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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, California

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

I know a lot of people will gripe about this campground because, well, it's more parking lot than campground. And it's at a fairground. I'm a wilderness kind of girl, so location really matters to me. But I'm also a professional photographer - and location really matters to me. When I'm in the Monterey Bay area I like to be close to all of my favorite photography locations (not to mention good food and pubs) and this campground is the only one that fits the bill. It's centrally located, clean, very quiet, easy to navigate, has full hook-ups (a luxury for us!!), and safe as the gate is locked every night. We had no problem parking our rig and luckily, did not get hit by any golf balls. Yes, it is right next to the airport, but no, it is not loud. I am happy to give up beach access if it means I can be closer to Carmel, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, and Monterey attractions. The other campgrounds are either too far south or too far northeast for my liking. So, depending on your expectations and your needs, this is either a so-so campground or a great one. We feel it's juuuuuuusssst right. We camped at Monterey Fairgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
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:

Breakfast at Old Monterey Cafe is always a pleasure! There is also a great little French pastry shop near Munras that we thoroughly enjoyed. Flaherty's in Carmel is always a reasonably priced place to get a good seafood meal. Monterey has a great little Lebanese restaurant on Lighthouse Ave called Paprika Cafe, I have been going there for years and it is always a great experience. If it's a clear night, head out to Asilomar State Beach to watch the sunset, a view you won't soon forget!

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Wright's Beach, Bodega Bay, California

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

PROS: Just so you know, the selling point for this campground is its extremely close proximity to the ocean. Some sites have ocean front views that can't be beat, but these fill up within minutes of being listed on the ReserveAmerica website (and they are also $10 more than the adjacent sites that are not beach front). The sound of the waves crashing at night is amazing and there is a plethora of hiking and sightseeing opportunities both north and south of the campground. The campground itself was quite clean and pretty quiet (even on a summer weekend) and seems to be frequented by the serious camper and nature lover, not the weekend party crowd. The camp hosts were helpful and considerate. Should you have extra vehicles or your tow vehicle not fit in your site, there is overflow parking just a 1/4 mile away at the main parking area for Wright's Beach. CONS: These sites are TINY!!! We have never, and hopefully will never, try to shoehorn into a site this small again. We literally only had 6-12" to spare on all sides as we jockeyed into our site. If we had had a pull trailer vs. a fifth wheel, or anything longer than 24', it would have been impossible. Also, our fifth wheel is quite tall and the overhang from the trees scraped the top of our unit. Nothing serious, but obviously you want to avoid that if possible. It would be awesome if overhead clearance was mentioned on ReserveAmerica. These sites are also extremely close together, especially where we camped which was in a cul-de-sac of 3 sites, all with large trucks. After 1 day of squeezing our truck in and out of our site, we decided to just park it in the overflow lot. So in all, this is a perfect campground for tent campers and small RVs and trailers. Larger RVs can be accommodated in the overflow camping section adjacent to the ranger kiosk, but there is zero privacy or ambiance there. If we come back, that's probably where we'll have to stay! We camped at Wright's Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
WB11
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Stop at ALL of the coastal pull outs, the views from each one are unique and unparalleled! We especially liked Shell Beach and the Kokum trail. Take a drive top to Jenner, through Guerneville, around to Sebastopol, and back to Bodega Bay. Lots to see and do on the way. Worth the visit are the Russian River Vineyards winery outside of Guerneville and the old cemetery in Sebastopol. Most off all, enjoy the drive, it's breathtaking!

