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04/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Most of the previous reviews capture the pros and cons of this park. Pros: the restrooms are clean, the laundry is cheap, the park is older but undergoing renovation, and you will be close to major L.A. attractions. Cons: you will be camping in the middle of a major metropolis, which means car and airport noise as well as a tight fit for your rig! However you will find these same drawbacks in any urban location so for what it is this is a very nice park. Now for the fine print... I should mention that I am one of the park's many permanent residents. I moved here to go to grad school at nearby CSUN university and originally meant to buy time by staying in the park while I shopped for a suitable roommate/apartment situation. Turns out a lot of the roommate choices in L.A. are a little weird, who knew? However, I liked living here so much that I made permanent arrangements for my trailer to stay and I have never regretted it. Other residents are friendly and I feel very safe here. I know my neighbors. Dogs are more than welcome. The management absolutely cannot be outdone - you will not find nicer hosts anywhere! We have a relaxing, community atmosphere here and lovely big trees that beat any apartment complex I looked at. I can honestly say that I love living here and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks. I hope you are able to visit soon.
03/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
We liked this park but there are a few things to know before you go: Make sure you get two wireless passwords from the office before they close for the night! (Or one per however many laptops in your group.) After that the internet works really well! Also, they do not keep the spa hot as a general rule, so head over 20 minutes or so before you plan to soak and have someone turn it on for you. Otherwise, the place is clean and the staff are friendly. The laundry facilities work well.
12/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Oak Park and Tapo Canyon are both operated by the County of Ventura. Some people have reported that one or the other are/were closed so here's the scoop! You should note that BOTH parks have a closing time, which at this time of year I believe is about 5PM. The camp host does "lock" the front gate at this time, which has given people the impression that the park has been permanently closed. However, the gate is merely chained up (not locked), so if you arrive after hours you can open it yourself, drive through, and close it back up after you're in. This will happen every night of your stay too so don't panic if they have "locked" your tow vehicle out while you were in town doing errands! As someone else mentioned, local laws really do prevent you from camping at the local Walmart, so don't plan on getting here late, staying there overnight and checking in here in the morning either. For temporary closures, call the county and make sure they aren't repaving or doing other maintenance during the period you want to stay. You can make reservations as the number of sites are limited, but we didn't need to at this time of year. Their cancellation policies are a little strict, with all reservations being charged a $10 fee plus you have to be 30 days out or more, so buyer beware of that. OAK PARK. Located right next to train tracks. And yes, they do use them! Your pets may not like this but we have been sleeping through the night, most of the time. This was by far the biggest drawback. Yes, you can hear freeway noise from the 118 but it is not so loud that it has bothered us. No sewer hookups, but they do have a dump station on property. ($25 if you are not staying here though!) Location is very convenient to west Simi and Moorpark! Sites are paved, large enough and clean. (Someone previously commented that this place needed to be cleaned up, but that seems to have been done as I was also told that there were a lot of illegal permanent residents here in prior years and there is none of that now.) Beautiful old oak trees give lots of shade to some spots! Big rigs are not a problem in the LOWER campground. We looked at the upper side too but there were too many trees/branches there for our tastes. 40 feet was easy on the lower side. Rate is very good during the winter! It would be higher during the busy season but there aren't a whole lot of other options here. Has good Verizon coverage for cell phones and Mi-Fi's. TAPO CANYON PARK. Park is VERY quiet! Overall a much nicer location than Oak Park. Sewer hookups have been installed for all sites. Big rigs are no problem at any of the sites. Sites are really nice: paved, large enough and clean. Minimal landscaping. No shade; might be a problem in summer months but not during the winter. A little far from town. NO Verizon coverage which meant no phone or internet for us! By far our biggest drawback.
