Stayed two weeks in the park II. Park is split into two parks across the street from each other. Park II is for rigs up to 28' in length, park I is for anything bigger with sites that are either 21' or 42" in width. Full hook ups with 60 cable channels and Wi-Fi throughout both parks. Cable clarity was good and Wi-Fi was excellent except when park II was full. Locked restroom/showers in both parks, laundry only in park II. One block to city park. One fourth mile to beach. Five minutes to Embarcadero and tourist area of Morro Bay. I've stayed in 7 of the about 10 RV park/campgrounds in MB and for money and what you get this is the best deal. The park is clean, quiet and well kept. Management, day and night are friendly and responsive. Free coffee and brownies in the office in the AM. My next reservation is already made.
Stayed here one night on the way to Morro Bay. I found this park to be very nice. Most of the amenities in one place one could expect to find in a park of this size. Appeared to be well maintained. Many planned weekend activities. Stayed in area called "Basic plus". It's dry camping on grass under large lush trees. Each site is surrounded by it's own little split rail fence with a picnic table and backs up to a riverbed. I was the only trailer in there, all other sites were occupied by tents. Very quiet in that area of the park. Wi-Fi reception is throughout park and is excellent.
A typical state beach campground. Very busy at this time due to summer vacation. Surrounding landscape scenery is very nice with lots of large trees and shrubs. Beach access is easy especially if you're camped at the front of the park. Could be a long walk if you're in the back. Thought it would also be quieter in the back due to less pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Many choices for beach areas depending on what your pleasure may be. Great area for tide pooling as it is very close.
Nightly rate is derived from a monthly rate for a full hook-up site. Electricity is metered and charged at 25 cents per KWH. Park is located very close to absolutely all commercial amenities yet is still located in a beautifully wooded area. Some sites are located to a busy county road. Wi-FI is excellent and so is digital over the air TV. There is a pool and a 9 hole mini golf. Nice store with a good supply of items and propane is also available. Owners are very nice and helpful.
My second stay at Belle in Joshua Tree National Park. I prefer it to the other campgrounds because of it's seclusion. It's also the smallest campground in the park with only 18 sites. Makes it nice and quiet. If you want to climb and boulder, you can do it right here or you can travel a short distance to another area in the park to do that. Saw no kids as usual. There are no 40 footers in here, they couldn't make it around the boulders. There is no water, thus no showers in campground. You get a table, bbq and firepit at your site. You also get some awesome views out into the wilderness of Joshua Tree in every direction. It is located within minutes of everything there is to do and see in Joshua Tree. Be sure and reserve a tour of the historic Keys ranch, it is very interesting. Spent 5 wonderful days and hopefully will return again soon.
Have stayed in this park a number of times and always enjoy it. State staff and volunteer hosts are friendly and efficient. I do wish that the staff would clean everyone elses junk out of the fire pits out between stays. Other than that, everything is very clean. AT&T Wi-Fi is available with their pay for use service, signal is strongest at entry gate. Free Wi-Fi in library parking lot in town. Dark skies and lots of stars to see each night. Many hiking trails are available. Palm Canyon trailhead is right in the campground and is a wonderful 3 mile roundtrip hike to the "Fan Palm Oasis." There is a wonderful visitor's center 7/10 of a mile away which can be accessed by car or a nice paved hiking/biking trail.
Really nice park for beach views from bluffs which the park sits on. It's a short walk down 1 of 2 steep paved walks to the sand. The beach is very nice and wasn't busy at all. All view sites are in the non hook-up area of the park. The hook-up sites are all pull-through and are OK, but certainly nothing special and not at all private. The three nicest hook-up sites that are closest to the bluff just happen to be occupied by the volunteer campground hosts. If I were to ever stay here again I would stay in the non hook-up for view and a bit more privacy. There are showers and flush toilets there also.
This was our 2nd visit to this park which has outstanding views of the ocean from most sites. It is a steep but short walk or bike ride to the day use beach area, but you can also just drive down there with ample parking. There are shade ramadas and tables for picnics along with showers and restrooms in the day use area. You can hear the waves crashing on the beach at night from the campground which is very relaxing, along with the coyotes in the canyon singing their lonely hearts out. It is a close drive to everything.
