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

Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield, California

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this resort for just one night as a stop over on our way home from Yosemite! Easy access to/from the freeway, spacious sites, clean property and nice amenities. We enjoyed the swimming pool and rec room, which was spacious with furnishings, game table for checkers/chess, and a large work station for a few people to connect laptops. We camped at Bakersfield River Run RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

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

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Amazing campground in the middle of Yosemite Valley and accessible to all of the major trails, lakes and park icons like Half Dome! You are surrounded by tall pine trees and there are bike/walking paths that take you to all of the major spots. I would definitely recommend staying in the Valley! Half Dome Village was just across the street and provided a fully stocked market/gift shop, grill, pizza shack, coffee shop, ice cream, bar, and buffet in a giant lodge. They also had pay showers, which were clean and provided towels and soap/shampoo! We also rode over to Yosemite Village (1 mile away) that has a Visitor Center, museum, shops and an even larger market. They also have great dining options with pizzas, sandwiches, grill and a bar/lounge. There is also a Visitor Center geared towards kids/families at Happy Isles that offers a Junior Ranger program and art classes. The only negative was the smoke from the Ferguson Fire (20 or less miles to the west). It filled the Valley during most of our trip and it was difficult to see Half Dome and other iconic spots. We also didn't make a trip to the popular Glacier Point because of visibility. Staying near the falls or river, and doing activities in the morning or after 5 pm worked out for us! Overall, it was a terrific experience and we hope to go back again when there isn't a fire! We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
DBL 2
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

We have two young boys and they loved visiting Mirror Lake, Vernal Falls hike (strenuous for kids but worth it), Twin Falls loop (plus, we climbed the large boulders up to the Lower Falls pool and swam around), Swinging Bridge, and so much more! Bring an inner tube or inflatable boat to take in the Merced River or Mirror Lake!

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

Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA, Visalia, California

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stopped here on our way up to Yosemite National Park for one night. We had a pull thru site, which was level, clean and shaded. They offer a lot of amenities that we used, including a pool and rec room with a pool table, air hockey, ping pong and cable tv. It needs a little love, but our kiddos didn't care. They also have a fitness room (a bit outdated) and a few older video games ;-). Overall, it was a great spot to stop for the night, especially for the value. It was very easy to access, just a mile or so off of the freeway. We camped at Visalia / Sequoia National Park KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4a
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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

William Heise County Park, Julian, California

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the loop that offers water and electric hook ups. There are 20 back in sites that have tall pine trees and firepits. There is a large, common picnic area with concrete tables and bbq in the center. There was also easy access to hiking trails and a very new playground for the kids. It's just a 5-minute drive into the town of Julian! It was extremely beautiful and peaceful. We camped at William Heise County Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Tips for other Campers:

Hike the Desert View Trail that is accessible from the park. You can see the Anza Borrego Desert from the top and surrounding area - gorgeous!

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

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA, Watsonville, California

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $118.00
Overall Rating:

We splurged and booked one of the back in sites with the patio overlooking the newly remodeled pool area below! It was a bit pricey, but the spot was spacious, clean and very nice. Our kids loved all of the fun amenities, including the game room, jumping pillow, bike rentals, playground area and beautiful new pool. During our stay, we visited Big Basin Redwood Park in Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Monterey Bay Aquarium and nearby beaches (1 mile away)! We camped at Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
102
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

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

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, California

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

Extremely clean campground with excellent amenities! We had a pull-through site that was level with a picnic table and some shade. The facilities are in impecable condition and they were busy building new facilities. The public restrooms were spa quality with gorgeous tile work. The pool we went to was awesome and the kids enjoyed the zero entry + adjacent splash pad! Their signage around property/on buildings is terrific and really ties everything together. Enjoyed their Friday Night BBQ on the outdoor patio and listened to a talented musician. We camped at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
333
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Great spot to stay if you're visiting Solvang/Santa Ynez Valley! Also accessible to Goleta beach (about 15 min south on the 101) and Santa Barbara for day trips. We had a great dinner at the Solvang Brewing Company and decided not to fight the crowds at the popular "Paula's Pancake House" and found a great breakfast place one block off the main road - Fresco Valley Cafe! We also visited Ostrichland USA - a fun little activity for the kids. You can feed the ostriches and emus.

