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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Salinas / Monterey KOA, Prunedale, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $63.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here because it was convenient to Monterey and Pinnacles National Park. We were in a section with units positioned to pull in from opposite ends so we shared connection locations. The space was rather tight and almost all asphalt. Unlike other spots, since we faced our neighbors, it wasn't very private. The bathrooms need upgrading and management says they are planning that. The laundry was great. Wi-Fi was not usable but Verizon 4G was fine. It served our purpose for the location but not really that pleasant. They said they are upgrading the power which is needed as we lost power the last night. The entry driveway is a tight turn and steep so follow their directions if you have a big rig. We were close to the 101 highway so noisy. Like many RV parks today, there were a number of permanent or semi-permanent residents. We camped at Salinas / Monterey KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
140
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The location is great for accessing Monterey and Pinnacles. We enjoyed the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the front part of the campground with water and electric hookups. Even though this was a set of parallel pads, the spacing was more generous that the other state parks we visited the same week and we enjoyed sitting outside with a fire in the evenings. It was the best of the 3 state parks, and we plan to return. There was WiFi but it was not too usable but Verizon 4G was fine. There is a dump station but we managed to arrive at checkout time so we had a wait. The attendant told us that check-in was 2 pm but she said she could let us in at 12:30 which was better than at another state park where they made us wait, but not as good as another with no worries. The picnic table and grill were made by the CCC and it was fun to see stone columns for the table legs. There were CG hosts circulating with firewood to purchase so it was very convenient. We camped at Morro Bay State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
021
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is about a mile from Downtown so very convenient. Downtown was very relaxed and we enjoyed it. The Museum of Natural History was small but informative. We liked the Black Hills, and nearby El Moro Elfin Forest and Montana de Oro State Park.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campground, Oceano, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

I don't have much to add to other reviews. It is near a beach great for truckers. The sites are fairly small but better than some other campgrounds. The staff insist that you wait until your check-in time. There are no sewer connections and you must go to North campground for the dump station. There is Wi-Fi now and it was good enough for me to actually use it, unlike many other parks Wi-Fi. We camped at Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
OC21
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Pismo Beach town was disappointing, very crowded. We went to Port San Luis and the Harford Pier and enjoyed it. The rest, meh.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

We wanted a campground near Ventura as we planned to visit Channel Islands National Park. A neighbor told us about this park. It was close to Ventura. The spots are basically lines on a parking lot. We chose a spot on the end of a row which worked well as we had no one to our right. Next time, I would pick a spot along the beach. The campground is close to town and also close to the railroad track. Trains are mostly during the day, fortunately. Backing in was not bad but would be if the campground would have been full. We chose the Santa Rosa loop for hookups but I would seriously think about the other campgrounds for more space. We stayed in 3 CA state parks on the trip and this was the least pleasant. But the location was what we wanted. We camped at Carpinteria State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
R338 Santa Rosa
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to town so we found a laundry, grocery store, gas station, and bar (to watch the hockey playoffs, fun!). There was road construction on the 101 but there were alternate exits.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pinnacles Campground, Pinnacles National Park, California

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in site 89 in the RV loop which has electric connections. Water is available to fill your tank, and a dump station is available to dump your tanks. Site was spacious although some are closer together. It was great seeing the wildlife (birds, rabbits, deer) from our campsite. We were close to the trails into the Pinnacles so it was an ideal location for us. This site was in shade half the time. Weather was moderate and it rained the evening of our last day so it didn't slow us down. This is a good time to visit this park. We will be back. We camped at Pinnacles Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sonoma Coast State Beach Bodega Dunes, Bodega Bay, California

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This campground has nice spacing between sites with lots of shady spots and a few sunny ones. Most sites were suitable for a trailer. There are no hookups but there are flush toilets and hot coin operated showers (although we didn't use the showers). There is a dump station. We got good Verizon reception. We camped at Sonoma Coast State Beach Bodega Dunes in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There are hiking trails from the campground that go to the bay and the beach and over the dunes which are extensive, as well as many other trails along the coast within Sonoma Coast State Beach. You could hike for days and enjoy beaches, gulches, and bluffs. There is the town of Bodega Bay within a mile with shops and restaurants, and the town of Bodega is a few miles away where "The Birds" was filmed.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, Taft, California

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

We needed a place to stay overnight along the I-5 near Bakersfield and Good Sam showed this place. Since it is off season, there was plenty of space. This Kern County park is much nicer than we expected for the Valley. It is on the east side of Lake Webb which is large. All spaces are pull-through or maybe better stated as pull-off as there was a wide space with no separation from the street. Some spaces have separation. It was very quiet and a great place to spend the night. The restrooms were clean but a little old although in good repair. We plan to stay here again when we need a place in this area, even if in season as it is so convenient to the I-5. No WiFi but good Verizon 4G. We camped at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

If you are into boating or jet skis, this would be a place for you.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Zion Canyon Campground & RV Park, Springdale, Utah

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This park is less than a mile from the south entrance to Zion NP. It is a perfect location to stay with hookups very near the park, within a mile of the park campgrounds. The sites are closer together but very usable. Good restrooms, showers, laundromat. Close to restaurants, stores, food. They helped us when it rained to move from near the river to higher ground, just in case. Good Wi-Fi and Verizon 4G. We camped at Zion Canyon Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
R4-E12
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Groceries at Sol Foods were good and reasonably priced. Good eats at Spotted Dog cafe (dinner) and Whiptail Grill (lunch).

