First up, this is called the San Simeon State Park on all the signposts not Hearst San Simeon State Park. 2nd there are 2 campgrounds within this park. The San Simeon Creek campground which has showers at $35 per night and is located close to the entry and the Washburn campground which is up on the hill and has vault toilets for $20 per night. We looked around San Simeon Creek campground and although parklike and shaded it was very close to the main road and the noise was noticeable. Sites at the Washburn campground are spacious, flat, gravel with picnic tables and fire pits. The fire pits are high sided steel and don't draw well. We loved this campground and stayed an extra night.
We weren't that impressed with the Rangers. On entry there was no information given about the need to purchase shower tokens and when I bought a trail map I wasn't told of the trails that were closed due to the Dec fires. RV camping is limited in the park. We had site #180 on the main loop - don't expect to be amongst the redwoods. There is a one way system that directs traffic the wrong way. Every RV was having to enter and leave the "wrong" way. We advised the Ranger whose response was "oh well that's camping". It would be very easy to change the one way and would have saved some people terrible parking problems. The best RV sties, which are amongst the Redwoods, are 138, 140 (the best) and 141 on the main loop. The shower tokens are $1 for 5 mins (beware...more like 4 mins) and the fixed temperature is reasonably warm. But, because the shower head (in the ladies) is so high (7') it is a cool mist by the time it hits you.
You are getting, a road and railway line on one side of you which is completely offset by the Pacific Ocean literally out your door. We closed the roadside windows and blinds, opened the oceanside windows and the roar of the sea one night was so loud we couldn't hear anything else. There is a rock wall that is easily climbable and apart from high tide when there is no sand, the beach is great for swimming and walking. We never expected to be so impressed with camping by a road. We had 2 of the best sunsets ever. We would definitely stay here again. Note: no restrooms or showers.
Rate reflects Passport America discount. There are 3 rates here: inner circle of the Lakeside Campground - water and electric (no sewerage) for $25, Lakeside by the lake with full hookup $30 and Cottonwood Campsite, a short distance away with full hookup and WiFi at $35 (before PA). We stayed in a lakeside site (#5)...be warned if it rains many of these lakeside sites will flood. The camp was quiet and quite empty. It is popular with fishermen but we were dismayed to see the amount of litter we found when we walked around the lake. Also we picked up a mountain of discarded fishing line and hooks and saw 5 couts who had line entangled around their legs. We didn't use the toilets or showers (tokens required). The waterpark and mini golf play areas would be great for kids in the summer. There is a bike riding trail that goes for miles along the Santa Ana River. Head south as it takes you through parks as opposed to heading north which goes through industrial areas. We found the staff friendly and helpful and we'd stay here again.
Rate is Good Sam based on a week's stay and so good value for LA. The daily rate of $65 we thought expensive and when we tried to extend for another few days decided it wasn't worth $65 pd so moved on. The sites are extremely close together. Although on a busy road we weren't bothered by traffic noise (probably because we were in the middle of the park) and the trains that did pass went during the day. It is very clean (showers, bathrooms, laundry) and the pool is lovely. It lacks any atmosphere and even though full, we never saw or said a word to a single person in the entire week.
Rate is Passport America. Can accommodate RV's up to 30'. This is hard seal camping in a secure, gated carpark at the back of a large mobile home complex. The complex is clean and tidy and the people friendly. Full lookups but the restrooms nearby were locked. We were asked if we were self sufficient for restrooms and so I don't know if they are ever used. A pristine pool and jacuzzi are open to RV'ers and you are able to use the showers and restrooms here. Laundry facilities available. You need to check in the office first, show vehicle registration papers and ID, and pay a $50 refundable deposit for a gate opener to the RV section. It isn't a destination stop but more than adequate for a place to stop while passing through to somewhere else. We would stay here again.
The short gravel road to the entrance is a shocker with deep and wide potholes. Dump station and to fill your water tank is $5. Not all sites are level. 3 that are OK are 11, 13, 15. You can make a booking online. If you arrive on a first come, first served basis you are able to stay 2 nights confirmed and if you wish to stay longer you check each morning with the Ranger to see if the site has been booked for the next day before you can extend your stay. The west entrance to the National Park is 14 miles away. Good hiking trails (not in the National Park) are close by. The campground was quiet, has an elevated aspect, and often at dusk you hear coyotes singing. We would stay here again.
Rate of $32.50 is PA. Located off Dillon St, one mile down Corkhill Rd on the right. It is like Club Med with lots of activities and social events, and everyone very friendly. The resort is pristine clean and the sites are separated by shelter beds that give privacy. There are two pool complexes, one for families and one for adults only and the water is from the thermal hot springs: just beautiful. It would have been a 10 if you didn't have to pay for the WiFi. It was very quiet for such a huge complex.
Rate is first night PA and then 2nd night was $26. We chose a river frontage site that had no sewage hookup, although the pull through sites back from the river were full hookups and the PA rate for these was $16. We had some to'ing and fro'ing to get set up. Needed to use the dump station on arrival but it was locked, so we had to wait for the maintenance man to unlock it. Had to go back to the office to get bathroom codes as not given these on checkin. And for the two days we stayed here, was no internet but we were told "it was being fixed." The laundry machines needed cleaning but the restrooms were clean (old fittings). The 6 reflects the great view overlooking the Colorado River. We'd stay here again.
Rate is Good Sam. We chose this park over the many other similar looking parks as the property went back a long way and a campsite towards the back was far enough off the main road so you could not hear road noise. The sites are flat, gravel and large. The first site had the water/power connections too far away for our leads/hoses. Staff very friendly. Nice common room. Showers are clean and are metered at 25c for 2 mins. We would stay here again.
