Date of Stay: January, 2008
Just returned from a 3-day weekend at San Onofre / San Mateo Campground with my wife and two children. From my understanding there are only 68 "full hookup sites" at this campground, which offer 30amp service and water. There is a double station dump site. Reasonably sized pad, easy to back into. Site was not completely level. Fire ring and large picnic table at site. Our site had plenty of shade and the rear joined a common area with a nice tree for the kids to climb. There are community fresh water spigots located every few spaces which were very convenient. Dumpsters and bathrooms were located conveniently throughout the park. There is a "campfire" gathering area, however programs only take place in the summer. The beach is approximately 1.5 miles away and is accessible by walking/biking path or Christianitos Road. The path is hilly and may prove a challenge to those not on mountain bikes. The closest convenience store is St. O's liquor store on Camino del Real, ~1.5mi away. There are a few restaurants close by, also on Camino del Real. We had a great time, however unless you have motive transportation (toad, bicycle, skateboard, scooter) expect to do some walking to get anywhere. I am certain we will visit again. Note: Sunday morning/afternoon we noted that there must be a firing range (not Pendleton) nearby. We did not confirm this with the park staff, but might be worth checking out if you are into shooting sports.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
This park has it all, except for grass and trees. The rocks and water are picturesque. Fishing, riding, boating, camping, hiking, swimming. Desert landscape with brush and dirt. Clean bathrooms, did not use showers. Must tow atvs to riding area. Lots of fun, will return.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Nice park. Pleasant quiet area with plenty of shade. Small stream and pond on campground. Nice playground for the kids. Roomy spaces, but no bushes, etc for privacy between spaces. 30amp service with water hookups. Dump site in campground. I did see bathrooms, but did not utilize them. We stayed here while visiting the Wild Animal Park. May visit again.
Date of Stay: February, 2007
Nice park with desert landscape. Pull though space, no grass. Some sparse bushes/trees for privacy. 2 ponds on campground with Verde River bordering campground. Fish cleaning station at the fishing area. If bringing a golf cart, it MUST be street-legal and registered with license plates. Despite a phone call and questioning this specifically (I was told as long as it was not loud, it would be okay) the staff threatened tickets and made us unhook the coach each time we went fishing. Walking distance was not reasonable for my late-mother (lung ca). Bathrooms were clean, showers were clean but cold. Had a good time despite the golf cart troubles. Only managed one rainbow on the fly (bait fishermen fared much better). Probably will not return. Note: do not let your brother have you take a "shortcut" through Jerome,AZ in a 36ft coach + 12ft. trailer.