2 Parks near Carmel, California
Jul 2015 - $80.00
We stayed here for 5 nights; overall I'd say it's a good, but not outstanding campground.
Here are the pros:
-about a mile off Carmel Valley Road and close to the towns of Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove; takes about 15 minutes to drive into Carmel.
-about 2-3 miles going east on Carmel Valley Road is the Garland Ranch Regional Park with miles of hiking trails and some bike trails; also Carmel Valley Village with a number of wineries, small shops, etc.
-the rv park itself has level, gravel sites with full hook ups
-the wifi service is very good.
-the site was quiet while we were there. (But see below)
-the staff was friendly
-lots of golf courses, including the world famous Pebble Beach ( and the 17 mile drive, which costs $10.00)
-they have a little store as well as a rec room with pool tables, ping pong, fusball, etc.
-as others have noted, the sites are on the tight side; some near the Carmel River are a bit wider. Backing in can be a real challenge; the owner helped guide us in and if he's here, he is very helpful. If not, be prepared for some maneuvering.
-the road in is about a mile long and the last 1/2 mile it becomes single lane. They seem to have the situation in control by having the checkout time 12:00 noon and check in after 1:00 PM. If you try to arrive early in the day, conceivably there could be a problem on the one lane road. I'd recommend arriving well after 1:00 PM to avoid this from occurring.
-there is another RV site entrance just as you come in and it can be confusing; this one is to the right and down the hill. If you go left and up the hill, you're on the wrong road.
-this is Carmel, and this is an expensive area. At $80/night ($85 if you use a credit card) this probably the most expensive place we've ever stayed at.
-while we were here most of the people stayed only one night, so there is a steady flow of people coming and going. Some would get going early in the morning , so mornings can be noisy. - neuronz
Jun 2015 - $68.00
They do accept credit cards, but you pay a little more. sites are tight, except at the corners. Our site was larger than most because it was at the end. - G_Barbosa
May 2015 - $68.00
Great location for seeing the area around Carmel. As has been said before the road up gets to be a single lane. Drive slow and watch for the trees. At the top there are two RV parks so watch the signs. Park is clean and well kept. Spaces tight. Wide enough but not too deep. Verizon signal very good. Park WiFi excellent. Cable 25 digital stations. Not a large park, so call ahead for availability. Did not use the laundry or bath house. - wtravlr1
Jul 2015 - $72.00
This is a nice small campground close to Carmel and Monterey with full hook-ups. To address some of the other reviews issues: The campground is tight and steep to access and stay in, but this should not be a surprise if you have researched Saddle Mountain prior to your arrival. We camped in a 30ft TT and had to move our tow vehicle to parking after we were in (not a major issue since parking was only 50ft away). The management did move campers around when they could not fit in a site. The bridge has been rebuilt to two lanes and is no longer an issue (the road is still tight as you get close to the campground). The management has also changed in the last few years and comments from 2010 or older are not relevant. The campground was very clean and the gardener / handyman kept a very neat and clean campground. The sites are very close, but everyone seemed to respect other campers and kept the noise to a minimum. The pool area was clean and provided excellent views. The bathrooms are small and you may need to adjust your schedule to use the facilities. Overall we were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed this campground after reading some of the reviews (we generally dry camp and Nation and State parks). If your unit can fit and you don't mind taking your time and getting into a small spot, this may be a good location for you. It provided a great camping spot close to Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey. - rockwood tt family
Oct 2014 - $70.00
We got in on a Friday evening after dark. The road in is narrow and is just above the Carmel River RV park. If you have a large rig and are towing this could be a tight squeeze. We got to our site and found out we had to go nose in. Sites vary from spot to spot. Some you can back in others you can't. Also, hookups are at the end of the site so will need to think about longer water and sewer connections. The area isn't very big and sites generally will involve some maneuvering to get into. They also have tent sites. Probably not a big rig site; we are 30' and seemed to fit fine. Also some sites have more room than others. Ours was tight and no room for our awning. That said, it is a beautiful location. We did a 4 mile hike up the mountain and enjoyed the views. If you go I would be very specific when reserving your spot on what you want. We will go back now that we have seen the layout and know where we would like to stay. Very quiet campground; almost zero road noise during the day and at night also very peaceful. Nice place just recommend being specific and ask for what you want. Pool was cold and only being maintained at this time of the year. - Karfae
Jun 2014 - $70.00
Has good pool. WIFI--might not get it at your site. Different prices for different spaces. Very narrow road in. Dry sort of Western theme. Good base for Carmel and Monterey exploration. - haole hiker