Date of Stay: June, 2008
This would be a 10 if not for the noise of the interstate and railway along with the fairly tight spots for backing into. The location in San Diego is great. You can easily gain freeway access to get anywhere in the city. The front desk folks were very nice, the pool/rec room areas were very clean. I didn't use the showers, but others in my group did and they said they were very clean and worked well. We stayed for 9 days while attending the US OPEN and we were able to use passport for all 9 nights. Our total bill for 9 days was under $300 which is insanely cheap to stay in San Diego. I have stayed at another rv park located on mission bay a few times and it is MUCH more expensive. On my next trip to San Diego, I will stay here.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
Very nice park with a few problems. First, the price is way out of line based on it's main competition across town at Terribles. If you get a $30 site here, you are basically getting a tiny piece of the parking lot with hookups. The nice corner sites are much nicer, but for my family, they cost $55 per night because I have two kids and only one of them is free. $10 per day for my second child. The security is a nice feature, and as stated, the workout facility is great. I agree with others that the sites are pretty tight, especially if you are in a 40 footer. They now only accept passport for one night, and based on their affiliation with KOA, may be dropping it all together in an effort to get you to buy the KOA card. My family gets to Pahrump about 6 times per year for a three day weekend. Dessert Retreat needs to get some sort of package put together for repeat customers that puts them a bit more in line with the competition. I agree with the last review that water pressure is the best I have ever seen, and in two previous visits, I have not had any power issues. From what I have seen in the past two visits, and in discussions with employees, the turnover of employees is very high. On our last visit, the managers from the KOA in Vegas were there helping out, as the entire receptionist crew was brand new and had no idea how to run the computers making check in terrible. (check in on the first visit was seamless) A nice place to visit, and the monthly rates don't seem too bad, but if you are a family that likes to get out quite often, I feel it is over priced compared to the competition.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
I gave the 10 more for the surroundings than for the park itself. As mentioned, the campground offers more spots tucked in with the red rock and some that are a little more private, but none of those sites have hookups. In Arch rock, they just opened a new section in December which has power and water for an extra charge of $10 per night. Several hikes in the area to explore. The kids play for hours at a time in the red sand and rocks. (your RV is going to get sandy, especially if you have kids) The additional sites will be a help as in the busy season this place fills quickly. That is the one downfall of the park in my opinion. You can't make reservations, and it is over an hour drive each way from Vegas. I have seen many folks make the trip out there only to find that all sites are full. I don't understand why they don't simply get on board with many other state and government campgrounds and take reservations. I don't see how it could cost them anything. All in all you need to spend some time out there, it truly is like another planet. On our last trip, we were lucky enough to sit and watch a big horned sheep forage around for about 25 minutes. It was only about 200 ft from our RV.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
I have stayed in this park many, many times as it is a quick getaway for a three day weekend. Overall, the sites are not on top of each other and are grassy with cement pads. You can get lakeside sites which have great views of the lake and fountains. Great amenities for the kids with the pedel boats, kayaks, pool, lagoon, swings, fishing etc. Having well stocked convenience store and restaurant and casino right there is nice. Downfall of the grass is that the sprinklers make a mess of things at times. Security is not great (although there are folks around all the time) as it is open to anyone to drive around. At under $20 with passport, it is a great value for a nice park.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
We have stayed here multiple times and have never had a bad experience. The front desk staff is very nice. The spots are not that wide, and you park on gravel with a concrete pad. Nice pool area with a jacuzzi. There is shuffleboard, pool table, work out room, tv room, ping pong, so quite a bit for the kids to do. We use them to get us tickets at a discount for the performances at Tuacahn. We order them early and are generally in the front row for the show. They are constantly cleaning the bathroom and shower area. Hard to believe a place that has been around several years can be so clean in those areas.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
We just stopped by for one night as we were passing through. Check in was no problem. Sites are kind of in a park like setting with trees and a lake. No real rv pads of any sort when we were there. Passport price made it well worth stopping by. I don't know that there is a whole lot to do in Rexburg to make it a destination, but if you wanted to stay a few days, it would be fine.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
As many have stated, the sites are packed in, and it is basically like a parking lot for much of the park. However, you are camping right next to a nice beach, in a location that is great to get to all the San Diego locations. If you plan on just sitting outside your RV for your trip, this is not the place for you. If you want to spend some time at the beach (this is a bay, no waves) and spend time going to the activities that they have and spend time exploring the San Diego area, this is a great spot. I have been here three times, and the kids love it. They have a security checkpoint you must pass through in order to enter. We have never felt unsafe in this park. Wish the cost were lower, but hey, it's San Diego and you can walk a few steps to the beach.