Date of Stay: September, 2016
For us it's a nice campground to spend a couple of nights only 2 hours from the Portland metro area. Though not empty, it was quiet when we visited in the middle of September in the middle of the week. It's a long narrow park under pine trees along the north shore of Detroit Lake. We stayed in the F loop along the shore. These are close spaces that start with a steep decline then level out as you back into them. The lake level was low, but the lake was still scenic. In addition to walking on the extra shoreline, there are a few trails around some of the campground loops. Some sites back against the highway which seems like it could be noisy. We didn't notice any highway noise where we were. Considering privacy or views we'd suggest these: F16, F35, G24, G43, H36, H47, H60.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
The campground is in an oasis of tall trees and green grass on a flat area of otherwise high desert. It is high above Lake Billy Chinook. You can't see the lake from the campground. It's easy to walk to the campground entrance and go down Jordan Road a very short distance to see views of the lake and a small waterfall. If you get out of the trees on the western side of the campground you'll have great views of Three Fingered Jack and Mount Jefferson. There isn't much of a trail system which would have been nice. There is grand scenery all around you. The park has plenty of space between sites more than we've seen at other Oregon State Parks. There is a lot of open space at ground level so visual privacy screening is minimal. Sites 12, 41, and 47 are some we'd recommend.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
We enjoyed this park even though it was busy and congested. Summer even during the week this would be expected on the coast. The park is mostly in tall pines. Loops start at the coast then go inland instead of along the coast. We stayed in G1. It was a bit open to the loop road on the patio side. The patio area receives afternoon sun. This site is almost as far from the beach as you can get. It's about a 20 minute casual walk to the beach. There are a couple of trails behind the campground that go from the farthest loops to the loops closest to the beach. If you really want to be close to the beach and don't mind close, back to back sites, the B loop is where you will want to be. B12 is prime real estate in this regard. Its patio has an ocean view through the 101 bridge. The Welcome Center has some interesting information and fun displays.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
The A loop sites are close together but have mature shade trees. If you want privacy then A23, A30, and A32 looked good. The B loop is newer and has much better spacing between sites. There are fewer trees in B. We stayed in B7 which is good if you like privacy on the patio side. It had a good shrub privacy screen and was set back from the adjacent site (B9). This is a nice park with paved walking/biking trails and areas of historical interest. On some of the trails you get a glimpse of the Willamette River. We live less than an hour away, and it makes for a nice getaway for a few days.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
It's an attractive state park. Sites are a bit close. Shore pines separate sites, but the trees are not thick privacy screens. All sites looked level. There are no ocean view or ocean front sites. There are sand dunes between the campground and beach. It's a fairly short, easy walk over the dunes to get to the beach. There are other trails that lead to the bay side of the park, which provides scenic views. Showers were basic but clean and had hot water. I appreciated the long wooden bench in the shower instead of the small wooden stool some of the Oregon state parks have.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
This is one of the parks run by Maricopa County. It’s in Cave Creek in the north Phoenix metro area. It’s a scenic Sonoran Desert setting, not really too far from civilization. Loops and sites are paved and arranged well. There are water and electric hookups at each site. Sites also have a cement picnic table and fire ring/grill combo. There is a dump station at the entrance. We stayed in back-in site #27. This site is level. They also have some pull-out sites. Showers were clean and hot. The hiking trail system is extensive. Horses are allowed on the trails. Rodeo grounds are next door. There was a rodeo event the weekend we stayed. You could hear the activities, but they shut down by 9:00 p.m. We will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
This is a dispersed camping area on a beach at Bartlett Reservoir. It’s managed by the Tonto National Forest. The closest town is Carefree, 20 miles to the west. All roads leading here are paved. It’s about 2 miles north of the Bartlett Marina. You drive down to the beach and find a spot you like. There a rock fire rings that other people have set up. There is a flush toilet where you enter the beach. Depending on where you set up camp, that toilet could be far away. The views of the water and surrounding mountains are great. Just south of this beach are good hiking trails with more views of Bartlett Lake. We stayed here during the week. It was practically empty. Weekends are probably much busier. Litter was a bit of a problem, but not as bad as we saw at Riverside Campground, just south of Bartlett Lake. That is why the rating is only a 7. We would come back here again and would probably stick to another weekday.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
This is a Tonto National Forest campground downstream from the Bartlett Dam/Reservoir on the Verde River. The closest town is Carefree, 23 miles to the west. The 3 mile road from the Bartlett Marina is maintained gravel. Sites are among large mesquite trees in a sandy, dry grass meadow. Each site has a metal picnic table and fire ring/grill combo. The sites are not numbered. You can position your vehicle any way you like around a site. There are no hookups, but there is a vault toilet. The river is just across the loop road. At some sites you can get a glimpse of the river. You can see the Bartlett Dam. We stayed here during the week. It was practically empty. Only one other camper was around. They were at a far site from ours and out of sight. Though this seemed like a great place to get away on your own, the litter problem was bad. That is why the rating is only a 6. At the sites and along the river, there were empty beer cans, broken bottles, and other litter. We spent an hour cleaning up around our site.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
This is a scenic Tonto National Forest campground on the shore of Roosevelt Lake. There are no hookups. There are water spigots throughout campground. The restroom/shower buildings have flush toilets. They were clean. Showers use solar technology, but water was lukewarm. Loops are paved. Sites are gravel and fairly level. Each site has a shade ramada, metal picnic table, and fire ring/grill combo. We stayed in pull-out site #38 in the Buckhorn Cholla loop. They also have back-in sites. The layout of the different sites is very good. You don’t feel on top of any of your neighbors. The scenery is desert meets water. Mountains, including Four Peaks, are in view. Only a few sites have a direct view of Roosevelt Lake. Lake views are an easy, short walk away. There are plenty of trails including ones where you can walk to the lake shore. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: January, 2012
