We received a free zone membership with the purchase of our fifth wheel and this is the first TT campground we stayed at. Our usual stays are in National Parks so we are used to boondocking and poor facilities but calling Pio Pico a resort is a bit of a stretch. At the last minute our 26 year old daughter decided to join us for our weekend and her words were "this isn't what I expected."
As others have noted there is a North and a South side. The South side has 50amp service and all back in sites. The pool and hot tub are also located on this side along with a manned gate. The workers were all super friendly and we were told to drive around and pick a site with a brown electrical box. Those boxes denote the short term stay spots. After driving through the area we realized there was nothing available and all the RVs were almost on top of each other. We went back to the gate and said we would try the North side since there were no empty sites and they seemed surprised at this news.
The North side was across the highway and much older. This place has exceeded the 20% long term residents by a lot! We were able to find a nice spot across from the bathrooms. This side wasn't nearly as crowded, probably due to the lack of sewer hookup and only having 30 amp service. There were a lot of run-down travel trailers and small motor homes but most of them were parked in every other site so there was lot of room between. The first impression is not good but we soon realized that the bathrooms were really clean, heated and good water pressure, all the residents, long term and members, were very friendly and it was super quiet. In the end we were really glad we ended up on the North side as the South side had more kids running around and was much more crowded.
All the amenities listed such as basketball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard, etc. were really run-down. The dog area is just a large chain linked fenced off area with a dog house in it. There were two faucets for water but they didn't actually work. They did have plenty of bags for cleaning up after the dogs. The pool and hot tub are new and were very nice. One heated saltwater pool, one unheated regular pool, and the hot tub all located together.
The site was plenty long enough for our 36 foot fifth wheel and 22 foot truck and was wide enough to open all the slides. There was a tree that blocked us from opening the awning but it provided good shade so we didn't miss it. We were very pleasantly surprised at how well the wifi worked. $7 for two days and three devices. We were able to watch Netflix with no problem. Verizon cell service did not work at all though. The picnic tables, if there was one on the site, were wobbly and in poor condition. I recommend bringing your own table.
After our weekend here we all decided that we would come back again due to the location, quietness, friendly people and cleanliness. It isn't what I would call a destination campground but a good base for seeing San Diego for TT members because you can't beat the price! - Mjoseph320
This is a large, older park which has seen better days. There are a large number of annual sites, some of which are in a shocking state -- furniture, equipment, extra tents -- even an old Winnebago that appeared to be stuffed up to the ceiling with junk and a tattered tent with a mini-fridge sitting outside. The "B" side lodge was a wreck -- rotten wood railings, a crumbling laundry room ceiling.
I saw several large dogs, including PITBULLS, off-leash. They seemed well-behaved and stayed with the owners' rigs, but it's a recipe for disaster.
There are lots of mature trees on the "B" side which was nice, but no sewer hookups (you start in "B" and show up every morning on the "A" side to find out if you get to move to the "A" side, which has sewer hookups and is better-maintained. They do NOT disclose this on the web site, which I think is just wrong.)
The "country store" is shamefully overpriced. $4.50 for a quart of milk. It's a few miles down the hill to Chula Vista where there are several large shopping areas, so stock up before you arrive.
I stayed here for two weeks - I had a lot of work to do, and as a Thousand Trails member, I didn't pay anything additional for my stay. I enjoyed the area, lots to do in San Diego, but I was really disappointed with the park and I would not stay here again. - rushin river
Stayed on South side with full hook ups which is nice for a TT location. Clean site, amenities are in good condition. WiFi - paid $6 for 2 days is reasonable and works well. Service atrocious - xmas vacation calendar schedule of events was not followed - no one at pickle ball court during scheduled time, no nets, etc. Kids activity room was randomly staffed and not according to schedule. General lack of care by staff to answer questions. No concern on their part that they weren't living up to their commitments. Nice place, if they pull their service and attitude together it could be great. - Dukebdevil2000