Date of Stay: October, 2008
The reality of Carmel is that there just are not too many choices in the area for RV camping and everything is expensive. We have stayed at Saddle Mountain twice and had a really good experience both times. The management is super friendly and if you have a dog on board it is really pet friendly too. The sites are not big and they are pretty tightly lined up in some spots but some of them have really wonderful views out over the valley. It was quiet and has everything you need on site except for a laundry. The pool area is really nice and there are a lot of options for walking around (if you can handle walking steep inclines that is) or finding a nice spot to sit outside and read or whatever. The location is ideal for doing stuff in and around the Monterey Peninsula area. There is an additional charge for Wi-fi. I would stay here again for sure.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This is a nice park. Quiet, pretty and in a great location. You are within walking distance to the trails in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and a short scenic drive from Santa Cruz. The town of Felton is cute and has a few nice shops and a fabulous New Leaf Grocery Market. Don't be fooled by the idea of a river view site. You are up a steep embankment with a kind of ugly fence separating you from any real view of the river, but there are gorgeous, huge redwoods through the park, and it is scenic for that reason, if not for the river view. Be careful pulling out if this park's entrance. The curve in the road can be a bit tricky. Their Wi-Fi did not seem to work at all for us while we were here, and our Verizon air card did not really pick up any signal either. I would stay at this park again for it's great location.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This is a really pretty park deep in a valley of redwoods. The river is gorgeous and you have free access to it to sit by it's side or float in an inner tube, swim (if it happens to be a time of year when it is deep enough) or whatever you want. I will warn you that the roads you have to navigate through the park to get to some of the sites are insanely tight. We have a 25' trailer and we barely made it through. You see a lot of folks struggling with this. Other that that, they have on site laundry, nice, clean restrooms and the staff is really helpful and friendly too. I would recommend it as a great place to stay in Big Sur. There are no trails within this park but you are close to other parks that have extensive hiking and great views of the coast. There is no internet or cell access in this park so if that matters to you it is a drawback.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
Well, we drove ALL DAY on HWY 50 to get here and were expecting a heck of a lot more than what we ended up with. $40 for a space that is not even big enough for our 25' trailer, does not even have a picnic table or ANYTHING and you would never even know a river was anywhere near by is just plain ridiculous. Do some research and find a better spot if you are considering this place. It is literally just a huge concrete parking lot.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
This is a great place to stay to visit Santa Fe. It is a little way out of town on the south side but you get really fabulous views of all three surrounding mountain ranges from this location. They have nice facilities and everything is kept really clean. There is a good long walking trail for dogs around the perimeter of the place. We would recommend this over any other park in the area for sure.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
There is not much else to choose from in this neck of the woods so we have stayed here while passing through northwest NM a few times. This place is in a quiet neighborhood but the spaces are really cramped. There is barely room to park your truck next to your rig after you unhitch. It's basically a gravel parking lot. The WI-FI is pretty much useless because the signal is so weak. The showers were disgusting with hair clogging the drains and general dirt and garbage left behind by past campers. The best thing this place has going for it... which is actually really nice, is the fenced in dog run. It is large enough to give the dog some space to play. If you have a dog it is worth staying here for that reason alone. There is not much in the way of good food around here either. You are better off cooking for yourself. Don't let anyone tell you that Rubio's in Aztec is worth the drive because it's not!
Date of Stay: November, 2007
We have just spent a month in this park. The owners are on site and are great people. Sherry will bend over backwards to make sure you have everything you need, and to help you get acquainted with the area. It's a very quiet, private park and they are really pet friendly. We had a site on the creek (the water is/was pretty low due to lack of rain for a few months), and it was quite spacious and nicely shaded. They are adding new sites out back and hope to have them done soon so there will be plenty of options for different sized rigs and for the type of site you prefer. There's a nice dog walk path out back...very rustic. The laundry facility is brand new and they are working on a brand new bath house (as of right now there is none.. so call to check on that if it is an issue for you.)This place is pretty secluded (it's about a 15 to 20 minute drive to the nearest grocery in either Blanco or Dripping Springs)so stock up before you head out. We were able to visit Austin, San Antonio, Wimberly, etc. from this locale, all within an hour and a half drive or less. I would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
This is a really pretty park... I really liked everything about it, except they have a lot of restrictions on dogs. Don't expect to go anywhere other than on the paved park roads with your pet. No access is allowed on the trail heads for dogs, which was totally unexpected for us since we went there to hike the trails. That being said.. the sites are huge and there is a wide variety of them to choose from. You can be tucked back into deep woods or out on a grassy hillside or anywhere in between. There is a bit of traffic noise from a county hwy on one side of the park but off that one stretch it is very quiet. I would certainly stay here again (but without my dog!)
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This was a really well laid out park. We stayed for two weeks in July. It was always quiet, even on the weekends. The staff was very friendly and it was really close to Camden/Rockport to drive in to town. The sites are all pretty decent size with nice trees and the pool area was very nice. It is an expensive park... but one of the nicer places we have stayed in our year on the road. You are paying for the location... I would definitely stay here again!