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Napa Valley Expo RV Park

Napa, California

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In general we liked the Napa Expo RV Park a lot, we even extended our stay after arriving. The sites have a decent amount of space between them and our back-in site had a lot of grassy space behind it which was great for our dogs. We had read reviews about grumpy camp hosts but everyone we interacted with was helpful. The $50 rate ($45 with Good Sam) is "all-in", i.e. there's no sales tax, room tax, tourism tax, or similar, which makes this a pretty good deal. Many of the other campgrounds we've stayed at recently in the San Francisco area had taxes as high as 12% on top of the campground fee. Our only complaint is the road noise from Silverado Trail, especially from the back-in sites which are closest to the road. Often the road noise is barely noticeable, but frequently throughout the day people seem to drive very loud motorcycles and extremely loud "classic" sports cars up and down the road which became very annoying quickly. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the entrance to the campground is designed to only allow entry when you're driving south on Silverado Trail. Since we were coming from San Francisco, we were headed north and had to enter through the exit lane. Similarly, when leaving the campground, you can only head South on Silverado. We'd stay here again.

     

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San Francisco RV Resort

Pacifica, California

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As others have mentioned, this RV Resort is literally a paved parking lot with lines painted to mark the spaces. The spaces are extremely tight! There are quite a lot of permanent-looking RVs in the park, some not in the best condition. Many are covered in rust and look like they haven't been moved in years. I wish I could say being right on the ocean was a plus, but it was completely foggy, windy, and cold all three days we stayed, and the wind off the ocean left our motorhome and car coated in salt spray (after just two days we could barely see through our car's windows). There is a decent-sized on-leash dog area at one end of the park. Near the dog area is an entrance to a walking path that leads out of the RV Park and into the nearby neighborhood. There's no beach access anywhere due to heavy erosion, but the walking path opens up some options for longer walks. It was a little difficult to come up with a rating for this RV Park. The reservation staff was helpful at locating a space for us where our ramp for our older dog would fit (some of the sites are so close together the ramp wouldn't fit). Just looking at the park itself we'd have rated it lower. However, we give it an extra point or two for being relatively close to downtown San Francisco, given that there are very limited options in this area. We stayed here specifically for the convenience of visiting San Francisco (about a 30 minute drive to downtown). In the future we'll likely try another nearby option, but would return here in a pinch if necessary.

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This was one of our favorite RV Parks since arriving in California. If you're looking for true resort-like amenities (hot tubs, tennis courts, shuffleboard, etc.) then maybe you'll be disappointed. We prefer a more natural setting though, and Santa Cruz Redwoods fit the bill perfectly, especially after our prior parking-lot resort experience. It's more like an outdoor camping experience (including a large section for tents), with many families having campfires nightly, kids playing, people walking dogs, large groups sitting outside together enjoying the weather and the surroundings. We took our dog down to the river that runs along the campground so he could enjoy a bit of swimming. You can also wade across the river (ankle or knee deep depending on recent rains) directly into the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with all its trails. If you don't want to wade, the entrance to the state park is a mile down the road from the campground. We saw no full-time/permanent RVs except for the camp hosts, and every site we saw was tidy. We were lucky in that our site (#61) was very spacious, but some other sites looked pretty tight. The downside to our site was that it received almost no sun due to the tall trees, and it was chilly all week in April in the shade. Some of the sites get sunlight, but not many. I imagine in summer the shade is great. The manager and staff were extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way multiple times to accommodate us. We were a last minute arrival (being dissatisfied with our prior RV Park) and they didn't have a site we could stay in for 10 consecutive nights. We'd need to move to their overflow space after half our stay, but they kept their eyes open and rearranged some incoming guests when there was a cancelation, and we ended up not having to move. Excellent customer service! The nearby town of Felton is small but very cute and has all the necessary amenities. We'll definitely return, hopefully in warmer weather!