Have stayed here many time many times now. For beach front or close to beach it's my favorite. It's just a 4 row asphalt parking lot with no hook-ups. There is one water spigot to fill your tank when you arrive or run out. The ocean beach is wonderful and the bayside beach is just as nice. You can access either one very easily depending on your desired activity. Very close to Coronado or Imperial Beach for anything you may need.
1st time at this park, but certainly not the last. I usually go to Mammoth for the mountains but this is just as nice and a lot closer to home for a So Ca local like me. Park was quiet and clean. Saw lots of hosts/maintenance people at work. Everything you need is not more than a 10 minute drive to the city of Big Bear. Very close hike to lake with nice paved hiking/biking trail. Many hiking trails in the area.
Very nice place to stay for a few days as long as you don't want to camp right on the beach. The beach is close enough but it is a steep paved walk but you can drive down and back up very easy. The campground is the states newest so the vegetation between sites is small. I stayed in site 12 which is an accessible and it can be a little tight for backing in especially if you have the max size rig of 38' which I don't. Be sure and read all of the restrictions before booking, there are a lot of them. Awesome views of the ocean-at-large. Saw many pods of dolphins during the day feeding in the surf as I walked the beach. There were two men surf fishing with no luck. There are no shells to collect on the beach. The beach is excellent for swimming.
Stayed in site #6 which is a pull-through with 30amp electric and water hook-ups. There are no sewer hook-ups in park unless you are a host. There is however a sanitary dump located at the back end of the park. Site #6 is located directly across from a restroom/shower. The showers were all free this time because of a "no hot water guarantee". They were fine all week but there was a day of very little water pressure. Site 6 is directly across the street from the Morro Bay Yacht harbor and actually has a view of the water. The state nature museum is walking/biking distance and is free to registered campers, the kids will love it. The Morro Bay Golf Course is next door to the campground. Canoe and kayak rentals are across the street from the campground or you can launch your own there or at 3 or 4 other very close places. A walk/bike into downtown or the embarcadero is about 1.5 miles and is very nice during the week, a bit busy on the weekends. The host drive through the campground several times a day selling bundles of oak wood and kindling. The ranger comes through once at night. A fairly quiet campground except on the weekends when it's usually full. My $25 rate reflects 1/2 off hook-up rate.
I agree with with nearly all said by previous July 2011 reviewer. There are 33 sites including 1 hike/bike site and 1 accessible site #3 which is the only pull through site and the only site currently with 30 amp service and water but no sewer. Stayed 7 nights Sunday to Sunday. Best time is Sunday through Thursday as park is empty. Friday and Saturday is completely full and a bit of a madhouse. State Park staff and campground volunteer host are very friendly and attentive to the park. Ranger makes nightly drive/walk through entire park looking for troublemakers. Restrooms and showers are cleaned 2-3 times each day. Trailer limit is 24 feet. There is a small nature trail surrounding the park.
This campground is part of the Inyo National Forest and is reservable through Recreation.gov. There are no showers, but there are clean flush toilets and sinks with cold running water. There was also soft soap provided. The hosts are super friendly and very helpful. Very nice creek (Coldwater Creek) runs down both sides of campground where you can fish for rainbow and brook trout.
In addition to full hook-ups, location is what makes this park awesome. If you're visiting Death Valley, it pretty much puts you right in the middle of everything you would want to see during your visit. I was there for a week and was out everyday in every direction. Great to be able to come back to full hook-ups, store, restaurant, bar, 24 hour gas. Very friendly and professional staff. No reservations accepted.
Decent park with friendly staff. Pool and spa were drained which was a disappointment, don't know if this a seasonal thing. Coffee shop menu looked Ok but didn't try it. Dining room appeared to be closed up, again maybe seasonal. Casino was small but friendly. Great location for visiting Ash Meadows Wildlife Preserve. Nice pond between casino and RV park with lots of friendly hungry ducks. There are also two mules, 1 goat and 1 huge heifer cow which are all very friendly and looking for a handout.
