Date of Stay: October, 2016
This is your typical urban RV park: close sites, parking-lot style, with about half full-timers. The facilities are fine and (very) close to shopping. All that is tolerable because one does not come to places like this for the ambience; one comes into places like this when I need to get business accomplished. So one of the things I look for is WiFi. They advertise this, take your money, even give you a password. But the signal is nonexistent--not strong enough to hold onto. When I asked for another site that had better reception, I was told the signal and equipment were iffy. When asked for a refund, so I could leave and go to a park that had signal, I was refused. Buyer beware!
Date of Stay: July, 2015
Stayed 7 nights, which is discounted to $77. A great deal, considering the campground has flush toilets and coin operated showers. Most sites are RV friendly. The camp sits right on the Rogue River and there are nice trails out of the camp. Its close to Gold Beach, so there is no worry about needs. The town sports river jet boat tours and are a great experience. I gave this camp a poor rating because of the lack of management. Despite the fact that there are 2 hosts on site, noisey campers go unchecked well into the night and sites go uncleaned between occupants.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Sam's is well-known, with locals as well as snowbirds, for being the best kept secret in the Mojave deserts. After day-visits for more than twenty years, I was thrilled to come and camp here for an entire month. True to my memories, the gardened grounds, water features, and mineral pools are immaculate. The park is several miles outside of town, so it could be considered a destination resort-of sorts. Along with park-owned rentals and a motel, there is a small snack and dry goods concession in the office. There is also a big laundromat and three restroom/shower facilities throughout the park. Roughly half the park is occupied by full-time mobile homes, while the other half is set-up for RVs and campers. Of these sites, most are spacious and somewhat level. Sam's is a family-friendly park, so the pools may be crowded on weekends and holidays. But if you are here for a while, there are plenty of other things to do in the Palm Springs area other than vie for a spot in a crowded pool. The only problem I found was in the park's outside services: There is a propane delivery service. But Sam's management has no control over the delivery dates, which are inconsistent. However, there is an RV service station a mile or so down the road that sells LP for a fair price.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
I imagine that it takes a number of elements to truly make a RV park a “premier” facility. At a glance, this place looks fabulous: Riverfront placement adjacent to a scenic path, lush greens and paved lanes, well placed facilities, and helpful (as they could be) attendants. Buy something is lacking in the parks overall management strategy: The WiFi was monitored and stingy (It took 4 hours to download a 22 page document (at 11 kps) was kicked off after that for using too much data! The shower areas are well designed, but poorly maintained with low water pressure, (it took forever to bathe, standing in a pool of slow draining water from the previous user). Most of the park's occupants were in either A class or large 5th Wheels, so perhaps these visitors never used the facilities. These types of “parking lot” parks are pretty much the recent standard for urban Rving, so one cannot complain of the tenement environment in spacing. But modern access is imperative, to be considered “premiere”! Take away the facade, and Granite Lake is mediocre.