Date of Stay: August, 2015
One of the nicest things about all San Diego County parks is on their website you can look at all campsite photos and select your choice of what is available. Which helps looking for shade, privacy or size needed. We chose the electric site to use AC for a hot weekend expected for about $5 more a night as others noted no generators are allowed. Camp fires were surprisingly allowed in fire pits. Well paved interior roads clean restrooms and free showers. Some electric sites are a bit tight in a circle but ours had nobody on one side because of a trail head. Tent camping had some very nice secluded sites. There are cabins to rent horseshoe pits, play equipment for kids. Lots of nice nearby hiking trails with views of desert on one trail. Town of Julian very popular with tourist is only 5 miles away. Sadly they are losing abundance of Oak trees to Oak borer beetle and the 2003 Cedar fire lost about 70% of the area but is slowly recovering from that. It is still a very pretty and woodsy park.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
Very well maintained clean park. Sites had picnic tables. They were bit narrow, but shrubs separating your neighbors. We liked the pool and spa, but my health inspector companion noted pool needed some resurfacing. Nice slider bench swings throughout resort. Nice areas to bike around nearby Greenbelt Parks along the bay. For nature lovers within a bike ride is Chula Vista Nature Center surrounded by Wildlife Refuge. We also enjoyed the DJ playing music for all ages that had several couples dancing. Food and drinks were also served for small fee.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This was a stop over with easy access off the 395. Local girl at check in was very nice and knowledgeable what the area had to offer. Nicely western themed, decorated grounds with cute wagon wheel swings. Large shady pull through sites. Swimming pool was busy and a bit cloudy. We arrived during a heat wave; temp outside was 111. Clean restrooms/showers. Large nicely decorated clubhouse where muffins were served in morning. Well stocked gift and basic supply store. Would have liked to spend more time here and explore the area.
Date of Stay: November, 2012
I last reviewed this park July 2010. Not many changes. Flies were present but not bothersome. They're not the biting kind and never entered the RV even leaving the door open on occassion. We didn't attempt to eat outside but noticed several sites had screened-in areas set up. Plus, we seemed to be in a duck/geese central area. They liked to make a lot ruckus but are mostly quiet at night. Sometimes did get a whiff of nearby dairy. Other than that it is still fun to watch all the birds and ride bikes around. Basketball court was newly resurfaced but still needed new nets. Pool was warm clean, and spa jets felt great. Lodge buildings are aging a bit They have several pool tables. They need a new ping pong table. Well stocked store. Adult pool was closed for season a little earlier than sceduled for maintenance issues. It was to be open while we were there. Several activities were planned but there was not much participation.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
Sites are tight between Date Palm trees. Pull through sites are long with plenty room for tow car parking. Back-in sites are more crowded as you are backed up close to your neighbor. Freeway noise unless park far in back.Pool spa clean with right temps. Showers had tile floor and walls glass doors with large changing room with a separate locking door. Lots of activities including pickle ball courts/ horseshoes/billiards/basketball (bent rim). We drove out to Joshua Tree about 45 min away for the day hiking around beautiful National park. Lots to do nearby Palm Springs including shopping, casinos,Tramway, museums and a popular weekly swap meet at College of the Desert campus I think was the name that had good deals.This resort very popular with snowbirds with very little turnaround for weekend campers to get in.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
This is located about 6 miles from the strip but walking distance to Boulder Station and a much farther walk to Sams Town which has a free shuttle. But we never used it for the last shuttle comes back too early. Sites are close together but we didn't have neighbors on either side of us. Several mature shade trees through out the park for shade. Has well kept pool and spa. Has small exercise room and a small dog run. Staff was very friendly and helpful in answering all questions. No cable TV but received several channels without it. Store onsite seemed well stocked. Salvation Army store at park entrance for bargain hunters.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
This is a hidden gem of a park. Gorgeous views all around. No crowds unlike Las Vegas thats only an hour away has millions visiting every year. Granted not much to do here except hike, bike and relax. We were here on a week night before a holiday weekend so the park had several opens spots. No reservations taken. Has a visitor center but currently no gift shop. Weather was perfect in the mid 80's. Large open level sites with tables and shade covers. Nice walk-in camp sites for tents with tables and BBQs pits.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