Rate is Passport America. This park is big, friendly and spotlessly clean. It is like being in a 5 star resort with 2 fabulous heated pools, a giant spa pool, games rooms, book and DVD library, scheduled meals and activities. We went for a back-in site after reading previous reviews about narrow pull through sites but the water connection was at the very back of the site and on the wrong side so the hose wouldn't reach. We found the pull-through very spacious (for a 26' 5th wheel). It is off AZ387 and there is low grade traffic hum (hence the 9) but not enough to disturb. Distant train whistles are infrequent and again not enough to disturb. Ladies be aware the hot water in the showers takes a very long time to come through (not so for the men's I believe). We love to primitive camp but this was wonderfully luxurious and we definitely recommend it.
Rate is Passport America. It is primarily a mobile home community with extremely narrow, level, gravel sites. Our 26' fifth wheel only just made it into the site. Office staff friendly and helpful. It is run down and in need of work..eg shower rail propped up, no ventilation in the bathrooms so hot and smell moldy due to the wet, dirty, old mop propped up against the wall you asked to use to wipe the floor after you. Cleanliness in the showers was passable, although fittings are old so the floor looks unclean. One electrical outlet post didn't work at all and the box lid was broken. The electrical outlet post that did work also had a broken box lid. We had broken sleep at night due to road noise, frequent emergency sirens passing and train whistles. We wouldn't stay here again.
Rate is Good Sam plus $5 bathroom key deposit, refundable on return. No frills, aging campground. Husband and wife team who run it are very friendly and knowledgeable about Tombstone. The office area is off-putting as it looks like a junk shop with rooms of papers, etc. stacked everywhere so it is hard to move. Our back-in site was roomy but the sewer was so far back we were unable to hook up. Quiet even though on little traveled main road into town. Easy walk to downtown Tombstone.
Took us awhile to find the campground and we almost gave up. Our GPS showed Perrin St. on the western side of NM180, which is a no entry service road. Go further north a few hundred yards and Perrin is on the eastern side. There is a sign for an RV campground (can't remember the name) but it doesn't say "Temperate Zone" because they have yet to renew the sign after a name change. Travel about 2 miles up a flat, gravel and bumpy road to reach the Temperate Zone. It is a large expanse of gravel - all sites level. The staff were very friendly. There is a fabulous DVD swap library, very clean laundry with brand new washers and driers (honor system) and spotlessly clean bathrooms (one each for male and female). We were surprised we had our electrical meter read and if we went over a certain amount you paid extra on a pro rata basis.
The rate cited is with a Passport America discount. Must stay minimum 2 nights; it works on a "second night free" basis. One of the best campgrounds we have stayed in. Easy to find, level, immaculately kept grounds, large sites. The person who checked us in was efficient, warm, and friendly. Bathrooms are combined toilet and shower - big and spotlessly clean. Wi-Fi intermittent (or it would be a 10). We would most definitely stay here again.
We were directed by signs to book in at the store that is the gift shop and Visitors Centre. The gentleman was rude and sullen. Perhaps he wasn't feeling well as he sniffed loudly and disgustingly throughout checking us in. The campground is gravel, sites are cramped and litter is strewn about. The one women's shower/toilet combination room was filthy and the only camp rubbish bin was overflowing. It gets a one for a clean laundry. We would not stay here again and would drive miles out of our way to avoid doing so.
There are 2 campgrounds - Northern (with shade), Southern (biggest) no shade. Both campgrounds are flat, paved, clean and spacious. Wi-Fi hotspots are present - just ask. The bathrooms were spotlessly clean and heated. Rate $20/night plus $4 per person per day park fee if you do not have a Texas State Park card. Staff very friendly. The advertised herd of bison was small, 5 calves and 4 females. We didn't see the longhorns (grazing far from view). The petroglyphs were not open for viewing unless you are in an organized tour (hugely disappointing) and we were told the dino tracks were also not available to view. We were lucky enough to have a very knowledgeable Ranger take us. They are Permian tracks (Dimetrodon) and predate dinosaurs. There are only a view places in the world these have been found and San Angelo has the largest area, a long dried riverbed. The tracks are plentiful and fabulous but totally covered in dirt with weeds sprouting from many. This is a world attraction and there is no funding to provide any sort of protection program - tragic.
This park had many positives:- so clean, bus outside to downtown, very friendly people and beside the mission bike trail which was wonderful...the big negative was the train noise at night. The whistles seemed to sound very long and very loud disturbing sleep.
Lovely friendly lady who greeted us warmly. No doors on the toilets, just shower curtains. Wi-Fi coverage was very unreliable. We would stay here again if passing through as with the PA discount it was good value for money. Flat, even sites that were all pull-through.
Passport America rate shown. The rating of 4 reflects the freeway noise. We arrived after closing and the lady came out to meet us and was very friendly and helpful. We didn't use the bathroom or showers so unable to comment. We were grateful to stop the night here but it appeared to be a concrete campground.
Wonderfully quiet campground. The restrooms are very clean and plenty of hot water. The 10 second timer on the shower water is annoying and means a one handed shower while the other hand is planted on the airswitch to keep the water coming. Sites are close together but doable and the hookup connections are situated far away on many of the sites. Good to have a few hiking trails close by. We would definitely stay here again.
We've been on the road for 9 months and this is by far the most substandard RV park we've encountered (and there have been some shockers!). Geographically (which the owners aren't responsible for) is is unfortunate, sandwiched between a busy highway and very busy railway line with continual train movements all night. What the owners can take responsibility for is the disgustingly dirty state of everything - from the grounds to the toilets that had no toilet paper and appeared to be uncleaned for months. We would drive all night before ever contemplating staying here again. We are not fussy people and truly cannot emphasize how bad this park is.