Date of Stay: June, 2016
This RV spot, and I hesitate to call it a "park" because there is not much there to define a RV park. It is basically a lined off set of parking spots with a power pedestal and a picnic table. There was enough room for our 37' motor home, and we were able to pull the Jeep all the way to the back of the site so we could put chairs in the front for a view of the boats and the marina. There is a real love/hate relationship when talking about this stop. The parts to love are backing into your site and and having a view of Santa Cruz harbor and marina out of the front window. The sites are full hook up and the water pressure is strong. The sites are all pavement so dirt or sand is not an issue. The cell signal is strong and the Verizon air card worked well. There is no public WiFi offered. The hate part of the relationship is that the RV spaces are bordered by a road directly in front of the sites. Our rig was inches from the white line that represented the edge of the traffic lane that runs in front. While exiting the rig if a car was going by, it would be mere feet from you. There is a 10 mph speed limit on the road, which is universally ignored by just about everyone. Vehicles usually sped by at 20 to 30 mph, oblivious that pedestrians were walking by. Another oddity was the lack of any restroom and shower facilities available. While there are two shower toilet rooms along the marina walkway, signs are posted that they are for the use of the marina slip renters only. One of the buildings had a sign that is was open to the public between the hours of 8 AM to 6 PM, but the doors were never unlocked. The doors required a key or a pass code to enter. The RV camp host was also kinda flaky. He was in the site next to us, but he was rarely there, and when he was he was never available.We paid $52 a night for the park, with no discounts or break for staying for a week. All in all it was not a bad park, but there was not much to make it memorable either.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
We had not been to SLC for quite awhile, so we wanted a place to stay to do some touring. We went with the KOA, but were not too impressed with it. While the roads and sites were paved, fairly rare for a KOA, it had some negatives that were tough on us. Probably the biggest one for us was the noise level in the area. A train track nearby had a seemingly constant supply of freight trains going by. Many in the early morning hours, like 2 or 3 AM. And each and every time the conductor would sound the horns as many as 9 or 10 long blasts going by. And then there was the noise from the nearby airport as jets took off and landed regularly and helicopters circled at random. The park itself is huge, with over 1000 RV spots, most of which are permanent or extended stay rigs. That makes for quite a bit of traffic in and out around the clock. The park does offer free WiFi and our air card signal was good here. The views from the park of the snow capped mountains were very nice to look at. I needed to use a remote satellite dish though as the many large trees make the vehicle mounted dishes useless in most cases. There is a pool and small hot tub. I chose not to use the hot tub though as another camper that had 7 small children and was camping in a pop up camper used the hot tub daily as kind of a bath for all of the kids. We were recommended to a local Mexican food restaurant down the street, the Red Iguana. It was a great recommendation, as the food and the service were fabulous, and the prices were reasonable. There is a nice paved walking/jogging path next to the park that we did use to run on one day between the rain drops. I probably wouldn't come back here if in the area, just too many negatives for us.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
We needed an over nighter on the way to Salt Lake City. Iron Horse fit the bill nicely. It sits back off the road, and a bit lower so traffic noise was not an issue. This is a well maintained park and is not very old. We have stayed here before a few years back and I liked it then. One slight negative is that the sites are "Jack and Jill", but only on the drivers side of the vehicle. The utilities share the same strip between you and the rig on the drivers side, but out your door on the curb side there is a spacious patio and grass area. The grass here is meticulously maintained and kept nicely mowed. There is a small pool and hot tub, but I didn't get the chance to use them. There are Handicapped facilities, and the price includes free WiFi, but our Verizon Air Card worked well here. There is some train noise in the area, but not close enough to be bothersome. Even though our stop was brief, I could easily come back to this park and stay a week. The town was nice and had a good variety of stores. We paid $48 a night for a long pull through paved site, which was nice as I didn't want to unhook the Jeep for the short stay. I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
