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Date of Stay: April, 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. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.
If you go there plan a day to visit Julian for an apple dumpling and Borrego Springs to see the rusted sculptures in the desert.
Date of Stay: March, 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! We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.
30-40 minutes from Downtown San Diego. 15 minutes to some good eating and shopping.
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $1.00
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. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.
San Diego is a great city for tourists -- the ocean and beaches, Hotel Coronado (overpriced restaurants but well worth a visit), Balboa Park (with beautiful gardens and buildings, museums and restaurants), the Midway aircraft carrier, wonderful shopping, walks, etc. Chula Vista is packed with enormous shopping malls but still a very pretty city.
Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $1.00
This was our second three-week visit to the park, so we at least knew what to expect. As everyone has mentioned, there is a south side and a north side. The north side is separated into two sections; the back being a bit more primitive and housing more long-term folks. It seems that with housing prices so prohibitive in California, people buy cheap memberships and live park-to-park, or buy annual sites and set up housekeeping. The front section of the north side has mostly side-by-side pull thrus (very cozy) so we went all the way to the back where there was more elbow room. After two nights, and one really, really loud, nasty dog fight among several dogs, we alerted the security manager and he generously allowed us to move to an unused annual site in the front section of the north side, since the park had reached its maximum allowable annual sites. Great customer service! One thing has not been mentioned: You take your life in your hands crossing the highway on foot, going from north side to south side or vice versa. Especially on weekends when groups of bikers see how fast they can roar through. Visibility is limited, so you must cross quickly. This is a dangerous situation. We enjoyed watching the coyotes casually walking through the park, and listening to them yip and howl during the nights. We also enjoyed all the hiking in and around the park, the beautiful scenery, beautiful weather, and friendly people. Will enjoy it more when the casino is finished in Jamul, and they likely buy Verizon cell access from the AT&T tower. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $3.00
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. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2014
We have camped at this park several times this year. As other reviewers have noted there is a North Side and a South Side to this park. Expect to be in the North Side during the summer unless you get there mid week. There is a "Roll Over" system where you can put your name down for a full hook up site on the South Side when somebody else leaves. There may be several people on the list so your name goes in a draw. The North side has no sewer hookups. AT&T reception is available at the fare end of the North Side. There is no pool on the North Side. If you are there in the spring, fall, and winter you stand a much better chance of getting a full hookup site on the South Side where all the facilities are. Dell reception is available around the adult pool area. The adult pool is nice, clean roomy and a hot tub. We got reasonable TV reception with an antenna on both sides of the park. They recently commissioned a new Wi-Fi system throughout the park, pay as you go, we didn't try it, as our At&T hotspot was working fine. In the 5 times we've been here this year the water has gone off twice and the power twice. Also every time we have camped here the water filter has been blocked with silt by the time we were ready to leave. Gets kind of expensive if you use high dollar filters. Lots of places to see in San Diego. Shopping in Rancho San Diego close by. Brody's Bar restaurant a couple of miles away in Jamul has around 20 draft beers and burgers are good. The True Value hardware store in Jamul has EVERYTHING you need. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a .
If you are weekending here get there before noon for the best chance of a full hookup site. Park as far from the gate as you can to get cell phone reception.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $3.00
Rate reflects Thousand Trails membership. We stayed here two weeks. This is a large and very active rv park that is staffed 24/7. As other reviewers commented, there are two sections to this park, one without sewer. We stayed in the main section and had full hookups. Weekends filled the park up pretty well, but during the week there were many sites available every day. Sites are all dirt. There is no TV, cell or internet service at the sites. Most of the sites are very spacious, but there is little shade. In our section there were two separate recreational areas, one for families and one for adults. There are several long term/permanent residents assembled primarily near the adult recreation amenities. All the facilities were in relatively good condition, although more routine maintenance and painting would be appreciated. The cafe serves pretty good home-style meals, each one enough to feed both of us. There is a pretty extensive lending library, and lots of activities going on. We enjoyed the pool and spa on the family side and there were virtually no children except on weekends. This is a good base for visiting San Diego on day trips, with easy access to Chula Vista, Jamul and El Cajon. Lots of border patrol activity. We made one trip into Tecate, MX for dental work. We would stay here again. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $3.00
