Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is one of the best places we've stayed. We came in without a reservation and the staff was phenomenal and very welcoming. We were in Paso to celebrate an anniversary and they even brought us a little gift! We had a site that backed up to the Firestone vineyards. Restrooms/showers are nicely decorated and extremely clean. New jacuzzi/waterfall in the center will be gorgeous when finished. Some road noise as was mentioned by another reviewer, but you're off hwy 46. It was not enough to bother us at all. Can't say enough good about this place. We will be back: often! Awesome.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This place is not as "zoo-ish" as it always seemed when we'd drive by in the past. Most the big crowds are there to rent bikes and the campground itself is nice and quiet. Some sites are tight and close but there are some nice bigger sites as well. There is a mix of full to partial hookups. The lots and roads in the campground are dirt so be prepared to sweep and 'swiffer' the inside of your RV daily. To us that was no big deal. Bears frequent so keep ice chests and food inside at night. Staff was over the top friendly and really accommodating when the firepit at our site wasn't going to work for the night when our entire family was coming. They were even going to bring a back-hoe to move a boulder to make it work for us. In the end, they put another site on "hold" for us to use the firepit for that night! Lots of trees. Don't miss the ice cream at the parlor: their 'kids scoop' is the same as buying a triple-scoop at Baskin Robbins! Great place. This is the only place in Lake Tahoe that we will be going back to next year!
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Great staff. Very helpful and nice. Park is under new management company. One morning the men's restroom in our loop was clogged and overflowing. Was fixed and cleaned in under an hour. Restrooms are older but kept clean even though the campground was full over the weekend. Each site is raked, cleaned, swept and prepared between check out and check in. First time i've ever seen this. Be prepared for a very fine powdery dirt though! It will get everywhere and it is impossible to stay clean but it's camping so we didn't mind. No shower houses but you can use the coin showers next to the general store at the Pine Cliff Resort down the street from 8:00am - 8:00pm. $1.00 for 5-7 minutes. Not a lot of trees and some of the loops make you feel far from everything but overall a great little dry camping campground that is pretty central to some of the best trout fishing around. We enjoyed our stay here and will be back but probably will look more in the Bear loop (non-reservable) or the Duck Loop (reservable). They seemed closer to the exit road with some nice views of June Lake. Our nightly rate reflects a disability discount.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We liked this campground. This was our first attempt at "dry" camping as when we reserved the electric sites were already taken. Restrooms and showers were clean. Sites are roomy but some have unlevel area around the fire pits. Our site was level from side to side - but not from front to back - but it was so drastic we were as low as we could get the front down but was still not level. Though some sites are big the roads are not big rig friendly. We had a 30' TT and got stuck on one of the turns and lost a scissor jack in the process. Some difficulty in getting into the site due to the narrow road and angle of site. All in all, a great campground and we will return - wiser in the way of navigating the roads and choosing a more appropriate site. Nightly rate reflects a Golden Access pass discount.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
Nice park. Well laid out. All pull through spots. Good for big rigs. Showers and bathrooms are up to date and kept very clean. They were cleaned every morning. No dump station on sight - you are directed to the North Beach campground to dump. Hookups are electric and water only. Sights are decent size but are fairly close together. Did have a rowdy group next to us but they were told to quiet it down and did so. Beach trail takes you to the beach area through the sand dunes. You can also drive your car onto the beach area and if you show your camping slip they don't charge you to enter. Entrance to the beach is walking distance and right down the street. A great campground for the area and we are already making plans to go back. Nightly rate listed reflects a state park disability discount of 50%.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
Another winner on our list. Sites are level and roomy. Lots of room all around. Marina and beach nearby where you can rent boats, peddle boats, kayaks and canoes. All 5 of the peddle boats were broken when we were there so we had to settle for a kayak. Store stocked with an interesting array of merchandise but they always had what we needed. Some things are a little pricy (ice, baby shampoo), others priced right in line with other stores (floats, candy) Family friendly. No pets of any kind are allowed. There is no wifi. Already booked 1 year ahead so staying here takes some planning. Dropped it down a star in the rating due to the stringent policy on refunds/payment. You pay for all your nights when you book and there are no refunds whatsoever - no matter what. Would definitely return and tried to book next summer but they are already full.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
Our initial observation upon pulling in was WOW! For the first time, the website and the campground actually matched. We had a wonderful time at this campground and were pleased with the staff and the campground. Bathrooms/showers, though dated, were kept clean and stocked. River view campsites have electric/water hook ups only - no sewer. General store is well stocked. Family activities like an ice cream social ($1.00/scoop), wine tasting (for the adults - free) and panning for gold "clinic" for the kids were offered. Dropped a star because they charged extra after 2 people and the extra charge of $7.00 per person/per day was extreme in my opinion and it feels that we're being "penalized" for having 2 kids in what is a kid friendly resort. Other than that, we are already planning our return for next summer.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
