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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Thousand Trails / Pio Pico, Jamul, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Compared to what this park used to be like it was disappointing to say the least. There seem to be allot of campers in no hurry to leave and looks like they live there fulltime. Extended stays and some yearly passes have attracted some undesirable looking campers. Used to be no one could stay longer than 2 weeks. Next to us an empty camper whole time except a woman came by to update her spot for another 21 days. I was told she was allowed to break the rules for her husband was in hospital. So to me if one person does there must be others bending the rules. Speeding cars with loud boom boxes, large group gathering, vicious dogs across from us preventing my wife from using the bathroom when they were out. When we complained about the large group they said the Sherriff did have to be called but why did it have to come to that? It should have been prevented long before it got out of control. When we mentioned the dogs and the piles of poop they hadn't noticed.. Again just a drive by you couldn't miss. Use to be a time you see a ranger about 3 or 4 times an hour. I think I saw one once in 3 days. Adult pool was newly updated was nice. I went to several activities but no one else showed up. It was off season but I think there use to be a time people were there to have fun. Only one group maybe was having that but had to be thrown out for having too much fun. Obviously staff is short handed and unable to keep a close eye enforcing the rules. Staff was very nice and apologetic. I usually don't like to rate parks based on campers because they're probably gone by the time anyone read the reviews, but not in this case. Cell phone use is spotty and WiFi is not free except at clubhouse. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
South
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

New Hollywood Casino in nearby Jamul is nice to go see.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Keoughs Hot Springs, Bishop, California

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is 7.4 miles south of Bishop then turn right on Keoughs Hot Springs Rd for .6 miles. Small park with only 10 sites with water and electric. Next to a mobile home park. A bit convoluted in arrangement around trees and rocks. Lots of shade and some nice grass sites. This is our second time here most recent only made reservation 2 days in advance and got last spot available. They also have tent cabins and dry camping. This is a unique place with lots of history. The pools at the hot springs were built in 1919. Largest pool is 100x40 ft and is kept at perfect temperature with a spray system mixture of hot spring water and cold water and is drained and filled weekly. There is $8 a day charge for campers $12 for non-campers. $2 for showers. There is a small nature hiking trail nearby. There is also hot spring creek runs through the resort and goes to an area outside the park about 1/2 mile away the public uses for free soaking. We haven't ventured out to see what that's like. This is easy to find quiet relaxing resort that's a little dated but it is almost a hundred years old after all. We camped at Keoughs Hot Springs in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Topaz Lodge Casino & RV Resort, Topaz Lake, Nevada

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

For the price wasn't expecting much but this was a nice surprise. They give you coupons for two free drinks at the casino. And few dollars off diners and discounts on gift shop purchases. Although this isn't on the lake some sites have a partial view. A nearby park was booked and from the road looked packed in tight. I didn't have reservations here but there were plenty openings. Pool was crystal clean like it suppose to be but a bit chilly. Clean showers and restrooms. Have horseshoes pits. This turned out to be a great stopover with handy gas station. The casino has live entertainment and daily specials. To me this beats the other nearby RV park cramped in to just to have a views of a lake. I'm sure cost much more too. We camped at Topaz Lodge Casino & RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Check-in is at the General Store gas station.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Coleville/Walker KOA (formerly Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort), Coleville, California

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

They have 3 price ranges to choose from. We chose the middle range which gives you little more space and views of the rock wall and little further back from the road. All sites are gravel. Pull thru sites were most expensive. The check-in woman wasn't all that friendly. Her mood changed when we ask to change spots. The spot we ask to get was supposedly taken and so we chose another and of coarse the 1st choice was never occupied. The restrooms were some of the cleanest we've seen. But the pool at the motel was cloudy so we decided not to use it. They have a dog run and hiking trails behind the resort at the base of the mountain. Also on-site restaurant we didn't eat at. The have free propane BBQ's and a nice fire pit area to sit at. They have swings, volleyball and horseshoes. This area is very pretty with West Walker River across the highway. We camped at Coleville/Walker KOA (formerly Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
610
Site Surface
Gravel
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine, California

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

We Stayed here 3 years ago and nothing much has changed including the cloudy pool that we decided not to use. The price of coarse went up some. They also charge for extra people and when I made reservations told them 4 adults coming but one of them canceled and I mentioned that when I checked in they penciled it in but I just realized they still charged me for 4. They still have free muffins juice and coffee in the morning at the clubhouse. This is a good spot for an over night. We stayed in the back so road noise not a problem. The little western theme park is decorated nice with pretty views of surrounding areas. We spent more time around Lone Pine this trip. Must see is nearby Movie Museum even if your not a movie buff this museum is done up really nice. Then go see Alabama Hills Rec area to see where 100's of movies and TV shows were shot. Movie road turnoff is not marked and dirt. But you don't have to go far to get an idea of its surrounding beauty. Also a good starting point if you arrive from the south of town is a beautiful Visitor Center with ample parking at the junction 395 and 136 to Death Valley. Here I also learned that what I always thought the tallest looking mountain was not Mt. Whitney was actually barely visible from the road or much further back making it appear smaller. The whole area of Owens Valley geology is fascinating this center tells all about it with lots of good books to choose from. We camped at Boulder Creek RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

William Heise County Park, Julian, California

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at William Heise County Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Chula Vista RV Resort, Chula Vista, California

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Chula Vista RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine, California

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Boulder Creek RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Wilderness Lakes Preserve - Thousand Trails, Menifee, California

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Wilderness Lakes Preserve - Thousand Trails in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Thousand Trails - Palm Springs RV Resort, Palm Desert, California

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Thousand Trails - Palm Springs RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Thousand Trails Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Thousand Trails Nevada in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Valley of Fire State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course, Borrego Springs, California

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Wilderness Lakes Preserve - Thousand Trails, Menifee, California

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Wilderness Lakes Preserve - Thousand Trails in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course, Borrego Springs, California

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course in a Motorhome.

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