This is an awesome place to camp in the desert. Quiet and serene. There is a wonderful visitors center that you can drive or hike to 1/2 mile from the campground. Many places to hike or go 4 wheeling. Was blessed to see 9 Peninsular bighorn sheep, 5 rams and 4 ewes all at the same time while hiking the Palm Canyon trail. There are only 400 left in the US and only 275 in the park. They are on the endangered list, see them while you still can.
Waterfront sites are on a bluff above the beach accessable by stairs. Absolutely wonderful views. The beach is very long and deep especially at low tide. Dogs are allowed on the beach as long as you are below tower #16. There is a store and a taco shop in the campground and also a surf school for beginners. This is a major surfing beach.
Doheny is a very nice state beach. A beach front (premium) site is a must for the full effect. Many of the beach front sites can flood on rainy days. Maintenance personnel (state employees) are visible all day cleaning and repairing as needed. Campground "hosts" are invisible. I never saw one come out of their rigs over an entire week to do anything such as to enforce the park rules. There is absolutely no enforcement of the no dogs on the beach, or on a 6' leash rule. There is absolutely no enforcement of the no generator use between 8PM and 10AM. Of course there must always be campers who just feel they are exempt from the rules and hosts who feel it's not their job to enforce them.
Beautiful desert setting with awesome sandstone pillars directly behind the campsites. Only 4 sites occupied out of 50. Might be the price considering you can camp for free outside the park in BLM land.
This is a beautiful setting in the shadow of Mount Whitney and the Alabama Hills. Fishing is awesome in the Tuttle Creek. You have to fish it like a snake looks for food, in every little hole but there are some beautiful wild trout to be found. The is a BLM campground.
Sites are not well defined or numbered. Fishing was poor from the shoreline. Boat ramp is closed due to Inyo County budget cuts. Campground is to be run by private concession in the future with electric and water being added at sites with a price increase of course. Rates will be going up to $14.00 even without any improvements. Don't know what rate will be with improvements. OK for overnight stop.
Have stayed at Brown's many times. This is strictly for those who like to fish. Dry camping with store, grill, showers, restrooms, fish cleaning sink and laundry. All very basic but gets the job done very well. Fishing was good for rainbows but no spawning browns right up until the campground closed for the season on 9/30. Personnel are very friendly. I will definitely be back next season.
Nice campground but could use more trash cans. Fishing is very good in creek which runs behind some of the sites. Stayed in #57 this time at the end of the loop which puts you as far back into the campground as you can get. The hosts were very friendly and actually delivered firewood to your sites. Left earlier then planned due to the rain and snow coming a bit early.
Stayed in a beachfront site this time vs an inland site last stay, the only way to go, but you must book ahead. Stayed in #104 (which was the old #105) it gives you some separation from the next rig as there is an emergency vehicle lane between you and the next site #103, which is a handicap site. Lifeguard station #5 is in your line of site to the beach but it really isn't a big deal. As usual, tons of shells to pick up including those elusive black sand dollars. The navy seals were very active in training on the beach all week which is always interesting. Several pods of dolphins spotted headed up and down the coast. Also spotted very easily the newest nuclear powered aircraft carrier the Ronald Reagan doing sea trials right off the coast after its last sprucing up. Lots of naval activity, air and sea, to watch all day long. Great place to relax on the beach.
If you want to RV on the beach, backed right up to the sand with full hook-ups, this is the place. Size limited, though, to 24', and there are only 23 sites like that (124-146 Santa Rosa Campground). You can park up to a 30' rig if you can be one row from the beach. Absolutely wonderful beach for sunbathing, swimming, playing, boogie boarding, surfing, surf fishing. Very few shells though if that's your thing. You will see dolphins and seals cruise by all day long. Amtrak comes by several times a day but that's all part of the fun. Everything close right outside the gate.
For a regional park in Orange County, this is an excellent place for local camping. There are some areas of the Live Oak campground I would be hesitant to drive or tow a large rig though due to the low lying branches of the live oak trees. There are so many hiking trails to choose from. There is another campground, Ortega Flats which is located within this same park which is much more acceptable to large rigs and has electrical hook-ups some with 30 and some with 50 amps for an additional $6.00 per night. It is only a very short drive to San Juan Capistrano and the coast.
