This was our 5th visit to the Springs at Borrego, so obviously we are happy customers: we keep going back. This is a clean, well-kept, and well-managed resort that includes golf (9-hole), tennis, and pool/spa. Staff is always friendly and helpful. Sites are good sized. The original section of the park is mostly pull-throughs and there is a new section that are larger, but back-ins. All utilities are modern and functioned well. This was the first time we've been frustrated with the internet service. There are lots of routers/connections in the park, but the service was slow: sometimes painfully slow. At first we blamed it on the usual: when the park is full, service slows down due to limited bandwidth. However, this time I also noticed that my Verizon connection was slow. 3G at best and also very slow. We had the opportunity to spend some time with folks who live here and they said that they were also having speed issues on their home system (Verizon). The carriers have enough installed capacity for normal usage, but on high-volume weekends (this was President's Weekend), the high number of users in town brings everything to its knees. So: internet was slow, but I'm not sure in was the resort's fault. We're happy customers and have already booked our next visit.
Stayed at Emerald Desert over the Christmas-New Year holiday. We have been here before and return because we have always had a positive experience. Staff in the office was helpful throughout the visit. As usual, the park was immaculate. Wi-Fi works (performance deteriorated a lot once the park filled up). Excellent pool. Excellent laundry facilities. Clean restrooms and showers. Hookups well kept and worked well. Convenient to everything in the Coachella Valley. Not cheap, but we don't mind paying more for quality.
Our first visit to Rancho Sedona and we will be back. This is a peaceful and quiet park located beside Oak Creek and within walking distance of all that downtown Sedona has to offer. Wide variety of spaces, from those that back up to Oak Creek (you can't see the creek through the trees, but you can hear it) to those that are a bit farther away. Roads are paved or well-compacted gravel. Sites are gravel: some have a concrete patio, some not. Most have some grass, some have lots of grass. Connections clean and modern. Good digital cable. (You'll need it: too many trees for satellite on most sites.) If you don't have digital-ready TVs, they will loan you a converter box (pay a small deposit and you get it back when you return the box). WiFi was OK, not great. As they all do, it slowed down when the park got full. The place is spotless and has a VERY hard-working landscaping crew. Office staff is friendly and very helpful. We will be back and highly recommend this park if you're visiting Sedona.
Just finished a long Labor Day weekend at this park. The rate is the daily rate, then you add actual electric usage. Staff was awesome, park was clean, facilities spotless. The park is very convenient for visiting Yosemite and the foothills of the Sierra. Also right down the street from a large casino. We will definitely return.
Not outstanding, but a decent choice if you need something close to Sacramento. Paved roads, gravel sites, free Wi-Fi (not very strong), pool, big clean dog park, friendly staff, quiet at night, convenient to Sacramento. We will come back if we're in the neighborhood.
Just finishing a quick weekend stay at Orangeland RV Park. We were here to spend some time at Disneyland, and this is probably as close as you're going to get - only about 2 miles away. Also, the park is within walking distance of Honda Center (LA Kings Hockey) and Anaheim Stadium (Angels). It is what it is and served our purposes. The park is nothing terribly fancy. There are a LOT of full-timers, but the place is generally clean and well-kept. Each site has citrus trees and you are welcome/encouraged to pick as much as you want. We stayed in a newer section of pull-throughs (site # in the 20s) that were just fine. Level asphalt pull through with a little grass, table with umbrella, etc. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly during checking and led us to our site and helped to get positioned on the pad. Pool looks good, although we didn't use it. You are in an urban area, so it is noisy during the day, but things really quieted down quite a bit at night. Movie theater and many restaurants are within walking distance. Wi-fi is free and worked well from our site. We will definitely go back when we need a place in this area. But don't go here if you're looking for a 'resort' experience. It is clean, well-kept, and convenient to Disney. Take it for what it's worth!
