Date of Stay: April, 2016
As describe by others, this recreation area is operated by the Padre Dam Water Authority. The series of 7 lakes are part of the water supply system. Most of them are in the day-use area. The RV area is at the far north end of the park. A couple of loops are on the lakes, most are north of the lakes. We've been here before and not much has changed. The lots are packed dirt/DG. That's good when it's dry (which is most of the time), but could be messy if it rains. There is a nice pool/clubhouse where there are frequent events, including a Wednesday night potluck and Thursday morning breakfast. Utilities are modern and function well. Verizon coverage is terrible = barely 1 bar and frequent dropped calls. Not the park's fault....just be aware. The Internet service is free and worked well, with occasional slow periods. We like this park and will likely go again. Volunteer staff/camp hosts were friendly and helpful.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We've stayed here many times and always enjoy it. It is a beautiful park. As described in other posts, this is an ownership park and you can rent a site while the owner is away. Many are developed with nice outdoor living amenities. Downgraded from a 10 to a 9 this time because of a couple of changes. The store and cafe are both closed. Don't know if this is permanent or temporary. They were both nice amenities that are missed. Looks like major water pump work going on that has 2 golf holes closed and a couple of the lakes dry. I'm sure that will be resolved soon and everything will return to green. Rate reflects 4th of July holiday rates. We will return again.
Date of Stay: February, 2014
This was our 5th visit to the Springs at Borrego, so obviously we are happy customers: we keep going back. This is a clean, well-kept, and well-managed resort that includes golf (9-hole), tennis, and pool/spa. Staff is always friendly and helpful. Sites are good sized. The original section of the park is mostly pull-throughs and there is a new section that are larger, but back-ins. All utilities are modern and functioned well. This was the first time we've been frustrated with the internet service. There are lots of routers/connections in the park, but the service was slow: sometimes painfully slow. At first we blamed it on the usual: when the park is full, service slows down due to limited bandwidth. However, this time I also noticed that my Verizon connection was slow. 3G at best and also very slow. We had the opportunity to spend some time with folks who live here and they said that they were also having speed issues on their home system (Verizon). The carriers have enough installed capacity for normal usage, but on high-volume weekends (this was President's Weekend), the high number of users in town brings everything to its knees. So: internet was slow, but I'm not sure in was the resort's fault. We're happy customers and have already booked our next visit.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
Stayed at Emerald Desert over the Christmas-New Year holiday. We have been here before and return because we have always had a positive experience. Staff in the office was helpful throughout the visit. As usual, the park was immaculate. Wi-Fi works (performance deteriorated a lot once the park filled up). Excellent pool. Excellent laundry facilities. Clean restrooms and showers. Hookups well kept and worked well. Convenient to everything in the Coachella Valley. Not cheap, but we don't mind paying more for quality.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Our first visit to Rancho Sedona and we will be back. This is a peaceful and quiet park located beside Oak Creek and within walking distance of all that downtown Sedona has to offer. Wide variety of spaces, from those that back up to Oak Creek (you can't see the creek through the trees, but you can hear it) to those that are a bit farther away. Roads are paved or well-compacted gravel. Sites are gravel: some have a concrete patio, some not. Most have some grass, some have lots of grass. Connections clean and modern. Good digital cable. (You'll need it: too many trees for satellite on most sites.) If you don't have digital-ready TVs, they will loan you a converter box (pay a small deposit and you get it back when you return the box). WiFi was OK, not great. As they all do, it slowed down when the park got full. The place is spotless and has a VERY hard-working landscaping crew. Office staff is friendly and very helpful. We will be back and highly recommend this park if you're visiting Sedona.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Just finished a long Labor Day weekend at this park. The rate is the daily rate, then you add actual electric usage. Staff was awesome, park was clean, facilities spotless. The park is very convenient for visiting Yosemite and the foothills of the Sierra. Also right down the street from a large casino. We will definitely return.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Not outstanding, but a decent choice if you need something close to Sacramento. Paved roads, gravel sites, free Wi-Fi (not very strong), pool, big clean dog park, friendly staff, quiet at night, convenient to Sacramento. We will come back if we're in the neighborhood.
