7 Good
     
Jamul, California

Thousand Trails / Pio Pico

Jamul, California


14615 Otay Lakes Rd
Jamul, California 91935
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 532
Recent Rate: $$$$

Add Review

Latitude: 32.651109996023
Longitude: -116.85350418091

Elevation: 644' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

0 Questions & Answers

These questions and answers are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Ask a Question About Thousand Trails / Pio Pico

Review Details

Ratings overview

42 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews' member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

We were a bit hesitant about this visit due to the mixed reviews we had read. But, we were pleasantly surprised and had a nice experience. We were able to get a full hook up site, as were our friends, but we went down there at 7 am in order to do this. This resort does not guarantee full hook up sites and you basically "get what you get" when you arrive. Not a fan at all of this kind of policy. Every other rv resort we have visited in the past year has always guaranteed a specific type, if not site, when we book our reservation. The full hook up side of the campground is where all of the primary amenities and activities are located, including the swimming pools, mini golf, Youth Center, Activity Center, Coyote Cafe, and Country Store. This campground has a mix of long term, leased and then general vacationers, which is a unique blend. For the most part, rv's are well maintained. The family pool area was pristine, but unfortunately it was cold & rainy when we were there, so we didn't partake. The Youth Center was a life saver and offered a free, coordinated craft + ping pong, pool table, foosball & air hockey! We also tried the Coyote Cafe for breakfast and it was good food (large portions). It's a bit dated, but still a nice amenity. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A18
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

I highly recommend staying on the South side of the campground with full hook ups. We walked across the street to the North campground and there is nothing notable about the area - just a sea of trailers, a small/old playground and an adult only center. It's a long walk, especially with small children, so you would have to drive across the road (approx. 1 mile) to access the pool and other activities.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

We can cross this one off our list. First when someone takes your reservations its reasonable to assume that when you arrive they won't tell you sorry you have to stay at the hotel across the street the one with no toilet. Then tell you if you show up here every morning you just might get to come here. Well that's pretty much the song and dance they take reservations (overbook) then when you get there your told to go to the over flow area (no septic) and hope you can be allowed to get the site you booked. I would suggest that at a minimum you tell people up front or not take the reservation at all. The park is poorly maintained with full time renters and RVs that look like they don't even run. The side that you initially go to is not staffed and left us wondering about our safety. We had 3 weeks booked and had to leave. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
123
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you enjoy boondocking or if you have some need to be close to Tijuana this is your place. Short of that I don't get this place and any mention of resort and pio pico in the same sentence is an oxymoron

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Compared to what this park used to be like it was disappointing to say the least. There seem to be allot of campers in no hurry to leave and looks like they live there fulltime. Extended stays and some yearly passes have attracted some undesirable looking campers. Used to be no one could stay longer than 2 weeks. Next to us an empty camper whole time except a woman came by to update her spot for another 21 days. I was told she was allowed to break the rules for her husband was in hospital. So to me if one person does there must be others bending the rules. Speeding cars with loud boom boxes, large group gathering, vicious dogs across from us preventing my wife from using the bathroom when they were out. When we complained about the large group they said the Sherriff did have to be called but why did it have to come to that? It should have been prevented long before it got out of control. When we mentioned the dogs and the piles of poop they hadn't noticed.. Again just a drive by you couldn't miss. Use to be a time you see a ranger about 3 or 4 times an hour. I think I saw one once in 3 days. Adult pool was newly updated was nice. I went to several activities but no one else showed up. It was off season but I think there use to be a time people were there to have fun. Only one group maybe was having that but had to be thrown out for having too much fun. Obviously staff is short handed and unable to keep a close eye enforcing the rules. Staff was very nice and apologetic. I usually don't like to rate parks based on campers because they're probably gone by the time anyone read the reviews, but not in this case. Cell phone use is spotty and WiFi is not free except at clubhouse. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
South
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

New Hollywood Casino in nearby Jamul is nice to go see.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park with lots of sites; very spacious and woody. Mostly back-in sites with access for big rigs; also allows tenters. There are full time residents as well. The electric voltage was good as well as water quality. No cable and very sketchy Wifi, and very poor cell service. Nice rec area with a few swimming pools, and other amenities. Very family friendly; nice playground. Pet area was too small and all gravel. The walking trails went behind the campground and into the mountains. However, you need to keep an eye out for Mexicans coming over the border; lots of Border Patrol going in and out of the campground and going up the roads in the mountains. This campground is very close to the border. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is pretty old and in need of lots of updating. The worst part was there are no standards enforced for the condition of the RVs that could stay there. There was one guy living out of a cargo trailer, drinking beer at 9:00 AM and leaving his outside radio running all day, even when he was not there. Other permanent RVs were in bad shape, very old and lots of junk laying around and under them. One RV actually burned to the ground while we were there. There is only cellular coverage, AT&T and Verizon, where many of the permanent trailers and RVs park. They do have good WiFi you can purchase for $25 for two weeks but that does not solve the voice issue unless you can get the voice over WiFi to work. It is fairly close to San Diego, and the price is low. I don't think I would stay here again. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Chula Vista is close by and has about any kind of shopping or restaurants you could want. Beautiful city.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Thousand Trails / Pio Pico in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E16
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Even though this is a very rustic location, civilization is only a 15 to 20 minute drive down the hill. There you have restaurants, supermarkets, and a very nice fresh fruit stand on the way down.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 306
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
North side H177
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

30-40 minutes from Downtown San Diego. 15 minutes to some good eating and shopping.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

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.

1 of 2 found this review helpful. Do you? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 60
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2014
Overall Rating:      

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 .

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E33
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

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.

1 of 1 found this review helpful. Do you? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 70
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Undo

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

1 of 1 found this review helpful. Do you? Yes No Undo

Folks who viewed this campground also viewed:

Are you affiliated with Thousand Trails / Pio Pico ?

Register below to access FREE and enhanced features.

ENHANCEMENTS INCLUDE:

Access Icon

Expanded Access & Listings

Access to marketing tools, ability respond to reviews and monitor performance as well as expanded listings.

Page Insights Icon

View Page Insights & Stats

Essential Marketing resources, page insights, daily reports, setup and manage notifications of newly posted reviews.

Reviews Icon

Manage your reviews

Review and respond to customer feedback, post review replies.

Manage Icon

Manage your RV Park Reviews Page

Expand your listing, Add photos and videos, update business details and more.

Helpful Tools Icon

Helpful Tools

Access the Help Center. Business development tools, forms and other tools to encourage your campers to post and promote your park. Widgets and Badges for use on your Park website.


We're continuing to improve our Campground Owner Management system and more enhancements are coming soon. Features subject to change.

;