First impression when pulling in wasn't good. After a couple of days here, we are leaving with a better one. Pool is clean, river is nearby. wifi is spotty. To log in and get service I had to take a chair to the end of our site and use it. I could not get wifi from inside our trailer or right outside at our site. A lot of families and kids. Downsides are two rows of sites are trailers/motorhomes are head to tail when parked. Not really roomy in that area but enough room for slides and awnings to come out, however, your view out your windows is the hook up side of one trailer on one side and the living space of the other neighbors trailer on the other side. Some sites are a single row and are roomier than the others. Quiet hours for the most part are observed and management took care of those not following them quickly. This isn't the worst place we've stayed but it isn't the best place either. All in all we had fun here and was a good place to see Sequoia and an overnight stop before heading home. Unknown if we would return as i've got mixed feelings about this place. Maybe with a specific site picked out that we saw we would.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Our first trip here in 4 years and not much has changed. Still a nice place and very enjoyable. Showers/bathrooms are always very clean. Limited number of sites and we found our favorite site now has a manufactured home on it but we found another site we like. Office people are the nicest people we've met. Wifi hot spots available - and listed in map you get when you arrive and is pretty fast. We like this place a lot and wonder why it took us 4 years to return. Will be coming back quite a bit during the off season now that we "rediscovered" this place.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
TIGHT does not even begin to tell the whole story. These sites are literally on top of each other. Our neighbors left for the day with their awning open and we could not pull out to leave - we ended up closing their awning and leaving a note just so we could pull out of our spot. We figured it was better than the alternative of ripping off their awning with our trailer. The sites are that close together - you are literally awning to siding with each other. However, we did enjoy our time there and this will not stop us from going back - albeit we will go to the no-hookup side if we go back for a couple of days as they appear to be larger, more spread out and nicer. If we go back for more than a few days we will reserve some other spots in the full hookup section that we saw that afforded a bit more room. We are too big for any of the ocean front spots anyway. Be warned that the Amtrak train/commuter train does go throughout the night and you will hear it but it didn't bother us much. We are already planning a return trip so you can see the tight spots didn't scare us away but it is the reason I rated them a 7 and not higher
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Stopped here to rest for a night before finishing the drive home. This is a nice park. Some immature trees at sights - will be great when they are big and mature. There are sites with big trees that offer lots of shade as well. Nicely kept park. Kids liked the turtles and goats. Big room w/TV, pian, and comfy furniture to hang out in. Free coffee and homemade muffins in the morning. Staff was nice and helpful. Unfortunately we had gusting winds making it hard to even ride our bikes. This is a nice base camp to explore Mt. Whitney and local fishing streams. Would most definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
I will be honest and say that upon initial check in I was extremely disappointed in this campground. Our initial site given was so tight and between two VERY large Class A's with multiple slideouts that our site didn't even have enough room to open our awning. VERY much like a parking lot with hookups. Went back to the office where they gave us a roomier site. Couple in the site next to us watched TV outside during the morning and evening hours - and since hard of hearing it was turned up loud enough to irritate at times. Sites are close together and very tight, roads in the campground are narrow. At times we cleared a tree or another trailer by only 6" on either side when driving to our site and when leaving. Backing up was quite tricky in such tight quarters and we could get in due to the occupied campsites across from us and trailers almost sticking out onto the narrow road. Finding that the campsite behind us was still unoccupied we decided to drive the wrong way on the road and make our site a "pull-through". If not for that - I don't know how we would have backed in. It is near the airport - but planes are not taking off or landing constantly and the noise is tolerable and not a big deal. However, know that there is an emergency room next to the campground and you possibly will hear the Life-Flight helicopter at all hours of the night - we had it land and take off 3 times during our 5 days - 10:00pm, 11:00pm and 1:00am. This is a Thousand Trails, Coast to Coast campground (which was why I guess I expected more from it than the parking lot type campground it actually is). In the end, we enjoyed the campground and the activities they provided but will only stay again if any 4 of the sites we scoped out are available - if not, we will camp somewhere else.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Owners were great! Helped us into our sight, provided extension cord/extra water hose as the hookups were far away from the trailer. However, be prepared for the sights to be VERY close together. Had we been there to relax and hang out instead of seeing the sights our view would have been the hookup side of one trailer and the main side of another. For what we were there for (fishing, hiking) and for the short time (3 days) it was a fine place to stay since we just slept there. Not sure if we'd stay there again due to the closeness of the sites giving it the lack of "ambience" that is June Lake and that area.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Park was fine. When it's 115 degrees and it has hook-ups so we run our air conditioner we aren't going to get picky. It is a well kept park but I wouldn't call it a "resort". Restrooms and showers were very clean. Pool access is in hotel - quite a walk from where our site was so we didn't bother in the heat. Good view of the casino lights from our spot. This was a good inexpensive overnight stop on the way to the Grand Canyon and it worked well for what we expected and needed. If we are passing through and need a place to stay we would stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Nice campground. We also were in site E-27 as reviewer below and found we had to level the same as everyone around us. Most campgrounds this rustic will not have perfectly level sites so it was not a big deal. While not on the South Rim, a short 10 minute hike through the forest will get you to a lookout point and to the South Rim Trail. Shuttle service is VERY good inside the National Park. People working at Trailer Village are very nice and personable and helpful with any questions we had. A great inexpensive campground for exploring everything the Grand Canyon has to offer!