Date of Stay: February, 2011
Just finishing a quick weekend stay at Orangeland RV Park. We were here to spend some time at Disneyland, and this is probably as close as you're going to get - only about 2 miles away. Also, the park is within walking distance of Honda Center (LA Kings Hockey) and Anaheim Stadium (Angels). It is what it is and served our purposes. The park is nothing terribly fancy. There are a LOT of full-timers, but the place is generally clean and well-kept. Each site has citrus trees and you are welcome/encouraged to pick as much as you want. We stayed in a newer section of pull-throughs (site # in the 20s) that were just fine. Level asphalt pull through with a little grass, table with umbrella, etc. The staff was EXTREMELY friendly during checking and led us to our site and helped to get positioned on the pad. Pool looks good, although we didn't use it. You are in an urban area, so it is noisy during the day, but things really quieted down quite a bit at night. Movie theater and many restaurants are within walking distance. Wi-fi is free and worked well from our site. We will definitely go back when we need a place in this area. But don't go here if you're looking for a 'resort' experience. It is clean, well-kept, and convenient to Disney. Take it for what it's worth!
Date of Stay: November, 2010
Just finishing up a good Thanksgiving stay at Flying Flags: our first visit. We enjoyed our stay. The area is beautiful. Spent some time strolling and shopping in Solvang and had a great Thanksgiving dinner at Mattheis Tavern in Los Olivos. The resort itself is clean, has excellent utility hookups, level sites, and nice facilities. They are good about enforcing the quiet time. Only a couple of complaints. We are constantly amazed at the folks that don't pick up after their pets! The park has a great off-leash dog area that was entirely unusable due to the number of bombs left laying around. We're super-conscious about it with our Lab, but are constantly amazed at the other folks who don't seem to care. Sites are a bit small. We were in a 'premium' site and barely had room for the toad. When we come back again, we will go for one of the 'super premium' sites. They are at the end of the rows and have a bit more elbow room. Most sites are level DG with a small paved patio and grass. SP sites are all paved. All in all, a good experience. We will be back.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Just returned from the long 4th of July weekend at the Rancho California RV Resort (Outdoor Resorts) in Aguanga, California, just east of Temecula. The quick take is that it was an excellent place and an excellent experience. As with other Outdoor Resorts, this is an ownership park where you can also rent: either unsold lots or those where the owner has put their lot into the rental pool while they’re not here. Some are plain and some have significant amenities including outdoor seating areas, kitchens, TVs, fireplaces, etc. I won’t even attempt to get into the issue of lot ownership, but as a resort where you rent a space, it is outstanding. The lots are all large. Even the ‘undeveloped’ lots are large, concrete pads, lush grass, modern and clean utility connections. The ‘developed’ lots can be extraordinary. Service was excellent, multiple pools, laundry rooms, etc., scattered throughout the resort. Also a 14 hole (will be 18 when fully developed) Executive-length golf course. WiFi is only available near the office. Has basic cable TV. Excellent Sprint cell coverage and our Verizon aircard got a full 5 bars. The developer (OR) rents unsold lots for about $65/night. There are also a couple of other agencies handling rentals: the largest, is the private HOA on-site (fairwayassociates.com). You will generally pay $55-$65 per night, no matter who you rent from. If you’re going to rent, your rig needs to be at least 30’ in length and no more than 10 years old. The area can get warm during the day, but has enough altitude that it cools off nicely almost every night. We stayed in an unsold, undeveloped lot and our only complaint was that the sprinklers sprayed our rig every night. Having to wipe the rig down each morning got a little tiresome! In all, an outstanding park and we highly recommend.