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

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA, Watsonville, California

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $112.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA was amazing! The campground layout is terrific, plenty of room between spots, and well-maintained. The staff was friendly and helpful. There were a ton of activities for our two young boys (7 & 9) to do in our down time at the campground, including a large playground, jumping pillow, ping pong, mini golf, fun bike rentals, a brand new pool facility, a "fun train", and more! They offered organized crafts, free movie nights, walks to the beach, and more. Our site was large with a stone paver patio for the picnic table + a deck off the back with a metal table & two chairs! It's a terrific spot for families with access to the nearby beaches, Santa Cruz and other destinations! We camped at Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

This KOA provided us with easy access to a wide variety of off-site activities. We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, just 30 miles south. We drove to Big Basin Redwood State Park, an hour drive and worth it (just $10 to park and explore the miles of trails)! We went into Santa Cruz and had dinner at The Crow's Nest by the harbor and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. We went to Sand Dollar Beach (just a mile drive from the KOA) and saw a pod of dolphins just offshore.

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

Avila / Pismo Beach KOA, San Luis Obispo, California

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $61.00
Overall Rating:

We chose this campground for a one night stop over on our way up the coast due to it's close proximity to the 101. We were pleasantly surprised by all of the amenities and activities they offered, including a free wine tasting in their wine shop (Sat night), activity center with pool table, foosball, Jenga and shuffleboard, free outdoor movie, beautiful pool & hot tub, and $1 ice cream sundaes! The grounds were well maintained and everywhere we went was clean. Our site was extremely small for our 27' trailer and we barely got into it, but once we were in - it was fine. If we had been staying longer, I would have booked a better site. Before we left the next day, we drove into the downtown area of Pismo Beach to look around and also drove into Avila Beach where our kids played on a beachfront pirate playground! For only being there one night - we were able to see and do a lot! We camped at Avila / Pismo Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We visited the "famed" Old West Cinnamon Rolls bakery in downtown Pismo, and it was delicious. We also walked around the pier area where we saw Cow #22 "Classic California" of the Cow Parade art project. Took a short drive over to Avila Beach and where our boys played at the pirate themed park. The beach also has a large swingset on the sand and slide that the boys enjoyed! Lots of great little eateries to explore!

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

Thousand Trails / Pio Pico, Jamul, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

We were a bit hesitant about this visit due to the mixed reviews we had read. But, we were pleasantly surprised and had a nice experience. We were able to get a full hook up site, as were our friends, but we went down there at 7 am in order to do this. This resort does not guarantee full hook up sites and you basically "get what you get" when you arrive. Not a fan at all of this kind of policy. Every other rv resort we have visited in the past year has always guaranteed a specific type, if not site, when we book our reservation. The full hook up side of the campground is where all of the primary amenities and activities are located, including the swimming pools, mini golf, Youth Center, Activity Center, Coyote Cafe, and Country Store. This campground has a mix of long term, leased and then general vacationers, which is a unique blend. For the most part, rv's are well maintained. The family pool area was pristine, but unfortunately it was cold & rainy when we were there, so we didn't partake. The Youth Center was a life saver and offered a free, coordinated craft + ping pong, pool table, foosball & air hockey! We also tried the Coyote Cafe for breakfast and it was good food (large portions). It's a bit dated, but still a nice amenity. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A18
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

I highly recommend staying on the South side of the campground with full hook ups. We walked across the street to the North campground and there is nothing notable about the area - just a sea of trailers, a small/old playground and an adult only center. It's a long walk, especially with small children, so you would have to drive across the road (approx. 1 mile) to access the pool and other activities.

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

Emerald Desert RV Resort, Palm Desert, California

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $74.00
Overall Rating:

The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. Our family of 4 enjoyed many of the resort's amenities, including tennis, swimming at their gorgeous pool, horseshoes, and bike riding around the serene property. The location offers easy access to the 10 freeway and within a 10 minute drive to the 111. There is also a very nice fitness facility and spa. Overall, it was a perfect getaway! We camped at Emerald Desert RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We spent a day at the Palm Springs Tram, which was an easy 20 minute drive (one-way). If you enjoy hiking, we like the Indian Canyons that offer beautiful trails with towering palms. The Living Desert Zoo is also a nice place to visit, which is located in Palm Desert. If you have small children, we really enjoy the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert (located in nearby Rancho Mirage).

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