Date of Stay: June, 2015
Rate reflects one week stay. This park has deteriorated drastically in the past few years. The sign has letters missing and hanging, and the giant potholes at the entrance have just gotten worse, to the point where we will not be returning. The park has become pretty much just a trailer park for permanent residents, with a few sites for transients. There is an abandoned home behind the park that is unsightly. There used to be a nature trail around the park grounds, but it is all overgrown and un-maintained. A very depressing little park, needing lots of TLC.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
We stay here twice a year and always appreciate how nice this park is. I don't think there's a bad site in the park, and the hill country scenery and river are big plusses. We enjoy the patio set ups and the choice of shaded or open sites for satellite. The staff are friendly and very helpful. It's nice to have trash pickup at site. Only negative is lack of Verizon coverage. Forget texting and calling. There is free WiFi available, but it's kind of slow in the evening when everyone is on line. Park also has cable TV, although it gives poor picture quality. But there's no train, and very little road noise!
Date of Stay: March, 2015
Entrance to park is on the I-10 service road, so freeway noise is a given. Across I-10 is a busy train track that has plenty noise of its own. Park is quite small, but noise is less in the back. From the freeway, you see the hundreds of tall palm trees and wonder how in the world this could be an RV park. The back-in section to the right is 50 amp, but lots of big rigs opt for the 30 amp pull thru section to the left, due to the tightness of maneuvering around the palm trees to back in the 50 amp sites. However, when the temps reach the 90s, you'll want 50 amp service. Sites are sandy, and when the wind picks up, the sand blows. Some folks have complained about sand damaging the slide out mechanisms on their rigs. The pool area is nice, but small for the amount of use it gets. The grassy areas and flowering plants around the park are lovely, but require precious water. No ugly annual sites to complain about here. They are small but well maintained. Very nice pickle ball courts. And, of course, lots to do in the Palm Springs area. Many nice dog parks fairly close by.
Date of Stay: February, 2015
Well, the dairy is gone but the aroma lingers on! It was nice having 50 amp service on the "island" but more care should have been taken to grade and compact the sandy soil at the sites. We have friends who sustained serious damage to their motor home when the rear end hit a sink hole while backing in. We kept having to level our rig during our three-week stay, due to shifting soil. The worst thing about this park is the amount of goose and duck poop splattered all over the roads, and the sheer amount of water fowl on the canals. Seems like more every year. It's a small, congested park surrounded by housing developments, abandoned dairy, and a tract of land where trees have been uprooted in preparation for eventual building. Annual sites are in no worse condition than other California TT parks. No problems with power or cell phone coverage.
Date of Stay: January, 2015
This was our second three-week visit to the park, so we at least knew what to expect. As everyone has mentioned, there is a south side and a north side. The north side is separated into two sections; the back being a bit more primitive and housing more long-term folks. It seems that with housing prices so prohibitive in California, people buy cheap memberships and live park-to-park, or buy annual sites and set up housekeeping. The front section of the north side has mostly side-by-side pull thrus (very cozy) so we went all the way to the back where there was more elbow room. After two nights, and one really, really loud, nasty dog fight among several dogs, we alerted the security manager and he generously allowed us to move to an unused annual site in the front section of the north side, since the park had reached its maximum allowable annual sites. Great customer service! One thing has not been mentioned: You take your life in your hands crossing the highway on foot, going from north side to south side or vice versa. Especially on weekends when groups of bikers see how fast they can roar through. Visibility is limited, so you must cross quickly. This is a dangerous situation. We enjoyed watching the coyotes casually walking through the park, and listening to them yip and howl during the nights. We also enjoyed all the hiking in and around the park, the beautiful scenery, beautiful weather, and friendly people. Will enjoy it more when the casino is finished in Jamul, and they likely buy Verizon cell access from the AT&T tower.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
This park would be a 10 except for the noise from I-10 (especially the big rigs with their jake brakes). That, and the absence of the advertised free WiFi. They were working on the antennas every day for the three days we were here. We opted for the most expensive sites on the top of the hill, where the views of the Texas Hill Country were spectacular, as were the gale force winds (maybe just spring winds?). There was a fire a while back, so the clubhouse and laundry buildings were rebuilt and looked nice and new. The workampers were all very friendly and helpful. As far as there being no refunds for early departure, that's been the rule at just about every park we've stayed at. We look forward to returning for a week or so when it isn't quite so windy.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
For the rate of $25 (tax included) any minor inconveniences can be overlooked. We were met at the front door by the owner, who is super friendly. We were escorted to our site, and while not a lot of real estate between rigs, it wasn't as bad as some. There are built-up, wood trimmed, red pavers picnic table pads. Nice little wood fences between rigs that hide the power, water, and sewer hook-ups. Yes, it's windy and dusty, but the beautiful pool area and southwest decorations make up for that. Be aware, that although pet friendly, neither rottweilers nor pit bulls are allowed, nor any animals resembling these breeds.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
Boy, I struggled with this review. So many good things, like big, wide roads and service alleys behind rows of campsites. Large patches of real grass and concrete patios at each site with friendly and accommodating staff. Shade trees and well maintained common areas. However, the park is surrounded by absolute dumps. A salvage yard, a run-down trailer park with rusty junk everywhere, a dilapidated building with boarded up windows, and the park's RV storage lot, which is the first thing you see when you drive in. A tall wood or stucco fence blocking these eyesores would make a huge difference. Lots of extended stay and permanents, who seem to love it. For us, it was a great place to visit but we wouldn't want to live there.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
We stayed two weeks and gradually got used to the park being smack dab on I-10, surrounded on three sides by commercial establishments, close to the train track, and located in a legally farmed date palm orchard, with tight sites and periodic dust storms. The staff was super friendly, as were most of the campers we met while out walking. The facilities were some of the best for TT parks. Great library and lots of activities. Close to shopping and restaurants. Would have stayed longer except for the use restriction during peak season. Here's a tip: If you don't absolutely have to have 50 amp, find a site on the 30 amp side. All roomy pull-throughs instead of tight back-ins.