Absolutely no services whatsoever other than trash dumpsters, so make sure your water tank is full and your grey and black are empty if you'll be staying a while. You can't get any closer to the beach then this. They actually have to close this park at times with high water levels. I never slept so well with the sound of the waves crashing all night, very soothing. No enforcement of the dogs must be on leash or no dogs on the beach rule. Great place to swim, surf, surf fish or just sit and stare at the water.
This is a very family oriented park. If lots of kids and dogs bother you, stay somewhere else. Close to everything important while staying in Morro Bay. Right across from the beach and an outstanding view of the Rock.
I have been coming to this park for 50 years. It is an awesome place if you like to fish or just like to stare at some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. Stargazing is beyond compare. It is situated in the middle of the Long Valley Caldera on the upper Owens River at 7000' elevation. There are no trees in this area, just awesome 360 degree views of the mountains. If you like to catch trout, it's the best, Rainbows and German Browns. Check the sport fishing regulations for special fishing regulations at different times of the year. They have a well equipped store, friendly helpful staff (Rhonda), fish cleaning and freezing facilities and trailer storage during their open season 4/25-9/30.
This is a 4 row, asphalt parking lot located right on the beach. There are absolutely no hook-ups, but fresh water is available for your rig upon your arrival so you don't have to transport it. You must be fully self contained to camp here. The current gate hours are 8am to 8pm and they are locked tight from 8pm to 8am, so if you are planning to stay late at Sea World for the fire works, don't! Has an awesome beach for swimming, fishing and shell collecting. Lots of naval ships going by to look at. It is 5 minutes to downtown Coronado for eating and shopping. Great place to just relax.
Have camped here many times over the years. It is an awesome place just for the scenery alone. Fishing in Convict Creek behind our campsites #58 & #59 was outstanding, limited out each day. Didn't fish the lake this time but heard the fishing was very good. Great for place families, the kids will love it. Only a few minutes away to Mammoth Lakes for all of your shopping needs. Central to all sights to be seen. My only complaint is that there needs to be more dumpsters located around the campground and not just at the restrooms. We're self contained so we don't use the restrooms and camp as far away from them as possible. Make your reservations early.
This is a great campground considering it is a regional park. There is a large assortment of differing types of sites available, including a limited number (8) of pull-through sites up to 118'. Great for families with kids as there is lots of room to roam. There is also a nature center which is currently open only on weekends, which again is very nice for a regional park. Lots of hiking, biking and horsetrails. There are mountain lions, so be careful! Last sighting was 01/09/10!
The $34.00 rate is based on pay for 6 nights get the 7th free at $40 per night for a premium space. This park could not be located in a better spot for someone who wishes to see the sights of San Diego. Not more than 15 minutes to any of the major sites. You don't even have to get on the freeway to get to Sea World which is visible from the park. The park is spotless and well maintained. Entry and exit are gate controlled with complete perimeter fencing. Security patrols the park and the adjoining two mobile home parks continuously. There are 6 price levels of sites available depending on your location preference. If you spend a lot of time in your rig, I would highly recommend the bay view sights as they are located on the west side of the park with an unobstructed view of Mission Bay. #36 is an end unit with only one neighbor and outstanding views. There is a card controlled pedestrian gate right there which will allow you access to all of the pedestrian walkways along Mission Bay. There is a also a private beach and launch ramp on the eastern perimeter of the park great for the kids to burn off some energy and to launch your toys. There are limited laundry facilities. There is no pool, spa or clubhouse if you are looking for those. The office staff and security are very friendly and very helpful in all matters. The cable TV is basic and I would rate it below average only because of the somewhat poor reception. I would most definitely stay here again.
In Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Not actually in Borrego Springs but only about a beautiful 15 minute drive away. Two hiking trails located right outside the gate with some wonderful desert scenery. 27 sites on 10 acres within a grove of Tamarisk trees. Hot showers which you need quarters to use. Restrooms/showers were very clean. Rangers were very friendly. There is a table, shade ramada and a fire pit/grill at each site. Sites are asphalt with dirt surround for tent use.