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Just returned from a week at the Moss Landing KOA Express in Moss Landing, California. We were in town to volunteer at the US Open at Pebble Beach. This is a clean, well-maintained park. Paved roads, concrete pads for sites. A little bit of grass around, mostly to the rear of the sites. The sites are not big, but we fit OK with our 4 slides and there were a lot of big rigs here at the same time. If you want a big, luxurious site to hang around in all day, this isn’t the place to go. However, if you want a neat and clean park that is convenient to the Monterey peninsula and all of it’s attractions, this place is great. Staff is VERY friendly and helpful. WiFi was reliable (you only get 1 hour free each day). Cable TV has 14 channels. Utility connections are modern and in good repair. Sites are level. Restrooms, showers, and laundry all clean and in good shape. You are within walking distance of the beach, including a dog-friendly beach. You are also within walking distance of several great restaurants. If we’re ever in the area, we will definitely return.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Just finished a quick overnight at this park. We were passing through on our way north. We had reserved a pull-through so we wouldn't have to unhook: that's what we got. Site was clean, not too big with grass all around (but not a lot of extra space). The only real problem here is it's proximity to Hwy 101. You're literally 100 feet away and it is busy and noisy 24x7.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Just returned from a long Memorial Day weekend at Hurkey Creek, our first visit. This is a Riverside County Park: all dry camping. It is at 4,000 feet altitude in the big pine trees surrounded by mountains. Within a 15 minute drive of Idyllwild, 30 minutes to Palm Springs. Overall, it was a beautiful weekend. The positives: Beautiful scenery, relatively cool weather, great hiking and mountain bike trails, friendly staff (and they did a good job of enforcing the quiet time, even on the crazy holiday weekend). The park was clean, you can book reservations on a very good web site with up-to-date pictures of each site. The negatives: No cell coverage (no one in our group had cell coverage, regardless of carrier: you have to drive up the mountain toward Idyllwild to get a connection). The showers/restrooms were older, dark and dingy. 50 cents for the shower. The roads are all paved, but the sites are dirt (DG). We lucked into one that was fairly level, but a LOT of the sites are uneven and sloping. The web site has pictures of each site: pay attention! I mentioned earlier that there are no hookups, no dump station either. All in all, it was a good weekend, but this is iffy, for us, for a return trip. It is very difficult for me to be completely out of contact (job). Also, unless you're REALLY paying attention when you book reservations, it would be pretty easy to end up in a terrible site.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
Just returned from a long weekend at Yucaipa Regional Park. What a nice park! This park is part of the San Bernardino County park system. It is a big place with lakes for fishing, trails for hiking, a huge pool for swimming with water slides. There is a big day-use area that I imagine is VERY busy in the summer. The RV area is separate from the day-use area. The sites are huge with lots of space between them. All are paved with either asphalt or concrete. They’re not perfectly level, but nothing that most rigs can’t handle. Good water, electric, and sewer, no cable TV. Large expanses of grass and nice shade trees throughout. The restrooms/showers were clean. The place was always clean: no trash laying around. One neat feature was about half a dozen multi-hookup sites. These are small loops off the access roads that are big enough for 3 rigs with separate hookups for each and a large patio with table. Great for camping with a group! No WiFi, but good reception on Verizon for both cell phone and air card. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend here and will definitely return.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
Just finished a long weekend at the Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs, CA. We were there in a group of 8 rigs. It was a very enjoyable weekend. All roads are asphalt, all sites are paved concrete with DG sand between sites. Utilities are modern and clean. Nice landscaping with trees and bushes. Lots of fruit trees and you are encouraged to pick what you will eat, but leave the rest for the folks behind you. Great heated pool and hot tubs. Nice clubhouse with party rooms. Group gathering spot on the pond with barbecues and shade. 9 hole championship-length golf course in great condition. Multiple tennis courts. Dry camp overflow area is basically a gravel parking lot. Great off-leash dog park. Free Wi-Fi that worked well for us. Good coverage for Verizon cell and air card. The place is spotless, well managed, great staff, facilities are top-shelf. We will return.