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We reserved here for a week with high expectations based on all the excellent reviews, but we were not impressed once we arrived. Most of the park is taken by full-time residents, although their sites were reasonably tidy. Many of the sites for short-term guests are just a paved parking lot: no grass, dirt, or gravel, just blacktop with paint stripes marking the lots. In our section (not the "parking lot" section), the sites were separated by 6-foot wide, very tall and dense shrubs. While these look nice and provide privacy between sites, they also take away most of the available site space on each side. We had to park in the center of our site so that our slide-outs wouldn't hit the shrubs, which left just a couple feet of usable space on our camping side. In short, the site was much too narrow. Without the 6-foot wide shrubs right up against the RV, we'd have had a lot more usable space. We asked to be relocated but were told any other sites would require us to move a couple times during our stay. We ended up spending our week inside the RV since there was no room outside. The WiFi worked on-and-off but was slow. On the positive side, the park is in a beautiful setting, nestled between hills full of grazing cows. There's a very large grassy field where dogs can play, but it's not fenced. Just outside the gate of the park is Betabel Road which is a good place to take longer walks with dogs (minimal traffic, grassy shoulders). Gilroy is a few miles away and has many big box stores, restaurants, etc. We would not return due to the closeness of the sites.

     

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Coyote Valley RV Resort

Morgan Hill, California

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This is the daily rate for a premium site (minus the Good Sam discount). We had made a reservation online, then called in our credit card to lock in the reservation. We got here and found they never put our CC into the system and therefore they dropped our reservation. The host seemed very ambivalent and non-apologetic about the mess. She did make a cursory check and was able to find a site for the two nights we needed. The premium site was located right up front by the street. The site is spacious, level, and easy to back in. The campground wifi was usable most of the time but pretty slow. The park is very dog-friendly with large patches of grassy areas where dogs can walk around. They also have a dog park, and a bike/hiking trail near the campground. The resort is very clean and has some very nice landscaping. The major issue we had with this resort is the location. The jersey walls on the street next to our site bounces the traffic noise right back to us, plus there is a commuter train with a VERY loud horn that passes right next to the road starting from 5:30am till at least 11pm. If you're a light sleeper, forget about a good night's sleep. Lastly, make sure you follow the directions on the resort's website to get to the entrance. Due to the jersey walls, you cannot make a left into the resort. If we choose to stay here again, we'd probably try for a standard site located by the back of the resort and only stay for an overnight or couple nights to pass through the area.

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This is the only campground near Pinnacles National Park and is located on the east side. The roads leading to the campground are winding, narrow, and one lane each way, but ok as long as you don't actually go 55mph (posted speed limit). We ended up driving as slow as 20-25 on many sections in our motorhome. Most of the campground has no hookups (no generators allowed), but there is a small section with electric and water spigots located sporadically through the area, there is a dump station (only one) across from the visitors' center. The sites are spacious, level, and easy to back into. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the campground and because it's so large, there were plenty of places to walk around. The nearest city is about 45 minutes away so bring everything you need before you go camping. There is also no cellular or internet signal in the campground or in the surrounding areas, even with a booster. Our site had absolutely no shade but other sites do have large trees that do provide some shade. For the water spigots, we only saw one (in front of #86) with threading that would fit a hose. The other spigots had no threading so if you want to fill your tank, you will either need to fill at #86, bring a water bandit, or use a water bladder/container. We enjoyed the campground and found it pretty and peaceful. We would come back if we were visiting Pinnacles National Park.

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This was a great campground for us. It's a few miles out of San Luis Obispo, but still close enough that going to town to do some shopping (everything from Supermarkets to The Apple Store). We loved the very natural setting in a county park, with lots of trees and wildlife nearby. There was some persistent road noise from US-1 nearby but it wasn't too annoying. What worked especially well for us were all the places we could walk our dogs nearby. The county park includes a huge fenced dog park (with picnic tables, bathtubs, and more) which was less than a 1/2 mile walk from the campground. There's also a relatively easy hiking trail (some parts are a little steep uphill) which is about a three mile loop from the campground. We were there before the summer season started on April 1, so there was no staff except for the two camp hosts (no check-in, no office, etc.). Our Verizon and AT&T both worked well. The only potential downside is finding a good site for a large motorhome. There are three loops: Bishop (B) has enormous pull-through sites suitable for any sized rig, but has NO hookups (and there's no dump station). Chumash (C) is the prettiest loop but is mostly designed for tents, vans, and very small RVs. There are a few sites in C that can fit a 36-38 foot motorhome. Romauldo (R) is mostly long sites that can fit very large motorhomes, but the sites there are awkwardly arranged, many having large/dense shrubs along both sides of the RV, with the camping space (picnic table, fire ring, etc.) being behind the RV instead of next to it, which looked awkward to us. Many of the sites are also very unlevel. We camped in (R) for a few days and had to put three wood blocks under our front tires and leveling jacks, and still weren't quite level. We then moved to (C) when one of the few larger sites there opened up. Would we stay here again? Absolutely! We really enjoyed our stay, and the price was great. We will just be sure to reserve a large site well in advance.