We have stayed at Sparks Marina before and came back because we like the area. The park can be a little odd, in that there is no real grass in the park. All of their sites have a grass areas between them, but it is all Astro Turf. It is in good repair, and the park keeps it clean by constant raking, sweeping, and they even run a lawn mower over it to suck up any loose debris that falls on it. Because it's astro turf though, they don't want any animals reliving themselves on it. Which can be kind of a struggle to keep rover from peeing as soon as they hit the door. There are 2 dog runs to use, if you can get that far before the "accident". They do have handicapped facilities, and offer free WiFi, for email browsing primarily. The sites are average size so you can get an awning out, but not a lot of extra room. There is an additional parking area next to the rig to put your toad or tow vehicle. We paid $43 with Good Sam discount. There is a nice marina across from the park where sail boats and paddle boarders play, and there is a 1 ½ mile walking/jogging path around the lake. There is also a big off leash pet area at the marina that is on the lake as well, so if your pooch is a water lover, they will be in heaven. There is a pool and hot tub (which I used) and enjoyed immensely. I can recommend this park for visiting the Reno/Sparks area.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
After staying at a few different RV parks that had little to offer in the way of amenities, we rolled into Jackson, Ca to stay at Jackson Rancheria Casino and RV park. Many of the RV parks that are owned by Indian casino's are generally pretty decent, but this one is exceptional in my opinion. The all cement double wide sites are surrounded with lush grass and meticulously cared for plant life. There is generous space between sites, and they are laid out on the diagonal to provide an even bigger space feel. There is a walking path that surrounds the whole park, and although a bit hilly is a great place to stretch and exercise a bit. This is surrounded by great scenery of rolling green hills and plenty of trees. The restrooms are modern and clean, and easily handicapped accessible. The free park WiFi is strong, which is a good thing because my Verizon air card was running pretty slow due to distance from the nearest tower. Our rate was $35 a night during a RV rally, but I believe the regular rate is $45 to $55 a night depending on back in or pull through site, and weekend or weekday. There is a large off leash dog area, a big pool, and two hot tubs to relax in. A free shuttle to the casino runs every 30 minutes and drops you at the casino door which is about a mile from the RV park. Just down the hill from the RV park is a gas station that has diesel and will easily fit your big rig to fuel up. There is also a car/RV wash that is touch-less where you can get the RV washed for $40. If you join the Casino's players club, a coupon on the RV site brochure will give you an additional $10 off that price. This is one of the few places that we could be happy staying for a few weeks if we could fit it in our plans. We have been here 3 or 4 times, but I don't think we have made it to the casino yet. I can highly recommend this park.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
We have been to this resort several times in the past, but recently we have avoided it do the cost of the sites. They have various levels of site pricing depending on how your site is outfitted. The current rates are from $52 for a dirt site with a small grass strip between sites, to $93 for a site with concrete drive and patio. While this has always been a nice place to stay and ideally located to visit the myriad of local wineries, it was not without it downsides. One big negative for us was that in the upper "premium" sites, they were also the closest to Highway 46. Even at night the traffic noise was significant as it is also a trucking route. About a year ago the place was bought out by "Sun RV Resorts"and they have made changes. One of the biggest ones was the addition of a new premium section of RV sites in a lower area that used to be for RV storage. The pads are double wide and all cement, and probably the quietest ones in the park. Another is the addition of several camping cottages that were built on existing RV pads. They are quite nice and well appointed but these too are pricey, ranging from $159 a night during the week, all the way up to $279 a night on holiday weekends. We had reserved one of the newer premium lower sites, but found that we were moved due to construction. The restrooms are all top notch and easily handicapped accessible, as is the pool. There are two hot tubs, one by the pool, and another up the hill a bit that is for adults only. Park WiFi is strong all around the park due to many repeaters. Our Verizon air card worked well here too. Another nice amenity they added was a separate outside wine and beer bar. They serve many local wine and various beers on tap. It is right across the street from an area where live bands perform. We got in on a "Black Friday" deal and stayed at a bargain rate. I would come back to this park.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
About a year ago the state added many new full hook up concrete RV sites. The campground flier indicates that the full hook up sites are limited to 40' or less in length. I do think that you could fit a 40'+ rig though, as there is 8-10' of space in back of the rig after the concrete pad stops. They are back in and are wide enough for the rig and a tow vehicle. The back portion of the parking area is dirt and is where the picnic table sits. The sites have 50 amp, and the water pressure is remarkable, especially for a beach location (my on board regulator was easily pegged at 60 psi). The full hook up sites are $50 a night. There are many dry camp spots available as well at $35 a night that have a 24' max length. The beach is a short walk down a path through some areas that are being regrown with native plants. