Date of Stay: July, 2011
Great place between Gull Lake and June Lake, a short walking distance from the Gull Lake marina and restaurants and shops in June Lake. The host was a great guy: helped us back into the spot, always greeted us by our names, and even invited us to sit around the campfire while he sang and played guitar. He was pretty good at it!! Will definitely consider staying here next year.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This was our third stay here and they just now contested the validity of our AAA membership. One of the stays was just last week on the way to Mammoth. I understand that the savings by using the AAA membership is only $4, but that is why I pay for a membership. The cards that we have on us are expired (the new ones are at home, we just received them before we left), and the lady at the counter said that she couldn't accept our expired card. Understood, however, just a week ago nothing was said about the validity of our memberships. Nice place to stay and use their Wi-Fi, cable TV, showers and pool, but don't forget your VALID AAA CARD!!!
Date of Stay: October, 2010
Great lakefront spots with spectacular sunsets and sunrises. With mountains almost surrounding the campground, there is no shortage of things to take pictures of. The weekend we were here, there was a Women's Triathalon scheduled, but they were far enough away from the campground that they were really not an issue. We drove a short distance to The Living Desert Zoo and had a great time. We went the last weekend that the pool was open for the season (closes in mid-October) and the whole family went for a dip. It was great. The only complaint about this facility is the lack of grass for "dog walk" purposes. They have a "dog walk" but it is dirt and they are trying to grow out the grass area in front of the restrooms, so it says "NO DOGS" all over the place. How do you tell three dogs to "go" in the dirt area called a "dog walk" and not in the grass that says NO DOGS? Nonetheless, we will probably still be back: this place was great.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
My family and our three dogs stayed here over Labor Day weekend. It was our first trip to Idyllwild. The people who work in the park are exceptional. They are always friendly and willing to give you free maps and information for your stay. The showers were $0.50 for three minutes, not a bad deal, just remember to bring quarters because I don't believe there is a change machine onsite. You may be able to get change at the check-in kiosk, but I'm not sure. This campground is a short walk from the markets, restaurants, and shops of the town of Idyllwild. Sites were spacious and guests were quiet. We stayed in Site 6, a pull-through near the front of the park. We heard coyotes howling two nights of our trip, it was VERY COOL. The nature center, a short hike or drive away, allows you free entrance if you are staying in the park. Our family and our dogs loved it. We can't wait to go back when the snow comes.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We had never been to Northern California with the trailer before, and this was the greatest trip ever. There is a shooting range onsite and it was not a bother at all. My dogs enjoyed it, my daughter enjoyed it, and so did my husband and I. We went to San Francisco one day and the Oakland Zoo on another. We will definitely come back.
Date of Stay: February, 2010
They are in the process of renovating/expanding a portion of the park, but we did not notice at all. The construction was halted over the long weekend (President's Day) and was started again on Tuesday as we were leaving. The construction activities were not in the immediate vicinity of the campsites. My daughter loved the playground and this facility seemed like a very family oriented facility. Lots of groups and lots of fun to be had. We can't wait to go back!!!
Date of Stay: November, 2009
Our first night here was a Friday the 13th of November. We chose Calico because it was pretty close to home, had the Ghost Town to explore, and had a lot of places nearby for shooting. We had a blast. All of our neighbors were great and there were a couple of large groups here for that weekend. We were scoping out spots for the next trip before we checked out on the last day. Late Fall was the perfect time to go: not too hot and not too cold. Loved it!
Date of Stay: October, 2009
We camped at KQ Ranch on a free weekend and discovered this campground at Lake Cuyamaca. We got the second spot from the lake and it was absolutely beautiful. The facilities were clean, everyone was very friendly, and there are plenty of things to do in the area. 50 miles or so from San Diego and very close to historic Julian and Indian reservations. We can't wait to go back.