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This is an updated review from my first 3 years ago. This time I have to be more critical, mostly because the upgrades to the Furnace Creek NPS campground next door make it a better choice in almost all respects. Fiddlers is basically a gravel parking lot, not much different from Stovepipe Wells or Sunset across the road. Sites are very close together and there is no camp host to enforce generator quiet hours. For less money, the Furnace Creek Campground has much larger spaces, better views, paved pads, picnic tables, water and flush toilets. There are some full hook up sites for more $$. The big benefit to Fiddlers is the free use of the pool and showers at the resort, which is a ten-minute walk. For $5 per day per family, campers at the NPS campground can use the pool too. This is still a great location to see many of the sights of Death Valley, it is just not the best camping option IMO.

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This seems to be the best place to camp with an RV in Tecopa Hot Springs. We'd agree with much of what others have written: very nice and helpful owners, friendly people, excellent hot spring pools that are emptied and cleaned every night, very quiet, etc. I would add that their wi-fi is excellent and never dropped our connection; not lightening fast but very usable. One very important point is that they do not open their pools to day use as many of the other RV parks do, so there is never a wait for a pool and no outsiders driving through and using the facilities. It is over an hour to Furnace Creek, so not a great base camp for Death Valley (try the dispersed BLM camping at the top of the pass going into DV if you don't want to camp in the valley). I only knock off one point for the general unattractiveness of the park and the immediate surroundings, though the distant views and sunsets are gorgeous.

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The nearest commercial park to the east entrance of Mt. Rainier NP, this campground is sadly short of it's potential. The park is run-down, dirty and neglected. It was also mostly empty during the heart of the summer when the Mt. Rainier wildflowers are at their finest. There is free wifi, but it was barely usable and Verizon data was only 1x, though cell service was fine. On the positive side, the little town of Packwood is very close and kind of cute. The library next door has 24-hour free wifi and we used it often (there always seemed to be a few people there using it too). Mt. Rainier is fairly close and a beautiful drive to get there. Not many choices in this area as the nearby La Wis Wis National Forest CG is limited to smaller RVs, as are the NP campgrounds.

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Gone Creek is one of several campground on the shores of Timothy Lake. They are all pretty similar with narrow roads and sites that are challenging to back into and/or level the RV. Gone Creek has a very nice beach area, gorgeous views of Mt. Hood directly across the lake and great fishing. It is quiet and family-oriented, great for kids. There is absolutely no cell signal within at least 10 miles of the campground, so be warned. Some of the sites, including some pull-throughs, are right on the lake.

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This is an extremely nice RV park. The sites are distributed over a very large area with a network of canals, so there is a lot of green space and water between sections of sites. The sites are quite long and wide, not paved but gravel. As others have said, the lake is nearby but not visible and only accessible by a long paddle around the canals that border the lake. There are kayaks for rent in the park and the paddle out to the lake is quite nice. The wifi is excellent if you are parked near one of the antennas, poor when not near an antenna. We had to move from our assigned site to a new one because the wifi was unusable at our first site. They have a complex system of site classifications, but we found a less-expensive "standard" site that was nicer than the "premium" site we were first given. The park is quiet and beautifully landscaped. The nearest full-service grocery store is in Castle Rock, about 15 minutes away. Mt. St. Helens was about an hour, but so worth the visit.

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This park is almost entirely full-time residents, but there is a small section of pull-through sites for "transients". These were very narrow and barely long enough for our 34-foot 5th wheel with the truck parked sideways in the road. The park is very convenient to the town of Scotts Valley and a 15-minute ride to downtown Santa Cruz. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and the cute town of Felton are 10 minutes away. As a base camp for exploring the area, this is pretty good, though we prefer the state park campgrounds down on the beach, which are quite nice, or the yacht harbor RV park. The pool is nice, though it can get crowded on weekends since lots of kids live here. Even with the Thousand Trails discount, this place is quite expensive, but typical for the greater Bay Area.