We had a good time at this Thousand Trails preserve. The staff and campers were friendly. On Saturday morning we drove to seaport village and had a nice lunch at Pier Cafe. The campground is great for early morning or early evening walking (level walking areas). Dutch Oven cooking is welcome so we cooked a pumpkin cake. The electricity went out for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. Its wasn't too hot outside so we sat outside enjoying the birds. There are many campsites for our 33' rig. The streets are good for us to move around in and we found a level site with trees behind us for good birding. We will be back to this park. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
There are a couple of good things and bad things about Pio Pico. The spots are huge. If you're on the South side you've got full hook-up. Many spaces have large shade trees. The bad: Your membership doesn't guarantee you a spot with full hook-ups which are only on the South side. The North side has electric and water and it'll cost you $10 each time you want a sewage dump unless you want to bring your rig to the dump station. The ugly: - No cell service in most of the park. There are areas where you can get 2G service from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. - The wifi offering is a joke. I remember getting better service from AOHell in the 90's for less money. When the park is fairly empty the wifi service is decent. When the park is full, I'm not sure what I'm paying for but it's NOT service. The wifi provider requires a paid connection for EACH device. Once the clock starts ticking on your time it doesn't matter if you've actually been able to USE the service for that time. You probably haven't because the routers kick you off regularly or your page just sits there an loads for 5 minutes before timing out. Oh, you get 30 minutes of free wifi every literal 24 hours. If you used your 30 minutes at 8pm then you can't get another 30 minutes until 8pm the next day - even if you only got to use 10 minutes of that 30 because the router kicked you off right after you connected or the service was so slow that you couldn't get anything done. Aside from the terrible and horribly overpriced wifi Pio Pico is a nice park We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014
Okay Thousand Trails park (member rate cited). Sites are not very level. A few 50 amp sites available. Good amenities and store and restaurant on premises. One thing not mentioned before I stayed here. You will have to stay on the North side with no sewer for at least one night in the winter. You are then put on a list if you wish and then pick an open site on the South side with full hookups starting the next day. You may have to wait more than one day to get a site if your name is low on the list and not many leave that day. We waited two days. While inconvenient to have to move, it is a fair way to divvy up the sites. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $45.00
Very nice campground. We started on the North side. No sewer hook ups on this side. Actually, that's where everyone starts. You put your name on the list so you can "cross over" to the other side. All the amenities, pool, lodge, etc. are on the south side. Lots of activities. Coyote Cafe has some reasonably priced meals. Decent sized little store. Loved listening to the coyotes at night. Will be back. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $1.00
If you have Verizon, don't expect to get a signal in the park or on the road to the park. We had to drive to the post office in Jamul. We ended up staying on the north side, with no sewer. We were able to get satellite, which was a good thing. North side is very dusty and the staff would zoom around the speed bumps, sending plumes of dust onto our rig. The best part of this park is its proximity to San Diego. And the Jamul Meat Market, which has the absolute best burritos. The store isn't well stocked, and the one meal we had at the café was awful. We were hostages here due to the annual billiards tournament. We should have waited in line for a site on the south side. North side had some creepy long term campers. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $3.00
The location is excellent. The staff is friendly. The internet service was good and not too expensive ~$2/day. But the fact is that many of the sites in this park do not have sewer. Most campers start out in these sites and many actually stay in them as we did for 2 two week stints on our zone camping pass. We opted for a pull-through site for ease of entry , good access to satellite TV, and easy off-loading from our toyhauler. This tradeoff meant no sewer. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013
Nice park, good location sites decent size and accessible. Weather was good while we were here befitting the San Diego area. Our biggest disappointment with this park is it has very poor cell reception - only one spot in the park did our phone work and TV reception is not good. They also have a slow Wi-Fi connection available for a price. Half of the park has no sewer connection. Will go back again - just hope they have a cell tower closer!! We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $1.00
Rate based on Thousand Trails Zone Pass. Nice park surrounded by hills. Friendly people. We stayed on the side of the park with the main lodge. Spacious sites. Food at the restaruant was very good. Very limited cell phone reception (Verizon). The park's fee based Wi-Fi signal was very strong at our site. We enjoyed our stay and will be back. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Travel Trailer.Undo
If you are weekending here get there before noon for the best chance of a full hookup site. Park as far from the gate as you can to get cell phone reception.Brian n Barbara • November 2014
San Diego is a great city for tourists -- the ocean and beaches, Hotel Coronado (overpriced restaurants but well worth a visit), Balboa Park (with beautiful gardens and buildings, museums and restaurants), the Midway aircraft carrier, wonderful shopping, walks, etc. Chula Vista is packed with enormous shopping malls but still a very pretty city.rushin river • February 2015
30-40 minutes from Downtown San Diego. 15 minutes to some good eating and shopping.Mjoseph320 • March 2015
If you go there plan a day to visit Julian for an apple dumpling and Borrego Springs to see the rusted sculptures in the desert.rolling homeless • April 2015
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