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on any of the beach areas in this State Park, so Fido needs to stay in the campground. Our Verizon air card worked really well here, but no park WiFi is available. One really surprising point being that this is a state park is the absence of any handicapped facilities. The campsites themselves are easily negotiable with flat smooth surfaces and small rolled curbs, but that is about it. There are two bathroom facilities, one at each end of the park, but neither is handicapped accessible. In spite of a crude asphalt ramp, the doors into restrooms, and on the stalls themselves are not ADA compliant. There are also no shower facilities here. The campground flier states that fact, but indicates that by showing your receipt for this campground, you can drive 6 miles south to Morro Bay state park and use the showers there. Not very convenient. But if you don't need showers, or Handicapped facilities, I can highly recommend this campground.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
Sunset Vista is quite literally a parking lot. The city of Huntington Beach, in order to create some off season revenue have added hookups (water and electric) to an existing parking lot. The up side of this campground is that you are mere steps from the sand and the pacific ocean. The down side is that you are also within steps from a major coastal roadway in back of the camping area, Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). The campsites are all asphalt, and each one is 6 parking spaces in size. That is that the sites are made up of three car size parking spaces wide, and two spaces deep. In reality, that is a fairly good size RV space, room for your RV, tow car, and plenty of outside sitting room. The electrical pedestal is 50 amp, and water faucets on a raised concrete pad to separate the sites. There is a dump station on site. The sites cost $70 per night, and reservations are made on line on the cities web site. There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby in walking distance, and a walk/bike trail also right in front of the beach sand. The Huntington Beach pier is about a 5 minute walk down the bike path. Handicapped restroom and shower facilities are nearby, but are also public accessible. WiFi is available if you have a hot spot or air card, but the campground has no WiFi of it's own. There are two rows of sites. The front row is angled parking for rigs 30' and below, the second row is pull through for rigs up to 40', but I did see a few rigs that pushed that limit by a few feet. One big downside for this location is the noise from PCH, and a nearby high rise construction project that is across PCH. Also because this site fronts a public beach, the weekends are extremely busy with lots of people and walkers and bikers packing up the bike path. The cost and crowds didn't discourage the campers though, as the park was near capacity every night. I would hesitate to come back due to the noise and crowds.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The park was surprisingly full when we arrived for our week stay. Staying for a week often gets you a reduction from the daily rate. We paid $290 for 7 days and that included tax. I believe it was a 15% reduction over the daily rate. The park has concrete sites and paved roads. There are mature trees and landscaping between the sites. While there is not a huge amount of room between the sites, the landscaping makes it feel a little more spacious. There was plenty of room to sit outside in chairs, watch the outside TV, and even do our morning workouts. The park has free WiFi that worked pretty well, but you are limited to emails and basic web searches. Our Verizon air card worked pretty well, but we did have periods of slow downs. The bathrooms are in good condition and had handicapped showers and toilet stalls. There were 8 washing machines and 10 dryers in the laundry room. Washes cost $1.50 and dryers were $1.00. Extra capacity dryers were $1.50. A few of the surprising perks in this park were a huge lush grass area across from the office that well mannered pets are allowed to run on while off leash. There is also a more rustic area in the back of the park that has a path around it where pets can also be off leash. Plenty of doggie waste bags and containers are around the park. There is a heated pool, rec room and showers. You are also allowed to wash your own rig at your site if you desire, or have a service do it for you. A car wash area is provided by a separate dump station for free use as well. Although close to the highway, road noise was never a problem. I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The best way I can describe this park is "rustic". Other than a fairly good size swimming pool, there is not a whole lot else for amenities. The roads are paved, but the sites are dirt and gravel, and weeds grow freely in the sites. The individual sites are chalked out, kind of like a little league baseball field, just not near as straight. Some of the sites are big and roomy, and others are chalked on top of each other. When I hooked up to the electrical box I noted that there were 50, 30, and 20 amp receptacles in the box. I plugged into the 50 amp plug and closed the box door. However on the outside of the door a sticker read "30 amp electrical only". The major (and only) real draw to the park is hiking. There are trails of various lengths and difficulty from easy to strenuous. We did one 5 mile hike that took us on an elevation change of 600'. The other less popular activities are bird watching, and stargazing. The sky here is total darkness at night. The cell service here in near zero, and I only say near because we managed to get brief weak signal either late at night or very early in the morning. And that was with our Verizon air card in the router, with a power booster and an exterior antenna. The cell phones themselves had zero signal. The on site restrooms and showers are old, and not handicapped accessible. Two portable toilets were nearby that had handicapped access, but still no handicapped shower facility. There is a store on site, but it was closed up while we were here, so I am not sure if it was operating or not. The camping fees at the park were $37 a night for an electrical hook up site, and that doesn't include a $10 National Park entry fee, if you don't have a National Parks Pass.