12/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Oak Park and Tapo Canyon are both operated by the County of Ventura. Some people have reported that one or the other are/were closed so here's the scoop! (It is worthwhile to do it comparison style since there are no private parks or other alternatives nearby.) You should note that BOTH parks have a closing time, which at this time of year I believe is about 5PM. The camp host does "lock" the front gate at this time, which has given people the impression that the park has been permanently closed. However, the gate is merely chained up (not locked), so if you arrive after hours you can open it yourself, drive through, and close it back up after you're in. This will happen every night of your stay, so don't panic if they have "locked" your tow vehicle out while you were in town doing errands! As someone else mentioned, local laws really do prevent you from camping at the local Wal-Mart, so don't plan on getting here late, staying there overnight and checking in here in the morning either. For temporary closures, call the county and make sure they aren't repaving or doing other maintenance during the period you want to stay. You can make reservations as the number of sites are limited, but we didn't need to at this time of year. Their cancellation policies are a little strict, with all reservations being charged a $10 fee plus you have to be 30 days out or more, so buyer beware of that. OAK PARK Located right next to train tracks. And yes, they do use them!!! Your pets may not like this but we have been sleeping through the night, most of the time. This was by far the biggest drawback. Yes, you can hear freeway noise from the 118 but it is not so loud that it has bothered us. There is no sewer hookups, but they do have a dump station on property. ($25 if you are not staying here though!) The location is very convenient to west Simi and Moorpark! The sites are paved, large enough and clean. (Someone previously commented that this place needed to be cleaned up, but that seems to have been done as I was also told that there were a lot of illegal permanent residents here in prior years and there is none of that now.) Beautiful old oak trees give lots of shade to some spots! Big rigs are not a problem in the LOWER campground. We looked at the upper side, too, but there were too many trees/branches there for our tastes. 40 feet was easy on the lower side. Rate is very good during the winter! It would be higher during the busy season but as I said, there aren't a whole lot of other options here. Had good Verizon coverage for cell phones and Mi-Fi's. TAPO CANYON PARK. This park is VERY quiet! Overall a much nicer location than Oak Park. Sewer hookups have been installed for all sites. Big rigs are no problem at any of the sites. Sites are really nice: paved, large enough and clean. Minimal landscaping and no shade. Might be a problem in summer months but not during the winter. A little far from town. NO Verizon coverage which meant no phone or internet for us! By far our biggest drawback.
12/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
By far the nicest park near Disneyland, BUT there are a lot of "buts"!!!: #1. Do not expect ANY deviation from their reservation policies, which are VERY restrictive! You must be absolutely 100% sure about your plans before you book ahead, which you might not need to do anyway because they were only about 50% full when we were there (albeit during winter). On the phone they led us to believe that they would fill up - not true. They also don't care if your request will not in any way impact their revenue or another guest's stay; their attitude is "our policies are set" and by gosh, you are out of luck! :P #2. Don't expect too much, it's a parking lot and the spaces are very small. #3. The price is quite high for what they offer; however you are paying to be near Disney and the good news is that you will save $15 a day on parking there if you walk. (It is almost exactly one mile to the entrance.) #4. I can imagine the other side of the park would be quite noisy next to Ball Road, but such is life in Anaheim! The place they gave us was definitely ok. (Except for firework noise of course!) ;) On the plus side, the staff here is very nice! I was told that the park is under a different owner now so perhaps that accounts for a lot of the RV-unfriendly policies. Because of those alone we will try to avoid it here in the future, but having so few alternatives in the area will make it hard to avoid staying here again.
12/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice, clean park with close proximity to downtown San Jose! Pool and spa are open all year; internet works well. Lots of younger residents in the area for an extended time on business, but all are very nice and their rigs are kept up. Will be back!
11/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice park. Pristinely clean, and staff was among the friendliest we have met! Landscaping was appropriate for a desert park, and pads are adequately sized. Our site had a nice view of beautiful sunsets and the park is close enough to Sedona that we could drive back and forth to see the sights. Internet was hit-or-miss and we wished the hot tub and laundry facilities would have been open a little later. Otherwise we had a nice stay and hope to return!
09/2010
rating [ 3/10 ]
The staff at this park is rude - I expect better of anyone who works in the hospitality industry. I would not stay here again.
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
By far the nicest place we have ever stayed! Property is immaculate, staff are accommodating and friendly, and atmosphere is that of checking into a fine hotel! You will immediately feel relaxed and pampered. Rate is reflective, but well worth it if you soak in the hot tub, use the tennis or golf areas, and walk around to enjoy the lawns and big trees. I would have rated CV a "10" were it for the already-mentioned noise issues: construction work going on nearby (although premium sites do not seem to be affected by this) and the most zealous, thorough gardening staff you've ever seen!
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Rate was fantastic for a week long stay. Laundry room was clean and staff was friendly, but I missed the nice landscaping you can have at other parks in Eugene (Deerwood). Overall though, this was a good park to have repair work done at and we would return.
08/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was one of the prettiest and most enjoyable sites we've stayed at in a long time. Lots of green grass, beautiful big trees and room for pups to run. Creek in back, very well-kept flowerbeds throughout. We would definitely love to come back!
06/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
A little far from Yellowstone National Park, but well worth it. VERY friendly staff (owner helped us fix our broken-down coach), quiet, beautiful setting right on the river, hear the water as you drift off to sleep! Many people stay a month or all summer and it's not hard to see why! Loved it here!
06/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
Expensive for what you get, although restrooms were immaculate. Very friendly camp host! Not appropriate for large rigs however. We loved the shady sites but will not be back for the size reason.
06/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This park was very clean overall and we did use the laundry which was in the same state (and open late!). Paved sites, easy access, quiet, landscaping, friendly front desk who granted us a late checkout. We would definitely stay here again!
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