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We stayed here for a week while visiting Six Flags. The park is very convenient (10 minutes) to Six Flags and the town of Valencia. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the hot tub looked nice (although we didn't use it, it was frequently full of people). There's an OK sized fenced dog area... it's long which is nice, but very narrow, maybe 15 feet wide. There are two on-leash dog areas (a grassy area near the tennis court and one near the office) but since the RV park is on a main highway, there's no place to walk dogs outside the park. Apart from the hot tub and tennis court, there's also a nice playground for kids. The park is pretty large, but 90% of it is occupied by full-time residents with the accompanying clutter, including many with tent-like carports set up next to their rigs, which detracts somewhat from the appeal. Our big complaint is that our site was extremely small... uncomfortably so for a week-long stay. Our camping side only had a few feet of space before our neighbor's slide-outs were in our way. We found a section with much larger sites and asked if we could be moved there, and we were told those sites are for daily guests, not weekly. We would only return if we were going to Six Flags again, and we would just stay for a day or two due to the campsite size issue.

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Since this resort is only a couple of miles away from Disneyland and located right in the city, it is a little pricey. The park does have a (pay) shuttle that will take you to Disneyland so you don't have to drive. The staff is extremely friendly and very helpful, and the resort is quite clean and dog friendly. Ex-pens are allowed for dogs. It is a resort in the city so there isn't a lot of space for each site but you are not crammed in next to your neighbor, there is space to relax on your patio with a little grass area. They do have a pool and hot tub area which seemed popular with the families visiting. The park is a little small so we ended up walking our dogs in the nearby neighborhoods and felt safe. Since the park is so close to Disneyland, we got to see the nightly fireworks right from our RV which was fun to watch. The trees on and around our site must have been shedding sap or something similar. By the time we left, everything that was left outside was insanely sticky, including the RV. For an urban park, it's surprisingly spacious and clean. We'd stay here again if we needed to by in the area.

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Rate does not include 10% tax and $1 per night fee per dog. Santee Lakes was a good home base for us to explore San Diego from. It's 30 minutes from the beach, but offers a more rustic, wooded campground feel compared to RV parks downtown. The park is surprisingly large, with 300+ campsites grouped into eight or so different areas/loops along the long narrow park. Each area has a very different feel, with many of the areas being traditional rows and rows of diagonally parked RVs. We stayed in Willow Loop which was older and felt more rustic (large trees, more space, oddly-angled sites). Due to the oddly-arranged sites, some in Willow Loop are great with lots of space, and others are right up against the next RV (not even enough space to open an awning) with the camping area BEHIND the RV. We used their web site's site search to look at the satellite views to choose a site with more space. The WiFi worked pretty well (not good enough for streaming video, but OK for everything else). Given the size of the park, there were plenty of places to walk our dogs, but dogs are not allowed in any of the lakes, even on leash to just get wet. Also, dogs are not allowed in the day use areas, only in the campground areas. Portable fences/ex-pens for dogs are not allowed. There are hiking trails nearby but you have to exit the park to get to them. We would stay here again.

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We are usually not fans of fancy RV Resorts, preferring to stay at county/state parks. However, The Palms in Yuma (55+) really impressed us. We were only there for three nights on our way to California (under 55 welcome for short stays), but wished we could have stayed longer. The park was beautiful, with trees, plants, and blooming flowers everywhere. The campsites aren't exactly spacious, but they were not nearly as cramped as many other RV parks/resorts we've been to. We used the pool and hot tub daily (there are several of each), which is unusual for us. There are some permanent sites, but instead of Park Models, they are custom-built upscale homes which add to the appeal of the resort, rather than detract from it. It's clearly meant for seasonal/snowbird stays, but they do offer daily and weekly stays as well. Everyone was friendly and welcoming, staff and other campers alike. We were glad to find that the resort is extremely dog friendly. Apart from having two large off-leash fenced dog areas (one for large dogs, one for small), there is also a nice dirt walking trail all the way around the perimeter of the park (exactly a 1-mile walk) which was great for our daily walks with the dogs. Dogs can be walked almost anywhere in the resort but the trail was perfect. We would stay here again, even with the somewhat high daily rate (typical for a resort with these amenities).

