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.
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.