1 Park near Jamul, California
Jul 2015 - $35.00
First let me say, the staff was amazing! They actually saved my trip, but I can't help but think, what if I had not been so lucky? I'm trying to keep this short... There must be a way for sites to be assigned so you know what you're getting before you arrive. To be told you have to go to a spot without full hookups (North campground, which is a total dump) and then go on a waiting list for what you thought you already had, is absurd! If no full hookup spots are available I could decide to come another time, if I know. With the current process, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise, that can ruin your trip! It's a very nice location, just needs some maintenance with the weeds and landscaping. Also, allow guest to select sites when they book! BTW... I'm not just making this review because I prefer to glamp... Even "Glamper Dude" can enjoy a little "outdoorishness"! I got lucky and got a nice spot. With a little maintenance and landscaping it would've been extremely nice! But what if I had to go on that waitlist, like my friend! The location is easy to access and easy to maneuver almost any size rig. The spots are not paved (at least none of the spots that are not for lease). Each spot has a gravel and dirt base. If they extended the paved spots to each of the trailer spots, immediate 2.0 upgrade! The hookups, if you're lucky enough to get a full hookup site, are conveniently placed and easy to back into. They were doing work on the electrical and sewer while we were there, which was a big inconvenience for our trip, but will probably add improvements for future guests. As I mentioned, the sites are nice, however the ones along the outside are better. The ones on the inner circle are back to back to other trailers and fairly close together. The sites on the outside rim back up to the mountain and in the evening present a very nice view. Various wildlife to include coyotes, tarantulas, and many flying insects that could leave you with quite a bump! All said, I would definitely go back but only if I'm assured that I will be on the southside and in one of the outside rim sites. - Glamper Dude
Apr 2015 - $1.00
This is a great campground except that cell phone and internet for Verizon is not available. About 10 miles down the road you can get it. Park is clean and management is very helpful. There are free standing barbecue grills at each spot. We were there for the hot rod show and it was very nice. Even with no phone or internet we would go back again. - rolling homeless
Mar 2015 - $1.00
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