Date of Stay: November, 2011
We spent Thanksgiving at the park with our five children. We loved the weather, the pools and the beautiful scenery. The park was half empty which was a huge surprise. The staff was friendly and professional, there is excellent security and the ground are well maintained. We were supposed to stay for 3 days and extended our stay to 6 days. We look forward to returning again soon!
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Love this park, so much for our family to do. In the summer, the family pool is great fun and has lifeguards at all times. Swimming lessons are offered for a small fee as well as a junior lifeguard program. The campsites are the most beautiful I have ever seen! You can choose to be close to the action or be more secluded in there many sites. They are trees everywhere! There is a fishing pond and a in the summer a cute tram will take you throughout the park. In the winter, you might get some snow. The quaint town of Idlywild is about a 30 min drive away. If you want to eat out, you can stay in the park and eat at their restaurant, all the meals are great-there is also a full bar. My kids love the family lodge, there are too many games and activities for me to list here. There are crafts daily for the kids during the summer and on the weekend during the off season. This is an RPI park and one of the best in So Cal. BTW, all the staff members are wonderful.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
If you are under age of 55 you are not welcome at this Thousand Trails Preserve. If you happen to have children, expect to be treated like Osama Bin Laden visiting a 9/11 memorial site! We had reservations for three days during our much anticipated Spring Break vacation, and we left after the first day, shortly after our children were harassed for swimming in their only pool during the family swim hours. The seniors in this park think they own the place and are disrespectful and rude. Growing old gracefully does not apply to these members. I believe Thousand Trails, is trying to improve (there were activities planned for the children at the park because it was Spring Break), but the members are not going to allow this park to be family orientated. The park itself is pretty much a parking lot with palm trees, sites are short and narrow, not worth the trip. Try Catalina Spa and RV Resort (RPI or Coast to Coast) in Desert Hot Springs, they get it!
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Called to confirm reservation and directions on our way to the campground and found their phone number to be disconnected. This is membership park, we stayed on our RPI Preferred membership. Other campers told us that the park is going out of business. There is a beautiful pool complex with lap pool, jacuzzi and very large swimming pool, the water in all three was freezing cold. Pool boy said they ran out of propane to heat the pool. There is nice playground equipment for children. Paddle boating is comical because there is hardly any water in the man made lake. There were no planned activities as promised because the activities director had quit about two weeks before we arrived. Lastly, the park is located in a extremely windy canyon, at least 25-30 knots! We camped for free because the only employee we would find was the pool boy. There was no one to check us in or out. No security, but all the people we met were family orientated.