Date of Stay: July, 2010
This park is a privately owned family oriented campground and dog friendly (pit bulls and Rottweilers are not permitted). When my family was here on a busy weekend in July, it seemed like 2/3 of the population was under 3 feet tall. Maybe the facilities are not the most modern, but they do have power and water at each site, flush toilets, hot showers, a laundry room and a small store. If you are looking to beat the heat of the valleys in summer and find a place that is as fun for the kids as for yourself, a place where you can bring other families and group camp, or just be by yourselves on the bank of the river, then Gualala River Redwoods Park deserves your consideration. There is a beach for sunbathing, a river to swim in, the Pacific Ocean nearby, a recreation area with basketball, volley ball, ping pong, bocce and horseshoes. The old growth redwoods that were lumbered at the turn of the 20th century have left huge stumps that have mellowed over time into fantastic forts and hiding places for kids to play on. The new management takes their responsibility for safety and insuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy a peaceful camping experience seriously, as well as their stewardship of this fragile riparian ecology. The 5 mph speed limit is enforced because of all the children, and Quiet Time starts at 10 PM. A CPR trained night watchman roams the park after dark, ready to respond to everything from a request for firewood or ice to complaints about your neighbors to a medical emergency. We found the staff to be friendly and accommodating. The park has been here for 41 years and many of the campers we met have been coming since they were kids themselves. We certainly look forward to returning to this beautiful and well maintained redwood grove next summer. My advice is to read the camp rules on their website and decide for yourself if that is the kind of camping experience you are looking for.
Date of Stay: January, 2010
We camped here at this brand new shooting range last January. There are 80 pull through sites with modern pedestal mounted water and 30 and 50 amp electrical service as well as individual sewer connections. From high on the slope of Sheep Mountain in North Las Vegas, we had a beautiful view of the Las Vegas Basin and surrounding mountains as well as the sparkling lights of the city at night, and yet we were far enough away that there was no traffic noise. Very peaceful and beautiful. Although the campground is located on the shotgun range, you don't need to be recreational shooters to stay here, although obviously if you are, shotgun, rifle, pistol and archery ranges are right there for your use. The park is dog friendly and there is splendid hiking in the surrounding desert. There is a cafe, and indoor toilets on site. There are also porta-potties outside but no showers and no shade for the sites. The park is scrupulously maintained and the staff is friendly and helpful. We are both shooters and so look forward to our next visit to the range when the valley cools down in the fall.