17 Parks near Carmel, California
Nov 2014 - $65.00
Love this park! We got a spot right next to the river, listened to the burbling water all night. Very quiet and peaceful under the trees, park staff extraordinarily friendly and helpful. Short walk to Little River Inn and shops. We will definitely return. - Tim56
Nov 2014 - $65.00
Tight, tight tight......our slide out was right over our neighbors picnic table and it sounded like they were in your RV when talking. We will not be back. - Bert338
Jul 2013 - $75.00
To clarify about the price, we stayed in a river site ($70) for one night and non-river ($60) for one night, plus an add-on fee of $5 apiece for each of our dogs for each night. Voila, the average was $75. Pretty pricey, like everything else in the area seemed to be, plus they all seem to tack on a dog fee because they can, while not offering anything like a fenced run for dogs. It was certainly a beautiful setting with the sites among the redwoods and very pleasant management. Restrooms/showers received very heavy use and not particularly clean. The complete lack of cell service was a nuisance and for that kind of money it seems they should at least provide Wi-Fi. There's no TV either. It is a lovely setting, of course, but a lot of money when those services are non-existent. - Puppie96
Aug 2011 - $60.00
We lucked out and got the most awesome river site! Really enjoyed our stay, the owners were friendly and store was well stocked. Only negative is they don't have a dump station, one has to drive to San Simeon if you're heading south. - MrsWeller
Jun 2009 - $50.00
The entrance can be a little intimidating if your not pre-prepared. It's a narrow, steep downhill, (but blessedly short) approach to an equally narrow causeway over the Big Sur River. I’d might hesitate booking if I were a really big Class A with tow-car. Once your breath returns, however, you’ll be happy you chose Riverside . Limited amenities but it has a real nice wilderness camping atmosphere. The shallow river provides unlimited play and tubing opportunities for kids of all ages. It’s a great place to come back to and soak your feet after a hard day of Big Sur hiking. Fuel and propane are close by. It’s also close enough to Carmel to make that area accessible. We would use again. - richb
Apr 2008 - $45.00
Lovely park, very friendly staff, uncrowded in the spring. This park is adjacent to Big Sur Campground & Cabins and it's possible to walk from one park to another. We hated to leave. Would be a "10" if we'd had a a sewer hookup. Lack of cell phone and wifi was a plus for us, but if you have teenagers traveling with you, they might not agree. Drive time from here to the Monterey Bay Aquarium was 40 minutes, to Pfieffer Big Sur State Park 5 minutes. - Nami
Jul 2015 - $1.00
We were not happy with this place. The owners were rude, the spaces are very tight, there was dog poop everywhere on the green patch of lawn behind us and there is a very narrow bridge and road to get there. We will not be back, mostly because of the rude owners. - redtulip
Jul 2015 - $40.00
Extremely tight road to get to this place, we have 40 foot Class A Motorhome, meeting oncoming traffic is not a good thing. Was maneuverable in the big rig, spots are tight slide outs touch the foliage dividers separating spots. We didn't use anything other than water, power and septic. Friendly staff. Had we been told about the road to get there, we would have found another place elsewhere. Seems that there are many full time residents, as traffic in and out before and after work hours was the most of the traffic. One other rig showed up in our 3 day stay. Dog friendly too! Nothing much to be entertained by at this place. We more than likely would stay again if in the area. Just be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. Limited restrooms and two showers per sex. - C.J. Arizona
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
Jul 2016 - $78.00
No working WiFi or cable. All sites were short back-in, making it necessary to unhitch. I did manage to poke out and back in with the 16' trailer at a right angle which took a lot of time but everyone else unhitched. Too close to the main highway and very windy. Long walk to restrooms. Rather expensive for my needs.Have a better rate for lightweight short trailers that only use 15 Amp hookup. Fix the WiFi. - Loaded4th
Jun 2016 - $71.00
We stayed 5 nights and found the park to be an excellent facility, very well situated. Road noise from Hwy 101 was a minor issue, but superb staff and amenities more than made up. The sites were quite private and spacious with easy hookups. - XYZ123
May 2016 - $71.00
We have stayed here before. Hook ups are old, but we were told that they are getting all new hook ups installed for the electrical, water and TV. New lighted single units. All the trees are getting trimmed too. It is about a 20 minute walk to the beach on a sandy trail. Not a wading beach, looks like some currents there. Dog was off leash with no issues. If you have a car a short drive to stores or a bit of a walk. - Karfae
Jul 2016 - $83.00
There are only a few places to stay when visiting in a RV in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area. We found Moss Landing a great halfway point and love this KOA. You are protected by fencing which is nice. Not many young children running around and more of a mature group which is nice for a more quiet trip. This park does not have much for amenities but does have laundry room, community fire pit and nice green lawn!! You can hear the sea lions and seagulls, which I love. The staff is amazing! Extremely accommodating and friendly. Sites are skinny but if you don't spend a major amount of time outside you are good. Pads are concrete and level. Small patio for picnic table and that is about it. Full hook up offering both 30/50. Cable TV and the satellite availability is great. Wireless is spotty. We frequent this place twice a year. Highly recommend. - RGETAWAY