Just finishing up a good Thanksgiving stay at Flying Flags: our first visit. We enjoyed our stay. The area is beautiful. Spent some time strolling and shopping in Solvang and had a great Thanksgiving dinner at Mattheis Tavern in Los Olivos. The resort itself is clean, has excellent utility hookups, level sites, and nice facilities. They are good about enforcing the quiet time. Only a couple of complaints. We are constantly amazed at the folks that don't pick up after their pets! The park has a great off-leash dog area that was entirely unusable due to the number of bombs left laying around. We're super-conscious about it with our Lab, but are constantly amazed at the other folks who don't seem to care. Sites are a bit small. We were in a 'premium' site and barely had room for the toad. When we come back again, we will go for one of the 'super premium' sites. They are at the end of the rows and have a bit more elbow room. Most sites are level DG with a small paved patio and grass. SP sites are all paved. All in all, a good experience. We will be back.
Just returned from the long 4th of July weekend at the Rancho California RV Resort (Outdoor Resorts) in Aguanga, California, just east of Temecula. The quick take is that it was an excellent place and an excellent experience. As with other Outdoor Resorts, this is an ownership park where you can also rent: either unsold lots or those where the owner has put their lot into the rental pool while they’re not here. Some are plain and some have significant amenities including outdoor seating areas, kitchens, TVs, fireplaces, etc. I won’t even attempt to get into the issue of lot ownership, but as a resort where you rent a space, it is outstanding. The lots are all large. Even the ‘undeveloped’ lots are large, concrete pads, lush grass, modern and clean utility connections. The ‘developed’ lots can be extraordinary. Service was excellent, multiple pools, laundry rooms, etc., scattered throughout the resort. Also a 14 hole (will be 18 when fully developed) Executive-length golf course. WiFi is only available near the office. Has basic cable TV. Excellent Sprint cell coverage and our Verizon aircard got a full 5 bars. The developer (OR) rents unsold lots for about $65/night. There are also a couple of other agencies handling rentals: the largest, is the private HOA on-site (fairwayassociates.com). You will generally pay $55-$65 per night, no matter who you rent from. If you’re going to rent, your rig needs to be at least 30’ in length and no more than 10 years old. The area can get warm during the day, but has enough altitude that it cools off nicely almost every night. We stayed in an unsold, undeveloped lot and our only complaint was that the sprinklers sprayed our rig every night. Having to wipe the rig down each morning got a little tiresome! In all, an outstanding park and we highly recommend.
Just returned from a week at the Moss Landing KOA Express in Moss Landing, California. We were in town to volunteer at the US Open at Pebble Beach. This is a clean, well-maintained park. Paved roads, concrete pads for sites. A little bit of grass around, mostly to the rear of the sites. The sites are not big, but we fit OK with our 4 slides and there were a lot of big rigs here at the same time. If you want a big, luxurious site to hang around in all day, this isn’t the place to go. However, if you want a neat and clean park that is convenient to the Monterey peninsula and all of it’s attractions, this place is great. Staff is VERY friendly and helpful. WiFi was reliable (you only get 1 hour free each day). Cable TV has 14 channels. Utility connections are modern and in good repair. Sites are level. Restrooms, showers, and laundry all clean and in good shape. You are within walking distance of the beach, including a dog-friendly beach. You are also within walking distance of several great restaurants. If we’re ever in the area, we will definitely return.
Just finished a quick overnight at this park. We were passing through on our way north. We had reserved a pull-through so we wouldn't have to unhook: that's what we got. Site was clean, not too big with grass all around (but not a lot of extra space). The only real problem here is it's proximity to Hwy 101. You're literally 100 feet away and it is busy and noisy 24x7.