This is a very nice RV Park. I stayed in the lower level, Space #2. I was right next to the beautiful heated pool and spa which I used daily. The showers and restrooms, laundry and clubhouse are also right there. The showers and bathrooms are very nice. The office staff is very friendly. The sites are somewhat private with lots of mature shrubbery in between each of them. Very close to The San Diego Wild Animal Park, 6 miles and about 30 miles from the San Diego Zoo.
Packed in like sardines. Pricey but typical for this close to the ocean, 150 yard walk to the beach. The staff is very friendly and you are guided to your site with help backing in or pulling through with a full explanation of your utility hook-ups. Sites are narrow and close together with no privacy in between. Easy off/on and close to I-5. OK for an overnight stay. State oceanside parks in area would be much better for extended stays.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just completed a major $500,000 rehabilitation of this campground. I stayed here for 4 days and found it wonderful. The campground was empty except for the volunteer hosts who were very hospitable. It did pick up a bit on Friday, but was nearly empty again after that. Even with the deluge of rain the previous week, the BLM had already come in and regraded every road from where the blacktop ends at Irwin road through out the entire area. If you like colorful rock formations, hiking, rockhounding, clear black skies at night for star gazing this is your place. It's $6.00 a night but with an America the Beautiful pass, it's only $3.00 a night. I wasn't fortunate enough to spot any wildlife other than birds, but the scenery alone is awesome. Some really nice fossils can be seen also such as camel tracks.
Excellent central location for exploring the park. Stayed here for five days. A very short walk to visitor's center which is very nice for daily led ranger programs. The museum is very nice and they also have a well stocked gift shop. The visitor's center along with many other areas within the park are on the list for a major rehabilitation thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Federal Lands Enhancement Act. Look for this to all take place over the next 24 months.
Stayed in full hook-up site #A22 just outside of main circle, made things a bit more private. Park is clean and well equipped for what it is. Sites outside of circle were a bit rough due to recent seven days of steady rain. Price is reasonable only because it includes admission to Ghost Town. Was a good stopover on the way to Death Valley National Park.
This is the only campground in Joshua Tree National Park located on the south-side of the park. It is located within the Colorado Desert side of the park. There are 62 sites in two loops. The sites are all dry. There are flush toilets and sinks with cold water only. There is a trail head within the 1/4 mile leading to some exceptional desert hiking where you may view the remnants of an old mill site, mine and a palm oasis. If you're lucky you'll see some big horn sheep getting a drink. There is also a trail to Mastodon Peak with some exceptional views of the Salton Sea and the Coachella Valley. There is a dump station. This campground is big rig friendly with spaces up to 55'.
This campground is commonly referred to as Luiseno Campground. There are campsites with no hook-ups, just water hook-ups, and electric, water and grey water hook-ups. There is a free dump station for paid campers. You can operate generators between 10AM and 8PM. There are many things to do at this recreation area primarily centered around water activities ie; boating, swimming, fishing (catfish, trout and bluegill). There is also horseback riding and hiking trails. There is also a very nice regional Indian museum within the grounds overlooking the lake.
This park is now under new management. The two gentlemen who are managing the day to day operations of the park are outstanding in regards to customer service. They helped me guide my rig into its space and pointed out all of the utility hook-up points. They explained the park amenities and gate hours. They were also able to provide me with fax service an envelope and a postage stamp. This is a small park with very few amenities, but it appears well maintained and is very easy to enter and exit. There is only one pull-through site and it is occupied by a long-term guest. There weekly rate is $162.00. It is a great place to stay if you are visiting Joshua Tree National Park and want full hook-ups as there are none in the National Park.
Belle Campground is an awesome place if you are looking for the ultimate in dry camping with marked spots and few amenities. The desert scenery is fantastic. This is one of the smallest campgrounds in the National Park with only 18 spots. Ryan Campground one mile away with 15 spots, is the smallest. You can get big rigs into Belle but carefully through the narrow entrance. I have a 15' travel trailer and was able to maneuver through the campground quite easily. Campground does not get a lot of people driving through to just take a look, which is nice. There is a trail accessible from the campground but it is not a trail head. There is rock climbing in the campground if that is what your into and is fun to watch. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site but there is no water in the campground so come prepared. You can run a generator from 7AM-9AM, 12PM-2PM and 5PM-7PM. There are no showers.