Date of Stay: August, 2011
This goes down as one of our favorite campgrounds and areas ever! We stayed in Loop A, Site 30. Plenty of room overlooking a large meadow and woods surrounding us. They have an amazing bike trail with wild berries ripe for the picking. The surrounding area offered fresh produce (including "pick your own" on the honor system), wine tasting, a candy factory and beautiful green hills. We wish we were able to stay longer than 2 nights. The campground was clean, beautiful and very peaceful. Water & electric hookups worked great. A wonderful getaway for us Los Angeles vacationers.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
We came here at the perfect time (early May). The campground was mostly empty, which made things very quiet and peaceful. The loudest noise were the occasional coyotes off in the very distant and night. The area was green and grassy, the park very clean, and the staff very helpful and kind. This was a great one day, one night stop coming home from Yosemite. It's about a one hour drive to the park entrance, and another 45-60 minutes to Yosemite Village from this campground. We'd definitely stay here again if wanted to go to Yosemite but couldn't get a camp site for our 26' TT. We also recommend eating at the Grizzly Bear Restaurant, about 5 minutes from camp, in the town of Coursegold. They have a diverse menu and GREAT food!!!
Date of Stay: May, 2011
If you like dry camping in the mountains, beside a river, then this place is perfect! The temperatures were low-mid 70s during the day, low 40s at night. The river was gushing, which swimmers ought to be very careful because they can easily get swept away. It took about 45-60 minutes to drive to Yosemite Valley; a little longer than usual because of road construction delays. All of the waterfalls were raging, which is a must-see for anyone. Glacier Point was still closed (due to open in mid-June, according to the rangers). We didn't encounter any bears (probably too early in the season). Some of the RV sites are pretty tight, so make sure your rig isn't too long. Also, if you get a spot along the river, be prepared to do some work getting your rig level because they slope downward toward the riverside. All in all, it was an awesome trip, an awesome camp site and we'll return for sure!!!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This is a dry-campers dream! If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful setting for a weekend in the mountains then this is the place for you. It was easy for us to find a place to park our 26' TT, but you'll need to set a few more blocks under your leveling jacks. This camp is about 4500' elevation and the sites are at different levels on the mountain. Big motorhomes and 5th wheels should stay closer to the entrance: site 60 and 61 are perfect for big rigs. There's plenty of hiking trails, pine trees and fresh air. Tehachapi tends to be 10-20 degrees cooler than the neighboring Mojave Desert and Central Valley, which makes this a great summer retreat. It's first some first serve, $14/night, and no hook-ups. So if you can deal with that, then you will have a great time!
Date of Stay: April, 2010
This campground is located at the west end of Simi Valley, very close to Moorpark. The location is perfect if you have things to do in town. It appears to be a forgotten, old campground. Very few campers were here and the weather was perfect, (or maybe the economic slowdown played a part). The upper campground can handle bigger rigs but you have the distant sound of traffic on the 118 fwy. The lower campground is more rustic and shaded by giant oak trees, but you have the noise of an occasional train going by. Fortunately, Union Pacific RR doesn't use those tracks much anymore, and the commuter train only runs during the week. The county park management was disorganized. We reserved online and they let someone else camp in our spot. But we got a better spot anyway, so that was not a big deal. We camped in the lower campground. During the day most of the other campers were gone to other places. At night it was very quiet. There is a basketball court, horse shoe pit, hiking trails, and a meeting room you can rent for large groups. There is also a day-use area of the park, with a large parking lot. There's nothing fancy about this place, but if you have a reason be close to town then we'd recommend it. I only live 40 miles away and I think I would still camp here again for a quick weekend getaway.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
For a county-run facility, this campground is better than most. The place was well-managed, the staff was friendly and eager to help is get the site we wanted. But unless you're staying at one of the group sites, it's first-come first-serve here. I showed up to get a site at 6:30 AM on a Friday morning and there was only one RV site left. They usually sell out for the weekend by Thursday night. There were plenty of disgruntled campers being turned away throughout the morning. The southeast side of the campground, sites 12 -121, feature electric-water-sewage. Sites 125-176 are water and electric only. There is no Wi-Fi or cable TV. If you have a strong enough antenna you can pick up the local ABC affiliate ch.3 from Santa Barbara. Our AT&T & Verizon cell phones and our XM radio had great reception in the campground. If you want space for tents or peace then you should get one of the sites along the water. Not all of them have a view of the water but it's much better than getting one of the more-cramped back-to-back sites. I would've liked to swim in the lake (this is a fishing-only lake) but it was still nice to cool off by the shore from the nice breeze. All in all, we had a good time and will come back in the off-season when it's empty.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We were so pleased to find that this park was nestled in the pines. It was clean, roomy and beautiful. Our site had full hook-ups and a fire pit. The bathrooms had individual private shower/sink/toilet. You could not get in without an access code, which we liked for added security. Our site (U2) was in the last row so we saw nothing but pines in front. The staff was not very warm, but this is probably because they were so busy. After checkout time, they did let us park in the overflow section without a charge, so we could leave the trailer and enjoy a drive in the tow vehicle just a little bit longer.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Lone Pine is not on most RVers' destination list. However, if you need to stop there for the night, while traveling north or south on U.S. 395, then this park is a good place to stop. The sites proved a decent amount of room between your neighbors; the utilities are in good shape; the park is well maintained; and the store is well stocked with all the camping knick-knacks you might need. My wife was even happily surprised by the fun gift items in this store away from stores. The swimming pool was clean and very popular with the kids on the hot July night we were there. There is some good year-round fishing in the creeks and lakes nearby. Water sports are also allowed at the nearby Diaz Lake. The negatives were the sewage we smelled in one part of the camp (sure glad our site wasn't around there) and the bathrooms, although clean, only offer two showers per room. All-in-all, we would definitely stay here again (and we probably will soon).
