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Date of Stay:
July, 2015 -
We enjoyed our 2 night stay at Santa Rosa Lake State Park. The park is quite beautiful in a peaceful setting. Campsites are fairly well spaced apart, and, though the park was full following 4th of July, the other campers quieted down "on time".
Though the flush toilets in the bathhouses were clean, the showers were exceptionally dirty. Despite wearing flip-flops and taking precautions not to touch walls or floors, we still managed to picked up a nasty case of body ringworm (fungus). I am giving the cleanliness a "bad" rating for this reason. There was visible mold on the shower curtains and debris left behind by previous bathers (hair clumps on floors and walls).
FYI: The showers are communal with little privacy. One changing room serves two showers.
We arrived in the dark after a pretty good rainstorm and it was quite buggy (mosquitoes, knats and lots of June bugs). Be sure to keep your screens closed and bring bug spray!
Our site was fairly level, with water and electric hookups. It had a covered picnic table area and fire pit and there were some bushes but no shade trees. The weather during our stay was monsoonal and the skies were always changing from bits of blue to silvery gray. Just beautiful!
We didn't have any luck fishing, but completely enjoyed the peace and quiet it afforded. The pit toilets for the day camp areas were very clean.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would return again, but next time we will use our own trailer shower! We camped at Santa Rosa Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
The Blue Hole is worth a visit. Located in the town of Santa Rosa, it is a tourist attraction for which they do charge a parking fee. Bring a bathing suit and towel to take a dip from walk in stairs or jump in from the rocks above. Arrive early to beat the crowds!
Otherwise the small town of Santa Rosa is quiet with a lot of businesses boarded up and closed. You'll find more activity the closer you are to Interstate 40.
Date of Stay:
June, 2015 -
We boondocked 2 nights at Serrano Campgrounds.
The campground was full and there were a lot of families with small children camping and having a good time. Although the campgrounds are quite beautiful with abundant trees and scenery, we found the sites to be too close for comfort. Additionally, the campground was very smoky from campfires late into the night and early morning probably due to the nature of the sites being so close together and the younger crowds that stay up late to party.
There are sites with hookups but as this is the closest campground to Big Bear Lake, they were all taken. We walked the park and found the hookup sites seemed to be about the same size as the tent sites.
We peeked inside the bathhouses and they have private showers with locking doors, roomy enough with an area for changing too.
I would definitely suggest this park to younger families with children or college kids, however, we will probably not return to this park because we appreciate a little more solitude and space while camping. We camped at Serrano Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Watch out for the crazy cyclists that seem to think they own the little two lane roads that encircle the lake. They don't have much of a bike lane, but they need to allow cars to pass safely too.
Big Bear Lake and the surrounding area is beautiful with ample hiking, boating, SUP, fishing and off-roading opportunities.
Both the towns of Fawn Skin and Big Bear have quaint little shopping areas too.
Date of Stay:
May, 2015 -
We boondocked 2 nights on Memorial Day weekend in our travel trailer.
Table Mountain Campground was very scenic and beautiful. There are large pine trees, hiking / biking trails, views and wildlife. We saw squirrels, many types of birds and deer. Layered clothing is a must as the mornings can be cold then mid-day warms up a bit.
The campground host/ranger was super nice and helpful. We were stuck in Labor Day traffic up through the Cajon Pass and arrived late in the evening as a result. It was dark and cold by the time we got there, but the host came right out to meet us, then ushered us into our campsite, helped us back in and level out (our pad was a little steep). He came back to check on us the next day to see how we were doing and to make sure we had everything we needed. Though we didn't participate, he told us the campgrounds screen family movies in the outdoor amphitheatre on the weekends.
Our campsite was primitive, but just gorgeous! There are sites with full hookups in another loop of the campground, but the pads are closer together and the sites are not as pretty. The pit toilets were relatively clean and the potable water spigot wasn't too far away from us.
We had a reservation for our site, but there are some primitive campsites set aside for first-come basis.
During our walks of the campgrounds, we did take note that alot of the pads were not too level.
We will definitely return to visit this campground again! We camped at Table Mountain Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Get good directions before you go. We missed the campground sign on our way up and got lost before backtracking and finding it.