Date of Stay: February, 2014
Well, there's the already mentioned dairy farm abounding the property, but the turkey (or chicken) farm is deserted. Still there's the noxious methane and cattle smell when the wind is right, and also the unbelievable dust from the development of homesites behind and beside the dairy property. The name, Wilderness Lakes, gives a false impression, since it's no longer a wilderness and there are no lakes. There are canals that run through one section of the park, but no lakes. You'll really have to like fowl, to spend any time here. And goose poop. Lots of it. If your site backs up to a canal, you may find that you can't get out your door because of all the waterfowl congregated around your rig. People put food out for them and they expect it. No matter where you park, you'll have geese wandering through your site. Oh, yes, the flies. Have a swatter handy. The best part of this park is the convenience to shopping and restaurants, the pleasant staff and the friendly people who camp here. Also, the annual sites are well maintained, unlike some other California parks.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
This is an Encore park, and we spent a week here under our Thousand Trails membership. The park was super clean and wide open, sites marked by corral type fencing. The staff like to stagger the rigs if they aren't full, so you don't have another camper right next to you. We had stayed the previous night at a park in town, and the train whistles were constant and horrible. At Valley Vista we weren't bothered at all. Also, no problem with highway noise. This is not a park I'd want to spend the winter at, but we enjoyed it enough to spend another week when we head back home. If you like books, there is a very well stocked used book store in town.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
If you have Verizon, don't expect to get a signal in the park or on the road to the park. We had to drive to the post office in Jamul. We ended up staying on the north side, with no sewer. We were able to get satellite, which was a good thing. North side is very dusty and the staff would zoom around the speed bumps, sending plumes of dust onto our rig. The best part of this park is its proximity to San Diego. And the Jamul Meat Market, which has the absolute best burritos. The store isn't well stocked, and the one meal we had at the café was awful. We were hostages here due to the annual billiards tournament. We should have waited in line for a site on the south side. North side had some creepy long term campers.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
The best thing about this park is the staff, workampers who are happy to be here and take good care of the facilities and campers. The primo sites are tent sites, the next best sites are taken by staff. The pull thru sites aren't on the water, and the cable sites from 21 up the row face a basin, not exactly the ocean. Pretty ugly at low tides, although you can watch the local clam diggers. If you're the least bit claustrophobic opt for the pull-thru sites. Otherwise, you have windshield views for motor homes or rear views for trailers. Views from your side windows will be close-ups of the next RV's walls or doors. Sites are that tight. Forget about extending your awnings. ALERT: Cell phones and air cards will incur significant roaming charges from domestic carriers and Canadian. You'll have to travel the 25 or so miles back to Machias to get out of roaming. The park has WiFi but it can be spotty. Restaurants outnumber other businesses in Lubec, and if your tastes aren't extremely discriminating you can find good meals. Uncle Kippy's is within walking distance from the park and has really good haddock. If you like lobster, you can find it fresh everywhere. The rain and fog have been frequent, and have made touring and hiking less than enjoyable. During sunny days, be sure to see as much as you can because the next day could be drippy. A must see/do is the trip to the E. Quoddy Head Lighthouse off Campobello Island at low tide. Requires climbing up and down steep narrow steps, and climbing over rocks and seaweed, but walking across the ocean floor in the Bay of Fundy is awesome. The border crossing to New Brunswick is quick and easy with passport or picture I.D. We've enjoyed being here and would stay at this park again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This is definitely a campground, as opposed to an RV park. Most big rigs choose the sister park, "Narrows Too", in Trenton. Lots of pop-ups and bumper pulls, although many sites accommodate larger fifth wheels and motor homes. Not many satellite-friendly sites, and the majority of sites do not have sewer. Some have cable. Our site, 340, being higher on the hill, offers an awesome view of the bay and has cable but no sewer. Also, being right across the road from the Wi-Fi antenna helps. Our Verizon phone gets good reception, but our 4G Jetpack card is hit and miss (Olympics don't help). If you want a little peace and quiet from the crowds, hang around the campground during the middle of the day and soak up the scenery. Like probably most other area campgrounds, this one is packed with campers in peak season, but it's quiet at night. The park is well staffed and all are friendly and super helpful. The facilities, while far from new, are clean and well maintained. If you enjoy tent camping, this is definitely the place to be. Half the campground is devoted to tent sites, and the sites are big and beautiful. Our rate indicates a special for Thousand Trails members during the month of July. We couldn't pass up extending for a total of four weeks.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We made reservations at this park while on the road, unfamiliar with it but needing a one night stay on our way to Bar Harbor. At first, the congestion was a bit intimidating; there were mostly trailers everywhere, we couldn't tell . This park has quite a long history, and the sites were configured back when rigs were much, much smaller. The coveted ocean-front sites provide amazing views but with very little elbow room. We asked for a pull through and had no trouble making the turn to pull straight in, with minimal leveling. The owners are delightful people, and the area has quite a bit to offer. We would definitely return (after Labor Day) and try to get an ocean-front site and spend some quality time here.