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Ruby's Inn RV Park and Campground, Bryce Canyon, Utah

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This is the RV park to stay at if you are visiting Bryce Canyon NP. Our friends wanted to stay at an RV park rather than the NP campground, and Ruby's was the best choice. Right outside the park entrance. We visited when there was no shuttle bus but the stop was at the front of the park. We were in space 107 and asked for adjacent sites with out friends and they had it all set up when we arrived. It is a little crowded but not the worst we have seen. We used the restrooms which were great but not the shower, but our friend said they were fine. Wifi was erratic, good near the restroom but weak at our site, about 200 feet away. Verizon was fine with our booster antenna. The laundry worked well and was not crowded. We also used the grocery store which was high priced but well stocked and very convenient. It is tourist country after all. We tried to eat dinner at Ruby's the first night but the line was way too long so we went elsewhere. We camped at Ruby's Inn RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
107
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We enjoyed Ebeneezer's Barn and Grill and the music show. We also visited Kodachrome Basin SP and it was worth the 25 mile trip.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lake Mead RV Village, Boulder City, Nevada

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

The park had paved roads and gravel pads. The site was nearly level. Staff checked me in promptly and courteously. We stayed several rows off the beach but we still had a view of the lake. There was only one shower and toilet facility in another loop but it was convenient and clean. There were many permanent people here but there was no problem with any of them. They were in separate loops from the daily people. You must pay the National Recreation fee but we have the senior pass so no problem. Wifi was adequate and Verizon coverage was good. We would stay again. We camped at Lake Mead RV Village in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
836
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

This park is near Lake Mead visitor center and Hoover Dam.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Tuolumne Meadows Campground (NPS Campground), Yosemite National Park, California

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We had reservations for a trailer up to 24 ft and got a site very suitable for this rig of 19 feet. This park has far more tent sites than RV sites so I recommend a reservation for RVs but you must make them right when the reservation period opens. The park has nice sites with plenty of space, actually nicer than I expected with lots of shade, and our site was near the river. The access roads are poor so expect to go about 5 mph through the ruts and potholes. It gets really dark at night and our bathroom had no lights so be sure you can find it after dark. There are no showers anywhere nearby so I gave it a 9. With over 300 campsites, it can feel crowded but it's worth it. The sky was very clear and loaded with stars, perfect for seeing meteors. There is a store about half a mile west and it is well stocked. There is a dump station about 3/4 mile west and it is free. We camped at Tuolumne Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43A
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Take the free shuttle if you can as it is very crowded with people parked everywhere in August. We drove to the valley then took the shuttle there and it worked well for us.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

New Shady Rest Campgroud, Mammoth Lakes, California

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This park is right off the main road into Mammoth Lakes which was perfect for a base camp for the area. We visited Devils Tower NP and Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and smaller area sites. Although just off the main road, we were in the back of the park and it was quiet. The park was clean and seemed well run although we had no reason to interact with the hosts. The bathrooms were fine. There are no showers or hookups. I heard as I was leaving that showers were available across the street at Mammoth Mountain RV park. There is a dump station that the park has outsourced and it costs $10 and has water fill up as well as dump. We had enough room between sites but not a lot. We had a little trouble backing into the site because of the dumpster located across the street at the toilets, so I would camp one site to either side of our site. Our site was asphalt but this option is not available under Site Surface. We camped at New Shady Rest Campgroud in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
092
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

This campground is very close to Mammoth Lakes: drug store, food, groceries, book store, etc. Being just out of town, it is relatively quiet. Visit the Visitor's Center adjacent to it for good touring information. For example, the guide told us how to go to Bristlecone forest on paved roads rather than the dirt road our GPS suggested.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground), Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the A loop, with reservations. Site was nice, not too close to neighbors. Shaded; good for heat, bad for solar. We enjoyed our 3 nights. Facilities were OK, flush toilets but nothing else. There are showers at the camp store within walking distance. Store also has typical groceries and food, and a snack bar and souvenirs, and gasoline. It is near Manzanita lake with fishing and boating (no motors). We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
A11
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Lassen is great with lots of hiking. See Bumpass Hell and at least one waterfall, and if you are in good shape, to the top of Lassen Peak. It is "volcanic" park as there are lots of volcanic features including the 4 types of volcanoes. Fascinating scenery.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, Burney, California

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Campground is spacious. We thought it might be noisy as some sites had large families, but they were all very quiet. There is an $8 transaction fee. Park has a lake and beach and we didn't use it but will next time. The falls are spectacular. Our site was level. All sites had picnic table and fire ring. Lots of cabins. The store was nice. The visitor center was open limited hours (11-3) and had Wi-Fi while open. No cell signal. We drove to Burney for Verizon 4G, 10 miles, where we also found Safeway. Trails are limited due to park size but we enjoyed them. We camped at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Camp store is nice but we shopped in Burney at Safeway.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here with other family members in the next site. We chose sites that were next to each other with grass between them, which was challenging since trees or bushes separated most sites. It worked great. We had several shared dinners including family staying in a Bandon motel and they were able to park at the site until 10 PM at no charge. The site was level and hookups were fine. We had a Verizon 4G signal. We were about 2 miles from Bandon and visited often. We also used the beach and the lighthouse at Bullards and the beach south of Bandon. We walked on the beach and sailed a kite. The water was cold for swimming. South of Bandon, there were guides to show us what to see in the tide pools and birding. We camped at Bullards Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B52
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Old Town Bandon is 2 miles away. Good restaurants and shopping. ALso visit the coast south of town.

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