but would never stay here again. Sites are level on large gravel. Park is POORLY maintained. Park is within 3 miles to the entrance to Dinosaur National Park. Lots of extended stay units (probably oil/gas field workers). No shade trees.
Came in as Passport America. This park is SO QUIET (well managed). I would even stay here as a NON-PA after my 4 day max. was exceeded. $30/day with 50amp electric or $178.50 weekly. Only 1/2 mile from highway but the animal life and scenery at park is spectacular. Great Satellite TV & Satellite Internet too. High speed Internet available in laundry room
Extremely quiet! No traffic noise (1/2 mile from lightly used highway. Majestic scenery, 14,000 foot mountains 3-5 miles away. Campground sits at 8,100 feet elevation. Very short season May 10-Sept 10 open. All sites have excellent access for Satellite TV and Internet.
This park has it all. They have cabins from $40-65/night. Fantastic full service cafe on-site. They offer Good Sam 10% discount and Escapees 15% discount year round. Sites are well established on gravel and can accommodate any size rig. They have extended stay sites. Almost all sites have clear view for either TV or Internet Satellite service. Lots of activities in the area.