Just returned from a long Memorial Day weekend at Hurkey Creek, our first visit. This is a Riverside County Park: all dry camping. It is at 4,000 feet altitude in the big pine trees surrounded by mountains. Within a 15 minute drive of Idyllwild, 30 minutes to Palm Springs. Overall, it was a beautiful weekend. The positives: Beautiful scenery, relatively cool weather, great hiking and mountain bike trails, friendly staff (and they did a good job of enforcing the quiet time, even on the crazy holiday weekend). The park was clean, you can book reservations on a very good web site with up-to-date pictures of each site. The negatives: No cell coverage (no one in our group had cell coverage, regardless of carrier: you have to drive up the mountain toward Idyllwild to get a connection). The showers/restrooms were older, dark and dingy. 50 cents for the shower. The roads are all paved, but the sites are dirt (DG). We lucked into one that was fairly level, but a LOT of the sites are uneven and sloping. The web site has pictures of each site: pay attention! I mentioned earlier that there are no hookups, no dump station either. All in all, it was a good weekend, but this is iffy, for us, for a return trip. It is very difficult for me to be completely out of contact (job). Also, unless you're REALLY paying attention when you book reservations, it would be pretty easy to end up in a terrible site.
Just returned from a long weekend at Yucaipa Regional Park. What a nice park! This park is part of the San Bernardino County park system. It is a big place with lakes for fishing, trails for hiking, a huge pool for swimming with water slides. There is a big day-use area that I imagine is VERY busy in the summer. The RV area is separate from the day-use area. The sites are huge with lots of space between them. All are paved with either asphalt or concrete. They’re not perfectly level, but nothing that most rigs can’t handle. Good water, electric, and sewer, no cable TV. Large expanses of grass and nice shade trees throughout. The restrooms/showers were clean. The place was always clean: no trash laying around. One neat feature was about half a dozen multi-hookup sites. These are small loops off the access roads that are big enough for 3 rigs with separate hookups for each and a large patio with table. Great for camping with a group! No WiFi, but good reception on Verizon for both cell phone and air card. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend here and will definitely return.
Just finished a long weekend at the Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs, CA. We were there in a group of 8 rigs. It was a very enjoyable weekend. All roads are asphalt, all sites are paved concrete with DG sand between sites. Utilities are modern and clean. Nice landscaping with trees and bushes. Lots of fruit trees and you are encouraged to pick what you will eat, but leave the rest for the folks behind you. Great heated pool and hot tubs. Nice clubhouse with party rooms. Group gathering spot on the pond with barbecues and shade. 9 hole championship-length golf course in great condition. Multiple tennis courts. Dry camp overflow area is basically a gravel parking lot. Great off-leash dog park. Free Wi-Fi that worked well for us. Good coverage for Verizon cell and air card. The place is spotless, well managed, great staff, facilities are top-shelf. We will return.
Just finished a long, rainy weekend at the San Diego Metro KOA: our first visit there. Apparently it has won a number of KOA awards and we could see why. The park was spotless, with all of the amenities: paved roads and spaces, excellent utility connections, good cable and Wi-Fi, friendly staff, well-stocked store, heated (year round) pool, playground for the kids, etc. Pets are welcome with a fun pet play area. As is often the case with metro parks, the spaces are kind of close together, but that wasn’t an issue for us. Because of the weather, there weren’t many of us out this weekend. Overall a good experience and we will return.
Just finished a long weekend in Canyon RV Resort in Anaheim. It was our first stay and we came away with both positive and negative opinions. On the positive side, the park has lots of space. It is in a nature preserve next to a river. The spaces are large. Just about any size rig can find a home: with plenty of room, no matter how many slides you have. There is a picnic table and fire ring at every site. The sites are gravel and pretty level. The utility connections were in good shape. The park is centrally located with easy access to Disney and other area attractions. There is a bike path outside the park that goes from Riverside all the way to the ocean. Lots of shopping and restaurants in the area, too. Since you are in the middle of a metropolitan area, there is great cell coverage and my Verizon air card had excellent coverage. On the negative side, there is no cable and no Wi-Fi. I think there were about 4 or 5 broadcast stations available on the rabbit ears and the folks there with us with satellite said they had no problems. The resort is immediately next to the 91 freeway, so there is road noise. It is a constant background hum. I got used to it, my wife didn’t. One little quirky thing at the gate. There is an inbound gate that must be opened from the office or guard shack. The outbound lane is open, but has the tire shredders in it to stop wrong way traffic. Between 8 AM and 8 PM, you wave your pass at the office and someone opens the inbound gate for you. Between 8 PM and 2 AM the guard shack is staffed. But between 2 AM and 8 AM, you can’t get in: period. Not a problem for us, but if you want to run out for a quick cup of Starbucks in the morning, you won’t get back in until after 8. Overall a good experience. It would be better if there was less noise and if cable TV and Wi-Fi were available.