This was our second visit a year later. Price reflects weekday price and a coupon. Even though we arrived on a weekend with dry spot reserved from being sold out, learned they had an opening for hookups when we arrived, we hesitated but then they were nice to reduced the price. Camp host suggested using a water pressure gauge, I said didn't have one. He then gave me one to borrow another nice jester I thought. Pool area still had the issues as pointed out in previous review by my "pool inspector". Basketball goal net was missing. Other than that park still manicured perfectly. We love this place look forward to return.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is a large park with medium size lots with tall trees. Good for bird watching around the canals. I didn't have any flies or smell issues during my stay but it wasn't real hot or any winds blowing. I would check to make sure Santa Ana winds aren't predicted before staying here. I ask at a meeting why they built next to a dairy farm or a chicken ranch and I was told the park although much smaller was here first. I'm also disappointed RV Park Review allowed a review from someone who didn't even camp here and insulted RVers.(Apr 09). I think RVers know the difference between a sewer smell and a dairy farm. This park did have a few maintenance issues but not as many as other Thousand Trails parks as of lately. Being this resort is used for sales tours it is little better kept up and not so short staff. But had no hot water at adult pool area. Mini-golf not that attractive in design and carpets worn. Basketball court had few cracks in concrete, nets needed replacements. Received several TV station from LA on just digital antenna. Both pools in good shape and clean. Being a membership resort I usually only point out the negatives but overall I would return again.. weather permitting.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
Willingness to pay $27 to dry camp in a area that can be done for free in nearby state park shows confidence in facilities here. Some of the overflow sites have better views than the high priced premium sites but its all gravel and can hear people walking around and of coarse generators running occasionally. We were able to get free Wi-Fi from our spot. Very friendly staff. Well groomed nicely landscaped park with decorative waterfalls. Has nice exercise equipment. Pool clean with perfect temp. Have a large spa plus 3 two person spas that gives a nice personal touch. But were a bit discolored and chipping. Spouse is a health inspector noticed this and other code violations that others probably wouldn't notice in pool area. But it keeps them from getting a perfect score but not keeping us from returning. They also have a discount for 1st time campers.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
I liked this place before leaving home. Promptly received nice e-mail conformation letter telling about amenities instead upfront or cancelation fees or park rules. Easy access from freeway. Camping World just outside entrance of park. Upon entering the resort is a wide check-in area. Very friendly staff. Restrooms were like a fancy hotel resort with decorative tile and marble countertops all with modern touchless dispensers.Pool/spa clean with perfect temps. On site restaurant had excellent happy hour deals with delicious food. Nice computer station with supplied computers. Once the trees mature and they add picnic tables I would not hesitate giving perfect score and return anytime passing by.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
A previous review of a person saying: "Nicest commercial RV park ever stayed in," was for wrong park. I suspect it was for the Springs At Borrego which we drove through. The best word to describe The Palm Canyon is average. Sites are close together. Most of park is on a gradual slant that may need some leveling but we didn't for short stay. We had a back-in site against row of trees provided some shade. Some hiking trails behind the park. Short bike ride to SP visitor center or into town in other direction. Clean newly painted restrooms with plenty of showers with looks of more work in progress. Have 2 pools and 2 spas. One is heated but could've been warmer. Pool/spa in need of some resurfacing. Nice exercise equipment as part of hotel that RV guest may use. Advertise having basketball but is located in a parking lot with cars park on court. Have a Sunday food and drink special at Hotel bar where you can get $1.00 burgers or 3 tacos for $2 and $2.00 Margaritas. $5.00 a day for WiFi at site or free in lobby. Over all we enjoyed or stay especially visiting Anza Borrego during one of the better years for wildflower viewing.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
Ocean views are the main draw here. But getting to the beach is scary crossing busy PCH. Some sites are tight. Staff was nice but very strict on park rules. No parking on empty neigbors site, even for a minute, even though park about half full. Even a friendly 30 minute warning to vacate or risk being charged another full night. $5 extra cover charge for more than 2 people, I think is unnecessary, plus $3 for dogs. Spa not working, new one is on order. Flood lights are a bit too bright. It's a clean well kept park. I would camp here again but probly not in summer, too cramped and pricey.