We think this is a nice state park even more than we would have thought. It’s just off I-10, between Casa Grande and Tucson. The mountains here include Picacho Peak (3,374 feet). There’s a smaller butte right near the camping loops. Sites and loops are paved and level. The landscape is native Sonoran Desert. There are no trees or even oleander bushes. Each site has electric (no water or sewer), a fire ring/grill combo, and a wood-top picnic table. Some sites have a ramada over the table. There are back-in and pull-through sites. The electric on the back-in sites is at the back of the site. The back-in sites are double-wide. Depending on the site, the picnic area could be on the right, the left, or at the back of the site. We stayed in site A13 that had a good view of the peak from one side and the butte on the other side. The layout was good, giving ample space between sites. It was not crowded on the January weekend we stayed. The I-10 traffic and train noise was muted and distant. Showers and restrooms were clean and modern. The shower area had tile walls and terrazzo on the floor. There was plenty of hot water. There are a lot of hiking opportunities, from easy to difficult. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
This is a nice, scenic state park. Sites and loops are paved and level. The camping areas are on a very flat area of savannah grasslands with a scattering of mostly mesquite trees. The Santa Catalina Mountains provide the background. The layout was good, giving ample space between sites. We stayed at back-in site #A40 with water and electric. This site and adjacent site A38 had the hookups and picnic area on the same side. The other sites had the picnic area on the correct side, facing the RV passenger side. Each site has a picnic table and pedestal grill. There are no fire rings. Wood fires are not allowed at this campground. Loop A, which we prefer, has a more natural look where grass is tall. In loop B the grass is mowed, and the sites are in straight rows. This gives loop B more of an RV Park feel. Though both loops have plenty of trees, loop B has a more open feel. Showers and restrooms were clean. Showers were free and hot. They are on a timer. You push a button and get a couple minutes of shower at a time. The force of the water almost hurt. You can’t change the angle of the shower head. There are plenty of hiking trails. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This is a San Bernardino County regional park about 4 miles from I-10. Sites and loops are paved and level. There is grass and large trees throughout the campground. There are mountain views from this park. The county reservation system will show a picture of the site and indicate the length and shade level. We stayed at back in site #35, with full hookups. It’s a partial shade site. The site includes a pedestal grill and picnic table. There was no fire ring at this site. Showers and restrooms are old and rustic. One building looked newer. The building closest to us had semi-open air restrooms. The sink did not work. Showers were private, but the metal door did not close all the way. The water level of the 3 lakes was low. The water slide/swim area was closed for the season, but it looked like it had potential for the summer season. We did not use the park for its recreational opportunities. We stayed only 1 night as we drove further into California. We would stay here again on another stopover visit.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This is a primitive (no hookups) campground in the Coconino National Forest, north of Sedona, AZ. It’s right in Oak Creek Canyon and very scenic. It has new vault toilets and dumpsters, but no showers. The picnic and tent pads are new. Each site has a cement picnic table, fire ring/grill combo, and a separate pedestal grill. The campground is right off highway 89A. Between Sedona and the campground, we encountered an area on the road where they were cleaning up a mud slide. The host said that happens regularly. The highway is busy during the day, but not at night. There’s one loop on the east side of the highway and another loop on the west side. We stayed at back-in site 28 on the western loop. Oak Creek was right behind us. Due to the terrain, many sites are not level. Our site had only a slight incline. On the east side, sites 41, 44, and 50 looked level, but on site #50 there is a steep drive to reach the level parking pad. Sites were a little close but not too bad. Only a few sites can be reserved which we did, because we were arriving late on a Friday. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Our rate reflects the senior pass discount. This is a Joshua Tree National Park campground. It’s located at the northwest corner of the park. Access is not from the park roads, so you do not have to pay a park entrance fee in addition to the campground fee. It’s about 5 miles south of CA-62. There are no hookups. There are modern restrooms, but no showers. There is a dump station. Loops are paved, but in poor condition. Sites are compacted sand. They are not level. We used a couple of leveling blocks on each front tire. We stayed at site #25. This is along the western outer loop. The view behind us was nature. The eastern outer loop has views of houses off in the distance. This is a very scenic desert campground, and there are plenty of Joshua Trees here. Most sites are back in sites. The campground has some pull through sites. Some sites are too close to each other. This is especially true for the back to back inner loop sites. The campground was only a quarter full on the Tuesday we stayed, so we had no privacy problems. The sites include a fire ring/grill combo and cement picnic tables. We stayed only 1 night as a stopover, on a longer trip, heading home. We would stay here again. We are now motivated to make a trip just to see the park, perhaps staying at one of the campgrounds further inside the park.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Sites and loops are paved and level. Sites are a little too close for our taste, but we did not have a problem with the noise level. We stayed at pull through site #23. It had water and electric hookups. Some sites are in the shade. Many, including #23, are in the sun and surrounded by shrub-size vegetation. Huge trees are scattered throughout the park. The site includes a fire ring/grill combo, CCC-era stone grill and picnic table made of stone, cement, and wood. Showers and restrooms were muddy at times. Some of the toilets were clogged. Park workers cleaned throughout the day, but it was hard for them to keep up during the weekend when the campground was full. Showers were free and had inconsistent hot water, which is exactly what posted signs said to expect. Just across the street from the campground entrance, is a place to rent canoes and kayaks. This is near the Bayside Cafe. Having a restaurant in walking distance to a campground is a nice treat. The Museum of Natural History was a very short walk down the road. This park has plenty of hiking trails, including one that goes to the top of Black Hill where you can get some great views. We would stay here again.