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful campground at the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The campsites are spaced out fairly well and most are shaded under the pines. Quite a few longer back-in and some pull-through sites to fit a variety of rigs. We stayed in site B48 with our 24' fifth wheel and there was still plenty of room to park our truck alongside. There are also some newer, clean camping cabins that you can stay in if you don't want to do the full-on camping experience. We appreciated how quiet this campground is, as it is not close to any major roads and campers are spaced far enough apart to not make too much noise. They also hand-empty the garbage bins so there isn't the racket of garbage trucks in the morning (something Yosemite is notorious for!). The camp hosts and rangers were also kind and helpful. The highlight of this campground is the gorgeous little lake that is within walking distance. The views of Mount Lassen and the Chaos Crags from the Northwest end of the lake are absolutely breathtaking. We saw a bald eagle flying, fish jumping, and heard many birds singing as we leisurely hiked around the lake. Next time we will bring our kayak and paddle out on it to watch the sunset from the water. Added bonus: a camp store that sells basic camp necessities, tasteful souvenirs, and ice cream! We camp at A LOT of state and national park campgrounds, and Manzanita Lake CG is now one of our new favorites. We will definitely be back! We camped at Manzanita Lake (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B48
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walk or kayak Manzanita Lake at sunset and watch the mountains change from gold to pink to blue as the light fades from the sky. Breathtaking!

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

I love Yosemite, and I camp there often. This is by far my least favorite campground - and I'm not willing to give it any "bonus points" for its incredible location in Tuolumne Meadows. Sorry!! Maybe it's because it is only open a couple months out of the year, but this campground is long overdue for improvements. The sites are virtually on top of each other and frequented by first-time campers who don't quite understand personal space; I was awoken at 3am by a child throwing a temper tantrum no less than 15 feet away from my tent and had the bumper of my car bashed in by a careless camper (while my car was fully parked within my site, nonetheless). The roads are tight, difficult to navigate (even in a passenger car), and full of ruts and pot holes. Picnic tables are unlevel. The only thing I can say about upgrades is last time I was there it looked like they were getting new bathrooms. Very few 35' sites available and everything is on an open reservation basis so you have to arrive early to get assigned to the best sites. I would not camp here if there was another option in Tuolumne Meadows. We camped at Tuolumne Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop C
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Hike Lembert Dome! See the incredible view of Half Dome at Olmsted Point. Follow the Tuolumne River trail to see beautiful views of the Sierra High Country.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Half Moon Bay State Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very popular campground in the SF Bay Area, so booking at the very moment the booking window opens is key! We were in a site without hook-ups, which was just fine for us for the weekend as you rarely need AC/heat on the coast and we don't mind bringing along a generator if need be. The campsites appeared to be well-maintained, but the bathrooms could have been cleaner and need a refreshing. There are lots of great attractions nearby, some within walking distance, and there is a great walking/bike trail that goes right by the campground. It can get EXTREMELY windy here so we appreciated that our site was oriented towards the ocean so that the wind wasn't broadsiding us. Definitely don't leave your awning unattended here. We will be back! We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Walk/bike the paved trail that goes along the bluffs. Walk into downtown for dinner and drinks.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Pyramid Lake - Los Alamos Campground, Lebec, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We dropped in here for a quick overnighter on a road trip from Southern to Central California. It is conveniently located at the top of the Grapevine (I-5 pass) and did not require a reservation, at least in the spring. Summer could be a different story, though. We rolled in with our fifth wheel around 10pm and didn't have too hard of a time finding a pull-through site that could accommodate us. Be forewarned though: not all of the trees that line the road in this park are groomed to allow large/tall rigs through!! If Site #35 had not been open (which we pulled into), we would have kept driving in the dark and probably damaged the top of our rig by hitting the tree that was hanging over the road, which we could not see at night. And even if we had been able to see it, it would have been very difficult to navigate back out of the campground loop to avoid it. So there's that. Otherwise, the campground seemed clean, quiet, and had a dump station that we were able to use on the way out. We would stay here again as an overnight road trip accommodation, but probably not as a weekend trip. We camped at Pyramid Lake - Los Alamos Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Beware the trees that grow over the campground roads if you have a tall rig!!

