Date of Stay: September, 2014
We just spent five days at Sequoia Resort which have the only full-hook up RV spaces near the entrance to Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks. While there isn’t much to do at the resort, with two great national parks right next door, we weren’t looking for RV resort-like amenities. They have six RV spaces with a single bathroom and shower adjacent the office building across from the RV spaces and is kept quite clean. They also have a concrete deck area with a propane grill and a couple of picnic tables for all to use. The sites are dirt but are very level. While we camped here in a 31’ motorhome, getting here was a bit of a challenge. Driving east on Hwy 180 towards Kings Canyon, we turned south on Route 245, towards Pinehurst and continued along a winding, but manageable road, 9.4 miles south to the Resort which was on the left. The entrance gate has a roof with a 12’ clearance, so we made arrangements to enter through a second gate approximately a third of a mile further south to the left. As you enter this alternate gate, turn right and follow the narrow driveway which curves to the left down to the bottom of the slope. Here you will need to take a sharp left turn, which we barely made with a Saturn Vue in tow. Now the driveway inclines gently, stay on the paved driveway until you get to the top of the slope and see a grey pre-fabricated building. Stop here and check in at the office. The property setting is an oak and pine woodland and was very quiet this time of year. We were the only RV here. The property manager was extremely helpful over the phone and even tied ribbons around trees to guide us along this alternate entrance. In case you use the mile markers, Hwy 245 at Hwy 180 starts out in Fresno county so the mileage will count down, driving south, from 8.5 miles to ‘245 FRE 0.00’ at the Tulare county line which then starts counting down from 33.0 miles. Sequoia Resort is just past mile marker ‘245 TUL 32.5’. A larger rig with a towed might find getting here even more challenging. I would definitely recommend it for smaller RVs. Sequoia Resort has been a perfect base camp for us. Full-hook ups (30 amp), clean shower/bathroom, HD satellite reception, Wi-Fi, quiet and lots of stars! Be sure to stop at the Kings Canyon Lodge on Hwy 180 if you’re hungry, thirsty or need ice cream or gasoline. It was a nice place to hang out while visiting the park. We will definitely return to Sequoia Resort.
Date of Stay: December, 2010
Best time to visit is in the off-season. This is our second visit on our way back home. We stayed two nights and spent the day visiting the San Luis Wildlife Refuge (worth the trip if you like to see big birds in wetland habitats). We had the whole campground to ourselves with a view of the O'Neil Forebay and rolling bucolic hills. Camp host was very pleasant and told us that nights had been cold. Said they didn't have much wind this year which is unusual. The campground is very well paved as are the pads which come with concrete curbs for the rig and nice spot for your tow right next to it. Nice grassy areas and beautiful mid-size, bushy pines here and there. Our rig is 31 feet and the parking spaces could actually fit a larger rig (backed in) without sticking into the camp roadway. We had lunch at the Andersen's Pea Soup Restaurant (the one with the big windmill seen from I-5) in Santa Nella. Excellent food especially if you want "real" instead of "fast" food. There's a pretty big gift shop in the front and a full bar in room off the main dining room. We will definitely return to this campground especially during the off-season.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This is a good park for a short stay. We don't expect much from amenities from any park, apart from the full hook-up. Yes, the burrs were annoying, but there weren't too many of them. There isn't much of a view other than some tall trees around the perimeter. We did get a visit from a county sheriff's helicopter in the field next door. They landed the three deputies in flight suits went and had their coffee break at the nearby cafe. They do it often around 10:30 am, I'm told. The route through Petaluma was just fine, taking the Valley Ford road to the the Bodega Highway, just like their instructions say worked out great. The road north on Highway 1 to River road to Santa Rosa was just as easy and we were pulling a towed. Highway 1 north of Jenner, however, we did on the way back, and, we did so with the motor home without towing as it is very narrow and winding at times. We would definitely return to this RV park the next time we feel like spending more time on the Marin/Sonoma coast.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We stayed at Coloma Resort for a week last May. It's a wonderful place, smack dab in the heart of Gold Country. They put us up front, full-hook ups with a bunch of other RVs. As the week went on we had the whole section to ourselves and had a decent view without an RV next to us. River front sites have no hook-ups. If you call them, they will give the best route to get there. Don't take CA-49 from either Auburn or Placerville. It can be done but the roads wind a bit. Better the more straight route from CA-50 on North Shingle Road to Lotus Road to CA-49 to Coloma. They will also tell you if they will have a group of school children staying at the resort, tent camping. There were many groups of kids on field trips from all over the state and they're walking to and fro, from the state park and along the roads. But they weren't any bother and with parents and teachers on the trip as well, they were very well behaved. Places to visit while in the area, the Gold Hill Winery as mentioned before, the Gold Hill Olive Oil Company for some olive oil from locally grown olives, the Apple Hill orchard growing area just off CA-50 in Placerville; The Gold Bug Mine in Placerville; the Courthouse Museum in Auburn; Folsom Prison Museum was interesting; and The Argonaut Refreshment Saloon within walking distance of the Coloma Resort on CA-49. They have great locally made (Apple Hill) pies, especially the strawberry-rhubarb pie with ice cream! Don't forget to take a scenic drive to Georgetown, known as Growlersville back during the Gold Rush. We will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Just spent the first week of October at Camp Edison. What a wonderful campground. We stayed at one of the full hook-up sites and didn't have a problem. Cable connection was OK but not great. Weather was warm during the day and cool at night. We even got some snow by the end of the week. What a sight! The drive in the towed vehicle on the Kaiser Pass Road to Edison Lake had awesome scenery. Will definitely return.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Camped here overnight as there was a toxic spill on I-10 that afternoon and the RV resort was evacuated for some time. The state park had plenty of sites and got one that was electrified. The scenery was stupendous. We could have easily spent a few more days here. The new bathroom/shower facility was the biggest and best I've ever seen for a campground. Spotless and very sanitary. We didn't experience any difficulty with noise as traffic was a mere crawl even late in the night. Good base camp with lots to do in the Tucson area. We'll definitely return.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Very Nice RV park and excellent location. From here we drove out to White Sands National Park during the day and then to the Mesilla district for some New Mexican dining. It has all the amenities one could want on a two-week long trip, including laundry facilities. You can even get your rig washed on site by one of their contractors. We'll definitely return if in the area.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
If you're looking for full hook-ups in the area, this one just fine. We looked at the paved parking area at the Rio Grande Village store and we determined we made a good choice. We found we needed a hardware store and found one in Terlingua. There's also a bit of night life at the nearby saloon with live music on this particular Saturday night. It ended at a decent hour. We also had easy access to The Barton Warnock Visitors Center at the Big Bend Ranch State Park in Lajitas as well as destinations in the central and western side of the national park. We'd definitely choose Big Bend Motor Inn again.
Date of Stay: February, 2007
The campground at Buena Vista Aquatic park was not very busy at the end of February so we had a choice spot at the lake front where waterfowl were literally foraging in the grassy area at the waters edge and right in front of our campsite. The view of Lake Webb as the sun was setting was awesome as was the view, on the other side of the lake, of the snowcapped Temblor Range. A 35 mile drive to the other side of this mountain range is the Carizzo Plain national monument. Buena Vista park was a great overnight stop and the drive through the town of Arvin to Tehachapi Pass in our 31' MH was scenic and an easy drive. We will definitely make a return trip.