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
This was our first visit to the park in 6 years, and we were very happy with the upgrades. However, there are some specifics that you need to be aware of if you come to the park after April 16th. That starts the "off season" and reservations are no longer accepted. All sites are on a first come, first serve basis, both full hook up and dry camping. The kiosk at the entry station only accepts credit cards, no cash. And the machine will only let you pay for one day at a time. So if you stay multiple days you must get a fresh tag from the machine every day. Also since there are no reservations in the off season, if you see a site you like when you drive in and verify that it is empty, claim it right away. Then go to the kiosk and get your tag. If you wait someone else may by in the site by the time you finish looking around. I will stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
Rather than repeat all the past reviews, I will try to add some additional information. We used the weight room facilities often during our week stay. The room was always clean and organized, the fans were on, and the TV was functional and available. The temp in the room could have been a bit cooler, but it was tolerable. The grounds crew was always busy keeping the grounds looking sharp. We did find the gate guards inconsistent though. We had various visitors during our stay, and some guards would make the guest call us for permission to allow them entry, and others would just wave them through. The only real negative about the park is the always present jet noise from the planes taking off and landing at McCarran airport. I will stay here again.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
This was an OK park, but not great. If you can't get a premium site, the standard sites are quite narrow, and close together. The rate paid was for a weekly rate. We had a standard site in the back of the park, but was still noisy. We were right in back of what looked to be a sewer pump, which was making noises all night long. We had to position the rig so we could access the storage bay doors, which left about 4' between our rig and the 2' tall hedge that separates the sites. Fortunately our neighbor was gone most of the time or we would have been listening to his TV most of the time. The pool and facilities are clean and well kept, and are open until 10 PM which was nice. The local golf course uses a sound machine that makes a loud popping noise to scare away wild life off of the course, which also worked well on our terrified dog. Even though this park is convenient to San Jose and Morgan Hill, the negatives were not worth the price for me. I would stay somewhere else next time in the area.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
I have stayed at this park several times and in the past I've had a good experience. However, this time I was sorely disappointed. We stayed as part of a mini rally with about 15 other rigs. When we arrived at our assigned site, it was not fit for occupancy. It was still in the process of being cleaned - which should have been completed prior to our assignment. On a positive note, it was a great rally and our group had full use of the clubhouse each day we were there. The rally went well with the park helping out where ever they could. During our stay, the park was very busy and almost full. This was the second year for our rally at this park and we will be back next year.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
We have stayed at this forested campground years ago and decided to come back for a visit. Our site was sloped quite a bit from back to front, which caused the front wheels of our MH to be off of the ground. The trees were very close and our front door opened between two trees, which made it kind of an obstacle course getting in and out of the door. All of the usable space was behind the rig. The 50 amp service worked well, and there was a water faucet close enough to the rig so I could get water at the site using about 75' of water hose. The big negative for me was the addition of the new "pay dump station" at the front entry. The price of the park was pricey in itself for the lack of full hook ups, but the new dump station charges a $10 per dump fee whether you are staying in the park or not. I stayed 5 days in the park, and brought a gray water tote to allow for the extended stay. I was shocked by $10 per use fee for registered campers. $2 to $3 would have been reasonable, but $10 is just ripping off the public. In my opinion, these unreasonably high fees will just encourage campers to illegally dump there gray water on the ground. I will not stay here again just because of the dump fee.