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound), Yucca Valley, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fairly nice NPS campground! We arrived at night, and found that the road through the campground was quite rough and hard to navigate, but we managed to get to our site alright. The campsite itself was extremely spacious, but not very level. Don't expect much privacy as this is the desert, you can see at least 20 of your neighbors at any given time. I would have rather camped inside the park interior at one of the campgrounds with the rock features, but Black Rock takes reservations and I wanted to be sure we would have a spot that fit our RV over the busy spring break period. A clean, well-maintained facility with helpful camp hosts and a nice visitor center where you can get information about trails and attractions. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to wake up early and drive into Joshua Tree for sunrise at Intersection Rock. Take a drive through the park to Cottonwood Canyon. Enjoy star gazing at night from the comfort of your spacious desert campsite!

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, Borrego Springs, California

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

What a great campground! We were first a bit taken aback by the total lack of shade (and thus, privacy), but hey it's the desert. What do you expect? Our site was pretty level and easy to access. The campground was quiet, even on a busy week during the spring when everyone was flocking to the park to see the wildflowers. We loved the proximity of this campground to the many great attractions of Anza Borrego and Borrego Springs. We camped at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Borrego Palm Canyon Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
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:

Hike Palm Canyon, walk the nature trail to the visitor center, and head over to the Crazy Coyote for drinks or dinner - all within easy walking distance of the campground. Get up early and enjoy the sunrise, the view from the nature trail is beautiful. If you have a 4WD vehicle, take a drive out to Inspiration Wash to watch the sun set over the desert landscape.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground), Yosemite National Park, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Upper Pines is the only RV-accessible campground that stays open all year in Yosemite. Though we have tent camped here several times, this review is regarding our most recent trip in our fifth wheel. We stayed 10 nights during February 2017 and encountered some unique problems - there had been heavy snowfall the week prior and the sites had just been plowed out, but unfortunately not completely. We had reserved a 35' site for our 24' fifth wheel and tow vehicle, but had to park the truck somewhere else as the site had only been dug out to about 25'. It was also very tricky to navigate into the narrow "snow tunnel" and we had to borrow a fellow camper's snow shovel to dig a considerable amount of snow out. One 65-point turn later we were finally able to shoehorn in. So yeah, there's that to consider when you are snow camping in Yosemite! But otherwise it is a great location for exploring the park and very quiet during the winter months. Dry camping of course, but you can get nice hot showers over at Half Dome Village (free) and there is a dump station at the campground entrance if you need it (also free). The bathrooms were clean but they don't shovel them, so be prepared to trudge through snow drifts. During the winter, only the first two loops are open, but if you can I would reserve a site in one of the loops farthest from the entrance, and on the far ends of the loops, as they have the most privacy and forest ambiance. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
83
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

As with most beachside campgrounds, the attraction is not the campground it self but the proximity to the ocean and attractions. With Morro Strand, this is no different. We have camped here 5 Labor Day weekends in a row with a group of 5-6 other families. Prior to last year, when they upgraded the campground to have full hook-up sites, you were assigned your site upon arrival so it was a lot easier to bunch everyone together. Now we need to make all of our reservations at once to ensure that we can camp within the same part of the park. The plus to the facility change is that generators have been banned (and they DO enforce it), so the campground is a lot quieter than it used to be. Also, now that we have a trailer, we will be very happy to take advantage of the hook-up sites! The BIGGEST negative about this campground are the bathrooms, which are always filthy, even at the start of a 3-day holiday weekend. Won't be a big deal for us anymore (hooray for trailers!) but it was definitely a drag to have to use those nasty bathrooms several times a day. Tent campers beware. There are no showers here but you can use the coin operated ones at the Morro Bay State Park campground, just 5 miles away. We have stayed at both campgrounds and prefer Morro Strand as the access to the ocean, Morro Bay, and the San Simeon coast are so good. All hook-up sites are on the East side of the strand, but the best sites overall are the ones on the West side that have their own walk way to the beach. Note that this beach is NOT dog friendly, but there is one 2 miles up the road that is. We camped at Morro Strand State Beach in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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