Date of Stay: August, 2010
Came here to activate a free membership. Sales pitch was not bad at all. Sports courts were nice. Mini golf was not in great shape and equipment you check out was filthy and old. Staff was friendly but tried to cram us into 2 spaces way too small before we found a space ourselves and demanded to be assigned to it. Roads are 2-way and people drive fast through the campground, so it is not conducive to bike riding for young children, although it is probably fine for teens. The playground is nice. The roads are steep, windy and full of potholes. If you like wild desert brush, you may like the environment, but we prefer either more lush or more groomed. By the way, your free year of camping is only good November to April weekdays and excludes holidays so if you aren't full timers, you may find that to be rather restrictive, as do we. We probably will not be back.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Santee Lakes is awesome, as long as you are looking for a resort style, groomed kind of campground. Great for kids, one-way roads are smooth and quite flat, so good for little kids to ride bikes and scooters on. Sites are long, wide and neatly groomed and raked. Newer sites are not very shady but there is plenty of room for your awning. There are some long term residents but the price prevents it from becoming trailer parkish. It is an easy park to maneuver, the staff is friendly, the location makes a good home base for seeing all the San Diego sites and (bonus) it is only a few minutes from Costco and Henry's. We will definitely return to this campground that has something for everyone.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
We camped here in late November with two young children. It was our first camping trip and it couldn't have been a more perfect spot. The kids were able to ride their bikes and scooters around the campsite and campground and play football and frisbee in the grassy field just across the small road from where we parked. There are fantastic hikes, simple enough for young children with cave-like finds and fantastic natural formations. Also, there are sand dunes where my kids had a blast making "sand angels." Although the campground is small, it is really spacious. Our spot had an adjacent covered patio with picnic table and barbeque. There aren't any fire rings, but they allow you to bring one, so we brought our own fire ring and wood. The weather was very much on the verge of going from chilly to downright cold. I would not hesitate to camp at Snow Canyon again in November but I'd expect any later to bring weather too cold for enjoying the outdoor activities with young children. We only used the bathroom facilities once or twice. They were stinky but appeared to be quite clean. We did not use the showers. The only reason I'm not giving this park 10 stars is because it doesn't have sewer hook-ups and that would be really useful with our small trailer and it's small gray water tank. That would have made it perfect.