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Our nightly rate is based on a week's stay (we are not 55+ but for short stays they allow couples with no kids). This park is almost entirely retirement/snow-bird park models, with a couple rows at the end of the park for RVs. Each site is gravel with a concrete patio. The sites are pretty tight, and tow cars get parked next to the patio. Our hookups were behind the site and on the wrong side, which made our water hookup difficult. The staff was friendly, but quite a lot of the residents completely ignored us--we often felt like "outsiders" who didn't belong. Our main issue with the park is that they claim to be "dog friendly" (essential for us) but that turned out to be not accurate. You are allowed to have dogs, but the friendliness ends there. There is a tiny fenced dog area in one corner of the park (with a small strip of grass) which is the ONLY place dogs are allowed to relieve themselves. Every time we took our dogs out we needed to get them to the dog area in the corner without letting them urinate along the way. We saw residents with small dogs carry them to the dog area, and with big dogs drive them there. We would happily walk our dogs outside the park grounds but the entire RV Park is walled in with the main entrance (far from the RV section) being the only way in our out. Once our 12+ year old dog urinated on the gravel near the entrance (no plants nearby) and within 5 seconds someone came over to tell us it's not allowed. Having been to many truly dog friendly RV parks, I would not recommend Apache Wells to anyone with a dog. The RV park is great for active seniors, there's a very large community area, it's clean, and there are a lot of activities. It is an obviously popular park since it was near capacity while we were there. Unfortunately those types of amenities are not what is important to us.

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We really enjoyed our stay at McDowell Mountain. Most of the sites are quite spacious, the restrooms and showers are top notch, and there are many miles of walking/hiking trails which we explored with our dogs (the park was very dog friendly). The views consist of mountains and desert as far as you can see in every direction (at the top of each hour you can see the famous Fountain Hills fountain to the south). The area was very quiet except for an occasional airplane overhead and the evening and morning coyote howls. During our stay we saw plenty of rabbits, jackrabbits, and some roadrunners, and one coyote. The campground has two loops, with the south loop having more spacious sites. We were in the north loop which we thought was perfectly nice too. ).The campground accepts UPS and FedEx packages for campers (pick up at the visitor center), but not US Mail. We are definitely looking forward to staying here again!

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This county park is pretty isolated, far from any amenities or stores. The location is quite pretty with the mountains, lake, and some trails for hiking. The marina seems to be a big draw for local activities, as there were speedboats zooming around (sometimes loudly) in the lake near the campground, and we also saw a gas powered parasailer. We stayed in the Roadrunner campground, on the lake side of the campground. The sites are a little closer together than most county/state parks we've been to, and the usable space in our site was particularly small due to the steeply sloped terrain. The provided picnic table with roof/cover is very nice, but due to the location of the table's roof/cover we were unable to open our patio awning. Our site was low in the front and required several wooden boards under our front wheels to keep the leveling jacks from lifting the wheels off the ground. The park also has a very nice playground for kids. A cell phone tower is on the hill just outside the campground, so we had great Verizon LTE and AT&T 4G signals (no AT&T LTE available). We would consider staying here again, although we prefer some other county parks in the area that have larger sites and are closer to stores/shopping.

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We stayed at La Posa South with a group of a dozen other RVs during the Quartzsite RV show. It's hard to decide on a numeric rating for this because it's just a giant patch of desert, not really a campground! Pros: lots of space to choose from, and even during the big RV show we had plenty of room around us and didn't feel crowded. Great views, great sunsets, and a short drive to town. 8 water filling stations means there's not much of a wait to fill your tank. Cons: lots of dust whenever someone drives by, the ground is all large gravel/rocks which was quite hard on our dogs' paws, and there are only two sewer dumps to handle the thousands of RVers during the RV show which means you could wait in line for hours to dump. We opted to "take it with us" to our next destination. It's $40 for up to two weeks, and we were there for 4 nights, thus our $10/night calculated rate.