Stayed here during the week between Christmas and New Years. Our third visit to the resort: the first since it shrunk in size and since the new owners. Now one of the Sunland group of RV resorts. We had simply an EXCELLENT visit. The park is well-kept and immaculate. Lots of grass and shade. Pads are level and the utility connections are all clean and in working order. The rate quoted is for a 'Platinum' site: there are plenty that are less costly. Wi-Fi works well, although it slowed down a bit when the park got full. Good Verizon coverage: both for cell and air card. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Don't miss Monday night $6 dinner and Saturday morning $6 breakfast in the clubhouse. A great experience: highly recommend.
We just finished our first weekend getaway here, and it won't be our last. We had a great time in a neat, clean park with lots to do. The park is run by the local water authority around the shores of 7 lakes. The lakes are stocked with fish: there is a small fishing fee, but no license required. It is within a short drive of all San Diego attractions and it is immediately adjacent to a large regional park with miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. We stayed in the northernmost (newest) end of the campground where most of the sites were big-rig-sized pull-throughs. The sites are level and are decomposed granite (DG) base. They are plenty long and wide: lots of room for all of your slides and camp stuff. Since this was the newest area, the trees and shrubs have some growing to do, but they're getting there. The place was immaculate and every site is cleaned after every visit. A very friendly group of workampers keep the place looking great. There is a small store on site with basic snacks, drinks, ice, firewood, and fishing supplies. Weak coverage on Verizon for us: both the cell phone and the air card. It worked, but barely. Excellent Wi-Fi (free) with a number of repeaters throughout the campground. Cable had about 20 channels. Utilities new, clean, and worked perfectly. Why a 9 and not a 10? Trash cans were hard to find: at least in the end of the park where we were staying. It was quite a hike to find a place to dispose of trash. It would be a big improvement to spread some cans around throughout the campsite area. Again, we enjoyed Santee Lakes and highly recommend it!
A surprise on San Diego Bay! We just made our first stay at Chula Vista RV Resort and were very pleasantly surprised. The park is adjacent to San Diego Bay, separated by a public park that is well-kept, well-patrolled, with lots of benches, tables, etc. The public park gates close at 10:30 PM so there is no activity after that. The resort sites are pretty standard fare. Concrete pads with a picnic table. Hedges/shrubs separate the sites. However, the park is spotless and well-kept. Quiet. Walking distance to two restaurants at the marina. Nice pool. The reservation process worked smoothly and check in and checkout was handled very efficiently. We will definitely go back.
A beautiful campground in the Cleveland National Forest east of San Diego. Located at about 5,000 feet, so usually above the coastal marine layer. Can get cold in the winter (with snow), but that's rare. Typical national forest campground. Sites well-spaced, lots of shade. Direct access from the campground to the Pacific Crest Trail so lots of hiking opportunities. Three camp hosts on site, so help/assistance available if needed. Although previous reviewers have indicated that this park is big rig friendly, I would take that with a dose of common sense. As with many national forest campgrounds, the roads are narrow in some places and overhead clearance for limbs is a challenge. In fact, in a motorhome of typical height, there are no interior roads you can navigate without collecting a few tree marks. The best big rig sites would be those near the entrance (14, 17, 18, 19) because you can back into those from the entrance and avoid the trees. We stayed in #3 - a great site, but getting out was a little more complicated. Again, a great location. We enjoyed ourselves. Just be careful of the trees.
Great place for an overnight. Stayed here while en-route from San Antonio to San Diego. Neat, clean faculty. Gravel drives and gravel pull-throughs. Modern, neat, clean hookups. Close enough to the freeway to be convenient: far enough to avoid noise. Other reviewers have mentioned the cafe: apparently the owner's wife is the only cook and they were out of town when I stopped. Call ahead to confirm if you want dinner! All in all, a good overnight stop in West Texas.