Date of Stay: January, 2009
This is a beautiful roomy park, surrounded by mountains. There are gorgeous peacocks roaming around the property. We would definitely stay here again, but we have two complaints: 1. There was some trash left behind at our site, and; 2. We went to a movie and came back after 10PM. The staff did not warn us that they lock the gates after 10PM. We ultimately found out the combo to the lock and opened the gate.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
This is a reservoir for San Diego area residents, which means NO SWIMMING, WADING, IN THE LAKE and NO ANIMALS ALLOWED OUTSIDE CAMPGROUND. Campers can rent small manual or electric-powered boats and fish on the lake as late as midnight so long as you have a lantern. Due to budget cutbacks, the lake is only open for fishing, boating, and hiking from Friday-Sunday. The campground is open every day, and if you like to be in a half-full campground near a lake during the summer, then midweek camping here will satisfy that preference. There aren't any decent lakeview sites for RVs, except for the small overflow section that only allows units 25' or less. On the backside you can get a decent view of the mountains behind the lake (sites 13-19), although some are hindered a bit by bushes or by power wires (site 13). Overall, it's a nice place to camp if you want to be near San Diego yet feel like you're a little farther out of town.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
If you like camping in the desert, and you want a quiet, peaceful place without OHVs and motorcycles, then this is the place for you! Blackrock Campground is incredibly close to civilization (only about 5 miles from the small town of Joshua Tree), but it boasts the many splendors of desert wilderness life and a sky full of stars at night. The peace and quiet is occasionally interrupted by the hum of Marine Corps helicopters flying to the Twentynine Palms Marine Base (approximately 25 miles from the campground). Make sure you can deal with "boon docking," for there is water at the sites but no electricity and only one sewage dump site. Also, you can only run your generator between 7-9 AM, 12-2 PM, and 5-7 PM. There are numerous trails for novice and intermediate hiking, and the campground is less than 30 minutes from the other noteworthy site within the National Park. Even though you will be a paid camper, you will still need to pay for a pass to drive through the rest of the Park. If you're into views, the you must check out Keys View (on the southwest part of the park). Keys View offers an awesome view of the San Gregornio Mountains and Palm Springs. Be sure to check out the Visitor Center and get literature on the park, and enjoy yourself!
Date of Stay: January, 2008
Normally, I would give this kind of campsite a 6 but having the Ghost Town right there warrants a higher grade. For a 40 year-old man who stopped yearning to visit this place 20 years ago (when my hormones and ego fully kicked in!), the Ghost Town offered a satisfying amount of entertainment. Even my teenage sons had fun! The campground, however, was very primitive and virtually like "dry camping" in the remote desert. The only difference was the fact that we had some rowdy, noisy off-roaders camped around us (we got stuck in the overflow section) and there were times when I thought our neighbors might entertain us with a gunfight of their own. The bathrooms were pretty murky, too, which can be expected from a county-run facility. But. Oh yeah, did I mention how the Ghost Town was entertaining and worth the trip?
Date of Stay: November, 2007
Older park, probably built in the 1950s. Sites were rough and not level at some spots. Looks like some people live full time in sites near the back. Bathrooms and showers were very clean. Staff was friendly but not very knowledgeable about surrounding area. Would stay there again if in the area.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
Stayed there after Thanksgiving 2007. Park looks bare and new. Surrounded by roadside fast food and gas stations. No scenery or pretty sights but offers good place to stop and rest for the night. The lady running the place was helpful and friendly. Park was well-maintained and seemed to provide a safe place to camp. Would camp here again if in the area.