Date of Stay: October, 2008
We spent 3 days here during what is typically one of the busy times of year. It was apple season, and being a 15 minute drive from Apple Hill, the campground was pretty full. The site layout, customer service, activities for the kids (petting zoo, mini-golf, pool, play yard), and cleanliness were all above average. There are some full-timers, but they keep their lots very tidy. My only complaint is the fact that Highway 50 runs right behind the campground, and you hear the cars from 6 a.m. to around 10:00 p.m.. In fact, I would have given this place a 7, if it weren't for the noise. The sites towards the top of the campground seemed to be a bit quieter. Being that it's probably one of the nicest sites next to Apple Hill, we'll probably be back.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
Nice park to use a "home base" for visiting the central coast. The park itself is good, but it's the location & people that makes it worth coming back to. The positives: location (it's a short drive to the Pismo Dunes, SLO, Avila Beach), water slides for the kids in the park, playground, lot's of families, quiet, and tons of wildlife all around the grounds (we had several wild turkeys at our trailer everyday). Negatives: sites is pretty jammed tight, the showers could use more cleaning, speed limits don't seem to be enforced too well, and the swimming area wasn't too attractive. However, this was due to the drought, and I'm sure would be better with more winter rain. All and all, it's a pretty good campsite. We'll be back.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
We camped here over the 4th of July weekend, which is a good test on how well a campsite is maintained. First the positives: Location, within 1 hours driving distance to Yosemite Park, Mercer Caverns, Sonora, Lake Don Pedro, and minutes from Pine Mountain Lake. If you stayed on the grounds, the pool, playground and petting farm were a hit with the kids. There was also a really cool cave/former mine at the top of section C. I had limited interaction from the staff, but they seemed friendly, kept the place quiet and were helpful. Areas of improvement: The restrooms/showers were cleaned daily, but with the crowds, should be cleaned more often, as they got pretty dirty in between cleanings. Yes, it's dusty. However, I don't think there is much the owners can do about it. The rec room was closed, and some of the playing apparatuses were broken. Our site, and from the looks of things, many of the other sites, were not level. Our site was about 20 feet from our neighbor's hook-ups, and yes, we could see their big red sewer hose. The owners should plant some bushes or something. The pull-through sites seemed pretty tight. But our back-in site had plenty of room for our trailer, awning and a 10 x 10 pop-up canopy. Living just 3 hours from this Yosemite Pines, I'd stay here again. The kids really enjoyed it, which I guess is the whole purpose for going.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
This is a great little campground if you're going to be in the Monterey area. Very basic, but has full hookups, and is only minutes from the beach. Would typically rate a place like this a 6, but the camp hosts are so accommodating that I bumped it up to a 7. The Wi-Fi works fine if you're within 50' of the router, but drops off significantly beyond that. Do note, this campground is at the end of a runway, and jets shoot over your head all day long. Which usually isn't too bad since you spend most of the day touring Monterey. We've stayed here three times, and will certainly go back.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Probably one of the best campgrounds in the state. Stayed in site 99, which was easy to back my 28' TT into. Not as loud as some of the previous reviewers have noted, but not silent either. There was an enormous area around the site where the kids could run around and hang with the other camper kids. They keep restrooms and showers clean and well stocked. We'll certainly stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Yosemite National Park is one the most scenic places on earth; and being able to use the Upper Pines campground as your home base is ideal. You're right next to the free shuttle that takes you to all the hot sports, and only a 10 minute walk to Curry Village. The campsite itself is pretty primitive and a bit crowded, but it does quiet down after dinner. Potable water is nearby, and you're allowed to use generators (sparingly). The restrooms were clean, but no hot water. There are showers and a pool in Curry Village, if you don't mind a 10 minute walk.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Great family oriented campground! Kids were running all around the place. We had a river site, which gave us a nice view to wake up to in the morning. Sites were level enough that we didn't need blocks. Tons of shade. The managers were accommodating, and ensured the place was quiet in the evening. There's a gate between Riverside and the neighboring campground which has a nice playground and basketball court, so the kids were able to walk over and play with other kids. Aside from that, there's not a whole lot to do at the campground, but plenty of nice beaches and hiking trails within a 10 minute drive. The sites are all pretty tight, which made pulling in and out with a 28' trailer a bit difficult. So once you're in, it's probably not worth your effort to pull out until you leave. The electrical and bathrooms need to be updated, and they little store could make a bundle if they stocked it better. But aside from that, I'd say it's a nice place to visit.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Great Campground! Plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. Beautiful lake just across the road, where you can swim or fish. The general store had everything you need or may have forgotten at home. With no hook-ups it got a little noisy at times when other RVer's were using the generators, but aside from that, just the sounds of people talking and children playing. Although we were in a tend this time, it looked as if it would have been pretty easy to maneuver a travel trailer or RV. Will certainly go back.