Date of Stay: August, 2012
Friendly, quiet, convenient to I-25. Most spaces appeared to be level with tables, fire rings, and shade trees. Owner couple take a real pride of ownership in this park. Restrooms are clean. It is a little pricier than other parks in my travels, but it is the best option between Raton & Santa Fe. I plan to stay here in the future.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Quiet, pride of ownership reflected. Clean restroom/showers. Easy access from hwy. Don't be afraid of the train tracks. You can hear, but it doesn't rattle the ground and I found it far enough away to not be bothersome in the least. I would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Every time we spend a night here, we are on the way to another destination, but we want to stay longer. One of these trips we will stay 4-5 nights. The park is quiet, shade trees at nearly every site, has a nice little store at the office, pool and hot tub, great community room (with an aviary full of happy beautiful little birds), a big screen TV, muffins & coffee at breakfast time; nice grassy area with a habitat for desert tortoises. If you have a car, be sure to make the drive up to Whitney Portals which is the road directly across the highway. It is AWESOME! The Alabama Hills is worth the drive around as well. Also, the Resort is close to Lone Pine for other activities, shopping, etc. Star gazing at night is great if you move away from the Resort's lights. Hoping to spend more time there soon!
Date of Stay: August, 2011
PROS: Family-owned with pride of ownership. Clean restrooms: showers with adequate hot water. Fish cleaning area, horse shoes, community fire pits and tables and a deep freeze for common use. Close to June Village and the Gull Lake Marina. Mature pines that offer shade to parts of most sites (however, only a few sites don't take the sun either A.M. or P.M.). Gravel covered sites and drives. Pet friendly. Many very nice happy campers. CONS: Very noisy around the office area & entire park due to loud camp manager. Selective dogs are allowed to roam off leash (and do their business where they will, with clean-up often missed). Quiet time is not always enforced before 7 A.M. and after 10 P.M. Particularly during campfire guitar sing-alongs in community area: which backs up to about six spaces. On occasion the noise went on until midnight. Campers are not always warned by the manager that this camp is in bear country and that no food, coolers with food, or trash should be left outside. And there are no warning signs posted. (Oh sure, it's in the rules and regulations, but when was the last time you read those when you checked in after a long day on the road? And how about if you are from another country and don't read English?) Due to many campers being unaware, there was a great deal of loud, bad-bear activity at the park in the middle of the night. It was sad as three bears have had to be shot this season in the area. The gravel is okay but some grass would be a nice addition. Many of the spaces are rented long term and a few of those people are very social, day & night, which means the camping sounds are clicking ice cubes, loud laughter, or yelling between camp sites, rather than the birds and squirrels. You can forget a quiet read or listening to your own music even inside your own rig. We have been camping here for a number of years and will not return until the current manager is replaced and the park gets quiet again. (And by the way, the noise of kids playing IS part of camping and we enjoy it. Some dog barking is expected as well.) In previous years with different camp hosts, I would have given Golden Pine a ten every time. This year I would give it a one. So I will split it down the middle and rate it a five.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
We have been camping here several times (most recently this past spring to see the wild flowers) and am thinking of planning another trip. It is "camping" at its best. We don't care that there's no cable TV because we'd rather sit out by the camp fire and look at the night sky. The stars are killer! The sites are decent sized and you don't feel like your neighbors are on top of you. There are some sites where you only have neighbors at the ends of your rig. Those spots mean you may have to run your hook-ups underneath your rig. We love it here because the restrooms and showers are clean; it is quiet; there is great hiking walking distance from camp sites; and it's an easy trip to Borrego Springs if you need groceries, a dinner out OR tons of other great hikes. I am glad this State Park is not on the list of those to be shuttered although some of my other favorites are. I hope every one is being proactive with our state govt. encouraging them to keep the parks open.