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Trying to find a place to camp near the Bay Area is always a challenge. This park is a decent choice when visiting the San Jose area, though it is over 1-1/2 hours from San Francisco (more during commuter hours). The park seems to be about 1/2 long-term residents, but they are quiet and reasonably neat. The setting is quite nice, among the rolling hills and wineries of Morgan Hill, with huge trees for shade. We stayed in the "premium" area for $5 more and it was pretty nice, with large pull-throughs (though with that annoying back-to-back shared-hookup configuration). The facilities were mostly closed, but seemed to be very old, run down and dirty. Lack of sewer hookups in a campground like this was inconvenient, but they had a pump-out service that was pretty reasonable. If I had business or family to visit in the south bay, I'd consider staying here again, but it isn't really a place for a vacation.

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We are full-timers who have stayed at literally dozens of national forest, national park, and state park campgrounds, and Fallen Leaf Lake is by far one of the very best. In a nice change of pace, the builders of this campground didn't crowd the sites on top of each other, but left plenty of space between sites, especially around the perimeter of the campground. The setting is mostly ponderosa pine forest sprinkled with open meadows and many sites look out upon the meadows and forest with barely any sign of other campers. Yes, the roads and many of the sites pads are uneven and broken, but I wouldn't say they are much worse than average for this type of campground. Fallen Leaf Lake is just a short walk from the south side of the campground, and the sites at this end are the most popular. We had a 100-foot pull through which had some broken pavement, but once we got settled it was spectacularly beautiful, private, and five minutes' walk to the crystal clear lake where our dog could swim and we could sit and gaze at the snow-covered mountains surrounding it. Tremendously convenient, the campground was 15 minutes to shopping, restaurants and every service you could want; and for those inclined, about 25 minutes to the Nevada casinos. I don't give many "10" ratings on this site, but Fallen Leaf Lake deserves it!

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We are full-timers who have stayed at literally dozens of national forest, national park, and state park campgrounds, and Fallen Leaf Lake is by far one of the very best. In a nice change of pace, the builders of this campground didn't crowd the sites on top of each other, but left plenty of space between sites, especially around the perimeter of the campground. The setting is mostly ponderosa pine forest sprinkled with open meadows and many sites look out upon the meadows and forest with barely any sign of other campers. Yes, the roads and many of the sites pads are uneven and broken, but I wouldn't say they are much worse than average for this type of campground. Fallen Leaf Lake is just a short walk from the south side of the campground, and the sites at this end are the most popular. We had a 100-foot pull through which had some broken pavement, but once we got settled it was spectacularly beautiful, private, and five minutes' walk to the crystal clear lake where our dog could swim and we could sit and gaze at the snow-covered mountains surrounding it. Tremendously convenient, the campground was 15 minutes to shopping, restaurants and every service you could want; and for those inclined, about 25 minutes to the Nevada casinos. I don't give many "10" ratings on this site, but Fallen Leaf Lake deserves it!

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Having read the reviews on this campground I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. We were there during the spring waterfall season in Yosemite and the park was quite busy, but this campground was barely 1/3 full. It is a huge park and apparently quite old, but our experience here was excellent. We had a river front site in the trees, full hook-ups and it felt more like a state or national park than a private campground. The staff was always very nice and helpful, letting me use their phone several times a week (there is no cell reception here). The lodge was recently refurnished and is comfortable to relax and use the WiFi (very weak, but serviceable). There are a few nice hikes around the area and there are tons of outdoor activities with equipment for families and groups to play with--volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, badminton, mini golf, etc. It is an hour to Yosemite Valley, but that is not much further than the outlying National Park campgrounds like Wawona and Hodgdon Meadows, so if you can't get into a campsite in the valley, this is a decent option. BTW, don't be put off by the reviewers complaining about Highway 120, it is windy and steep but that section is only a few miles long and has plenty of turnouts. Take it slowly and you'll be fine.

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Little has changed since the prior reviews. This is still a section of parking lot at the northern end of the yacht harbor with full hook ups and little else. It is quiet at night, but while we were here they were running a dredge right in front of the RV area for several hours a day--like having a loud generator running. The eucalyptus trees above us drop hard nuts on our RV occasionally that sound like gunshots. There are not many options in Santa Cruz and this park is in a great location and has a rather pretty view of the boats in the harbor and the surrounding hills, but for the price, this "camping spot" leaves a lot to be desired. As others have said, the sites are narrow (about 20 feet wide) but easy to back a trailer into and enough room to sit outside. Maximum RV length is 42 feet. In spite of the drawbacks, this park has been nearly full for our whole stay. We will be happy to move to New Brighton State Park in a few days.

