Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
We decided to become members of Resorts of Distinction and this was the first park we visited after joining. Once a member, there are no charges associated with camping--they list a $3 charge for cable TV hookups which are available in most of the park. Really nice "park model" cabins are available throughout the campgrounds for a charge of $49. We were there on a weekend and there were a number of scheduled activities both for adults and kids, excellent live music, a discounted buffet style dinner, and a DJ in the evening in the restaurant, which also features a full bar and an adult center with an adults only pool.
We found a beautiful grassy site on one of the two lakes, and enjoyed beautiful views of the mountains and the lake. There were a fair number of campers fishing in the lakes--we saw a few catfish and trout.
The area is resplendent with trees of every kind, willow, cottonwood, pine, oak, crepe myrtle. This campground is very park-like as opposed to seeming more natural and rural. There is a lot of cultivated grassy area, although only in a small percentage of the campsites. There is an Adult center, a Family Center, a General Store, a restaurant, a reception area and an adjacent grassy area where vendors set up their wares during music events. Participation was high at the music event, and the mood was very cheerful--something we don't always see at campgrounds. The campground has many installed wi-fi stations to provide free wi-fi throughout the park, which seems quite easy to access. Unfortunately due to recent fires in the area, the wi-fi was not working at all. We have access to Sprint, Verizon and ATT on our cell phones and tablet, however, there were a high percentage of areas where we could not get cell service at all. We camped at Mountain Lakes Resort (Membership) in a Motorhome.
The lunch and dinner menus were excellent and the food was very tasty. However the Sunday brunch was really disappointing. I recommend you pass on it--I don't believe there is a normal menu for Breakfast.
Date of Stay:
February, 2010 -
So much better than your usual RV Campground?. We were just about to give up on camping in Southern California, since we could never get in anywhere, especially without reservations of sometimes 6-8 months in advance! Then someone I ran into gave me a pass to see this place. We went and loved it, and immediately began looking for someone trying to sell their membership. We got it from someone for less than half the usual price, and we love it. It is more like a nature park, with tons of trees, creek beds and open space as well. But it also has all the amenities, hook-ups and things for everyone of all ages to do. You can even rent movies at the store, or go out to breakfast at the chuck wagon restaurant. Add to that, all electrical, city water and sewer hookups in almost every site, and several pools, saunas and Jacuzzis, miniature golf, a fishing pond, and what are you waiting for? There is a modest yearly maintenance fee on top of the membership charge. This is a huge park, with probably 400 sites, well spread out. (Google it and zoom in on the satellite shots). We also love driving down the hill to the Casino Morongo! Park is at 3,500 foot elevation, up the hill from Banning. There are entertainment and events during the mid and high seasons: just quietly beautiful from late fall to spring. We camped at Silent Valley Club (Members Only) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
September, 2009 -
Beautiful views, but unfortunately it's just another big open parking lot, with sites right on top of each other. We stayed inside mostly, except when traveling around the area. The grounds are not very well kept up. It's a huge open meadow that would be fun for play, but its full of crab grass, stickers and weeds. Nice shower and facilities but you can find those at a hotel, for less. Although, if you want to tour the Santa Barbara area, this is an excellent choice since its difficult to find lodging at this price or availability. Down the hill is the awesome public campground at El Capitan, (without many amenities, but just lovely and almost on the beach), but that one is booked 12 months out! The Wi-Fi here was very unreliable: dropping off all the time. If you need it, camp close to the office. We camped at Ocean Mesa Campground at El Capitan in a Motorhome.