Apr 2016 - $78.00
This KOA doesn't offer any great views but it is in a great location. Big rigs can take Hwy 156 off Hwy 101 to Hwy 1. Basics: nice laundry room, well kept grounds & sites with minimum leveling needed, clean, large showers, easy access off hwy 1, 3 well rated restaurants in walking distance, fresh fruit & vegies, and easy access to the marina whale watching cruises. From this location we were able to visit Monterey, Carmel, and a drive down hwy 1 to the Big Sur area. - 2togoNebraska
Mar 2016 - $65.00
The biggest plus about this park is its location: close to Monterey Aquarium, lots of beaches, and great birding. On the advice of a local we took a day trip north to Capitola, which was a neat thing to do. The park itself is very small with only one road in and out so when a caravan of 17 or so rigs came through, it tied up access. Very inconvenient. They kind of overdo the regulations as well -- with signs in the restroom telling you where to hang up your towel and things like that. But the restrooms were very clean. - mlbw
Jun 2016 - $50.00
VERY steep entry into park. Tight turn onto park road, tight turns and steep hills within park. That said, obviously an older park but very well kept and nice friendly staff. We were in 135, probably best site for getting in and out of, others were fairly tight, but all were doable with patience. Sites were pretty close together, but weather was exquisite, especially after three days through the desert! Great central location to see the sights. - 7 on the road
Oct 2014 - $50.00
Although we were a little reluctant to stay due to some prior park ratings, we were quite glad that we decided to. We got lucky and were placed in the back row along the tree line and away from the the highway. We could still hear traffic but it was not distracting. They have a very nice pool area and although it was quite warm when we were visiting, the water was very cool. Too cold for these old bones. It is obviously an older park with a very unique layout. They explained that this is not a "destination park" but more for convenient stops en route to other areas. We stayed for 6 nights and did not regret it at all. Our only problem was with the 30 amp electric. We had to be very careful and if the A/C was on, we tried to keep everything else off or it would pop. Other than that, it was a delightful stay. The area is very interesting and not far from the coast. We explored from Moss Landing down through Lucia south of Big Sur. The Old Fishermans Wharf at Monterey Bay was a real highlight of this visit. If you are just traveling through, I would recommend this as a good place to stop. - KPsunshine
Jul 2014 - $50.00
We stayed here one night driving from Northern California to Southern California. Things were tight with a 24 foot RV. We had a pull through space and our slide was about 1 ft from our neighbor's slide. The park is on a hill and our spot had a great view of Rt 101 traffic. The check in lady was great. We couldn't join the park's WiFi the entire time we were there. It was fine for an over night spot. - WinnebagoTraveler
Mar 2014 - $70.00
Yes, this is Big Sur, so you would expect to pay through the nose for a campground. However, for $70/night, you would still expect the showers to be free. More importantly, you would expect the campsites to be level, and for the campground owners to have a realistic sense of what size vehicles can fit into each site. We were lucky that other campsites were available when we arrived so that we could move into a different site after making multiple attempts to fit our 32' motorhome into a tiny unlevel site. The people who arrived at 11 pm with a large fifth wheel were apparently not so lucky -- it took them an hour, in the dark, to get their RV parked. Not sure I'd stay here again. - grifjj
Mar 2014 - $62.00
Nice spot near the river. Restrooms were decent. Showers required quarters to use. - User3394
Apr 2013 - $50.00
We really enjoyed our stay here for 4 days. Overall, we were pleased with the campsite. We give it a '7' for the following reasons: 1) The site was so sloped that I had to use every single leveling block I had. 2) The trash bins were not emptied often enough and were overflowing almost every day. 3) The entrance to the park hiking trails was not marked very well. - KazFam
Dec 2015 - $35.00
We came off season and the second road was closed forcing us to climb a sixteen % grade to get to the campsite. The campsites were on a hill, very small, and very difficult to get into. Although we were told the race track would be quiet, we were on curve 5 and almost everyday there was a driving school happening with lots of screeching tires. If you are a race fan, you might love it. We did not. There is also a gun range next door and the sound of guns happened most weekend mornings. Hookups are electric and water only and the dump station is very difficult to get into. The sites themselves were not clean with numerous beer caps littered throughout. The bathrooms were clean and the staff was very helpful, but we would never stay here again. We would like to thank the work kamper who let us exit via the closed road to avoid a sixteen percent grade on the way down. - Lee and Trace
Oct 2015 - $37.00
Beautiful mountain top views. 105 wide sites with water/electric hookups. One easy access dump for all. On the Laguna Seca Raceway but is surprisingly quiet during the day and absolutely peaceful at night.
