Date of Stay: January, 2017
We camped in a very small teardrop trailer. Camp staff very helpful about accommodating our group, putting me where I wanted to be, and letting us rearrange our dates. No help back-in. Many long-term snowbirds or permanent residents, most spaces reasonably well-kept. Did not feel unsafe or worried about my stuff, though I was aware people around me likely struggling financially. Bathrooms basic but clean and adequate in layout. Has a rec room. Grounds clean. Plenty of cholla (type of cactus) in the area outside the campground- watch your doggies. Gates locked after 9 pm, get a card if you're going to be out late. Many birds on the east side of the park where residents collaborate to feed them. Saw quite a few different species within a space of five mins. Wal-Mart with a good grocery just a few mins north on Houghton but otherwise you are a long way from town. Uber does serve the area however.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This park is in a beautiful natural setting along the Russian River. It allows tents, and so was a good fit for us, traveling in a teardrop. However the small staff is just overwhelmed. Bathrooms are similar to what you would find in a campground, not RV park, w/cement floors and basic facilities. Bring your own toilet paper. The RV sites have 30 amp plus water, no sewer that I saw. They are arranged around two circular glades surrounded by trees, many of them lovely redwoods. Sites 1 thru 5 look really nice and are shady. All except 1a are back-in. The first night we stayed happened to be the beginning of BeerFest weekend, and every campsite was thronged with crowds of joyfully inebriated young men, who celebrated 'til the wee hours. However, people were courteous enough. After the weekend, the park emptied out, and during most of the week we were nearly alone in the spectacular setting. Campers returned the following weekend but it was much quieter. We were told that the park may be changing hands. We will be returning as it is a perfect fit for us with a daughter living within walking distance. It would be great if someone could take this diamond in the rough and shine it up! Note: although the park borders the Russian River, those areas appear to be tent campsites, and actual access to the riverbank is a little tricky. Much easier and probably safer to walk across the pedestrian bridge and go to Johnson Beach on the other side of the river, where there is a lovely and child friendly area for swimming or kayaking.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This place deserves the positive reviews others have given it. Serious pride of ownership results in a spotlessly clean place, high quality (but austere) bath & shower. Showers quite large and well arranged for travelers. Asphalt roads, gravel pads, no grass between the large sites. Smallish orange trees are cute but provide little shade. There is a section that is on the west end that has many long term people. No chained up pit bulls or rusted cars, instead it's like walking thru a luxury neighborhood with beautiful little patios and decks. That's next to the working part of the Orange grove and is shadier and very nice. Our area large, but much gravel, and hot hot hot. Did cool off after dark. Many birds, including numerous hummingbirds buzzing around us. About the ant situation: I was cautioned when we registered, but didn't give it much thought. We saw a few trails of ants going up into trees, but not as many ants as my backyard. Next morning I was alarmed to discover little trails of ants headed up the fenders of our teardrop and into the hookups. Yikes! We chased them off with Deet, but if I were staying here in an RV where I cook and eat and store food I would absolutely buy the bug spray they sell and spray tires and anything else that touches the ground, as well as follow all other precautions they suggest. Not a big deal in my view, but just like my backyard at home, if you don't want ants in the pantry you have to take some steps. Nice cool pool provided respite from the heat. Super nice lodge area would be perfect for a family or group event. Management seems very professional, prompt call back to my inquiry voicemail, very organized and friendly at checkin. Our pull space very large, but the back in spaces at the west side, near the long term spaces, looked shadier, and are closer to the real orange grove.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
A nice place for an overnight stay. Friendly staff, spotless bathrooms, have received some updating and look nice. Small trees, picnic tables. Yes the railroad is right there, and the trains run very often, at least hourly and sometimes more. No horns though. Didn't bother us much. Ask for rows B or C to be farther back from the trains, Row E if you're train buff and/or want a shadier space. The I-40 business loop is the access to the park entrance, it is not overly busy and was not noisy at night. Restrooms open (no code) but I felt very safe. On a Friday night the park was quiet, no loud groups, completely quiet by midnight. Quite a few German families caravaning in rented RVs. Grounds well kept, grass has some weeds in it but well mowed, saw no trash or dog poop. Bring bug repellent and put it on before you starting setting up. Smallish but very hungry black flies gave me several welcoming bites before I retreated to locate the bug spray. We were in a Silver Shadow teardrop trailer. Online reservation process worked perfectly.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We stayed here in a Silver Shadow teardrop. Every interaction with personnel was very positive except very first phone call. Led to our space by capable guy who helped us novices get backed in very competently. Custom pizza the first night after setting up was deeply appreciated. Restrooms are updated and spotless, open 22 hrs, closed 11 am to 1 pm. Nice camp store. Did not try the breakfast (about $8 per person) but seems popular. Grass on every site which they take care to protect by prohibiting rugs on it. Rugs ok elsewhere. Drainage issues others have mentioned appear to have been resolved, a small drainage channel at the back of our site drained water away during daily rain showers, and graveled roads never held water. Some sites in the middle roads seemed tight but we were happy with our site, and thought others along our row starting with 1 were pretty nice. Safe. Secure, family friendly, well supervised, left stuff out day and night, no problem. Dogs, but never saw any dog poop. Would stay here again in a minute. Close to but not in Durango, which is a lovely place to visit. If you leave early there is a $5 a day charge, seems reasonable. Never managed to get onto wifi, but saw people near the office doing computer stuff so assume I could have if I'd gotten closer. Verizon was fine.