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Without question, if you are visiting San Francisco, this is the best RV park to consider. We stayed here for 3 months and in my opinion, the pros outnumber the cons significantly. First the cons: All the sites are narrow and only a handful of them border grass medians which give a bit more space. Our 5th wheel with opposing slides, literally reached the lines on both sides of our space. For much of our stay, the window in our dining room slide was six inches from the trailer next door. We saw two cases of an RV hitting another RV trying to get in/out. Another con is the salt fog, which often rolls in here and corrodes anything it touches. All exposed iron or steel will rust in days. We used a rust protective spray constantly while here. Staying a few days, this wouldn't be a problem. The last con is the cost. It is horrendously expensive, but pretty much anything in the Bay Area is as well. Our rate was the monthly rate with a Thousand Trails discount (10%). Now for the pros! The ocean is 200 feet away! While there isn't a beach right here, there is a great dog-friendly beach a 1/2 mile pleasant walk away and the ocean views are steps away from the sites. The little village which is a 5-minute walk away has everything--a great coffee shop, Safeway, a butcher shop, a deli, a barber, several restaurants, Walgreens, a pet store, and much more. The park is 25-minutes from any part of San Francisco (no, it's not 10 minutes as a prior reviewer said). There is much to do in Pacifica like hiking, live music, restaurants, many nice beaches, golf, surfing, biking and lots of parks. The park itself is very well-managed with good security and friendly, helpful staff. While the pull-through spaces are narrow, they are quite long and the roads are pretty wide and easy to navigate. Overall, while this was one of the most expensive parks we have visited and it doesn't offer many amenities, the location and surrounding area more than make up for that.

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The campground now has water at every site along with 50A electricity! All sites and roads are wide and paved with some pull-throughs. Beautiful cottonwood trees and patchy grass fill the campground and there is a boat launch for the Green River nearby (no river views). Some services and stores available in Green River, just 1/2 mile drive, but there is almost no traffic noise here. The train goes by several times a day, but it is not intrusive. Reservations are a good idea during the busy season (which extends well into October). Overall a very pleasant spot to explore Goblin Valley and the San Rafael Swell or to spend the night off I-70.

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This is a basic BLM campground with good, wide roads and many large sites. The campground is well-located to visit Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands (about 15-minute drive to either) and not far from Moab (25 minutes). It is an hour to the far end of Arches, so probably better to stay in the very nice Devils Garden campground in the park. The scenery is wide open and beautiful; it is very quiet and peaceful. Generator hours are 8 AM to 8 PM and we had minimal cell reception and 1X data, even with an outside antenna. Decent cell service just a few miles back up the road toward Moab or Canyonlands. There are several new mountain bike trails from the campground which connect to a larger network of trails in the surrounding desert. One hiking trail nearby, but Dead Horse and Canyonlands have more and better. There were plenty of sites available when we were there (late October), but the camp host said they had been generally full every night since Labor Day, so a good idea to arrive early.

     

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Sylvan Lake State Park

Eagle, Colorado

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Sylvan Lake State Park is real gem. The campground is very spacious, with several large pull-through sites and many sites that have a bit of a view of the lake. There are two sections, 34 sites well-spaced in a typical campground layout and 12 sites (Fisherman's Paradise) on a gravel parking lot which backs up onto a large grass area and the lake. Fisherman's Paradise is quite nice but when it fills up on weekends the spacing is pretty tight. This park is a wonderful place to spend a few days or a week. There are some nice hikes right from the campground and several outstanding hikes in the surrounding national forest. The lake is beautiful with good fishing and the fall color here is spectacular. The last five miles of the road to the lake are very well-maintained gravel--not a problem for RVs, just a bit bumpy in spots. We would not hesitate to come back here again.