RV and tent camping allowed. Dogs allowed. Fort Ord National Monument trail head. Ten minutes from Monterey and all its activities, restaurants and shopping. Monthly bike riding on the track. - pamelaham
Jul 2015 - $41.00
Close to Monterey. Sites are gravel and fairly level with a picnic table and fire ring. The restrooms / showers were clean, but there's no privacy in the showers. The water only stayed on for about 25 seconds. After holding the button in to try and keep it on, the water would then not stop for the longest time. There was no light switch in the restrooms; I think the lights were on a timer. The drive up to the campground from the entrance is steep, but the views and breeze are great. The base rate is $37 per night, but they charged us an extra $2 per dog per night. That made the overall nightly rate a bit pricey, but we'd definitely stay here again. - Ursula A
May 2016 - $50.00
Nothing special apart from friendly welcome, and good price compared with other RV parks around Monteray (this was the most expensive site on a 19 day trip). Good WIFI. A little noisy as next to an airport. No fire pits or BBQs. - PCP
May 2016 - $45.00
Tight getting in and out. Sites are tight. Campground is 70 years old and has only added wifi (very poor) since opening. Nothing is level, every other site has connections on the wrong side. Not worth the price. - ta96silver
Apr 2016 - $45.00
Positives: The two hosts were friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and showers were very clean. Power was clean and water pressure was fine. Water was soft unlike my home in AZ where big rocks fall out of the faucet. Airport noise was negligible and the golfers must be improving because no balls came over the tall netting. The washer and dryer were practically brand new and cost was reasonable.
BIG Positive: It's close to everything Monterey. Bus stop is right outside and free trolley downtown runs regularly.
Negatives: Big dip at entrance is a tail dragger. We disconnected toad before arrival. On departure, didn't connect until outside park and even removed tow bar and drop, but still dragged skid angle irons. The shower hot water takes forever to get hot (5-8 minutes) which is odd since there are signs everywhere reminding people about CA drought. Each shower probably wastes 20-30 gallons.
BIG Negative: Sewer connections require 30' - 35' hose AND run uphill on one side of the park. Whoever designed this should be required to dump all guests' tanks for a year to learn why it's a "crappy" layout. Every space angles down about 6" for every 10' so our 16' wheelbase needed about 10", lifting the front wheels off the ground by 4 inches, not an optimal position. - LM&TinView
Mar 2015 - $35.00
This is a very pastoral park, with a beautiful beach. The sunsets are spectacular. The sites have some space and foliage. You can have a campfire here. There are strawberry fields just adjacent to the campground. We rarely saw a park ranger, and the sites were not raked or cleaned between uses. We would return to this park. - Vic and Marsha
Mar 2013 - $35.00
We stayed in site #25, which the camp host called "The Crown Jewel" of the park It was big, clean, and a short trail to an ocean overlook, with a drop dead view. The beach was quite a hike downhill. There are no amenities, other than the concrete pad and a fire pit. We were surprised at this, and landed there without water, because the CA Parks website said "developed". Now we know this does not mean hookups. Sunsets are amazing here, as the name would imply. The drive in is awesome, through farmlands and beautiful valleys. It is off the beaten path. Generators are against the rules after 8pm, as a ranger was quick to enforce. Nice place! - Dan Hannah
Aug 2012 - $39.00
This is a great state park quite and clean great views and just overall relaxing. Stayed in site 18 big and wide and long enough for our RV. Strawberry fields forever right beside our site. Cool and foggy in the morning. Clear and cool during the day. Would stay here again. - thomas10