We moved to this location after reading about it. You get what you pay for. We got full hookups close to the center of town. It was no frills, but the price was right. The location was quiet and secure. There are enough channels to get some decent television with your antenna. The only complaint was the need for a long sewer hose. Luckily I had that. Other than that, this place was great for the price.
Nice facility especially for the price, but need to have military affiliation or sponsorship to get on post. Military jets flying overhead were a plus and add to the ambiance. Sites are pull-through and hooks-ups are easily accessible. The employee at the desk was extremely helpful, and provided excellent tourist options. There is a newer and older section of the park. We were in the older section, which has a bit more shade at the right time of the day. Generally there is no shade. Very good location to the activities available in the Tuscon area.
Our price reflects the 'convenience fee" for making on-line reservations. We only stayed three nights, so we did fine without a sewer hookup. There is a dump station available. The lake had water, but we were advised not to eat any fish we caught due to DDT. We used the campsite as a base for other activities in the Carlsbad area. It was only 10 miles from the edge of town and a whole lot cheaper than the other commercial campsites. Our Sprint cell phone coverage was good. Well worth the price, especially if you are not staying for the lake.
The best way to Yosemite is to stay in the park. Lower Pines is one of the smaller campgrounds in the park, as much of it was flooded and destroyed in 1997. It also has the amphitheater and the ranger presentations at night. Otherwise they are all about the same in the valley. Yosemite is always beautiful, especially in the spring.
The price is pretty good considering you get free wifi and cable. Both worked well. It's very close to the park entrance and downtown stuff. The staff was very nice. We would definitely stay here again.
Overall, a decent campground. It was our second time staying there. We stayed in early May, avoiding the busy time. Had some luck fishing in their pond, so that was fun. The biggest gripe is that they want to charge $2.50 each day for TV! We spent family time instead. It was nice. We'd stay again.
We payed a lot of money for a "premium" waterfront site. It turns out that the lake is very low in October, so the water was about 1/4 mile away. For the amount of money we paid, a sewer hookup would have been nice. Duck hunting season started that week, so it was very loud. The office staff was not overly friendly or helpful. If we travel to the area again, we will likely look somewhere else to stay.
You can't beat staying in the park! As long as you are able to camp self contained, this is the way to go. The sites are all nicely wooded. The campground tends to be crowded during the weekend, but it's worth it. Make sure you check the length of the campsite driveway when you make reservations. Some tend to be short.
This park was nearly as good as the other listings would lead you to believe. We had one problem with our initial campsite, but the management quickly rectified the situation. The biggest problem is the distance from Yosemite. You might think otherwise by reading the website. It takes nearly 30 minutes just to get to the entrance of Yosemite. If you are going to the village, it's at least another 30 minutes. We put over 300 miles on our truck in four days just driving to and from and around Yosemite. Overall, the park was nice.
We stayed in the new full hookups section. It was very nice. The two downsides were the pay showers and the walk to the lake. There other campsite loops right on the water. This one was further. It's the only one with full hookups though. Aside from the $22 a night rate, you have to pay $6 a day entry fee. If you want to be by the water there are other good campsites. This is pretty good if you want full hookups though. We would stay again.
This actually is now "Craters of the Moon KOA." The Colonel, who had recently sold his park to KOA, was there for a day or two. He already commented that park wasn't quite the way he would have had it if he still owned it. It was the beginning of the season. I'm not a big KOA fan, but this was pretty good. Bathrooms were nice and Wi-Fi was good. I think it would have been great as the Landing Zone.